February 25, 2018

FRESH BABY BITES: Salt for Babies: Yes! – Natural, Healthy Baby Foods

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Salt for Babies: Yes!
Posted by freshbabybites on Oct 24, 2012 in Expert Advice

This week we have a guest post from certified nutritionist and yoga teacher Katie Louderback. Kim connected with Katie at the Intro to Solids Class at the Day One Center in San Francisco. We asked her to give us some insights into salt for babies, especially now that we’ve added Baked Bites to our menu.

Salt is actually beneficial for babies!

katie louderbackI am a Certified Nutrition Consultant that focuses on nourishing the whole family. In addition to teaching about nourishing pregnancy, I teach classes on starting solids for babies and toddler nutrition. Salt is always a big topic of conversation in my classes. There are some popular websites and books that recommend completely restricting salt from a baby’s diet. I disagree and believe that unrefined salt is a healthy component of a baby’s diet.

There is a reason that salt is one of the five flavors that we taste in food (along with sweet, bitter, sour and unami/savory) and why our food tastes better with salt. The two main components of salt are sodium and chloride. We need both of these elements for survival and since our bodies cannot make them, we must get them through our food. In ancient cultures salt was considered a holy food and Plato described salt as “especially dear to the gods.”

Throughout history salt has been traded by different cultures and used as a flavoring and preservative. It has only been in recent history that salt has been looked upon as an unhealthy food that should be severely restricted or avoided. These recommendations make no distinction between refined and unrefined salt and they don’t take into account the nutritional benefits of unrefined salt.

The white table salt that is so ubiquitous in our society has been highly refined. The refining of salt uses many processes and chemicals to strip salt of the trace minerals. All of the research highlighting the negative effects of salt on the body has been done using refined sea salt. I agree that we should limit or eliminate this type of salt in our diets.

Unrefined sea salt is very different from its refined counterpart. In its natural state salt contains eighty highly absorbable trace minerals such as iodine, magnesium, calcium, potassium and bromide. These minerals are naturally found together and in proportions that support many processes in the body. For example, salt supports metabolism, detoxification, hydration, moving nutrients through the body, hormone production and the immune system. Salt is also essential for the growth and development of the brain.

Small amounts of unrefined salt have always been a part of traditional diets for babies. Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mom and Baby, writes about recipes from traditional baby food books that nourished many generations of babies all of which contain a “pinch of salt”. In the book Super Nutrition for Babies authors Katherine Erlich, M.D. and Kelly Genzlinger encourage the use of unrefined sea salt in a baby’s diet and state, “Particularly, unrefined salt is important for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation and thus serves to bolster the immune system.”

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Pink salt is good for babiesSalt is only white once it has been refined and bleached so unrefined salt will have a color like beige, grey or pink. I recommend Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt and adding small amounts of unrefined salt to any baby food you make.

We’ll be adding a pinch of pink himalayan salt to our new Baked Bites. Thanks for the suggestion, Katie!
Happy feeding,
Expert Blender (and salt lover!)


ADMIN NOTE: There seems to be an opportunity here for other women in all Major U.S. Cities
to try and do what this group of women has done in California.

We are sure they wouldn’t mind helping out with at least advice. They have done most of the hard work in starting this most useful bussiness.

We at the T.D.P. will assist as much as we can. Good Luck.
At the very least, they have alot of good fresh Baby Food Recipes at their website.

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50 plus+ MPG CARS NOT ALLOWED IN AMERICA: 50 Plus MPG Cars Not Allowed In The U.S. or Canada


Admin Note: Unable to locate any videos on YouTube about any of the following vehicles. Total Censorship, of any cars in the World that get over 50 MPG on Google and Youtube in America!


50 plus MPG cars not allowed in the U.S. or Canada

Jim Stone, July 12, 2013

Americans get guilt tripped by their own government for driving huge gas sucking cars. Americans are called wasteful, and are often shown graphs of how much energy they use compared to the rest of the world. But what if the problem is not the American people, but those who govern them?

The following report is intended to be a wake up call for the American people. There are no tricks here, such as quoting imperial gallons, referencing tiny cars, electric cars, or even hybrids. These cars are straight up 50 plus mile per gallon winners which are banned for sale in the U.S., and if you think you can bring one home, think again, in America such cars are allowed a 30 day visit upon crossing the border, after which if they are found on American soil they get impounded and if not immediately shipped out of the country thereafter they are destroyed.

The U.S. government quotes as a reason for such behavior that said cars are “not up to American standards”. But what about Europe, where they are allowed? European standards are every bit as high as American standards, (BMW vs Ford) but with a simple quote from the government, American people will turn their nose and say if it is not up to American standards we do not want it here. But under all of this is a damning reality – there is nothing wrong with these cars other than the fact that they are too efficient and will reduce corporate profits as a result.


