Digital: Ex Post

May 31, 2005

Google + Keyhole = Google Earth

Google + Keyhole = Google Earth | newrecruit: "I don't see anything in the email about being quiet about this so here goes with some cool new mapping features. Friday I received an email from Google inviting me to download the beta of the soon to be replacement for Keyhole. Google Earth.

Compared to Keyhole, you will notice changes right away with the interface. Integrated Google searches and a large number of landmarks that can be turned on and off."

May 30, 2005

Learn to Program, by Chris Pine

Learn to Program, by Chris Pine: "A Tutorial for the Future Programmer"

Backpack Greasemonkey script "Backpack It! is a Greasemonkey user script that allows quick and easy adding of web page content (text and images) as notes to your Backpack with a simple keypress. Today I'm releasing the initial version 0.1."

Common Errors in English

Common Errors in English: "Common Errors in English"

How to write a business proposal and tips for business proposal writing

How to write a business proposal and tips for business proposal writing: "If you want to know how to write a business proposal, the person to ask is your customer. A business proposal should answer your customer's questions and persaude them to select you. You should write your business proposal to meet your customer's expectations. But first you have to know what they are. Some general advice for how to write business proposals are provided below..."

May 29, 2005

Comparison of Blog Services

TCS - Comparison of Blog Services: "In BlogThis (another article in this issue) I went into detail how to blog with While I prefer that service, it is not the only service that you can use for blogging, and in this article I am going to try to describe some other services."

His Mission: Simplify Podcasting

His Mission: Simplify Podcasting: "Odeo co-founder Evan Williams wants his startup to be a one-stop shop, from easily finding podcasts to creating them and selling ads for them"

May 26, 2005

iPodderX 3.0 Review Review >> iPodderX 3.0: "Thunderstone Media has given us a sneak peek into iPodderX 3.0--the much anticipated upgrade to their already bleeding edge podcatching client. August Trometer and Ray Slakinski have been working away on adding an assortment of new features to a 'from the ground up' build of iPodderX and they are just about ready to release it. But before they do, let's have a look at what they have in store for us"

Mad as hell, switching to Mac

Mad as hell, switching to Mac: "This is my first column written on a Mac - ever. Maybe I should have done it a long time ago, but I never said I was smart, just obstinate. I was a PC bigot.

But now, I've had it. I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

May 25, 2005 "Free Budweiser E-mail account
Get the coolest e-mail identity on the internet;"

iMuffs - The First Bluetooth Headset for your iPod AND your phone!

iMuffs - The First Bluetooth Headset for your iPod AND your phone!: "Wireless Freedom
Throw your iPod in your backpack and listen to your music wirelessly!
No more cords to untangle or snag. Enjoy CD quality sound up to 30' (10m) away thanks to the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Bluetooth 1.2.

Never Miss a Call
When your Bluetooth phone rings, the iMuffs automatically pause your iPod and ring in the headphones, and let you talk through the integrated microphone.

Ergonomic Controls
Intuitive controls let you pause, change volume, skip tracks, and seek music right from the headset. It's all just a touch away."

oishii! - ephemeral pheromonal

oishii! - ephemeral pheromonal "One of the main purposes of social bookmarking systems is allowing people to see what other people are bookmarking. I frequently find things that people are linking to very interesting, and thought it would be nice to slap together a system that could tell me, automatically, what lots of other people have just bookmarked. Thus, oishii was born. Oishii is kind of a mini-zeitgeist. oishii! polls the front page every 5 minutes, and returns all sites bookmarked by at least 30 people. "

Embarrassing Things That Might Happen to You While Using a Lightsaber.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Embarrassing Things That Might Happen to You While Using a Lightsaber.:
"You turn it on while holding it backwards.

You make that sharp crackling noise with your mouth each time you clash it with your opponent's lightsaber—having forgotten that the noise happens naturally.

You've given in to the Dark Side of the Force, so the beam is normally red. But you forget to replace the weak batteries in the thing, rendering it pink, and turning you into the laughingstock of the Empire.

You try to use it to cut your birthday cake, expecting the lightsaber to slice through the pastry as easily as it did Luke's hand. Instead, the cake vaporizes the instant the lightsaber touches it, à la Obi-Wan.

You mistake it for a Popsicle. "

Grocery Store Wars | Join the Organic Rebellion

Grocery Store Wars | Join the Organic Rebellion"Store Wars is the latest outreach effort of OTA to educate consumers about the many benefits of
organic products. By spoofing a pop culture phenomenon like Star Wars, OTA hopes to attract a new
generation of organic consumers, especially “Gen Xers” who grew up loving Luke, Leia and Han, and
are now increasingly concerned about making healthy food choices for their families."

