Get all misty-eyed and nostalgic with us as we take a look back at this month’s best posts:
Get Safari’s best features in Firefox "Rather than suggesting anyone move to Safari (why would we do that?), here’s a list of Safari’s best features and the Firefox extensions that bring them to our favorite browser."
Top 10 Ubuntu applications "While Ubuntu comes jacked with useful applications out of the box, there’s a big selection of free, thriving Linux desktop software which matches or betters their Windows and Mac counterparts in terms of features."
Top 10 Network Utilities "Looking at the history of computing, anyone can see that it wasn’t until some brilliant folks connected a couple of computers together that the real fun began."
Top 10 DIY office projects "Anyone can drop cash on spendy office gear, but it takes a little ingenuity to rig up your workspace just right with stuff you’ve already got around the house."
Turn your Windows Mobile phone into an iPhone "If your clunky old Windows Mobile phone is just sitting around collecting iPhone jealousy dust, you can either scrounge together 500 leafy Sacagaweas, or you can customize your Windows Mobile phone to emulate several of the iPhone’s more interesting features."
13 book hacks for the library crowd "From your local library to the classroom to the bookstore, there are a lot of tools available to help you save time and money when it comes to the bound world of information."
Prepare your fingers, and throw your mouse away: you’re not going to need it. For your weekend reading, we’ve prepared a list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for our favorite web services. So, if you need a quick reference as to which key does what on what site, this is where you find it. Enjoy!
c - compose a new mail / - puts your cursor in the search box k - move to newer conversation j - Move to older conversation n - next message p - previous message o or Enter - open a conversation u - return to conversation list y - archive a conversation m - mute (archive and make all future messages from this conversation skip the inbox) x - select conversation s - star a message or conversation ! - report spam r - reply to a mail a - reply to all recepients f - forward message Esc - escape from input field ctrl+s - save draft
tab then Enter - send message y then o - archive your conversation and move to the next one. g then a - go to all mail g then s - go to starred conversations g then c - go to contacts list. g then d - go to drafts g then i - go to inbox
j/k - selects the next/previous item in the list space/shift-space - moves the page down/up n/p - in list view, selects the next item without opening it o - in list view, expands or collapses the selected item enter - in list view, expands or collapses the selected item s - stars the selected item shift-s - shares the selected item m - switches the read state of the selected item t - opens the tagging field for the selected item v - opens the original source for this article in a new window shift-a - marks all items in the current view as read 1 - displays the subscription as expanded items 2 - displays the subscription as a list of headlines r - refreshes the unread counts in the navigation shift-n/p - selects the next/previous subscription or folder in the navigation shift-x - expand or collapse a folder selected in the navigation shift-o - opens the item currently selected in the navigation gh - goes to the Google Reader homepage ga - goes to the “All items” view gs - goes to the “Starred items” view gt - allows you to navigate to a tag by entering the tag name gu - allows you to navigate to a subscription by entering the subscription name u - hides and shows the list of subscriptions ? - displays a quick guide to all of Reader’s shortcuts
c - Allows you to create a new event. + c allows you to create an event in a new window. / - Places your cursor in the search box p - Moves your calendar view to the previous date range n - Moves your calendar view to the next date range t - Moves you to the current day d - Displays your calendar in the “Day” view x - Displays your calendar in a customized view w - Displays your calendar in the “Week” view m - Displays your calendar in the “Month” view a - Displays your calendar in the “Agenda” view q - Opens “Quick Add” Esc - Brings you back to the default calendar view
Enter - Expands a collapsed region Tab - Moves your cursor to the next field Alt then s - Saves the event Esc - Brings you back to the default calendar view
h - show help arrow keys - navigate through modules e - edit module d - delete module p - publish module Enter - perform action on module (depending on the module, it can be open feed, start typing, etc) Esc - removes focus from current module a - add content to your Netvibes page j and k - navigate through tabs
t then o - opens tab options t then 1,2,3,4 - sets the number of columns to 1,2,3 or 4 in the current tab t then r - rename tab t then d - delete tab
h - show help a - add new feed b - go to Netvibes ecosystem t - close the content panel
h - show help n - next item p - previous items a - mark all as read u - mark all as unread Esc - close feed reader
+ - add a new section (talk pages only) . - opens your user page if logged in = - protect/unprotect the current page (sysops only) c - shows the content page associated with the current article d - delete/undelete the current page (sysops only) e - edit this page/show source of current page f - search Wikipedia h - current page’s history j - shows all of the pages that link to the current one k - shows recent changes in pages linked to the current one l - opens your watchlist (logged - in users only) m - move the current page and its talk page (non - move - protected pages only) n - opens your user’s or IP’s talk page p - shows a preview of your changes (on edit pages) q - shows a list of all special pages r - shows a list of recent changes to the Wikipedia s - saves the changes that you have made (on edit pages) t - opens the current article’s talk page u - allows you to upload images or media files v - shows what changes you made to the text (on edit pages) w - adds the current page to your watchlist (logged - in users only) x - loads a random article y - opens a list of your user’s or IP’s contributions z - goes to the Main Page
control + b - Bold control + i - Italic control + l - Blockquote (when in HTML - mode only) control + z - Undo control + y - Redo control + shift + a - Link control + shift + p - Preview control + d - Save as Draft control + p - Publish Post control + s - Autosave and keep editing control + g - Hindi transliteration