Lets get started

With a combined mileage of 52.8 U.S. mpg and an even higher highway mpg, the Urban Cruiser SUV crossover by Toyota, which is a European version of the Scion XD features front wheel drive for the ultimate mileage and if you are willing to sacrifice and get the 4 wheel drive version, you will suffer in life with a combined mileage of 48 mpg. Highway mileage is considerably higher which will help make any vacations enjoyable. Al Gore is not happy with this one, so you can forget about it in the U.S.


With a highway mileage of 56 mpg per U.S. gallon, the Nissan Qashqai SUV crossover would be sure to make any carbon tax junkie shiver with dread. Fortunately the American version delivers only 26 highway mpg (22 combined) so the local carbon tax tyrant can rest easy. I would like to ask HOW ON EARTH the difference could be so huge. True, the ultimate mileage is compliments of a diesel engine but that cannot account for such a severe mileage cut. The American version has got to be intentionally detuned to deliver horrific comparable mileage. And that is not the end of it, on E85 fuel which is rapidly being forced on the American people, the mileage drops to an amazingly low 18/23which is not only good for the oil companies, it´s damaging to the U.S. economy which would be better off having that money go toward house payments and durable goods. This much of a difference in efficiency between U.S. and European versions is not happening by accident, it can only be intentional economic sabotage.


Here’s a good one

With 78.5 imperial miles per gallon highway, the 1.6 blue motion TDI Volkswagen Passat wagon is definitely forbidden in America, where in the smaller American gallons it would deliver a carbon tax blood curdling 65.4 highway mpg. I never laughed at the 70 mpg carburetor even as a kid. How would that do you on vacation? And even city fuel mileage comes in at over 50 miles per U.S. gallon. Ever see National Lampoons vacation? The car is THAT big. They are flat out banned in America, and if you manage to get one into the states, you will be allowed 30 days to leave with it or it will be impounded and crushed.

I looked into this topic, and when it comes to cars like this they really are banned even if purchased elsewhere and really will get taken by the government if you do not get them out of the country on time. Take a look at what an American who rented one of these in Europe had to say when he got home and could not buy one even though they are manufactured in America and shipped out of the country.


And now, the punch line

This is the 261 MPG volkswagen I mentioned a few months ago. Yeah, that station wagon delivering 65 U.S. MPG looks pretty good for an American family, but 261 mpg is pretty tempting. Perhaps I’d spring for it, and certainly if I man
aged to get one into Mexico it would not get crushed. But don’t even think about approaching the U.S. border with this one, if 65 MPG from a large station wagon will get your car taken away by the FED, this bad boy would land you in prison.

It ended up getting ridiculed for only achieving a combined mileage of 160 MPG in U.S. gallons (192 combined in Imperial gallons), but come on now, at that point, WHO CARES. Even at 160 MPG combined, which means the highway mpg is well into the 200’s, this particular car exposes the fuel mileage lie so harshly that there is absolutely no recovery or hiding from the truth, even Europeans are getting scammed at 65 mpg while Americans are getting more than raped.


How long are Americans going to continue to tolerate a government that can’t even be honest about fuel economy, all the while that same government back stabs the American psyche with illusions of wastefulness?

If you take the time to wade through all the censorship, you will eventually discover that there are over 20 full sized cars, including 10 SUV’s that get combined mileage figures over 50 U.S. MPG, and that’s not counting econoboxes. Even Renault has a 4 door hatch back that gets over 80 combined imperial MPG and pushes well over 100 imperial mpg on the highway. ( Megane expression pictured here.) This equates to 65 US MPG combined, 85 mpg highway, and though it is not a full sized car, it could hardly be called an “econobox”.

Americans need to stand up and demand the government to stop censoring search results to prevent Americans from learning the truth elsewhere. Americans need to stand up and call the government on the carpet over the lies that “40 MPG can be achieved in the future” all the while even American car companies such as Ford are producing 65 plus MPG cars for sale on foreign markets right on American soil. It is time to end the lie, and tell these scamming frauds in our government to STICK IT.

If there is any “conspiracy” you could use to wake Americans up, it is this one, these cars are real and not just a bunch of blurry UFO photos. You cannot let the truth slip away on the basis of “the cars not being up to American standards”, especially when those standards are forced to include having always on cell connections to every car that can be used to commit murder when the government deems fit as they did in the case of Hastings.

There is nothing better about American “improvements” or “standards” that is in any way more beneficial to the people than the European counterparts, and forcing every car to give the government the option to murder via wire is an “improvement” every American can certainly live without. I’d take a fuel economy improvement over that ANY DAY.



