ManicTime 1.2.1 – Quanto tempo gasta em frente ao PC?

Hoje em dia, gerimos o nosso tempo de forma extremamente apertada. Vivemos a um ritmo alucinante. O curioso é que muita da culpa é do computador e do telemóvel. A pensar nisso, saquei uma aplicação deveras interessante, ManicTime.

Sim, a parte divertida é que com esta aplicação podemos descrever e agendar com pormenor toda a nossa actividade. Este programa é para os maníacos do tempo. Aqueles que precisam de controlar detalhadamente cada batimento cardíaco, cada segundo do dia dia-a-dia.

Estou a exagerar? Não, experimente o ManicTime e verá que este programa regista toda a nossa actividade frente ao computador.

Resumidamente, a aplicação recolhe todos os dados necessários para construirmos alguma informação estatística, que nos poderá dar um ideia detalhada dos nossos movimentos e hábitos. Por exemplo, quanto tempo estamos frente ao computador, quanto tempo utilizamos o browser, que aplicação mais utilizamos, o que fizemos da hora X até à hora Y, etc etc, etc, informação ao pormenor!!!

Dentro da aplicação, poderemos ver gráficos onde facilmente compreenderemos o resultado dos dados recolhidos.

Se pretende ter uma noção do seu aproveitamento em frente ao computador, então esta aplicação será de grande utilidade.

Nota: É necessário ser instalado o .NET Framework 3.5.

Licença;: Freeware
Sistemas Operativos: Windows 2k/XP/Vista/Win7
Download: ManicTime 1.2.1 [4.94MB]
Homepage: ManicTime

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Cabo Transforma Microfones XLR em Microfones USB!

O XLR-USB Mike Cable é um cabo conversor que pode ser muito útil para quem participa de podcasts ou quer simplesmente transformar o computador num karaokê.

O XLR-USB Mike Cable conecta microfones comuns, incluindo aqueles de alta qualidade, em qualquer computador ou notebook com entrada USB. O cabo mede 5 metros de comprimento e é compatível com Windows ou Mac.

O cabo XLR-USB custa ¥4.980 (R$100) na Thanko Japão.

Veja mais microfones aqui no Digital Drops.


CSS3 Dropdown Menu


While I was coding the Notepad theme, I’ve learned some new CSS3 features and now I would like to share it with you. View the demo to see a Mac-like multi-level dropdown menu that I’ve created using border-radius, box-shadow, and text-shadow. It renders perfect on Firefox, Safari and Chrome. The dropdown also works on non-CSS3 compitable browsers such as IE7+, but the rounded corners and shadow will not be rendered.

View Demo CSS3 Dropdown


The image below shows how the menu will look if CSS3 is not supported.

menu preview

One Gradient Image is Used

A white-transparent image is used to achieve the gradient effect. Because the new CSS3 gradient feature is not supported by all browsers yet, it is safer to use a gradient background image.

gradient image

The instensitiy of the gradient can be changed by shifting the background image up or down. Also, the gradient color can be easily adjusted by changing the background color.

gradient image

CSS Code

I’m not going to explain the CSS line by line. The images below explain the key points on how this dropdown is coded.

menu css

css code

A Beautiful Apple-style Slideshow Gallery With CSS & jQuery

This week, we are making an Apple-like slideshow gallery, similar to the one they use on their website to showcase their products. It will be entirely front-end based, no PHP or databases required.


When speaking about design, there is one company that is impossible to go without. Apple values design – being a new product, a fancy catalog or their website – there is always something to admire.

This week, we are making an Apple-like slideshow gallery, similar to the one they use on their website to showcase their products. It will be entirely front-end based, no PHP or databases required.

So go ahead and download the example source code and continue with the first step.

Step 1 – XHTML

There is no need for a database nor a PHP back-end for this gallery. This means that it is really easy to incorporate into an existing site – you just have to change a few lines of html code.