t - Add a new item to the current list c - Complete the selected task/s p - Postpone the selected task/s by one day if they have a due date d - Change the due date of the selected task f - Change the repeat of the selected task g - Change the time estimate of the selected task s - Change the tags for the selected task u - Change the URL for the selected task l - Change the location for the selected task y - Add a note to the selected task r - Rename the selected item z - Undo the last action 1 - Set the priority of the selected task/s to 1 2 - Set the priority of the selected task/s to 2 3 - Set the priority of the selected task/s to 3 4 - Set the selected task/s to have no priority Del - Delete the currently selected task(s) a - Select all items in the current list n - Select none of the items in the current list k - When on a list, move the cursor up j - When on a list, move the cursor down i - When on a list, select an item h - Switch between tabs (e.g. Task and Notes) m - Toggle multi - edit mode on or off (default is off) Tab - Save input and move to the next input field Esc - Remove the cursor from the current input field
Ctrl + Shift + / - Moves the cursor to the search box Ctrl + Shift + 6 - Switch to the Overview screen Ctrl + Shift + 7 - Switch to the Tasks screen Ctrl + Shift + 8 - Switch to the Locations screen Ctrl + Shift + 9 - Switch to the Contacts screen Ctrl + Shift + 0 - Switch to the Settings screen Ctrl + Shift + Right - Switch between tabs (e.g. move to the next list) Ctrl + Shift + Left - Switch between tabs (e.g. move to the previous list) Ctrl + Shift + l - Skip to Login screen (from homepage)
Arrow Keys - pan/move around the map Page Up, Page Dn, Home, End - Pan - Move around the map, wider pan than arrow keys +/- - Zoom In/Out Ctrl + Shift + l - Moves the cursor to the location ‘go’ box
m - check mail Shift+m - check all mail Ctrl+\ - close current tab n - new message Shift+n - new message in its own window r - reply Shift+r - reply in a new window a - reply all Shift+a - reply all in a new window f - forward message Shift+f - forward in a new window k - mark as read Shift+k - mark as unread l - flag Shift+l - clear flag del - delete item p/Ctrl+p - print Ctrl+s - save draft Ctrl+Enter - send message v - turn reading pane on/off Ctrl+[ - navigate through tabs Ctrl+] - navigate through tabs Enter - open message in its own tab (when message is selected) Enter - edit contact info (when contact is selected) Ctrl+f - find a word or phrase in message F11 - expand window to max height Ctrl+. - next message (in message tab) Ctrl+, - previous message (in message tab) Ctrl+Alt+Shift+up arrow/down arrow - next/previous message Ctrl+Shift+End - skip to oldest unread message d - move message to folder Esc - close read - message tab Ctrl+Shift+End - start a new chat
If you are thinking about getting an iPhone but don’t want to pay an early termination fee from your current carrier, you may want to consider CellSwapper. The service allows you to trade your under contract cell phone plan with someone else, in turn allowing you to switch carriers without paying an early termination fee.
The company claims that there are currently more than 1500 plans available for swapping on the site. However, a savvy mobile user that wants to swap out of AT&T might want to consider placing their plan on eBay and having someone actually pay them to transfer their contract
In The Future, no one will die and everyone will be skinny, but we will still all have horrible credit card debt. Hence Jacob Palmborg designing [big voice] The Credit Card of the Future.
While it’s strictly a concept, the credit card uses RFID that’s linked to every account you own. It not only allows you to easily control purchases, but the card tracks said purchases and projects your economic status as a result. Plus, the unit features biometric security that could realize the potential of carrying various forms of ID…should the government ever let that happen.
The concept is good—now let’s attach the phone and call it a day/real invention.
The much-anticipated iPhone hits the streets today. While developers and users alike aren’t thrilled that third-party iPhone apps are limited to the web, you might be surprised at the impressive offerings that have already been developed for new iPhone users. Today’s top 10 features the best iPhone applications that should be ready for your iPhone as soon as you pull the shiny monnolith from its coveted black box.Top 10 iPhone Applications
If you’re one of the lucky folks who snagged an iPhone today, have fun trying out the new apps, and let us know how they work out for you. Know of a great iPhone application we didn’t mention? Tell us about it in the comments.
The Google Reader iPhone skin was released in part due to our article about 7 Kickass iPhone Apps That Don’t Exist Yet, in which we said we’d love to see an iPhone version. If you have an app you’d like to see iPhonized, head over to David’s site and let him know.
AT&T customers at both Mac Rumors’ forums and HowardForums are relaying that tonight they’ve been experiencing some pretty jazzed up EDGE action—network speeds have been hitting around 200kbps, a far cry from the usual 40kbps that made Pogue-y a sad panda.
Dermot at the MacRumors forum put together a running list of cities experiencing the almost awesomness:
New York City: 184kb/s Queens, NY: 186kb/s-230kb/s Chicago suburbs: 160kb/s S. Florida: 176kb/s-204kb/s Washington DC: 196kb/s-207kb/s Philly: 191kb/s-264kb/s Marion, Indiana: 186kb/s-196kb/s North Seattle: 190kb/s Dallas: 160kb/s West of East Orange, New Jersey: 365kb/s
Are any of you guys feeling the juice? Let us know in the comments.
The OpenMoko Neo 1973 has a touchscreen, WiFi, GPS and runs Linux. Unlike the iPhone, it is completely open for developers. They even include a guitar pick so you can ply open the case. Developer version goes on sale for $300 on July 9th.
Firefox’s strong point is its extensibility, and after taking a look at the way Lifehacker readers extend Firefox to do their bidding, it’s hard to understand why anyone would choose any other browser.
Last week you bared your iGoogles for the world to see, and we liked what we saw. Today, it’s time to take a peek at the tweaks, customizations, and extensions you’ve made to your browsers. Hit the jump to take a look at this week’s selected Show Us Your Firefox submissions—you’re bound to find something you like.