GOOGLE, EMAIL, YOUTUBE ALTERNATIVES: The G.E.Y. AGENDA Alternative Initiative – Alternate Search Engines, E-Mail And Video Sharing Services “Time To Hit The ‘CHANGE’ Button!”

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– 100 Alternative Search Engines
– 12 Alternative Free E Mail Providers
– 28 Alternative Video Sharing Sites

If you google ‘Alternative Search Engines’ you get About 133,000,000 results (0.35 seconds)
If you google ‘alternative email services’ you get About 415,000,000 results (0.37 seconds)
If you google ‘youtube alternative video sharing sites’ you get about About 101,000,000 results (0.35 seconds)

No matter the reason, millions of people want change, alternatives to Google, Youtube and the big Email providers. Over a 100 Million in every case!!!
“Time for Change!”

“You only have privacy insofar as the powers that be are uninterested in you. As soon as you get on some bureaucrat’s radar screen, you can kiss your constitutional rights goodbye.”

ADMIN NOTE: I now use a full piece of blank paper I keep by the computer, so I can cover up the entire computer screen every time I punch up and click off a google ad, so I don’t have their ad image downloaded into my brain as much.
How sad? Google is becoming quite sickening.

UPDATE: 8 out of 10 clicks were just google ads that had to be clicked away. Jesus H. Freaking Christ!

Google is Pure SHIATE!


Online Comment:

Google has in just a few months dropped support for open standards, including my much beloved Google RSS. Additionally, other services are being forcefully integrated into the mess called Google+, I found this out in a hard pickle when my main Gmail was being attacked by spam messages, and that isn’t the problem – the problem is I can’t change my YouTube email address because Google is on “consumer lock-in” – integrating everything together. The crazy part is I don’t even give this email out to “just anybody” (I have another email address), so I don’t know who sold my address.

I also find that every “new feature” or “improvement” doesn’t really feel that way to me. The new Google Maps for example, its a step back from the outgoing version (imho). But this has nothing to do with eMail or feeds, rather just further spoils everything.

I could go on. . ., but to keep it short, Google, is in other words, the new AOL: a separate shelter from the open web, with very limited interoperability.

With that, what alternatives can I look into? Keep in mind I’m trying to pick services that are not integrated too tightly to any given provider and where there’s a clear and predictable business direction.


At the T.D.P. we are getting multiple complaints and frustrations about Google’s Ads everywhere with every click on the computer. I’ve had to click away 4 ads for every 2 computer command clicks. 6 clicks instead of just 2. There have been no Privacy Complaints, though.

Sometimes, you have to click away 2 google ads for every 1 computer command ‘click’. That’s just too much.

Well it’s now time to start to do something about it.

Time to start kicking Google, Youtube and their Email Services “To The Curb!”


Alternatives to Google. Various search engines that you can use instead of Google, with some interesting sites like Google that are useful to know about.

For a text version of this video, as well as links to the various search engines, visit:

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100+ Alternative Search Engines You Should Know
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Google is the most powerful search engine available, but when it comes to searching for something specific, Google may churn out general results for some. For instance, a search for a song in Google may return the singer, the lyrics and even fan sites – depending on the keywords you entered.

This is when niche-specific search engines comes into the picture. These search engines allows you to search for the things you’re looking for, and because they are more focused, their results tend to be more accurate.

E-books & PDF files, audio & music, videos, etc. are probably the most commonly searched items everyday and with this list, you’ll be able to locate them easily from now on. Enjoy!

******E-Book & PDF Search Engine******

PDF Searcher
Pdf Searcher is a pdf and ebook search engine. You can search and download every ebook or pdf for free!


PDFGeni is a dedicated pdf search engine for PDF ebooks, sheets, forms and documents.


Data-Sheet is a pdf ebook datasheet manual search engine where you can search any ebook datasheet pdf files and download.


PDF Database is a new search engine which uses a unique algorithm to search for pdf and doc files from all over the web quickly and efficiently.


PDF Search Engine
PDF Search Engine is a book search engine search on sites, forums, message boards for pdf files.


