See How Popular Sites Looked When They Launched

How cool it could be, if you could actually see how Google, Yahoo! and other amazing websites used to look, when they just got started. All you would see is raw, web-page layouts, with no actual sense of CSS or JavaScript. Yes, that’s right. What we see today is a much advanced form of web-development, and this wasn’t the case about 15-20 years back when the Internet revolution picked up across the world. Wayback Time Machine is one such tool that takes you back in time, and lets you view exactly how a website used to look in its early days.

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This is not all. You can actually see how the website transformed over the years, since Wayback Time Machine is an archive of websites, cached over the years and included in their official database, accessible to anyone. Surprisingly, you would be able to access almost all websites though this tool, but you won’t be able to view archives for Facebook, may be due to their privacy issues which weren’t really that strong in their early days. So here we go, starting with none other than our beloved HBB!

HellBound Bloggers [ March 5 ‘2009]

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This is probably the first raw design, Pradeep started with in his early days. Well, I am not really sure if this was the first one or not, but this is the first impression of HBB on Wayback Time Machine.

Google [January 17 ‘1999]

google-1999

The search engine giant wasn’t really the one sporting powerful CSS, JavaScript and not to forget the amazing Doodles. Google was in its BETA stages, way back in 1999.

Yahoo! [July 3 ‘1997]

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And here’s Yahoo! in its early years, with a raw design and layout. Seems like the early impressions are not really in good quality in the Wayback Time Machine database, and hence we can see broken images in the picture above.

You can access any website using Wayback Time Machine easily. Try it out yourself and let us know your experience via the comments section below.

5 Little Known But Cool Web Services For Free

Everybody loves free stuff. You know all too well about free e-mail services, free hosting for your site and free open source software (like OpenOffice), so let’s take a look at smaller niche websites and services where you can do all sort of things for free.

1. Bloove

Bloove

What it is: Free web-based mobile management system. This means that can synchronize your phone, back up and restore data, edit contacts, save or transfer SMS to other phone  and perform similar tasks WITHOUT any cables, bluethooth accessories or IR ports anywhere in the world via wireless internet connection (GPRS, Wi-Fi, WiMax, 3G, 4G, etc.).

Limitations: It’s free for 1 phone/1 account only. If you have more than 1 phone, you’ll have to pay.


2. CoolUtils

Coolutils

What it is: Developer of various conversion tools and PDF applications (like bates numbering software). It also has a section for free online converters anyone can use gratis – free image converter, free video converter, free audio converter, free PDF converter, free HTML converter, etc.

Limitations: Online conversion only, one document at a time (no batch mode)


3. IconWanted

IconWanted

What it is: World’s first free search engine and directory for free icons. If you want free icons and don’t want to search all over the internet, this is where you go to (new additions are announced on Twitter daily).

Limitations: None

ALSO CHECK : 70+ Resources To Download Free Icons


4. MyClasses.Org

MyClasses

What it is: Free social network for teachers, students and schools. It’s geared toward mostly non-academic activities (yoga classes or dance schools, for instance). MyClasses.Org offers free CMS for teachers, instructors, coaches, private tutors and schools, so you can create a free webpage for your class, school or studio with photos, schedule, driving directions, etc. Students can search for schools, courses and activities worldwide, from India to Germany.

Limitations: None


5. TwitBacks

TwitBacks

What it is: Free Twitter background creator.  If you don’t want your twitter page to look live everyone else’s, this is where to go to cool free designs. In addition to that TwitBacks.com has a tool that allows you to add more options and functions for your Twitter page, like adding links to your webpage or social networks are involved in.

Limitations: None

Thumbnail Image Credit : Microsoft

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Scribble And Share Customized Google Maps Easily

I have been a fan of Google Maps, that made me create a small web app for finding the postal address of any location. Using Google Maps, you can find the exact location or get the postal address of any part in the World, and it is free yes. But they don’t provide an option to edit or customize them. If you want to make it more entertaining and detailed, you can add your own details and drawings to the maps. Scribble Maps allows you to do that for free.

Scribble Google Maps

They allow you to create custom Google Maps without an account. You can also export them to Google Earth. You can check the above picture, kinda messy, but you can apply your creativity here. Planning for a vacation or plotting for a hiking trail, this is your tool!

You can also try a similar tool called QuickMaps for customizing Google Maps.