Remember, if you see a browser that looks especially interesting, you can get a bigger view by hitting one of the “other sizes” links. If you like what you see, most of our chosen submissions include details on what extensions or tweaks they’ve made to get their browser looking so good. If they don’t, try asking about it at that page’s comments and hopefully this week’s submitters be willing to answer any questions.
Originally the Show Us Your Firefox theme was only intended to go one week, but you guys submitted a lot of cool browsers, so this is just part one. It’s probably no surprise that minimalismis abigrecurringtheme, but this week’s highlighted browsers also seem to indicate that blackis the newFirefox.
Thanks to everyone who submitted. If you didn’t see your submission this week, keep your eyes open next Thursday. We won’t be able to feature everyone, but we’ll do our best to pick out some of the most innovative submissions we run into. In the meantime: Thanks for giving us a better look at how you work with Firefox.
Zoho, the makers of the powerful set of online office productivity tools has just announced iZoho, a version of their software that has been optimized for the iPhone’s touch screen.
ZoHo are the makers behind the web based productivity tool set that includes Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show, Zoho Notebook, and Zoho Mail. Their new iZoho is accessible through http://www.izoho.com, and can be played with in a regular browser window. However resizing seems to get a little mucky. If this application actually does manage to work with Apple’s new iPhone (the developers unfortunately didn’t have one for testing), I’m sure that many users of other online office applications will be thinking about switching over quickly. As it stands now Zoho has been the only company to come forward and say their online office productivity sets work with Apple’s iPhone.
As we played around with the newly launched MySpaceTV, we realized that many of the features and interface elements are clones of those on YouTube, with no attempt to hide the fact. We’ve gone easy on MySpace and highlighted only 12 of the most obvious elements: there are many more.
But as we said before, however, we think copying YouTube may be the right strategy: MySpace doesn’t need to innovate, but simply get a fraction of its 170 million+ “users” to spend some time on the video site.
1. These tabs are identical. The only addition is a home tab on the left and a MyVideos tab on the right. The pages these tabs link to are very similar to their YouTube counterparts.
2. Upload Video. Positioning and style are the same. But wait: the arrow is pointing in a slightly different direction.
3. Subscribe. An oblong, 3D-effect orange Subscribe button to the right of every video. They’re just using the standard format? Not really: YouTube had a much smaller sub button for over a year. That said, the establishment of a standard may be good for users.
4. Director Videos become Featured Channels. The dimensions and position of this column are identical - frankly, the whole page layout is the same, save for a slightly wider column to accommodate the wider player on MySpaceTV. YouTube has the option of a wider player (click “New Beta Version of This Page”), however, which makes the two layouts nearly identical when enabled.
5. Find “More Videos from this User” and “Related Videos” using the navigation provided: it’s the same on both sites.
6. Related Videos in a column to the bottom right. There are lots of other positions to choose from.
7. It’s probably a bit pedantic to point out that MySpace’s video controls are the same as YouTube’s: a horizontal volume slider and the same buttons for changing the screen size. Perhaps this is standardization again.
8. Well, MySpace may have used the same position and styling for the sharing buttons, but at least they added new options like “Bulletin This” (send to all your friends). The rating system is also slightly different: a thumbs up replaces the five star system of YouTube.
9. The default on the Channel pages is to show the Most Subscribed channels this Week. Why not the Most Viewed Channels, and why not today, or this month? The decision to go the YouTube route is surely intentional.
10. OK, being a bit fussy here, but it’s pretty rare to put pagination at the top of a page like that. MySpace wouldn’t have done it if YouTube hadn’t.
11. Of course you need to view the top rated, most viewed channels and so on. But the first version of YouTube had these options along the top, showing that you don’t need to use the left sidebar for that.
12. There are lots of ways to represent channels, but MySpaceTV happened to choose a thumbnail and related info in a boxed, vertical rectangle against a differently colored background (the red rectangle makes it a little trickier to see, but look at the actual pages and they’re very similar).
The question: will these similarities help or hinder the adoption of MySpaceTV? Perhaps users will appreciate the familiarity?
Described as a mishmash of existing services (Twitter, chat, file sharing) that has only attracted attention because its founder was behind Digg, things didn’t look good for Pownce. We expected the worst: but like the iPhone, Pownce miraculously lives up to the hype. Don’t judge it before you test it.
I have a confession to make. I’ve used Twitter, and I wrote about it a lot, but I never could quite understand why it’s so damn limited. Instant-blogging aside, it’s web based instant messaging - but it’s done in such an impossibly silly way - you can only send messages to everyone, and people won’t engage in conversations because they have other friends and those friends don’t want to hear your private chat. So, it’s just a bunch of mindless, one-way messages.
And, if you already started to write a comment about how Twitter has private messaging, I know about that. But, it isn’t done very conveniently, it doesn’t have much features, and, again, it defeats the purpose of Twitter: it’s just a poor man’s IM.
On the other hand, ever since Twitter first appeared, I wondered why the hell don’t IM clients simply add Twitter-like functionality - it doesn’t seem that hard. Because, as you might know, IM is great for one on one conversation, and you can also chat, but if you want to send one file to three friends, or one link to all the people that are working on some project with you…well, in most cases, it kinda sucks.
Enter Pownce, Kevin Rose’s latest startup, which we were extremely skeptical about when it first arrived on the scene less than 24 hours ago. Who needs yet another IM client, we wondered. Well, we still stand by that: it IS just another IM client. But this one simple feature, for an IM-junkie like me, is vital.