Who-sells-it.com (The catalog search engine) – Who-sells-it.com is an automated search engine for product catalogues. You can find products and product information within the catalogs and brochues.
AddAll – AddALL is a free service that searches for the best deal in books anywhere on-line.
BookFinder – A one-stop ecommerce search engine that searches over 150 million books for sale—new, used, rare, out-of-print, and textbooks. .
Boocu – Access thousands of eBooks and other digital products.
Brupt – Brupt.com is based on Google Custom Search Engine, it uses Filetype parameters offered by Google to filter the information and show the pages according.
CCEbook – A free ebook search engine, find rapidshare/mihd/ebooks by search.
ComicSeeker – Search the Internet’s most popular online comic book stores and auctions.
DocJax – DocJax.com is a search engine for documents, which allow you to search documents and e-book from everywhere, preview them and even download them for free.
Docstoc – All documents on docstoc can be easily searched, previewed and downloaded for free.
Ebook-Search-Engine – Ebook-Search-Engine.com was established to make finding an free ebook on the internet alot easier by providing visitors with the best quality free ebook sites and pages on the web.
Ebookee – Free download ebooks search engine.
Flazx – This is a well organized and searchable eBook Directory..
FeedBooks – A universal e-reading platform compatible with all mobile devices where you can download thousands of free e-books.
Gigle.ws – A PDF search engine with 1 150 000+ items indexed.
Google Books – Find the perfect book for your purposes and discover new ones that interest you.
Issuu – Collect, share and publish in a format designed to make your documents look their very best.
LazyLibrary – LazyLibrary, where you can find books on any topic without having to worry about high page counts..
Myplick – Myplick is a free service that lets you share, embed and discover presentations and slide shows online.
Printfu – Search engine for free ebooks.
PDFster – PDFster.net is a meta search engine for PDF documents.
PDFSe – User can search for an ebook by entering a book title,author name or topic
PDF-Search.org – A book search engine search on sites, forums, message boards for pdf, word, power point files.
Scribd – Scribd is a social publishing site, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents.
Search-PDF-Books – PDF search engine for free PDF books.
The-Manuals – Search engine for free manual online.
TooDoc – Through this search engine, you’ll be able to search the web for PDF files, and nothing else. .
Yudu – Explore the Library to find magazines, newspapers, eBooks and more. Over 1 million publications read each month..

******Audio/Music Search Engine******
BeeMP3 is a music search engine for locating an mp3-audio files over the Internet. Today they have 800 000 mp3 files in our search database and approximately 10 000 files are added daily.


Mp3Realm is an evolving search engine focused distinctively on audio in Mp3 format. Mp3Realm allows you to search for your favorite songs and clips, and filter them out by file duration. Your searches can be based on artist, title, genre or album. Mp3Realm also index’s lyrics, so you can sing along to your favorite songs.


WuZAM’s powerful engine allows users to search for free music downloads from all over the internet. Unlike P2P programs, you don’t have to wait for users to upload the file to you. Many of the free music downloads found on WuZAM are stored on high speed servers so your free mp3 downloads are quick and flawless.


SkreemR is a search engine for locating audio files on the web. SkreemR currently indexes over 6 million mp3 files from over 100,000 web sites.


FindSounds.com, a free site where you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples.


AirMP3 – AirMP3 is a music search engine. It searches for free mp3 downloads on several music sites, and lists all results on a single page.
CaptainCrawl – A very massive music blog search engine.
DesMP3 – Listens the music that you want all is in DesMp3! Search in 500 million results.
Dilandau – In Dilandau.com you can listen and download all your MP3 music.
Dorble – Dorble is another application that lets you search, listen and download music you like to your computer for free.
Gig-Listing – Gig Listing is an independent web search engine for live music events. You can look for music events, bands or venues by typing a few keywords in a text box.
HuntMyMusic – HuntMyMusic is primarily a music search engine that provides a convenient way for users to find, preview, and download songs.
Liveplasma – Liveplasma is a new way to broaden your cultural horizons according to your taste in music.
MP3Raid – Mp3Raid.com is dedicated to provide its visitors the best mp3 search engine on the net.
Mix Turtle – Web-based music search tool Mix Turtle creates playlists of songs you find online.
MP3-Search Engine – A comprehensive MP3 search engine.
Muscorch – Music Score Search Engine, searching for free music score in various formats.
MusicBiatch – MusicBiatch is a music search engine designed for locating an audio files in various file sharing and uploading sites.
Musgle – To see Musgle in action just type a song title, or the artist name, or both in a search bar and hit ‘Enter’ – you will be redirected to the Google page with relevant search results
Midomi – Midomi is the ultimate music search tool because it is powered by your voice.
MP3Search.Mobi – Your free music search engine.
MP3Fountain – Download Hip-Hop mp3. Download Hip-Hop music.
MP3Series – The Ultimate Audio Search Engine
OOnly – Free MP3 search engine.
SharingMusics – Audio, mp3 and music search engine.
Songza – Songza lets you listen to any song or band. Search for it.
SeekMP3 – SeekMp3 is worth a try. SeekMp3 is an Mp3 search engine, pure and simple. Music is pulled from all over the web—blogs, music sites, personal websites, etc.
SeekASong – Mp3s and lyrics search engine.
Woonz – Woonz crawls the internet for audio tracks and then provides the information here for you to listen, download, or find out more about audio that you are interested in.

