Remove Empty Directories (Freeware tool) – jonasjohn.de

Posted on February 28, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Remove Empty Directories is a Freeware tool from jonasjohn.de.

Since directories take up a certain minimum of space just existing, it makes no sense to have empty ones cluttering your hard drive.

Recommended by FreeDownloadaDay.

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All My Faves link to the best on the web

Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: Fun | Tags: , , , , , |

All My Faves has links to what it considers the top 10% of every site on the web (in English, anyway).

They have weekly update sites, search engines, shopping sites, children’s sites, sports, weather, cellular, on and on and on and….

They have a lot of good sites listed.

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Six Techniques to Get More from the Web

Posted on December 7, 2007. Filed under: Everything, searching, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , |

CIO.com has an article called Six Techniques to Get More from the Web than Google Will Tell You which has advice from expert librarian researchers.

Lots of these are useful methods and resources, including links to a number of places that will help you search for all sorts of information.

Of course, once you get there, how do you know a web resource is worthwhile?

Says a section from the article (to show how useful this article really is!):

What’s Trustworthy Online?

How do you know what information you can trust online? Here are five tips from a research librarian:

1. The URL domain: If a URL ends in .edu, .gov or .org, you can bet the information you’ll find there is primary. Primary sources are more authoritative than secondary sources.

2. Website audience size and reach. This is especially true for blogs. The more people who link to it or subscribe to it, the more you can trust it.

3. Membership ranks. For trade associations, check out what companies are listed as members. Big names that you recognize will tell you the association is reputable.

4. Source materials. Think about Wikipedia. Wikipedia itself is not trustworthy because it is written by anyone, not necessarily an expert, and includes articles by contributors with an agenda. Scroll to the bottom of the entry and go to the links that are cited under References. The more references (ideally to news articles or books), the more trustworthy the wiki entry.

5. Quality of links and listed resources. Generally, the more primary the information, the better. But you’re busy. So look for a good aggregator of firsthand information. For example, a blog might cite a book that cites a white paper. You can’t necessarily trust the blog, or even the book. And the white paper is the result of months of research.

If you can access that raw research itself, that’s the most perfect source of information, but “the white paper is where a CIO should go, not to the research,” says technology librarian Jessamyn West. “Half the trick of being CIO is finding good, secondary cultivators of primary sources.”

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Omniglot directory for translations

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Online Software, Translations | Tags: , , , , , |

Omniglot lists sites for various languages to be translated.

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