Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reverso - Check grammar and spelling for English texts

Check Spelling and Grammar

Free online tool Reverso allows you to correct the most cumbersome mistakes, with a high degree of accuracy and speed, and to improve your written English.

When several corrections are possible, you are prompted to choose one of them. There are cases when mistakes are skipped in order to limit the display of warnings or when the suggested corrections are not perfectly adapted to the context. Therefore, we advise you not to rely exclusively on the results delivered by our tool and to review the text yourself after the correction. To improve your English spelling, you can also consult the online grammar module and conjugator.

Additional Resources

Developers offer you several tools that will help you better understand and complete the corrections made to your texts. To use them, simply select a word or group of words from your text and launch the search in the dictionary, the conjugator, or our interactive grammar.

Additional Services

Reverso offers several additional service, related to other languages:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7 Online Places to Get Free Goods

You have something you do not need, but you want something, somebody else haves? You do not care if the stuff is used? Just short on money?

Why not try the free goods exchange sites before going to the discount or Goodwill store? Actually, these sites cannot be considered as exchange, because you have no obligations to give any goods in exchange of what you are getting.

We will present several Websites which will help you to get what you need.

1.       FreeCycle

The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,157 groups with 8,099,328 members around the world (at the moment of writing the post). It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on 'Browse Groups' above the search box.

2.       ReUseIt Network

The ReUseIt Network is an on-line forum that serves as a tool to make connections between community members who want to help each other, themselves, and their environment. In a disposable society where many items are discarded long before they have actually outlived their use, The ReUseIt Network helps get things from people who have them but don't want them to people who want them but don't have them.

The primary goal is to find new uses for unwanted items that would otherwise be thrown into the trash. The primary benefit is that it reduces the amount of reusable items that end up in the trash with a secondary benefit of reducing the overall amount of items thrown into landfills. Reusing items not only cuts down on goods in landfills, but also helps reduce the strain on our natural resources by keeping useable items in circulation, reducing the need to manufacture additional goods.

The ReUseIt Network also provides an opportunity for those looking for an item to ask for it. Requests for items may jog the memory of someone who has an unused item stashed in the garage or basement waiting to be used. It is a great way to help get rid of those things which we may have forgotten, giving every member the chance to ReUseIt! All transactions must be free, legal, and family-friendly.

3.       TrashNothing

TrashNothing provides simplistic and user-friendly interface to all the Yahoo Groups, devoted to the free stuff exchange. There are actually thousands of locally run, grassroots freecycling mailing groups around the world, so in most cases it is fairly easy to find a local group in your neighborhood.

You can give and get almost anything on your local freecycling group. Some of the most common posts are for items such as old electronics, building materials, clothes and books.

Even things you might not consider reusable like cloth scraps, scratched CDs and broken appliances sometimes find homes with artists looking for materials or tinkerers looking for an interesting project or spare parts. Items you offer aren't expected to be in perfect condition as long as you accurately describe their condition when you offer them.

So next time you're cleaning out the garage, moving to a new place or about to throw something away, don't forget that someone on your local freecycling group might be able to use your unwanted stuff.

4.       EcoFreek

EcoFreek search engine aggregates and searches more than 50 websites for free items being given away. You can find free computers, household appliances, tools, and much more through the site.

Just post what you are looking for and your location.

5.       AnyGoodtoYou

Too many things that still have plenty on life left in them end up in landfill these days. This cost us all both environmentally and financially via local authority financial burden for landfill use.

You may personally impact positively the environment by reducing landfill, since every item re-homed potentially saves it from landfill. Reduce carbon emissions by reusing not recreating. Reduce needless consumerism (Why buy when you can reuse?) By finding new homes for things too good to throw away AGTY hopes to its bit to ensure a sustainable future, helping other to do the same along the way.

6.       SnaffleUp

SnaffleUp is a British recycling web site, making it easy for you to do your bit for the environment by putting items you no longer need back on the market.

You’ll be amazed at how many useful things you can pick up in your area for free at SnaffleUp – plus get alerts when something you’re on the lookout for becomes available.

7.       Freegle

Freegle is a British network of local groups where you can give stuff away when you want to get rid of it – but don’t want to throw it away because it still has some useful life left in it. Or if there’s something you’d like, perhaps someone has just what you need that they don’t want anymore.

Unwanted items are getting reused in their communities via our locally based volunteer run groups.  It’s free to sign up, then post a message with an OFFER of something you want to get rid of, or a WANTED message for something you need.

Monday, September 29, 2014

ProtonMail – Privacy over All

If you are really concerned over privacy and security of your personal data, you may find the encryption methods of all the most popular email providers as insufficient. Looking for secure email with absolutely no compromises, brought to you by MIT and CERN scientists? You found it!

Why ProtonMail?

* ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland and our servers are located in Switzerland. The service is outside of US and EU jurisdiction and user data is protected by strict Swiss data protection laws.

* Because of the end-to-end encryption, your data is already encrypted by the time it reaches the ProtonMail servers. Service provider cannot decrypt your encrypted messages and as result, they cannot share them with third parties. Messages are stored on ProtonMail servers in encrypted format. They are also transmitted in encrypted format between our server and users’ browsers. Messages between ProtonMail users are transmitted in encrypted form within our protected server network. Because data is encrypted at all steps, the risk of message interception is largely eliminated.

* ProtonMail works out of any modern web browser, there is nothing to install. The service definitely is also backwards compatible with other email providers so you can continue sending and receiving emails from friends who are not using ProtonMail.

* ProtonMail developers believe privacy is a fundamental human right and should be available for everyone. That's why they offer multi-tiered pricing including a free version that anyone can use.

* ProtonMail services do not keep permanent logs or require any personal information to sign up. They do not save any metadata such as the IPs used to connect to accounts, and also accept anonymous payment methods (such as Bitcoin) so even paid users have their privacy rights protected.

* Web-based service ProtonMail works on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It's as simple as visiting our site and logging in. There are no plugins or apps to install - simply use your favorite web browser.

* You can set an optional expiration time on ProtonMail’s encrypted emails, so they will be automatically deleted from the recipient's inbox once they have expired. This works for both emails sent to other ProtonMail users, and encrypted emails sent to outside email addresses.

* ProtonMail was developed with a strong emphasis on usability. As a result, ProtonMail is extremely easy to use and does not require any learning curves for any level of the end-user computer literacy.

Service is in open beta, so you need to sign in and request invite. Supply your other working email address so you will get the email notification promptly as soon as you will be invited.

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