******Video Search Engine******
blinkx is the world抯 largest and most advanced video search engine. blinkx pioneered video search on the Internet, developing an engine based on technology.


VideoSurf has created a better way for users to search, discover and watch online videos. VideoSurf抯 computer vision video search engine provides more relevant results and a better experience to let users find and discover the videos they really want to watch.


HelloMovies helps you find a movie to watch. See what’s playing on Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, and more. Narrow your choices. Watch movies.


MetaTube is an easy way to browse 100 of the most popular video sharing sites around the world. The phenomenal benefit of MetaTube: You need to enter your search term just once for all 100 sites!


ClipBlast! technology helps Viewers search, navigate, watch and personalize their experience with the Video Web, and helps Video Content Providers, Advertisers and Marketers monetize their investments.


Cleepr – Cleepr, the music video search engine.
ChizMax – A music video search engine.
Google Videos – Search and watch millions of videos. Includes forum and personalized recommendations.
IsInvideo – IsInVideo.com is a search engine that provides real-time results as links to videos, developed by Javier Guillen from Malaga.
myMovo – The myMovo server provides it with the addresses of the media matching your search.
Nanocrowd – Nanocrowd has magical search algorithms that interpret comments people like you have written about movies.
Pixsy – The Pixsy Index is a massive library of video and image content that can be integrated into approved premium websites and applications.
Podscope – Podscope lets you search the spoken word for audio and video that interests you.
SearchForVideo – Searchforvideo.com is a leading video search engine that indexes online video clips from over 10,000 sources.
ScoopVid – Track down the most popular videos by the hour, day or even month. You can also search the web for video results.
Truveo – Truveo video search lets you search and find videos from across the Web.
Truveo – Search video across the Web.
VidSea – VidSea, short for Video Search is a vertical search engine specifically for searching Video clips on the Internet.
Vdoogle – This search engine will search for videos from popular video sharing websites like YouTube and Google Videos.


Rapidshare-search-engine.com – Find any file on rapidshare.

Rapidshare1.com is a Rapidshare search engine search on sites, forums, message boards for Rapidshare file links.

FilesPump.com is a search engine designed to search files in various file sharing and uploading sites. FilesPump is a “multi-hoster” search engine, and currently lists 16 different popular file hosters. As a file sharing search engine FilesPump.com finds files matching your search criteria among the files that has been seen recently in uploading sites by their search spider.


Search RapidShare and Megaupload files easy and fast. Over 3 millions files stored in database.


******RS Feed******
RSFind.com, a powerful free rapidshare search engine, and one of the best search engines for rapid share.


Front Address – Search softwares, ebooks, games, photos, documents, audio and videos etc located on RapidShare.

FilesTube – FilesTube.com is a search engine designed to search files
in various file sharing and uploading sites,like rapidshare, megaupload, mediafire.

FileOnFire – This site gives users the chance to get a rapid share and mega upload search engine that has more than 19,000,000 files.

MegaDownload – MegaDownload.net – megaupload.com and rapidshare.com search engine.
MegaRapidSearch – MegaRapidSearch helps you to find anything on RapidShare.
Rapidsharesearch – Search Rapidshare with their Fast Online Search Engine. All files are automatically checked to insure what you’re looking for is there
Rapid4Shared – Rapid4shared.com search engine that provides results from a hand-selected list of sites.
RSearch – Rapidshare search engine with simple interface.
RapidShareData – RapidshareData.com is a test files search project objected to rapidshare.com.
RapidShareSearcher – A massive RapidShare search engine! With thousands of links, theres nothing you won’t be able to find!
RapidAll – RapidAll Rapidshare Download Search is a website that search files on the website hosts which have been upload by Rapidshare members for sharing with their friends, family or at forum sites.
RapidSearch.In – Free Search Engine for Rapidshare, Badongo, Sendspace, MediaFire and 4Shared Files.
RapidZearch – RapidZearch.com is a search engine to search on sites, forums, message boards for shared file links.
Rapidshare-Provider – Rapidshare search engine.
RarDir – A powerful RapidShare search engine.
Rapid TvPHP – A Rapidshare library with 1069578 files in their database.
ShareMiner – Using ShareMiner.com you can search Rapidshare, Megaupload and many other uploading sites and file hosting services.
ShareMiner – Using ShareMiner.com you can search Rapidshare with an easy to use interface.
TotMe – World’s Best Rapidshare Search Engine! 1,256,339 Rapidshare Link Available To Search!



12 Alternatives to Gmail

Gmail, for many, has become the go-to email solution due its advanced options, including an integrated chat function and access to other Google features that help you keep up with your Google Plus buddies. Because the service is so feature-packed, some say it is the best out there for both personal and professional use.