May 24, 2005

Efficient keyboard layout experiment

: "But Dvorak designed his layout in the 1930's without the aid of computers. It contains a couple annoying features that lead to common errors in my typing -- namely the placement of Y and B). Could a modern evolutionary algorithm and a huge input sample discover a better arrangement? I had to give it a try. The results surprised me!

This note summarizes my experiments thus far."

Transform Your PowerPoint Beyond Bullet Points

sociable media // newsletters: "Thanks for joining my May 12 web seminar, 'Transform Your PowerPoint Beyond Bullet Points!' This special mailing is in response to your request to receive more information. Below you can view a recording of the presentation, download a special PDF copy of selected slides, and receive a special $5 off of the Add-In for PowerPoint. If you'd still like to get a copy of the book you can purchase it here, and if you'd like to receive continuing emails, subscribe at this link."

Piggy Bank

SIMILE | Piggy Bank: "Piggy Bank is an extension to the Firefox web browser that turns it into a “Semantic Web browser”, letting you make use of existing information on the Web in more useful and flexible ways. Some screen shots demonstrating Piggy Bank are below :"

The Daily Show: Paul Krugman:

Welcome to CommonBits (beta) - a community directory of progressive media: "'Watch this interview with Paul Krugman from a recent episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 'Economist Paul Krugman talks about his new book, and the potential collapse of the New Deal.' Choose from streaming video options, or download the video from the 'background' web page listed here.'"

Natural-Born Liars

Scientific American Mind: Natural-Born Liars: "Deception runs like a red thread throughout all of human history. It sustains literature, from Homer's wily Odysseus to the biggest pop novels of today. Go to a movie, and odds are that the plot will revolve around deceit in some shape or form. Perhaps we find such stories so enthralling because lying pervades human life. Lying is a skill that wells up from deep within us, and we use it with abandon. As the great American observer Mark Twain wrote more than a century ago: 'Everybody lies ... every day, every hour, awake, asleep, in his dreams, in his joy, in his mourning. If he keeps his tongue still his hands, his feet, his eyes, his attitude will convey deception.' Deceit is fundamental to the human condition."

Online Music: Rewriting the Score

Online Music: Rewriting the Score: "For years, many music execs have argued that offering online subscriptions is the best way to sell digital music. But, so far, Apple Computer (APPL ) has called the tune. The maker of the iPod music player has trounced all comers by selling more than 400 million songs through its iTunes Music Store. Meanwhile, Napster, AOL, and RealNetworks, which all offer subscriptions, have been left behind.

Now, it appears, Apple could get its first serious competition. On May 10, Yahoo! (YHOO ) unveiled its Music Unlimited service, at the introductory price of just $60 a year -- a third the price of existing services. And BusinessWeek has learned that mighty Microsoft (MSFT ) is waiting for the right moment to strike with its own low-cost introductory offer. 'When you see us move into the space,' says Rob Bennett, senior director of MSN Entertainment, 'you'll see us try very similar things.'

Free download ABC Amber LIT Converter, convert MS Reader to PDF, HTML, CHM, HLP, RTF, DOC, TXT documents

Free download ABC Amber LIT Converter, convert MS Reader to PDF, HTML, CHM, HLP, RTF, DOC, TXT documents: "ABC Amber LIT Converter is an advanced utility which converts your LIT (Microsoft Reader) files to any format you wish (PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, DOC, and many more) easily and quickly.
The software supports a batch conversion, a run from command line, more than 50 languages. Batch conversion ability allows you to convert a unlimited number of LIT files at a time."

palmOne, the company formerly known as Palm, will become Palm once more

palmOne, the company formerly known as Palm, will become Palm once more - Engadget - "So palmOne appears to be stealing Prince’s moves on this and will now be shedding the palmOne moniker in favor of a return to a simpler, long-ago time in which they were still just Palm. They’re forking over $30 million to buy out PalmSource’s 55 percent share of the Palm Trademark Holding Company, to be paid out over 3.5 years."


Mac-on-Mac"Mac-on-Mac is the userfriendly port of the
Mac-on-Linux Project to Mac OS X.
It makes it possible to run Mac OS Classic,
Mac OS X, OpenDarwin or Linux for PowerPC
in parallel with your Mac OS X installation
in a Virtual Machine. Due to the fact that
there is no real platform emulation its very fast!"

How to Become an Early Riser

How to Become an Early Riser » Steve Pavlina’s Personal Growth Blog: "Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting my stride each day until late afternoon.

But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. On those rare occasions where I did get up early, I noticed that my productivity was almost always higher, not just in the morning but all throughout the day. And I also noticing a greater feeling of well-being. So being the proactive goal-achiever I was, I set out to become a habitual early riser. I promptly set my alarm clock for 5AM…

… and the next morning, I got up just before noon."