Send files to one person, everyone, or a group of people - we’ve been waiting for this feature for all our online lives.
And it is this: on Pownce, you can send a message, or a file, or a song, or an event, to one person; or three of your friends; or only your family; or everyone. That’s right, you can engage in private conversations, you can speak to the world, you can have a group of close friends, and a group of associates, and a group of unknown people you just added to your profile, and you can choose when you want to send stuff to any of these groups. With this simple feature Pownce trounces all over Twitter, and comes close to being more useful than most IM clients.
As far as other options go, Pownce has themes, which are nice for simple pimping of your profile; it also has solid filtering options for your messages, which makes your life much easier (try to find that link someone sent you 6 days ago on Twitter).
Furthermore, it has it’s Adobe AIR desktop based version, which - although still in alpha stage - works without any obvious glitches. It has problems, though - it’s just a simple interface for Pownce and it gives you only a small fraction of its features. This will not be good enough - you’re competing with IM, not only Twitter here, Kevin - it needs to be a full featured desktop client - think Miranda and Gaim.
Pownce Themes - how do you want to look today?
Although seemingly just another IM app, Pownce brings enough cool features to the table to make us want to leave all our IM services behind and switch. But, therein lies a catch - it’s easy for me to switch, but how will I make all my friends and family and business associates to switch? To keep track of all the various protocol people use for messaging, I use Miranda. And I sure as hell hope that Pownce’s protocols are done in such a way to enable Miranda/Gaim/Trillian support, because without it, it will be much harder for people to become real everyday users.
What if there was one gadget that could replace your portable gaming system, MP3 player, and cell phone? The EME concept aims to do just that. One more picture after the break.
..“evolutional” aspect comes from th EME’s ability to expand its feature set if the user shares his/her experiences with other EMEs. That could be in the form of videos, music, or games. By doing so, bigger speakers would unlock and slide out, the screen may even become higher-res
You can use the “magic wand” tool in the GIMP or Photoshop to solve complex mazes:
1. Increase contrast.
2. Select the right wall of the maze using the magic wand.
3. Select > Modify > Expand 4 pixels
4. Create new layer.
5. Fill with Red.
6. Select > Modify > Contract 2 pixels.
7. Delete. Now you’ve got a line tracing the solution.
8. Manually clean up the outer edge, and connect the dots.
See that picture on the right? It comes straight from the iPhone’s Q&A page. Go ahead, count the iTunes tabs… we’ll wait. Right, 8 tabs. Up until now, Apple’s only been showing the iPhone’s iTunes sync with 6 tabs: Summary, Info, Music, Photos, Podcasts, and Video. So what can we expect on the other two (assuming this isn’t another graphics screw-up)? Well, MacRumors is speculating Ringtones on one of them, and we think they’re right. After all, we photographed a Ringtones tab during the iPhone’s MacWorld debut. They’re reporting that the unreleased iTunes version 7.3 — listed as a requirement on the iPhone specs page — will introduce a steep, $0.99 ringtones service to create your own 30 second ringtone from available iTunes (store) tracks. No word on whether it will work with tracks you already own. Whatever the case, Apple certainly seems poised to make good on their promise to “surprise and delight" iPhone owners with software updates. $0.99, though? If true, well, it would definitely be surprising since that’s the cost to purchase a full single. Now, what could that other tab be for?
Update: And sure enough, Apple’s dropped the image back down to six tabs. (Shown above.) Why fight it, Cupertino? You know we’re all watching. Thanks, Duvi.
There’s no confirmation other than some guy’s word, but Macapper says third partynative (Cocoa) iPhoneapps are coming soon. Apparently, during one of the WWDC evening parties, an iPhone engineer responded, “Yeah. There will be” to the question of “are there going to be third party Cocoa apps on the iPhone.”
The iPhone engineer either didn’t know or wouldn’t reveal when the apps were coming, and neither does just about anybody else. We’ll keep an eye on this rumor, just because it would probably fill in a lot of gaps that the iPhone currently has.
Update: A source tells us the rumor is pretty bogus.
Remember when we told you about the rumors about Kevin Rose’s new startup, which was all hush-hush except for the fact that it somehow has to do with the concept of instant messaging? Well, now it’s live, and it’s called Pownce.
The quick official explanation of the service says the following: “Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends.” Well, although instant messaging isn’t mentioned much on the site, it sounds pretty much like that to us. There is a clever twist, though, and it’s one that we’ve expected to see from IM apps after the Twitter craze - you can easily chose to send your messages and files to one person, two persons, or as-many-as-you-like persons. This kind of grouping would have been simple to do on an IM client, and it does exist to some extent already (group chat), but it’s not usually not implemented very conveniently. Pownce is seemingly looking to change that.
It’s an Adobe AIR (ex. Apollo) application, which means that you can use it in web form or you can download the Apollo runtime and use Pownce as a desktop app. It will be available in two flavors: free (ad-supported) and pro (no advertisements); the upgrade to pro account will also enable users to send much bigger files and have more themes. Themes, you ask? Yes, Pownce is themeable, which is one of those non-killer features we like so much.
Now, before you start clicking manically, have in mind that Pownce is in invite-only beta stage at the moment; if we manage to grab some invites, we’ll make sure to give it to you right away, but for now it’s look and don’t touch. And frankly, we’re left wondering whether Pownce will live up to the expectations that come with being a founder of Digg: it seems to us like a fairly generic IM client in a sea of similar apps.
There have been rumors that Digg’s Kevin Rose has been working on a new startup for some time, but he wasn’t talking. I spent a good amount of time this last weekend at FOO Camp trying to get some of the details out of him, but all he would say is that he’d be contacting us soon.