But Gmail is definitely not the end-all when it comes to email accounts. There are some others that can give it a run for its money. Don’t believe it? Here are 15 alternatives to Gmail you might want to consider.

1. Bigstring

Have you ever sent an email that you wished you could snatch back before your recipient read it? Bigstring, while maybe not as all-encompassing as Gmail, is an email service that lets you retrieve your emails before they get read, as well as destroy emails, recall and change them. It gives you full control, which is something most people prefer. Also, you can set a limit on the number of times your recipient reads an email. It’s actually a very nice alternative if you don’t need tons of other features.

2. FastMail

FastMail is a free business and personal email service that is growing in popularity. Similar to Gmail, it offers tons of email storage. Also, it gives the option to make instant photo galleries and offers a backup service. Plus, you can open a family account that allows you to manage everyone’s information in one control panel.

3. GMX

The GMX email service is a bit different because it allows you to round up all of your email accounts and build one account in its server. Through GMX, you can access your mail from either your phone or your web browser. Also, you can store up to 5GB in your personal email account with an amazing 50MB per message.

4. Hotmail

Hotmail has been around for ages and is still a major player in the email world thanks to its ever-evolving interface, implemented calendar and backup options. The chatting function may not be as well integrated as the one found on Gmail, but it’s still quite a nice alternative.

5. Hushmail

If you want to keep your emails on the “hush,” or you basically want to keep your emails safe from prying eyes, Hushmail may be a good alternative to Gmail. This service adds PGP encryption to every email that goes out, helping to keep your messages secure. Also, the application works well with Blackberry and iPhone, also offering optional Outlook Integration.

6. Inbox.com

Inbox.com is one of the better alternatives to Gmail because it offers a whopping 5GB of storage, along with a solid interface. What’s cool about this service is that you can access your Inbox.com account via the web or through POP in your email program. The downside? IMAP isn’t supported and some of the tools used for organizing mail could be a bit simpler.

7. Lavabit

Lavabit is a POP3 email provider that offers good email options like ample storage and a massive outgoing message size (64MB). One cool feature is that you get to encrypt your files before sending them across the Internet. Also, Lavabit offers antiviral protection, which is a major bonus.

8. Mail.com

Mail.com is a relatively advanced email service, offering the basics along with unlimited storage space and spam protection. Also, it has integrated Facebook and Twitter, and provides access to national news stories. One complaint some have is that it isn’t fantastic when it comes to mail organization.

9. Shortmail

If you have grown accustomed to leading a Twitter lifestyle then you might fall in love with this unique email option. Shortmail places emphasis on easy, fast and effective communication by limiting each email to 500 characters per message. Of course, the downside to this type of account is not being able to send longer messages when you’d like. However, longer emails can be forwarded.

10. Yandex Mail

Yandex Mail isn’t as well-known as some others on the list, but it may be worth a try if you are looking for an alternative. It offers unlimited free storage and an attractive, easy-to-use interface. Also, this service allows you to connect to your other e-mail services like Gmail and Yahoo. Another cool feature is SMS notification to recipients, as well as one that allows you to insert cards and videos.

11. Zoho Mail

The free version of Zoho Mail offers personalized email and instant messaging options that come without advertisements. But what’s really nice about this service is its remote and offline functions, 2-way sync, and mobile sites that are perfectly optimized for both smartphones and tablets.

12. Gawab.com

Gawab gives email tracking (a method to find out if users obtained your email), 10GB of storage area, along with other goodies. But most importantly, it provides built-in support for foreign character encodings, for example Arabic UTF-16. In case you write lots of email in Arabic and are unhappy together with your current email provider, take a look at Gawab.


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Alternative Video Sharing Sites

ADMIN NOTE: Unable to locate any Alternative Video Sharing Site videos on YouTube. 🙂

Here’s a short list of free video hosting sites that you can use to display your streaming video content – apart from YouTube, that is. Most of these provide code for individual videos to enable you to embed them in your site directly. I’ll try and include a couple of lines highlighting the main features & USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of each, wherever possible. The list is alphabetically arranged and not in the order of usefulness or popularity.

1. AtomUploads *** A video uploading and sharing service by AtomFilms – which is a division of the MTV Networks. As a result you can find a lot of unique web-shows hosted at this site. Not much information is available about their hosting features. However, as a MTV service you can expect the standards to be quite high. Features channel based organisation and member groups / communities.

2. blip.tv *** promises to bring to you shows – the kind of stuff you might find on television but won’t. Highly rated by PC World and Business 2.0 magazines this site syndicates its content with the likes of AOL Video, Yahoo! Video, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, MSN Video, Google Video etc. thus effectively multiplying your reach by millions. If you’ve got what it takes to create a great show, it may even get broadcast on this TV channel that blip.tv owns. And if your show’s a hit, they allow you to pick your own advertisers and earn revenue. Flash, QuickTime, DivX, 3gp – more or less all major formats are supported.