May 23, 2005


Cashbox - Features: "Cashbox was designed from day one to be a quick and simple to use application. As it has evolved, it has become more feature packed while keeping with the original goal of simplicity. Today Cashbox's robust feature set includes:"

The history of PDAs

The history of PDAs: "This document is a comprehensive timeline of the evolution of personal digital assistants. Specifically, my intention is to clarify which companies premiered each of the primary front-end features that are considered standard in modern devices, from the technology's invention to its acceptance as a mainstream product category in the mid-1990s."

Backpack clone

Life Hacks » Backpack clone: "$5 a month, just that. A coffee at starbucks costs more (and helps you less). We all know GTDTiddlyWiki (if you don’t, read Merlin post about it). Well, i just download it and i play a little with the styles to make it look just like Backpack. Now you have an alternative but offline. I made a pretty damn good job consider i only spend 1 hour 45 minutes lastnight before i sleep on the laptop (long day!)."

15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense: "To help with answering them, the following list rebuts some of the most common 'scientific' arguments raised against evolution. It also directs readers to further sources for information and explains why creation science has no place in the classroom."

Leaving the left / I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives -- people who once championed solidarity

Leaving the left / I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives -- people who once championed solidarity: "I'm leaving the left -- more precisely, the American cultural left and what it has become during our time together.

I choose this day for my departure because I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives -- people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere -- reciting all the ways Iraq's democratic experiment might yet implode."

TagglyWiki - a taggable, reusable, non-linear personal web notebook

TagglyWiki - a taggable, reusable, non-linear personal web notebook: "TagglyWiki is a modification by JodyFoo of JeremyRuston's OpenSourceLicensed TiddlyWiki. The modification adds non-hierarchical organisation of Tiddlers through tags.

Main features

* Add tags to tiddlers, TiddlerTags
* Tiddlers can be used as tags
* Tags are tiddlers
* Browse tiddlers by tag (a tab in the sidebar)"

The Descent of the American Empire

The Descent of the American Empire | Acts of Volition: "I grew up with a feeling that America was the center of the world. There were people in the rest of the world, but that was just the backdrop to America. Maybe someday, the whole world would come to be like America.

More recently in my life, I’ve become aware that while America lumbers on, still the center of it’s own universe, the rest of the world isn’t paying attention anymore. America is becoming irrelevant."


About tasktoy: "Tasktoy is a task management program that I wrote for myself after reading Getting Things Done by David Allen. While I wasn't trying to build a complete implementation of his system, the book inspired me to start keeping track of everything I need to get done. I decided that I really needed the following:"

Twelve Ways to Think Differently

How to Save the World: "Twelve methods that will exercise parts of your brain that rarely get it, and make you more creative and better able to understand the world.

Predator at the Chessboard: A Field Guide to Chess Tactics

Predator at the Chessboard: A Field Guide to Chess Tactics

This site reveals the mysteries of chess in plain words and in progressive detail.

Web Apps Compendium v1.0

Web Apps Compendium v1.0 || "

The way we surf the web has changed dramatically since the early days. I remember using arrow keys and Lynx to ferret out data for hours on end. Then came Mosaic, and I was in awe. From there we got Netscape. Then Internet Explorer. While those two browsers were going head to head, we saw a lot of improvements. Today, with tools like Firefox, we're able to do a lot more on the web. This article is a short but comprehensive compilation of web apps I've come across that make my browsing and web design experience better. Enjoy."

The Creators Own Ideas

The Creators Own Ideas: "My task here is to write a response to Larry Lessig's meditation on the free-software movement and its relationship to the general law of copyright (see 'The People Own Ideas!'). But as the dry tone of my first sentence suggests, we have very different approaches to our common topic. Lessig is a master at weaving personal vignettes with structural arguments. The vignettes are intended to introduce an intimate personal dimension to the arcane world of intellectual property. His readers receive a gut-level education about the immense impact that legal rules have on ordinary people, whose voices, he tells us, can only be heard above the din if they speak in unison."

The People Own Ideas!

The People Own Ideas!: "This restoration of control operates under the name 'digital rights management' (DRM). DRM, and the myriad of supporting changes in technology that it will demand (for example, the addition of dedicated 'trusted computing' chips to new computers), will build back into the architecture of the digital world the control that the original architecture of the digital world disabled. Nor will it stop there: copyright owners want more. Current DRM proposals reach far beyond the balance of proprietary and free culture in the analog world. If enacted, they would enable a copyright holder (or software creator) to, for example, dictate how many times you can read the e-book you've 'bought,' or how many times you can move it from one machine to another. Whatever uses you can imagine for a digital device, imagine DRM controlling them. That's the potential of this technology--a potential that reaches far beyond the limits of predigital copyright regulation."