Today he’s made a bit of a public announcement about the project. It’s called Pownce, and he wrote about it a bit on his tumblr blog. The founding team of the company also includes Leah Culver, Daniel Burka, and Shawn Allen.
Pownce looks to be a web based sharing network with an optional desktop client (built on Adobe Air) for advanced features. Without having had the opportunity to test it, it looks to be overlapping with AllPeers and Pando, and possibly others. It also clearly has basic social networking features - see Rose’s profile page for the service here.
Right now, there are four basic things you can send: messages, links, files, and events.
You might send an event out to a dozen of your friends letting them know you’re hosting a party this Friday. They could easily get the event details you entered, respond with questions or comments and then quickly rsvp.
Say you had a great photo you wanted to share with all of your friends. Just add the file and all of your friends will get it right away. They’ll be able to reply and tell you if it’s cool. You could even post songs you recorded in your home studio to share with your friends.
It’s in private beta currently, but you can request an invitation on the home page.
This is the new project from Leah Culver, Kevin Rose, Daniel Burka, and Shawn Allen. The app (built using Adobe AIR) allows you to send messages, links, files, and events to groups of friends. Check it!
Online video is a huge trend - so huge that’s it’s proving hard to keep track. From video sharing sites to video mixers, mashups and converters, we’ve brought together more than 150 of our favorite sites in this category. Enjoy.
Live Video Communications
Stickam - The best site for live video communications with multiple people. There is no major competition for Stickam just yet. Blogtv - Blogtv is a recent discovery to the public. It allows you to do a live video show, and you can stream it live, as well as archive it for later use. ooVoo - This allows you to carry on video conversations with live video through a Skype-like program. Mogulus - This site is basically an all in one broadcast solution for video. You can create, edit, and add things similar to broadcast companies could add. Ustream - Allows you to stream live video and you can also embed the player in to your own website. HeyCosmo - A downloadable application that allows you to connect with other people in many ways, even play games and more. Operator11 - Go live with your camera and create your own channels. You can also send video comments and remix your videos.
Eyespot - add effects and transitions to the videos you upload, or use some of the large amount of free video clips and music from Eyespot’s media partners. MuveeMix - Upload your movie, mix it with music, add cool effects and share it on MySpace, Friendster, Blogger, and other networks. Motionbox - This service features the ability to link to a very specific point or “segment” within the clip itself. Cuts - Insert sound effects in your videos, add captions, loop the best parts and in minutes you can share your creation with the world. JumpCut - a free service that enables you to upload, edit and share your videos. Offers keyframe-based editing, effects, transitions and actions. VideoEgg - A video editing platform that you can add to create a social network and offers opportunities for monetization. Mojiti - Select videos from popular video sharing sites, personalize them with your annotations and share them with others. Photobucket - Edit videos within a browser using Flash and remix photos and home videos with other elements, such as music, video captions and transitions. StashSpace - Upload, store and edit your videos online. You can also record videos directly from your camcorder or digital camera. BubblePly - Video annotating service where anyone can add text bubbles that are synchronized with video. Veotag - Service that lets you display clickable text, called “veotags,” within an audio or video file. Vidavee Grafitti - add graphics and text into any video; the service is called a “legal form of artful vandalism” by the creators. Vmix - Vmix is a community and a hosting provider for your videos, aimed at creative authors who want to create remixes of their music and videos. MovieMasher - a combination of a video editor with a timeline and lots of various effects, a standalone player and a media browser. MixerCast - Mix your media with professional video, images, music, and network your MixerCast everywhere. Fliptrack - Make a free musical photo slideshow and music video. It’s easy to do and you do it online.
Online Video Converters
Zamzar - converts all sorts of file formats, including several video formats. Media Convert - a media converter with a huge amount of options; resulting videos can sometimes be out of sync with audio. Vixy - a simple converter that can only convert Flash apps from the web to several other video formats. Hey Watch! - an online video converter focusing on file formats that works on portable multimedia devices, like the iPod. MediaConverter - a video converter that can be slow and needs polishing, but can sometimes yield really good results. Movavi - another video converter that allows you to upload videos and convert them to formats you wish to use.