3. BrightCove *** lets you build and launch your own internet TV station. You can have your channel up and running within minutes and retain full control over the program schedule. Videos uploaded by other users can be incorporated into your shows too. Your channel is syndicated with other major players on the net and you can earn revenue through advertising as well as video sales. Features a pretty eye-candy interface.

4. ClipShack *** is a community for videophiles – a place for sharing your videos with the world. Its run by Reality Digital, Inc. – a company with years of experience in catering to the multimedia needs of the corporate sector. Pretty basic interface.

5. Crackle *** (formerly known as Grouper) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. It acts as a streaming entertainment network dedicated to the discovery and development of pioneering video creators across a diverse range of genres. Crackle supports multi-platform syndication to Sony devices, IPTV and major social networking sites. Crackle is all about “launching tomorrow’s stars today” and can serve as a serious platform for aspiring directors. There are contests going on all the time to hand-pick the most innovative creators and launch them in collaboration with Sony Pictures and other leading media partners.

6. Dailymotion *** is another humongous hosting cum sharing service. They have the standard set of features wrapped with a strict set of rules that prohibits any kind of adult or explicit content. If there’s one thing that sets it apart from the crowd – it’s the JukeBox feature. Video-Blogging and direct uploads from webcam supported too.

7. Flick Life *** counts among the handful of revenue sharing hosts that there are. You get to broadcast your own videos to the world at no cost at all and yet get some moollah in return. Features buddy lists. FlickLife is a privately owned company based in Columbus, Ohio.

8. Flukiest *** is an interactive community for sharing and managing digital media by artists, photographers, designers, musicians, writers, directors, producers, and technologists – which in other words mean it’s a photo and video hosting service. There seems to be a tagging engine at large judging from the humongous tag-cloud you encounter on the front page. Other services include email, buddy list, forums, blog and a separate music video section.

9. FLURL *** allows you to upload and share videos under a set of pre-existing categories. Their rating system consists of a meter that displays the FLURL or HURL rating of a video. Adult content can be found profusely (there’s a separate above 18 section). Adult Filtering options are available but turned off by default for any new visitors.

10. go fish *** Fish is a largish hosting site which helps you promote your directorial skills. The primary objective of this site is to give you your 15 minutes of fame. Documentaries, comedies, spoofs, pranks, and even episodic dramas – all are welcome here. The interface is pretty dense (and dark) and will particularly appeal to the gamers. It’s pretty easy to use though. If you’re seeking a wide exposure for your work, this could be the host for you.

11. Jumpcut Beta *** strives to make the uploading & sharing of videos and photos a fun and easy thing. Apart from instant publishing and user communities – Jumpcut has this unique Remix feature using which you can create your own version of someone else’s video without destroying the original work. For this they’ve made available a very easy-to-use and feature rich online video editing tool. At the end of your creative spree, you can let the community decide whether you’ve managed to outperform the original director.

12. Kewego *** This is a German service and the interface language is Deutsch. However, the registration process and controls are pretty similar to any of the common video hosts – so you shouldn’t find it too difficult to make your way around this one, even if you don’t know the language. Incidentally, there is a small link right at the bottom of the page that allows you to switch to the English version. Keep in mind though – majority of the audience is German.

12. LiveDigital Beta *** A community based video sharing service with specialised channels where you can upload related videos. Consequently jumping channels brings up a horde of thematic videos. Permitted uploads include photos, audio tracks and videos. Features nearly unlimited (?) uploads – which in other words mean that they probably have paid, high-storage plans as well. There’s an inbuilt social networking feature in this and hence they allow you to deck up your profile in your own way using an advanced template creator. Drag & drop functionality for quick setup of photo / video journals.

13.LiveVideo *** Favorites, Subscriptions, Videos, Photos – nothing out of the place that can make this service really stand out. It’s got a good blend of general features including a Hit or Miss rating system. However, it’s probably one of the very few which offer direct recording from webcams (see Viddler and VideoEgg).

14. Myubo *** comes in four linguistic flavours – Czech, Deutsch, English and Slovak. It sports a mechanism to upload, view and share live and pre-recorded video via mobile 2.5G and 3G networks such as GPRS, EDGE, CDMA or UMTS, web and fixed IP networks. Pretty much covers the whole consumer wireless spectrum. Among offered features are channel based organisation, Mobile TV and user communities.