Apple may use Intel chips for Macs

Apple may use Intel chips for Macs: "THE WALL Street Journal claimed that Apple has discussed using Intel microprocessors in future Macintosh machines.

The newspaper quoted two 'industry executives' who claimed that Apple and Intel have talked about using the latter's microprocessors in its machines."

Bitty Browser: Introduction

Bitty Browser: Introduction: "Make your choice of Web site, RSS feed or podcast (including Flickr and directly available from within any Web page. It's like Picture-in-Picture for the Web."

Podcast support in next version of iTunes

O'Reilly Radar > Podcast support in next version of iTunes: "At the Wall Street Journal's D Conference, Steve Jobs tonight showed ipodder-like features in the next release of iTunes, supposedly available within about 60 days."

May 20, 2005


The New Yorker: PRINTABLES: "Is pop culture dumbing us down or smartening us up?"

iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 Battery Exchange Program

iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 Battery Exchange Program: "In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other international safety authorities, Apple is voluntarily recalling certain lithium ion rechargeable batteries that were sold worldwide from October 2004 through May 2005 for use with the following notebook computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. These batteries were manufactured by LG Chem, Ltd. of South Korea."

Town's secret Star Wars history

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | South West Wales | Town's secret Star Wars history: "In the winter of 1979 word started to spread in Pembroke Dock that a flying saucer was being built in an old giant aircraft hangar in the town.

Those involved were sworn to secrecy.

For three months they worked on the only full-scale Millennium Falcon, the spaceship from the original Star Wars trilogy, to be built for the films."

Scared Bitless - RSS Torrent Aggregator and Index

Scared Bitless - RSS Torrent Aggregator and Index"Scared Bitless (or SB, for short) is, as its byline states, an RSS Torrent Aggregator and Index. What does this mean? This means it collects, interprets, and stores - entirely automatically - information on a large number of files and collections of files applicable to a variety of interests. It then indexes them so you can search them, making it easy to find whatever content you're after - providing someone has made it available."

Bubbler • Drag and Drop Web Publishing

Bubbler • Drag and Drop Web Publishing

May 19, 2005

Google personalized homepage

Google" Your personalized homepage gives you immediate, at-a-glance access to key information from Google and across the web. On this one self-designed page, you can organize "sections" with content you choose:

* latest Gmail messages
* headlines from Google News and other top news sources
* weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes
* Quote of the Day and Word of the Day
* driving directions from Google Maps"

How to Make a Jedi Robe

How to Make a Jedi Robe: "Last Halloween we made 4 Jedi robes to go with some Star Wars masks we bought. These are the instructions to make the robes. We wanted to make the robes with as few pieces of fabric and as little sewing as possible. I had never made anything resembling clothing before so patterns from the store were out of the question (too complicated). When you make your robe, think of it as a Mexican poncho that goes over your head, rests on your shoulders and happens to be sewn up the sides to make sleeves."

SyncR / RSync Frontend

Big Fat Stinking Software - Utilities: "Provides a front end to the command line programs rsync and ditto."


newsmap: "Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator."

FireANT | Not TV

FireANT | Not TV: "FireANT is an RSS video aggregator and media player that can automatically download media content for you to watch and listen to." shorten long urls "Some web addresses (URL) are very long and complicated. doiop creates for you a short URL with a keyword you choose, making it easy to remember or give away. This link will not break in emails and never expire."

Cuba to switch computers to Linux, dumping Windows

Cuba to switch computers to Linux, dumping Windows - Yahoo! News: "Cuba will gradually switch to the open-source
Linux operating system for its state computers, eliminating its exclusive use of Microsoft Windows, the government daily Juventud Rebelde reported."

apparently all three computers the island has will be converted.

May 18, 2005

Napster's Response To Yahoo? Sit And Stare, Dumbfounded

Techdirt:Napster's Response To Yahoo? Sit And Stare, Dumbfounded: "Napster made a big deal earlier this year in advertising how much 'cheaper' they were than Apple (though, many questioned the math). Of course, when you pitch yourself as the 'low cost' alternative, you have to have a plan in place for the time when (not if) someone else comes in with lower prices. It appears that Napster's plan is not to plan at all. Thanks to Yahoo's super cheap pricing (which again are making some point out that the RIAA's claim on 'losses' is complete bunk and anyone accused of file sharing should point out that the maximum amount of 'loss' to the industry is clearly the $60/year that it would cost to get music from Yahoo) Napster needs to do something to retain users. However, they're doing nothing at all, and don't really have a response to the Yahoo offering. "

Apple Everywhere

Apple Matters: "Apple had just announced their most powerful Powerbooks yet, and I got my first Mac: the Powerbook 5300cs, a graduation gift from my parents. About a month after I got it, Wired’s cover had an Apple wrapped in barbed wire, and my father was shaking his head saying I should have gone with the IBM."