Lets take a closer look at the XHTML markup:


<div id="main">

<div id="gallery">

<div id="slides">

<div class="slide"><img src="img/sample_slides/macbook.jpg" width="920" height="400" /></div>
<div class="slide"><img src="img/sample_slides/iphone.jpg" width="920" height="400" /></div>
<div class="slide"><img src="img/sample_slides/imac.jpg" width="920" height="400" /></div>


<div id="menu">

<li class="fbar"> </li><li class="menuItem"><a href=""><img src="img/sample_slides/thumb_macbook.png" /></a></li><li class="menuItem"><a href=""><img src="img/sample_slides/thumb_iphone.png" /></a></li><li class="menuItem"><a href=""><img src="img/sample_slides/thumb_imac.png" /></a></li>




The idea is simple – there are two main container DIVs – the one with id=”menu” holds the thumbnails, and the other –“slides” holds the slides themselves.

To add a new slide, you’ll just have to add new elements to both containers. The slides are JPGs, and the thumbnails are transparent PNGs, but you can use any image type you want.

You can even put any kind of HTML in as well. For example you could make a certain slide into a hyperlink by just putting the image inside of an anchor tag.

That said, it is important to have the width and height attributes set up of the slide images – it is used by jQuery to determine the width of the sliding area, as you’ll see in a moment.

Also notice that the thumbnail LI elements. The first one is assigned a class name of fbar , used to only show a vertical dividing bar, and the others are assigned a menuItem class – used as the slideshow control buttons.

Now lets continue with the next step.

Step 2 – CSS

Lets see what lays hidden in our stylesheet. I’ve only included the styles that are directly used by the gallery. You can view the rest of the styles, used to show the demo, in demo.css.


	/* Page reset */

	/* Setting default text color, background and a font stack */
	background: #f2f2f2;
	font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

/* Gallery styles */

	/* CSS3 Box Shadow */
	-moz-box-shadow:0 0 3px #AAAAAA;
	-webkit-box-shadow:0 0 3px #AAAAAA;
	box-shadow:0 0 3px #AAAAAA;

	/* CSS3 Rounded Corners */



	border:1px solid white;

	background:url(img/panel.jpg) repeat-x bottom center #ffffff;

	/* The width of the gallery */

	/* This is the slide area */

	/* jQuery changes the width later on to the sum of the widths of all the slides. */


	/* This is the container for the thumbnails */


	/* Every thumbnail is a li element */

	/* The inactive state, highlighted on mouse over */
	background:url(img/pic_bg.png) repeat;

	/* The active state of the thumb */
	background:url(img/active_bg.png) no-repeat;

li.act a{

	/* The left-most vertical bar, next to the first thumbnail */
	background:url(img/divider.png) no-repeat right;

li a{
	background:url(img/divider.png) no-repeat right;

a img{

We have used a number of CSS3 specific properties in this slideshow gallery:

  • box-shadow, which makes the gallery cast a light shadow around its edges. To use it, you have to provide offsets by X and Y (0 0 here), the blurring (3px in this example) and the color of the shadow;
  • border-radius, which rounds the bottom corners of the gallery.

Unfortunately, these properties are only supported in Safari, Chrome and Firefox for now. However in the rest of the browsers you still have a completely functional gallery.

Now it is time for some jQuery magic.

Step 3 – jQuery

As I already mentioned, this gallery does not use any server-side code, so it is all up to the front end to make the slideshow tick.


	/* This code is executed after the DOM has been completely loaded */

	var totWidth=0;
	var positions = new Array();

	$('#slides .slide').each(function(i){
		/* Loop through all the slides and store their accumulative widths in totWidth */
		positions[i]= totWidth;
		totWidth += $(this).width();

		/* The positions array contains each slide's commulutative offset from the left part of the container */

			alert("Please, fill in width & height for all your images!");
			return false;


	/* Change the cotnainer div's width to the exact width of all the slides combined */

	$('#menu ul li a').click(function(e){

		/* On a thumbnail click */

		var pos = $(this).parent().prevAll('.menuItem').length;

		/* Start the sliding animation */

		/* Prevent the default action of the link */

	$('#menu ul li.menuItem:first').addClass('act').siblings().addClass('inact');
	/* On page load, mark the first thumbnail as active */

The main idea behind this script is to loop through all the slides, sum up their widths and assign the sum to the slides container – the DIV with the id=”slides“. Because the slides are floated to the left and have enough room, they align next to each other.

Later, when you click a thumbnail, the script calculates which slide to show and scrolls the #slides div by assigning a negative margin via the animate method.

And with just 40 lines of code, the Apple-like slider gallery is finished!


In three easy steps we created a beautiful Apple-style slideshow gallery. It can be easily included into any website by just adding a few lines of code.

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