Have You Heard of Desktop Two?

Desktop Two is a cool web application that lets you have your own personal desktop (or webtop) on whatever computer you’re using.

This webtop allows you to store files, use open office applications, play games, read your email, chat, and whatever else you like to do. It’s essentially your own remote desktop that you can access whenever you want.

And the best part is that it’s totally free. Check it out.

Free Math Help

Hotmath.com is a website that provides free math help for a variety of homework problems from over 150 math textbooks. The site also offers free online math calculators and math workbooks and games. The site currently serves over a million students, and can provide you free help in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus. There are also free video lessons and practice tests to help you sharpen your math skills. This site looks very helpful, so check it out if you need some math help. Let us know what you think.

I Heart Buzzword: A Nifty Online Word Processor

Even though I’m a big fan of Google Docs, I have to admit that Buzzword (an online word processor) is pretty slick. It doesn’t have all the cool Microsoft-esque features that Google Docs has, but it has enough to let you create and share your web documents with ease. The cool Web 2.0 interface is also a big plus.

Heres a screen shot:

The only disappointing part about Buzzword is that you need to have Adobe Flash Player 9 to play with the Beta version. This is a problem if you’re trying to access it from a school library. Most campus libraries that I’ve spent time in are really behind in technology. And they (obviously) won’t allow you to install anything.

Despite the technology issues of trying to use Buzzword on school computers, this is a very cool web application. Check out the video preview to see how it all works.

Organize Your Life with Google Calendar

If you haven’t started using Google calendar, we highly recommend it. Not only can you keep track of all your weekly activities online, but you can have the event reminders emailed directly to you. Pretty cool, huh? And you can also import concert calendars, sporting event calendars, and your friend’s calendars into yours so you don’t miss anything. This is definitely worth checking out.

6 Cool Online Office Applications You Should Know About

Here are 6 web-based text documents that you can use to store and share your documents online:

ThinkFree
ThinkFree provides you with a web-based document that looks almost exactly like Microsoft Word. These online documents can be shared with your friends and edited by anyone you give access to. You can also publish your document directly on your blog if you want.

Writeboard
Writeboard is another free web-based document application that allows you to share your documents with friends—and it will even track everyone’s changes. What’s nice about this application is that you can subscribe to these docs via RSS, so you’ll immediately know after someone’s finished editing the text.

GOffice
GOffice is an online word processing application that gives you unlimited text storage space. Yeah, unlimited! And this site also allows you to fax your online document anywhere in the United States for free. There’s also a nifty PDF converter (in case you want to download a PDF version of your doc).

ajaxWrite
ajaxWrite is one of our favorite online word processing programs because it allows you to read and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents. You can work on your file and then immediately download it to your computer when you’re done. The only problem is that you need to have the Firefox web browser to use this program.

Zoho Writer
Zoho Writer is another online processor that allows you to import documents in a variety of formatsincluding Microsoft Word and HTML. Multiple users can edit the same document at the same time.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets
We can’t write an article about web-based office applications without mentioning Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Google’s online docs is a great way to write, store, edit, and share documents with anyone. Anyone who has an email account can gain access to this free application.

How to Deal with Exam Stress

We love The Student Room (the United Kingdom’s largest online student community) website.

They have a cool wiki project with students posting tips and advice on a variety of subjects—everything from anthropology to veterinary medicine. The wiki project just launched, and were excited to already see students submitting helpful content.

Anyway, they have a great collection of tips on how to deal with test stress.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • If your mind goes blank, don’t panic. If you worry and panic, it will make it harder to recall the information. Focus on some deep breathing for a few minutes. The information is there, you just have to get to it. If after relaxing for a few minutes, you still can’t remember the answer, move onto the next question and come back to this one later.
  • Don’t try to be perfect. We all want the best possible grades that we can get, but sometimes it just doesn’t work like that. If you think that ‘anything less than an A means I’ve failed’, then you are just creating unnecessary mountains of stress for yourself. Try to do your best, but remember that we can’t be perfect all the time.
  • The night before your exam, make sure you have a relaxing evening, doing as little revision as possible. Get a good night’s sleep, and try your best not to worry; you have already done all your revision anyway! On the day, make sure you have plenty of time to get ready, have a good breakfast and arrive at college or school in plenty of time.

Check out the rest of the test taking strategies to reduce stress.