Review: PalmOne LifeDrive, Part One

Pocketfactory: Review: PalmOne LifeDrive, Part One: "LifeDrive is here and I have one in my hands for review. Find out what all the fuss is about, and what to expect from this trendsetting mobile device. Read my first impressions of this new device."

May 17, 2005

Backpack becomes a web service

Backpack: Backpack becomes a web service: "Backpack is not just for you to love, but for machines too. The brand new Backpack API makes it possible for other programs to easily talk to your backpack. That opens the door to Dashboard widgets, weblog integration, command-line tools, and much more."

Ontology is Overrated -- Categories, Links, and Tags

Shirky: Ontology is Overrated -- Categories, Links, and Tags: "Today I want to talk about categorization, and I want to convince you that a lot of what we think we know about categorization is wrong. In particular, I want to convince you that many of the ways we're attempting to apply categorization to the electronic world are actually a bad fit, because we've adopted habits of mind that are left over from earlier strategies."

School Boards Want to 'Teach the Controversy.' What Controversy?

School Boards Want to 'Teach the Controversy.' What Controversy? - New York Times: "The recent so-called debates on the teaching of evolution in Kansas have me thinking about different theological reactions to the teaching of evolution." | freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago.

About | "This site is a non-profit, freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago. It is not affiliated with the Chicago Police Department or with Google Maps. It is not an official source of crime information for the city of Chicago. Rather, it is an alternative view of public record that is available elsewhere."

Dave Matthews's new CD DRM crashes PCs

Boing Boing: Dave Matthews's new CD DRM crashes PCs: "Dave Matthews has released a new CD with Windows DRM that crashes your PC when you put it into your drive. And the music industry can't figure out why we'd rather download music than buy CDs"

New Agenda for Palm

Lil' Red Spider - TMP Features: "TMP (Time Manager Pad) is a list-style appointment viewer and manager with a unique new layout that scrolls seamlessly. TMP is fast and highly configurable.

T665C, events list"


CronniXCronniX is a Aqua frontend to the powerful Unix tool "cron". Cron is a Unix system service that allows scheduled execution of scripts, programs, applications - in short anything that can be started from the command line. This includes OSX applications and AppleScripts.

Amazon search RSS

Amazon search RSS : Lifehacker: "Developer DeWitt Clinton has put together a search of Amazon’s product base with results available in an RSS feed, so you can keep up with item prices and availability right in your newsreader."

Wiki on a stick

Slacker Manager: Wiki on a stick: "So, probably everyone has already seen the GTD version of TiddlyWiki, eh? If not, it's good stuff and you might dig it. First, you've got to already understand wikis which, by now, ought to be a given. But if not, a wiki is a webpage that you can edit using your browser and a few special 'tags' (aka markup)."

Tips for improving your handwriting

handwriting tips: "People who inevitably have trouble with handwriting and calligraphy write with their fingers. They 'draw' the letters. A finger-writer puts the full weight of his/her hand on the paper, his fingers form the letters, and he picks his hand up repeatedly to move it across the paper as he writes."

May 13, 2005

Flickr Moves from Flash to AJAX

FlickrBlog: "We'll we've gone and done it. In answer to countless requests, photo pages no longer use a Macromedia Flash wrapper to display photos; instead we are using an old technology called 'DHTML.'"

May 12, 2005

TiddlyWiki - a reusable non-linear personal web notebook

TiddlyWiki - a reusable non-linear personal web notebook: "a reusable non-linear personal web notebook"

All the Backpacks that weren't - Signal vs. Noise

All the Backpacks that weren't - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals): "When we started designing Backpack we only had a rough idea of what the app should be. Each of us felt like we had a ton of information to corral and we wanted to stop forgetting about things to do tomorrow afternoon, or next week, or next year. We also didn’t want to waste time funneling our data into form fields according to some programmer’s idea of what “organized” means. But that’s all we knew."


Welcome to Fundable — Fundable"Fundable is a new service that lets groups of people pool money for various purposes in what are called "group actions." Similar to an online auction, a group action has its own page, describing how much money will be collected and what the money will do. No participant takes a risk: if the collection for a group action falls short of its target on deadline, all money is refunded.