YouTube - YouTube is the king of the video sharing sites, it has more users and videos than the others. Any video you can think of it probably already on YouTube. Google Video - Since Google bought YouTube, Google’s Video player is mainly used for for-pay content like TV shows. Also there is a search here that indexes all of the video sharing sites on the internet (well, most of them). Blip.tv - Blip.tv is the perfect video sharing site for video podcast makers. It’s designed to let them easily upload all types and qualities of media and then send them to their feed for the users. They also let you add ads to you video so you can make some money. Ourmedia - A great site where you can upload audio, video, images, and text and share them with the world. The OurMedia community contains over 100,000 members. Veoh - Watch long form, television quality content and publish your own videos. DailyMotion - Video sharing platform with multiple video search options. You can join groups of people who publish videos based on a common interest. Metacafe - A site that helps you discover the best videos through a community that filters, reviews and rates new videos every day. UnCut - Video uploading and sharing community by AOL. Embed all the videos you want in your blog. ClipShack - video sharing community that allows you to upload video clips, make friends, keep a collection of your favorite videos and comment on clips. 5min - Video sharing site with a particular vision: collecting videos that can visually explain anything in 5 minutes. Brightcove - Search, click and watch. Music videos, news, travel, recipes, adventure. Thousands of channels, including the best in online video. Viddler - Viddler lets add tags and comments to video that will show up at specific times. It also has unique features like flickr and twitter integration. Revver - The first video sharing site that provides users with the possibility to earn money from the videos they upload. Vimeo - Vimeo is a video sharing site that has an emphasis on it’s users. The video’s you find there are more likely to be home movies or shorts by aspiring film makers, and also a lot of lip dubs. Yahoo Video - Yahoo’s version of online video. Similar to Google video, but done the Yahoo way. HelpfulVideo - Share your knowledge and skills with others for free or little charge via video clips. BroadbandSports - A video sharing site specifically for sharing sports related videos. Travelistic - A video sharing site that allows users to post video content specific to travel. Livevideo - Video sharing site that lets you create personal channels. Upload your own videos and share them with the world. Kewego - A video sharing network where you can upload your own videos and view videos by others. Godtube - It’s a Christian version of YouTube. All things Christian welcomed. Coull.tv - An interactive twist to video, this site allows you to view video and add interactive elements to it by using your mouse. Mediabum - Video sharing site focusing on funny videos. VMIX - Another video sharing website; All content is screened, so be sure everything you upload is legit. Grouper - Video sharing site with a big selection of content; enables you to create playlists and easily upload videos to MySpace. Break - Break is a video site and more for comedic based content. Videosift - a Digg-like site which lets you submit, vote, and comment on videos. GeeVee - GeeVee is a video sharing site specifically for sharing videos of game play in video games. Stage6 - A video site that uses the Divx player so you can upload High Definition video, of course this also means longer upload times, and you need DivX support (usually a browser plugin). Tube Battle - vote for the best videos, organized by category.
TinyPic - Host videos and images for free; it is possible to upload videos in the most popular formats and link videos on MySpace, eBay, blogs and message boards Vidilife - Upload videos and store them online. There is no limit in terms of length of the files you can upload. Dropshots - Good site that lets you upload videos, share them and embed them on other sites. ZippyVideos - Upload and store video files (maximum 20 MB) in the most popular video formats. Supload - Free service to host video clips and images. Maximum video file size allowed is 20 MB. Rupid - Another provider of free video hosting: you can host your videos and share them with others. Pixilive - Free images and video hosting for MySpace, eBay, Facebook and other sites. Maximum size for videos is 10 MB. Mydeo - store and stream your videos online. You will be able to embed a video on any website and send streaming video messages . YourFileHost - Upload files anonymously and share them with others. You can upload any file format up to 25 MB.
Video organization and management
Aggrega - create and organize your own music video channels and share them with others. Feedbeat - a fantastic service that lets you create playlists with videos from different sources - YouTube, Google Video and others. Each playlist gets its own subdomain on feedbeat.net. Ajaxilicious - an online movie catalogue which enables you to manage your movies and share them with others via RSS. Cliproller - create custom video channels and add as many as you like to your personal Cliproller page. CozmoTV - CozmoTV is a site that allows you to create and organize channels of video already existing online.
Vidcasts & vlogging
BlogCheese - a simple way to create and share a video blog - all you need is a webcam. Revision3 - A video podcasting network that’s home to many well made video podcasts, including Diggnation, which is Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht’s video podcast about the top stories on Digg. Jabbits - Social video blogging: Use your webcam to record your Post or Jab with an easy-to-use recorder. Ask a Ninja - got questions? Ask a ninja! One of the most popular vidcasts in the world, and definitely the funniest. Galacticast - a weekly Sci-fi comedy podcast, episodes usually consists of lots of really geeky parodies. Scriggity - A news podcast, where the viewers send in the news that they think should be on the shows. SuperDeluxe - A site to find videos that focus mainly on comedic content. DL.TV - Some of the the old TechTV crew back at it again with their own own show on all things tech. One of the best video podcasts for tech geeks. Webnation - Amber Mac’s bi-weekly video podcast with news and interviews relating to current events in the tech world. Tom Green’s the Channel - A daily video podcast that is recorded live and is hosted by Tom Green. He usually has a celebrity guest on the show.
GeekBrief TV - a daily podcast hosted by Cali Lewis, it’s a 3-5 minute update on the latest tech news. This Week in Tech - famous tech vidcast by Leo Laporte, one of the most viewed vidcasts in the world. The Broken - tech show for teh 1337 h4×0rz. Digg Podcasts - a long list of popular podcasts, containing most of the vidcasts on this list and many more.
Virtual Video Map - YouTube videos on a Google map. Find out where do all those cool videos come from. RealPeopleStuff - a site that combines CraigsList and YouTube, offering video clips related to ads. TagTV - enter a tag and get results from Flickr and YouTube. Clean and simple design makes TagTV a very neat way to browse photos and videos. I Love Music Video - combines YouTube with info from your Last.FM account. Great way to get videos (at least until Last.FM signs an evil deal with all those content providers and starts offering music videos). MusicPortl - information on bands and musicians containing biographies, Flickr images, related blog posts and YouTube videos. Magg - aggregates videos from several video sites. Also works as a search engine. RateMyDanceMoves - Hot or Not-style site, presenting you dance-related YouTube videos to vote on. ReviewTube - a site that enables you to add captions to YouTube videos. Nice idea, but relatively poor execution - the captions frequently overlap, making the text unreadable.