Increase Loudness of MP3 Songs Easily

If you are music freak like me, then probably you will download songs from Grooveshark or rip audio from YouTube videos for listening to songs. But unfortunately you can’t expect those songs to be high quality, sometimes they doesn’t seem to be loud enough. Here we share a free audio tool for increasing the loudness of MP3 songs.

vloud is what we are talking about, just upload quiet mp3 files and get louder ones back. You have four options: light, loud, louder, and loudest. 10MB is the maximum file size.

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I was quite impressed with the output, it was louder than before and the quality of the file is also not affected. You need to wait for some time while they process the file you have uploaded. After completing the process, you can either listen to it online or download the louder version of the song on your computer.

HOW TO: Extract Compressed Files Online

Of course, WinRAR and 7-Rip are the most popular tools for extracting compressed files, but you can’t expect them to be installed on every computer you use! I spend most of my browsing time on Internet Cafes, and they have a sick software for doing this task. So the best thing I thought of doing? Pick a web app like WobZIP for extracting compressed files online.

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WobZIP is a free online tool that allows you to uncompress your files online. Wobzip supports formats such as 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZHCHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS.

They also scan your compressed files using an anti-virus scanner (Bitdefender) so any infected files will be removed before you download them onto your computer.

Extracting Compressed Files Online

You have two options for doing that, either you can upload your desired file or uncompress from a URL.

To uncompress files from your computer, go to the main page and select your file by clicking the “Browse” button then on “wobzip it!”

To uncompress files from a URL, choose the option “uncompress from a URL” and type in your URL. Click on “wobzip it!” to upload and uncompress.

A list of files will appear, and you can save your files by clicking on the filename. You can also save your files as a ZIP file by clicking on the “Download files as .zip” button.

I hope you would have found this tool useful. Do you know any other useful tool? Do share them in the comments below.

HOW TO: Convert Text To MP3 Audio File

Want to convert some lines of text into MP3 Audio file? Well, you don’t need to spend much time or you don’t need to download any software. CarryoutText makes this task much simpler, they also have a premium version with much more facilities.

Converting Text File to MP3 Audio File

There are three options to do this conversion,

  • #1 – Importing text from a file
  • #2 – Type or copy/paste the text
  • #3 – Import text from a RSS Feed

Here I used the #2 option for doing the conversion.

1. Go to this page and select the option “Type Or Copy/Paste Text”.

2. Now you can type or copy/paste your required text in the given box. Here I took this sentence from 15+ Blogging Tactics I Learned From ‘Porn’.

“As an industry, they are brilliant at what they do; let it be the techniques they use or the method of promotion. I’m not writing this from any personal or practical experience. Search for the term ‘porn’ and you will get 733,000,000 results within seconds. Online porn created new trends and the evolution of online video was very much driven by the world of porn I would say.”

Text to Audio

You will also have the option to select the speed here. After completing everything, click on the button “Submit to Process”.

3. After the conversion is completed, you can download the output as MP3 Audio file. You will also have the option to play it.

text to audio file

The audio conversion is quite good I should say. Below I used Google Audio Player for embedding this MP3 file, do listen to it and share your views on the comments below.

Have you tried this site? Are you comfortable with the voice? Do share your opinions below as comments.

Create Audio Playlist From YouTube Videos

If you are a guy like me, you will use YouTube for listening, almost, any song. YouTube Feather mode helps to stream videos faster. But I rarely watch the videos, I just listen to the songs, so I don’t want the videos to be there. Now this service not only helps you to remove those videos, but also creates a playlist.

SongSprite, a collaborative playlist creator helps you here. It lets you create playlists by extracting audio from YouTube videos. This web service helps you to save bandwidth, avoids minimizing windows every time, stream faster on a slow connection and not to forget, create a playlist so that you can listen to your favorite songs in your desired order.

I made a list of popular YouTube videos and most disliked YouTube videos for trying this web app.

YouTube Audio Playlist

All you have to do is to grab the URL of your favorite YouTube video song, interview or speech. Go to SongSprite, paste the URL in the bar and click Add.

All these videos are added above their audio player. You can also drag and drop the videos to rearrange the order. You will find an unique URL below the player to share your playlist with your friends.

I believe this simple web app avoids you to download YouTube videos and you can save time. You can listen to YouTube videos as if they were just songs. Add as many tracks as you like, or invite friends to join you in building up a legendary playlist.