Fundable's all-or-nothing approach to collecting money lets you participate in a group purchase or fundraiser without worrying about what other people will do. You will either get what you paid for or get your money back. "

May 11, 2005


#TVTAD @ EFNET"TVTAD is an RSS feed reader for the #BT (BTEFNET) site. It will automatically download newly released TV episodes that have been added to your favourites."

JavaScript: How Did We Get Here?

O'Reilly Network: JavaScript: How Did We Get Here?: "JavaScript. Spawned in 1995 by the need to make Netscape Navigator's newly added support for Java applets more accessible to non-Java programmers and web designers, a powerful scripting language too often described as 'simple.'"


Conversate: "Conversate gives you your own online discussion space for any topic, with anyone you want to invite. It's totally free and ideal for talking about articles or websites and for organizing projects and events. Here's how to get started:"

BBC Backstage : Build what you want using BBC content

BBC Backstage :: Front Page ::: " is the BBC's new developer network, providing content feeds for anyone to build with. Alternatively, share your ideas on new ways to use BBC content. This is your BBC. We want to help you play."

RSSxl Beta - RSS Generator

RSSxl Beta - RSS Generator: "RSSxl - Convert an HTML Web Page to RSS"

Yahoo Music Service Challenges iTunes

BetaNews | Yahoo Music Service Challenges iTunes: "Yahoo's online music strategy has finally taken shape after a year of development with the launch of the Yahoo! Music Engine, the company's challenger to iTunes and subscription services such as Napster. While it may be late to the party, Yahoo threatens to shake up the industry with prices 60 percent less than its rivals.

At the center of the Yahoo! Music Engine lies Yahoo! Music Unlimited, a music download service powered by MusicNet. For a fee of $4.99 USD per month paid annually, or $6.99 USD monthly, customers can stream or download an unlimited number of songs and transfer them to portable devices supporting Microsoft's Janus digital rights management technology."

May 10, 2005

DHTML roundup

DHTML roundup : Lifehacker: "Web monkeys, a few nifty Javascript/CSS tricks to make your web pages more dynamic:"

What Every Good Marketer Knows

Seth's Blog: What Every Good Marketer Knows: "# Anticipated, personal and relevant advertising always does better than unsolicited junk.

# Making promises and keeping them is a great way to build a brand.

# Your best customers are worth far more than your average customers.

# Share of wallet is easier, more profitable and ultimately more effective a measure than share of market.

# Marketing begins before the product is created.

# Advertising is just a symptom, a tactic. Marketing is about far more than that.

# Low price is a great way to sell a commodity. That’s not marketing, though, that’s efficiency."

May 09, 2005

iChat to MSN Through Jabber

All Forces » Blog Archive » iChat to MSN Through Jabber: "The latest version of the Mac OS X known as Tiger brings Jabber support to iChat which indirectly supports other messaging protocols like MSN, ICQ, AIM and IRC."

RPN Calculator Widget

RPN Calculator

About the Spatial Debate...

Interfacethis: Articles & News: "File manager usability is a hot topic these days, particularly in the open source community. It began with John Siracusa's 2003 Ars Technica article, About the Finder. In his critique of Apple's Finder file manager he introduced a concept called the 'spatial metaphor' as a better, more usable alternative. The spatial metaphor has since taken hold in the Linux community, most notably altering the direction of Nautilus, the GNOME file manager. And debate rages on between spatial advocates and their opponents (though most articles on the topic favor the former)."

ScrappyGoo - Google News Feed Scraper

ScrappyGoo - Google News Feed Scraper: "ScrappyGoo lets you search Google News and generate a unique RSS feed of your results. This persistent news search delivery is offered as a free service. By default, each feed has 16 entries. It uses standard boolean operators."



Getting things done with Automator and Spotlight Getting things done with Automator and Spotlight: "By using Spotlight and Automator, and the new Smart folders in OS X 10.4, you can change all those messy files on the desktop to something useful. And very David Allen-ish!"

Popping up Backpack reminders

Popping up Backpack reminders: "Would you like to get a pop-up on your desktop each time you receive a backpack reminder in your mail? Now you can! (well, Mac OS X users can :-))

See the images section for some screenshots."

The Windows 95 User Interface: A Case Study in Usability Engineering

The Windows® 95 User Interface: A Case Study in Usability Engineering: "The development of the user interface for a large commercial software product like Microsoft® Windows 95 involves many people, broad design goals, and an aggressive work schedule. This design briefing describes how the usability engineering principles of iterative design and problem tracking were successfully applied to make the development of the UI more manageable. Specific design problems and their solutions are also discussed."

Greasemonkey will blow up business models (as well as your mind)

Nivi : Greasemonkey will blow up business models (as well as your mind): "Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension which lets users add “user scripts” (DHTML, technically) to any web page. These scripts can change any aspect of a web page’s behaviour, interaction, or design. This little baby is going to blow up business models. Let’s look at some examples."