Best Social Networking Websites for Students

One of my graduate projects includes analyzing online social networking websites.

Here are some popular social networking sites for students that I found this weekend:

AlumWire
AlumWire is an interactive site for college students and alumni to network for job opportunities.

B4Class
Members enjoy free use of all site services and features, including detailed online profiles, photos, group chat, one-to-one video chat, onsite email, event planning and detailed member searches.

BuddyUniversity.com
Use BuddyU to keep up with your friends, upload photos, videos, music and meet others from around the country. Only students with an .edu email can join BuddyU.

Campusbug
A student social networking website to make friends, browse profiles, ask questions, and get advice from other students.

Classmates.com
One of the oldest social communities for students.

CollegeMedium.com
A student version of Craigslist – where students can buy, sell and share information.

College Tonight
College Tonight is a social networking place for college students, graduate students and alumni,. This site promotes social interactivity.

CollegeClassifieds.com
This is a cragslist for college students.

Facebook.com
Yeah, you already know about it – but I have to add it here.

FriendsUnited.com
Social networking sites for students in the United Kingdom

Graduates.com
A social networking site helping graduates to stay connected.

iHipo
A place for college students and business professionals looking for networking opportunities. They have a nifty internship and job search.

LibraryThing.com
LibraryThing is a website that allows students to catalog their books online. You can access this online catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing connects people with the same books, and comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.

Pazap.com
A student trading site for buying and selling on-campus books with other students. You can even cell your phones through your cellphone with this service.

Quizilla
Quizilla is a social network for young teens who share quizzes, stories, journals, and polls.

RateMyProfessor.com
RateMyProfessor connects students together, and also allows students to rate and talk about the professors theyve taken. They even have a Facebook app that you can add to your profile.

Scholar.com
Scholar.com is a social bookmarking website for students. You need to have a .edu email address, and your schools blackboard system must be linked with Scholar.com.

Socialbib
Book swapping network between students.

Student.com
Student.com is an online community for college students, high school students and teens. Ages 18 to 24.

Studentbid.com
StudentBid.com is a social networking site mixed with an online auction. Studentbid is currently serving seven schools in the Boston area (Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, Tufts, Emerson, and Northeastern) and requires a valid .edu email address from a supported college to ensure out networks safety.

StudentFace.com
A nifty social networking site for students in Australia. Members can share videos and photos.

Uloop.com
Uloop allows students to trade textbooks, promote community events and do host of other activities.

I’m probably missing a bunch, so please comment and let me know of others that you think should get added.

Download the Free Version of StarOffice with Google

I bought my laptop last year for very little money during one of those “after Thanksgiving” sales.

Yeah, I was one of those guys who waited in line at freakin’ Office Depot to get this deal, but it was worth it.

Anyway, the computer didn’t have any software with it, except some pretty standard applications that I couldn’t do much with. And there’s only so much Minesweeper I can possibly play.

Since I didn’t have money to buy Microsoft Office, I had to rely on some open source applications that didn’t really work very well. They were all buggy and slow.

So anyway, Google released a FREE version of StarOffice several months ago, and I’m very happy with it. You get everything that Microsoft Office has, except you don’t pay a dime. And the software actually works really well. Another bonus is that you can easily import/export Microsoft Word docs.

So anyway, if you’re running short on cash, you should definitely check out StarOffice.

Collaborate on School Projects with Stixy.com

Alright, so another online collaboration website started up.

Yep, another one.

This one is called Stixy.

Stixy.com is an online bulletin board that allows you to post your notes, word docs, and photos all on one page.

You can do the same things with iGoogle, but Stixy makes it look a heck of a lot nicer. And you can also easily share everything with your friends or other classmates (in case you’re working on a school project).

Heres how it looks . . .

The website is still in beta (and acting a bit buggy), but overall it’s a pretty nice website for keeping track of your various class assignments and “to do” lists. I still prefer iGoogle for this type of stuff, but Stixy.com does have a much nicer interface. Check out Stixy when you get a moment.

UC Berkeley Offers Free Classes Online

We just found out that UC Berkeley launched webcasts of hundreds of class lectures.

Yep, that means you can watch video courses in a variety of different subjects. Some of their free online classes include: astronomy, biology, physics, psychology, quantum mechanics, and philosophy. Check out Berkeleys full online webcast library when you get a chance.