Mobile video apps
Youtube mobile - a stripped down version of YouTube tailored for use on mobile phones. Shozu - a free service for your phone that makes it easy to send and receive photos, videos and music Abazab - a universal video player that also works on your mobile phone. Srobbin Mobile Video - An unofficial search for Google video on your cell phone. Yahoo Mobile - Yahoo mobile allows you to search, find, and play videos right on your cell phone. MobiTV - MobiTV allows you to watch television video from popular networks of all kinds. MTV Mobile Video - Anything MTV related all for download to watch on your cell phone. ESPN MVP - If you are a Verizon Wireless customer and have the V Cast service enabled, you can watch sports clips and more. Moblr - Moblr allows you to view videos uploaded to the site directly on your cell phone. Mobunga - This site allows you to download videos to your mobile phone, as well as iPod and PSP.
Blinkx - Perform searches within the most popular video networks, such as CBS, Reuters and CNN. Users can search for content and create TV channels that splice relevant content together. PureVideo - Search within the most popular video directories and video sharing sites. PureVideo features up to six channels and each channel contains about six source sites. SearchVideo - Search engine and directory created by AOL. Users can also search within specific video channels like MySpace and YouTube. Search For Video - search engine and video directory that displays results from hundreds of video channels. Search For Video also provides an add-on for Firefox. Yahoo! Video Search - Yahoo! has a video search engine that gathers videos from Yahoo! directory and from many other online sources. You can also search within specific domains or sites. TubeSurf - Video search engine that gathers results from popular video directories, such as YouTube, Yahoo! Video, MySpace and Google Video. TubeSurf is also available as an add-on for Firefox. ClipRoller - Search across popular video sites, such as: YouTube, Metacafe and more. As you continue to search for videos, ClipRoller learns your preferences and delivers content you like to watch. Pixsy - A video search engine that lets users search content across dozens of video sites. Users are allowed to save searches and single videos. ScoopVid - Search engine that enables you to either search for videos or browse through channels and categories. Google Video Search - Google’s Video search recently was updated and now searches many video sites other than just YouTube and Google Video. AOL Video - once known as the great media search engine, the AOL-purchased SingingFish, AOL Video kept some traits of the crowd’s favorite place to look for hard to find videos, but true fans claim that the site is not as good as its predecessor. Truveo - Search videos or browse by either channel or category. Altavista Video - good old Altavista isn’t what it used to be, but it does have a video search section.
Online video downloading services
VideoRonk - Search and download your favorite videos from YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, DailyMotion, iFilm, MySpace, Vimeo, Blip.tv, Revver and more. VideoDL - Download online videos available on YouTube, Google Video and Break.com stright to your computer. Vixy - Grab videos from popular sites and convert them into various video formats (including iPod and PSP). KeepVid - Download videos from many video sharing sites, including YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Videos, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, Revver and other services. VideoDownloader - Get videos from video sharing sites. VideoDownloader is also available as a Firefox extension, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it within your browser. YouTubeX - Download videos from YouTube. It doesn’t have a lot of options in terms of video sites among which you could choose, but it is very easy to use. DownThisVideo - This site lets you download videos from YouTube, GoogleVideo, MetaCafe, Vimeo and other services. KissYouTube - A service that provides two interesting and effective ways to download videos from YouTube. YouTubeDownloads - Another site that lets you download videos exclusively from YouTube (other sites are not supported). Kcoolonline - Download videos on your hard disk from more than 90 sites, including YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, iFilm and MySpace, Yahoo and many more. YouTubia - A YouTube clone that lets you download and save YouTube videos within your IE or Firefox browser. MediaConverter - A platform that lets you download and convert videos straight from YouTube.
Hellodeo - Record videos from your webcam and post them on any web page. Flikzor - Send and receive video comments on your profile, blog and more. Flixn - Record a video message right in the web browser and share anywhere including MySpace and eBay. GabMail - Service that enable users to send unlimited numbers of free video email messages. Bubble Guru - A site for recording webcam video messages and getting them onto your website or sending to others. CamTwist - Software package (for Mac computers) that lets you add special effects to your video chats. WebcamMax - Software that lets you add videos, screen, pictures, flash and effects to virtual or real webcam and broadcast on all messengers (Windows
only). StumbleUpon Video - Just press “Stumble!” and a random video is presented to you, you can also ask for random videos with in categories like Humor, or Cats. CrowdRules - video answers to your questions. ClipSync - interact with other users while watching the same video as them. ClipSyndicate - publish broadcast quality news on your web site. Broadbandsports - a big collection of sports-related videos.
Since the dawn of time, humanity has longed for a simple way to sync Firefox extensions, themes, bookmarks, and saved passwords between computers so that no matter where you’re working, your browser is customized in the exact same way. The solution comes in the form of the Microsoft-owned folder syncing and sharing tool, FolderShare.
Earlier today, Richard took a look at the state of e-learning 2.0, which got me to thinking about how school might be different if I were in college today because of the influx of new Web 2.0 apps aimed and students. I went to a school that utilized a Virtual Learning Environment called WebCT (since absorbed by the Blackboard company), and it really wasn’t very fun to use. Note taking meant writing on paper, study groups meant face-to-face meetings, and if you were struggling through Shakespeare, your best bet was to turn to the library, not the Internet.
When I was in college most of the tools in this round up didn’t exist. It was truly the dark ages of education! Well, okay, it was a just a few years ago, but just in this decade, and especially in the last few years, a handful of tools to make school life easier have appeared. What follows is the set of web tools I would put in my backpack were I headed back to school tomorrow.
There’s no software package I used more in college (or today, for that matter) than Microsoft Office. But who wants to plunk down $150 on office software? You’re in college, after all, and I’m sure you can think of better uses for your cash. 5 years ago the alternative was Sun’s OpenOffice.org suite, Corel’s Wordperfect (still not free), or a handful of even less developed offline tools. But now there are a large number of impressive web apps that can handle your academic needs. The cream of the crop are below.