May 06, 2005


Boing Boing: V-TV DAY: WE WON THE BROADCAST FLAG FIGHT!: "In the seven decades of its existence, the FCC has never before asserted such sweeping authority. Indeed, in the past, the FCC has informed Congress that it lacked any such authority. In our view, nothing has changed to give the FCC the authority it now claims."

Ben Folds interview

The Onion A.V. Club | Feature: "The Onion A.V. Club recently spoke with Folds about his image, seeing kangaroos, and the surprising reason 'Brick' became a hit."

Researchers make bendable concrete

PhysOrg: Researchers make bendable concrete: "
A new type of fiber-reinforced bendable concrete will be used for the first time in Michigan this summer- and University of Michigan scientists hope that their new material will find widespread use across the country.
The new concrete looks like regular concrete, but is 500 times more resistant to cracking and 40 percent lighter in weight. Tiny fibers that comprise about 2 percent of the mixture's volume partly account for its performance. Also, the materials in the concrete itself are designed for maximum flexibility. Because of its long life, the Engineered Cement Composites (ECC) are expected to cost less in the long run, as well."

RMail / feed you inbox rss

RMail"RMail is a service for subscribing to any RSS feed via E-Mail. This could become useful if your mobile device doesn't support RSS but offers E-Mail connectivity."

May 05, 2005


AIRTIGHT - PostcardViewer Download: "PostcardViewer is a free Flash image viewer."

A Short History of DragThing

A Short History of DragThing: "This page will be updated over the next ten days with various bits of trivia and previously undisclosed secrets about DragThing that you won't find anywhere else. To further encourage readers, there's a limited time $10 discount offer at the bottom of the page."


Oberkampf™: "Oberkampf is a set of a php tools that will allow you to paste certain functions into your files that result in some form of flickr result and display. You are probably here because you want some sort of custom gallery on your website that runs off your account.
If you don't want a gallery you can also come take a look. Oberkampf has many different functions you can jam on. "


DEVONtechnologies : Freeware : Services: "PDF2RTFService is a free filter service that enables many Cocoa applications, for example TextEdit or Apple Pages, to open Adobe PDF, PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files as paginated rich text documents. The application just needs to be able to read rich text documents. The actual conversion is done by Quartz and the PDFKit of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, PDF2RTFService post-processes and paginates the output for better results."

A History of the GUI

A History of the GUI : Page 1: "Today, almost everybody in the developed world interacts with personal computers in some form or another. We use them at home and at work, for entertainment, information, and as tools to leverage our knowledge and intelligence. It is pretty much assumed whenever anyone sits down to use a personal computer that it will operate with a graphical user interface. We expect to interact with it primarily using a mouse, launch programs by clicking on icons, and manipulate various windows on the screen using graphical controls. But this was not always the case. Why did computers come to adopt the GUI as their primary mode of interaction, and how did the GUI evolve to be the way it is today?"


Patchburn Homepage: "PatchBurn is a tool to patch existing CD/DVD-drivers (under Mac-OS X 10.2.x) or to generate and install new device profiles (under Mac-OS 10.3.x and later)

It allows many, otherwise unsupported burners to be used directly with Mac-OS X, iTunes and DiscBurner."

May 04, 2005

Google Web Accelerator

Google Web Accelerator Download: "Google Web Accelerator works with your browser to help web pages show up in a snap."

How to sit at a computer

How to sit at a computer: "4 Steps to Setting Up Your Computer Workstation"

You can do anything - but not everything.

You can do anything - but not everything. | Printer-friendly version: "David Allen, one of the world's most influential thinkers on personal productivity, offers his unique advice on how to keep up the pace -- without wearing yourself down."

Free How we got here ebook | Andy Kessler

Andy Kessler: hwgh: "Expanding on themes first raised in his tour-de-force, Running Money, Andy Kessler unpacks the entire history of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, from the industrial revolution to computers, communications, money, gold and stock markets. These stories cut [by an unscrupulous editor] from the original manuscript were intended as a Primer on the ways in which new technologies develop from unprofitable curiosities to essential investments."

May 03, 2005

Adium X

Adium X : Home: "
The Adium team is proud to announce the availability of Adium X 0.80, a major update to its multi-protocol instant messaging application. Adium 0.80 brings a completely new status system with available messages and invisibility on supported protocols, built-in secure encrypted messaging via Off-the-Record Messaging, the long-awaited file transfer progress interface, customizable built-in Growl notification system support, blocking, customizable service and status icons, full OS X 10.4 compatibility, and much, much more."

