What if there were a software that lets you find and organize all the pictures on your computer--including the ones you forgot about--edit them, share them with others, arrange them into slide shows, movies, and collages... all for free?

Google, tirelessly inventing new tools for PC and Internet users, has come out with several innovative functions you may want to know about. The first is the above-mentioned, quickly downloadable Picasa software that locates your pictures and sorts them into visual albums. With easy-to-handle, advanced editing features and backup options, Picasa is a blessing for everyone with a messy pile of family photos on their hard drive.

Another useful instrument--although not entirely new--is the advanced search function Google provides. Under "Page-Specific Search", you can enter a URL and find websites that are similar or feature a link to that site; a great tool that allows you to monitor competitor sites or find out how well-represented you are on the Net.

Last but not least, if you feel that you have pearls of wisdom to share with the world, Google makes it painlessly simple to become a first-class blogger. Choose from one of twelve professional-looking templates and get started right away. Your weblog is going to be listed on all major search engines, and who knows, you may even win the next Bloggie Award.



"The worst government is often the more moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression."

--H.L. Mencken; "Minority Report--H.L. Mencken's Notebooks" (Knopf, 1956)


Posted 03-28-2005 5:15 PM by Doug Casey