Find When Your Twitter Followers Are Active

Do you really think your followers are checking your tweets? Many of us wasting our precious tweets unknowingly. Now we’ll see when the people following you are active on Twitter, so that your shared links and tweets can get popular. By this you can establish your Twitter Existence.

Active Time - Twitter

Whentotweet analyzes the time at which your followers tweet and gives you a personalized recommendation on when the best time of day for you to tweet is. Amazing to see Whentotweet is built in Python on top of Google App Engine.

The free version of Whentotweet analyzes your first 500 followers and the latest 200 tweets of each follower and the PRO (premium) version analyzes one million followers and up to 1000 tweets per follower.

If you are a Twitter freak, you can check other useful Twitter tools here.

Top 5 Web-Based Apps That Web Developers Must Give a Try to Boost Their Business

Web development is not an easy process and web developers always remain on the edge of the time constraints and stressful time. They can not afford to do all the work by themselves as they don’t have enough time. If they perform all of the tasks by their own, then it would be difficult for them to meet their client’s deadlines. So, in order to make their tasks easier, many vendors have come up with which are easily available over the internet tools with which web developers can carry out their tasks quite easily and proficiently.

These tools enable web developers to accelerate their development process with much more proficiency. They help in a way that a web developer may only concentrate on its design and code tactics and forget the rest of things.

We all know that the term “tool” in web development and designing typically refers to the programs or applications either small or medium that are combined together to accomplish a specific task. In this article, I want to share some web-based tools that will be helpful for web developers in carrying out their tasks more efficiently.

1. Invoicera

Invoicera

Invoicera is primarily a web-based invoicing and billing tool for web developers and small business owners. It has been developed to help users to save their time and money in carrying out such invoicing tasks such as managing expenses and estimates, tracking time for projects, creating and sending invoices etc to their clients. It provides an effective and easy time tracking feature that not only optimizes the time you spend on client projects and assist you to meet the target within the time constraint.


2. Creately

Creately

Creately is an online application of collaboration diagrams . Creately comes with improved capabilities for collaboration among team members easier and better. Today, besides the support of many types of diagrams, it is web-based Wireframes, Sitemaps and flow of the pages that are used by web designers and developers every day.


3. Adobe Dreameaver

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver is the industry’s leading web authoring and editing software that offers both visual and skills-level code to create sites based on standards and models of desktop, smartphone, tablet and other devices.


4. W3Counter

W3Counter

W3Counter tool is a free, hosted online analytics solution for answering main queries about your website traffic: Who are your viewers, how users came to your site, and what thing they found most interesting. No installation, no configuration, and starts tracking by copying and pasting a snippet of code into your website.


5. OpenX

OpenX

OpenX is one of the leading independent worldwide provider of digital advertising technology that enables web developers to supervise and maximize their advertising revenue. OpenX products, includes OpenX Enterprise and OpenX Market, offers a wide-ranging revenue generation platform by merging ad helping with an exceptional ad exchange program for web developers.

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HBB Monthly Recap: Useful Web Services [Dec 2010]

We have reviewed some good number of web services and tools this month (December 2010) on HBB. We also reviewed some services last month.

Web Apps#1 – Tools To Track Comments : In this blog post, I have mentioned 10+ useful tools for bloggers to track their comments online. All are free services and they are worthy enough.

#2 – Google Reader : Google Reader, as we all know, is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline, but it can also perform various other useful tasks. You can find them here.

#3 – Dropbox : Dropbox is one of the most useful tools I found this year. Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.

#4 – SwipeGood : SwipeGood rounds up all of your credit card purchases to the nearest dollar and allows you to donate the difference to the charity of your choice. Their aim is to make giving to charity as easy and as possible.

#5 – Create Events [Twitter] : In this blog post, I have mentioned +5 useful websites for creating events online via Twitter. They are free of cost.

#6 – iPhone Simulator : If you wish to optimize your blog for iPhone, you can make use of this simulators to get an idea about your site looks there.

#7 – Eventbrite : Here I have discussed the procedure for creating Affiliate program for Events with the help of Eventbrite. You can find the tutorial here.

#8 – FreeSEOReport : Jeremy Schoemaker’s FreeSEOReport.com helps you to optimize keywords for your blog. You should try this site since this is free of cost and gives the SEO report within minutes.

#9 – Banckle : Banckle is a collaboration development company dedicated to delivering cloud-computing solutions to enterprises on a global scale.

We’ll be reviewing more and more websites and softwares next month, you can subscribe to our feeds to get quick updates.