15. Revver *** has a clever mechanism that helps it track and monetize the uploaded videos as they spread virally across the internet – so “no matter where your creativity travels, you benefit“. Your uploaded video is paired with a targeted advertisement and the revenue is split 50/50 with you. Those who share and spread the videos get to keep part of the spoils too. 20% of the ad revenue is handed to them. Of particular interest to the developers is the Revver API, which allows one to build a video-sharing site complete with user accounts, uploading, sharing tools and access to the full Revver library of videos. The bandwidth is covered by Revver and the ad revenue is split three ways – you, Revver and the content creator.

16. Selfcast TV *** A basic hosting service with standard features and channel-based organisation. Allows adult content and has a SafeSearch filter in place. One upper it has compared to other services is that it allows for direct mobile based uploads through MMS (currently in UK & Europe only).

17. Soapbox *** is one service that I probably don’t have much to talk about. It’s part of the reknowned MSN Suite of online applications. Offers all the standard bookmarking, commenting, tagging, rating and sharing features and has it’s own flash-based player.

18. Spike-ifilm *** service by iFILM that has an extensive library of movie clips, music videos, short films, video game trailers, action sports and its popular ‘viral videos’ collection. Since October 2005, it’s a part of the Viacom network – so one can definitely trust this one. Of course you can expect all the latest and hottest of the videos here and can upload your own too. Has clips of daily TV shows from around the world.

19. Stage6 *** A video hosting service by DivX for people who love videos. DivX, if you remember, is the group which came up with a similarly named format of video encoding for online distribution. DivX videos can be of pretty high quality and are rendered through a custom player which is available as a plug-in for most famous browsers. According to the Stage6 team, “Anyone can become a publisher, anyone can build an audience and every video available on Stage6 is compatible with over 70 million consumer electronics devices from every major manufacturer, making it easy to play back Stage6 videos on your television or portable device.“

20. Tuberoo *** Tuberoo and its sister concern Shoutwire – both of which offer video hosting and sharing services. Tuberoo recently opened up the Beta Testing of its mobile video service which will send out one Tuberoo video to your mobile everyday. Adult & explicit content is allowed and there’s no SafeSearch filter in effect.

21. Viddler *** site with simplistic but likable Web 2.0 style interface that allows you to upload, enhance and share your digital videos. Similar to VideoEgg, they offer a mechanism through which you can directly record / upload your videos using your webcam without requiring the use of any third-party recording tool. Viddler employs a mechanism which searches for content inside the videos, thus making your uploads search results relevant. Has their own flash-based player.

22. VideoEgg *** features one of the slickest interfaces I’ve come across and offers a bag of really useful online video manipulation tools (cropping, resizing, direct recording etc.). Allows sharing through email, direct HTML embedding and Permalinks. The videos are displayed through their own interactive embeddable flash-based player. High-end sites with > 1 million visitors per month can sign-up for a revenue sharing partnership where ads are displayed beside each video and the revenue handed down to the partner. Employs content-filtering to weed out inappropriate videos.

23. vidiLife *** basic video uploading and sharing site. Has the look & feel of YouTube in it’s teething stages. What’s with the outdated template design and grainy logos? Simplicity is good but eye-candy is the order of the day and in order to survive the web-age, you gotta indulge in it as quick as possible. Has a video rating system (on a scale of 10) that shows badges about the size of the Digg badges beside each video. Sports some pre-categorised sections like Funny, Music, Stupid, Amateur, Crazy etc. Photo uploads permitted too. Claims to allow unlimited uploads.

24. Vimeo *** cool video hosting service that has been around since end 2004 and reflects the Web 2.0 genre of web-design. They share helpful pointers with you in case you’re lacking ideas regarding creation of unique video content. In action are a bunch of highly configurable privacy options with which you can create fine-grained access control lists to allow only select group of people to view your videos. In short, you choose who exactly sees which of your videos. Has personalised homepage where you can neatly arrange all of your favourite videos. Allows tagging of videos.

25. Vume *** VuMe (most likely pronounced as View-Me) pays you for uploading quality content – video, audio as well as photos. Small banner ads are displayed beside each of these and the revenue generated when visitors watch your content and partly passed down to you. Every hit on your video, image, or audio clip counts.

26. Zeec *** is another German video hosting service that you won’t find so difficult to navigate around. This one too allows you to directly record / update videos off your webcam. The interface follows the Web 2.0 ideal and has a vague resemblance to the Last.FM music cum social networking site.

27. ZippyVideos *** This one offers your own sub-domain under ZippyVideos to host your profile (e.g. profile.zippyvideos.com). Unlimited uploads are permitted pertaining to the fact that no single upload is greater than 20MB. Privacy options, video organisation and social networking are an integral part of the package.

28. Zoopy *** Zoopy proudly presents itself as South Africa’s first video and photo sharing social network. It’s a pretty basic service with an easy-going note that can be spotted all over the site. There’s a standing challenge that attempts to coax the hidden director in you to come out into the limelight.