Personal information management, to do lists, organizer: Backpack

Personal information management, to do lists, organizer: Backpack

Squashed Philosophers- Condensed Plato Aristotle Augustine Descartes Hume Marx Freud Copernicus Hobbes Sartre Ayer Sade Wittgenstein Einstein

Squashed Philosophers- Condensed Plato Aristotle Augustine Descartes Hume Marx Freud Copernicus Hobbes Sartre Ayer Sade Wittgenstein Einstein: "The books which defined the way The West thinks now.
Condensed and abridged to keep the substance, the style and the quotes, but ditching all that irritating verbiage"

moztorrent - moztorrent: index: "The MozTorrent plugin will be a small and simple add-on for Mozilla Firefox (and later the Mozilla Suite as well) to seamlessly handle BitTorrent downloads. The ultimate goal is to make it as easy to download torrents as downloading from the web in Mozilla. MozTorrent will be configured through the preferences window and downloads will be shown and controlled through the download manager."

Putput - FTP Upload

superpixel.mac - Putput: "Putput can upload only one file to an FTP-Server of your choice. Very limited function, but super easy to work with, even for a newbie!"

New airline democratizes Brazil's skies

New airline democratizes Brazil's skies | "In an age when airlines are going bankrupt faster than you can say Chapter 11, some might say that starting one in a developing nation like Brazil was a brave decision.

But since taking off in January 2001 with just six planes and seven destination cities, Gol Airlines has proven itself a worthy successor to the US and British discounters that founder Constantino de Oliveira Jr. used as templates. The youthful Mr. Oliveira sought to create affordable travel by 'taking a bit of Southwest, a bit of Ryanair, a bit of JetBlue, and Easyjet and tropicalizing them for the Brazilian market,' he says."


DarwinPorts Home: "After more than two years in the making, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of DarwinPorts 1.0 in binary form as a dmg image and in source form as either a tar.bz2 tarball or a tar.gz one. Checksums are available here."

TWIT: Bookmarkable AAC Torrents (for iPods)

TWIT: Bookmarkable AAC Torrents (for iPods)

May 02, 2005

Larry Page (Google) Speech at UMith Graduation

Consumption Junction: Graduation!: "Larry Page, Google co-founder, spoke at the College of Engineering graduation, and his speech was definitely the highlight of the weekend (plus, I got to shake his hand and accept his congratulations!). Being the geek that I am, I made sure to record his speech with my Windows Mobile phone. I would definitely suggest listening to what he had to say to our graduating class. It was truly inspiring."

Larry Page (Google) Speech at UMith Graduation

Consumption Junction: Graduation!: "Larry Page, Google co-founder, spoke at the College of Engineering graduation, and his speech was definitely the highlight of the weekend (plus, I got to shake his hand and accept his congratulations!). Being the geek that I am, I made sure to record his speech with my Windows Mobile phone. I would definitely suggest listening to what he had to say to our graduating class. It was truly inspiring."

Time Management for Anarchists: The Movie

Time Management for Anarchists: The Movie: "I've just finished a Flash adaptation of my Time Management for Anarchists seminar. I started doing the talk a year and a half ago at Canzine and have done it a half-dozen times since, mostly at infoshops and political bookstores (Austin, Montreal, Berkeley, Vancouver) and also at a couple of events (New Orleans Book Fair, the Vegetarian Food Fair). It's based on the paradoxical notion that anarchists have to be more organized than average if they don't want to depend on power structures, and presents some ideas on how to kick the boss habit."


Paint.NET - Home: "Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, or Server 2003. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. It is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems."

Sirius to offer podcast show

Sirius to offer podcast show - Tech News & Reviews - "Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is latching onto the 'podcasting' phenomenon, launching a show later this month that will feature a daily selection of the increasingly popular do-it-yourself audio programs."

Gesture mac App

Gus Mueller's Website: "Gesture is an application that sits in the background and waits for you to call on it. And when you do, Gesture executes AppleScript based on the movements of your mouse through a series of 'guides.' (These guides are just little nifty circles that change color as you move your mouse through them, but they track your mouse movements to figure out what command to execute."

What is information architecture?

What is information architecture?: "Organising functionality and content into a structure that people are able to navigate intuitively doesn't happen by chance. Organisations must recognise the importance of information architecture or else they run the risk of creating great content and functionality that no one can ever find.

This article provides an introduction to information architecture, discusses the evolution of the discipline and provides a 9-step guide for how to create an effective information architecture."

Typo 2.0 arrives

Typo 2.0 arrives: "I’m proud to announce the 2.0 release of the typo web logging engine. What started as a toy project while I was waiting for a client at starbucks now became a prestige open source project with tons of modern features a dedicated dev team and even its own hosting service!

The 2.0 release has been long coming. Here are some of the new features:"