InstantCryptor: encrypt, upload files to cloud

Would you want to upload files with confidential information unencrypted to cloud storage services? If you care about security and privacy you wouldn’t. What can you do about it? A good approach would to encrypt your files using a local tool like ccrypt and then upload it to the cloud. However, you may not have your laptop with you all the time. InstantCryptor is a webapp to solve this problem.

InstantCryptor works with Dropbox and Google Drive at the time of writing. It is free of cost and claims to have 0 knowledge of your data as all files are encrypted (or decrypted) on the local device. InstantCryptor works directly from the browser, you do not need to install anything on your device. Continue reading InstantCryptor: encrypt, upload files to cloud

Joker: stream torrents in browser

transfer_compClients to download torrents and magnets galore. And new services like Hive are coming up to allow downloading torrents directly into the cloud. But how about a browser based solution to stream and view torrents? Popcorn Time and peerflix does that for you. Today I found a similar webservice – Joker. There isn’t much to write about Joker. You nee to upload the torrent file or paste the link and it will do the rest.

Webpage: Joker

Firefox Hello: the new way to communicate?

firefoxFirefox 34 Beta introduces a new feature – Firefox Hello. There are some issues around testing it if any kind of modification is made in the browser but it’s just a matter of time it will get fixed. What’s exciting is that this has the potential to become the new way of voice and video communication for people like me who spend a lot of time with the browser. How easy is it to use Firefox Hello?

You do not need to install a new plugin or download any additional software. Firefox used TokBox’s OpenTok platform to embed this feature directly into the browser. The idea is to communicate between Firefox and any WebRTC supporting browser, e.g. Google Chrome and Opera. You do not need to create an account either. Just share your link with anyone you wish to have a voice or video call. Optionally you can sign up for a Firefox account. After signing in, you can initiate or receive direct calls with other Firefox Account users, without having to share a callback link first.

You can also import contacts for your Google account to Firefox Hello. So there’s no need to brush up old friendships!

And of course, it works on Linux, Windows and Mac. Firefox is one of those software which delivers fresh experimental features to all platforms at once. The icon for Hello should be in the Properties Menu, near Customize. But as mentioned earlier, the browser should be a vanilla one, i.e., no modifications.

iPaint: mspaint in the browser

Most Windows users run MS Paint once in a while to take desktop screenshots. But MS Paint can do many other things. While popular Linux desktop managers do not need an extra application to take desktop screenshots, an exact match for MS Paint can be a welcome addition. There is no Linux native MS Paint yet but a browser based clone is available – iPaint. iPaint is written in HTML5 and JS. It resembles MS Paint straight from the looks to almost all the functionalities. Let’s take a look at the features:

  • Runs on any browser supporting HTML5.
  • Offline storage support.
  • Online image search.
  • Image sharing.
  • Rich set of geometric shapes.
  • Outline/fill support.
  • Various brushes.
  • Various line cap/joint/width support.
  • Colour picker.
  • Dynamic picture size.
  • Ruler support.
  • Measure in pixel, cm or inch.
  • Unlimited undo/redo.
  • Free of cost and no limitations as of now. The author is developing a pro version with more capabilities. Let’s hope that doesn’t affect the free MS Paint clone.

To use iPaint, go to the home page (link below) and click on the big green button that says TRY iPaint Now.

Webpage: iPaint

Use LibreOffice online

libreoffice_compLibreOffice, a complete open source office suite, is the latest addition to rollApp, a service that lets you run many popular applications online using a browser. Following are the links:

rollApp is a very useful service for devices like Chromebooks or users who rely heavily on online services. Click on “Launch online” and register quickly on rollApp using any of your existing accounts to use the applications. As of now rollApp can connect and store your documents on Dropbox, Google Drive (former Google Docs), Box and 4shared.

Writebox: in-browser text editor

writeboxFrequently we need a simple text editor without too many bells and whistles to take quick notes. I use most of the time. Today I found another similar editor which works as an extension to Google Chrome – Writebox. The objective remains the same but it has more customization options.

Features include:

  • Ability to sync to Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • Distraction free writing environment.
  • Some useful keyboard shortcuts (still experimental).
  • Can open text files from the local machine and download as plain text or html.
  • Minimal yet smart look and feel.
  • Change colours, fonts or even use fonts of your choice.
  • Change pixel width of the writing area.
  • And with this tweak, you can always access it from the dash so that you do not have to have a separate text editor installed.

Webpage: Writebox

Run popular apps in-browser

ubuntu_apps_compInstalling and running applications on your system leads to cruft like unused data, temporary files, configuration files etc. How about running your favourite applicaitons in-browser?

Turbo is a web service which brings the flexibility of running many applicaitons sandboxed in your browser. The applications are listed in the following categories:

  • Productivity
  • Social
  • Media
  • Tools
  • Games

Works only on Windows at the time of writing.

Webpage: Turbo