Google Docs & Spreadsheets - One of the more developed online office tools, Google only offers a word processor and spreadsheet, though there have long been rumors of a presentation tool (and recent acquisitions by the company would suggest that they are likely true).
Zoho Office Suite - Zoho is one of the most complete online office suites, offering more tools than you’ll even find in Microsoft Office’s student and teacher version.
gOFFICE - No frills gOFFICE has a very familiar look and feel.
ThinkFree - ThinkFree can replace Word, Excel, and Powerpoint with its suite of online apps, and they offer downloadable versions of their software as well.
EditGrid - EditGrid only does spreadsheets, but does them very well.
More and more students are bringing laptops to class. Owning a laptop is a requirement for all first-year undergraduates at the University of Denver, for example. The proliferation of portable computers means that note taking doesn’t have to happen with a pad and pen. The following web apps will help you take and organize your notes.
So you’ve got your notes, and you have them all mapped out and organized, but you still need to fill in some blanks. There are a number of online study aids that exist to help you find the answers you need.
Wikipedia - Wikipedia should probably never be used for serious academic research, but it is a great “jumping off point.” I often use Wikipedia to get quick background info on unfamiliar subjects and point me in the right direction for more in depth study.
Yahoo! Answers - When searching the web fails, someone on Yahoo! Answers may be able to show you were to find the information you’re after.
AnswerU - AnswerU is like Yahoo! Answers for college, sadly not the most academic of sites, but you could certainly try your luck.
SparkNotes - SparkNotes are (mostly) free, online CliffsNotes for a large number of books. They also do test prep, mathematics, science and a number of other subjects. Of course they can’t really substitute for actually reading a book, but they can help you if you’re having trouble figuring out Emily Bronte. (And it turns out that many CliffsNotes are now online for free as well!)
Google News - Google News, especially with their new archive search, can be an invaluable research tool if you’re researching a recent historical or current event.
College-Cram.com - Free online study guides for science, math, language, and business topics.
Wizlite - Highlight text in online documents the way you would in a text book. Don’t like Wizlite? Try i-Lighter.
Why study alone when you can get help from a friend? There is power in numbers.
Facebook - The quintessential college network can be used for more than just planning parties and dating. Facebook can be used to keep in touch with classmates, share and discuss notes, and create study groups.
Stikipad - A collaborative wiki service that you can use to keep track of group notes on a project.
Backpack - All your notes, lists, and ideas in one shared space.
Juggling your class schedule, extra cirricular activities, study time, and social life can be a challenge. The calendar apps below might help.
EasyBib - A tool to take the pain out creating a bibliography.
OttoBib - Enter the ISBN of a book, and automatically have your bibliography entry created in MLA, APA, Chicago, BibTeX, or Wikipedia style.
Zotero - A Firefox extension that lets you “collect, manage, and cite your research sources” from within your web browser.
Google - Google really is the killer research app. You can do simple math, currency conversion, get answers to questions (like “what’s the population of albania?” — it’s 3.6 million), search the text of books, look at satellite maps of the place your studying, and of course, search the web. Just check out all the stuff it does. (And all the stuff it might do in the future.)
While I don’t think there’s really a substitute for face-to-face learning, the online classroom continues to evolve in amazing ways. Students today have a host of web apps at their finger tips that can truly facilitate a better learning environment.
There are times when all we need to do is write. Really crank out the text. (For me, that’s most of the day.) We don’t need distractions and we don’t need a bloated, expensive word processor with way too many features and way too slow a load time (I’m looking at you, Microsoft Word).
What we need is a minimalist, distraction-free word processor — and being the cheapskates that we are, we want it free.
Luckily, there are a number of great alternatives. I personally use several of these, depending on where I am and what I need to do (Google Docs, AbiWord, and DarkRoom are my poisons of choice), and I’ve used all the others, and I can attest that they are speedy and very productive. They do what you need to do — just write — and they do it well.
If you don’t need a million features and don’t want to shell out 400 clams to write something, give one of these great alternatives a spin.
If you want to make your life easier and more socially productive, then these 23 social networking toolbars and plug-ins for the Firefox web browser will speed up your interaction with the leading social networks. No need to visit the sites direct; just post information via your browser - bookmarks, blog posts and more.
Delicious: If you are a Del.icio.us user, then this is a plug-in is for you. You can quickly add to Del.icio.us bookmarks, manage those bookmarks, and have quick access to your most visited and recently visited bookmarks.
Digg: Digg is one of the most well known sites for user-generated content, and with this Firefox toolbar by Conduit, you can have easy access to the top Digg stories from the toolbar. It even shows you your local weather.
Smart Digg: If the above isn’t enough for you, then Smart Digg might be the answer. This one really is smart as it determines if the web page you are on has been submitted to Digg. If the web page has been submitted, it will display the number of Diggs that story currently has on your status bar. If you press the button, and it has not been submitted, it will take you directly to the Digg site to submit it as a new article.
Fleck: Annotate the web with this plug-in. Fleck gives you the ability to add “sticky notes” to web pages. People who visit that page who also have Fleck installed, will be notified if their are annotations on that page, and they can view them as well.
Facebook: You have Facebook on the web and Facebook on the cell phone. Why not Facebook on your Firefox? This extension gives you the ability to stay up to date with your Facebook friends. Alerts, messages, pokes, and invitations are all notified to you through this useful toolbar. You can also share content quickly with this toolbar.
Kaboodle: If you like to share things, then look no further. Kaboodle allows you to share almost anything you find on the web (particularly items you want to buy) with other Kaboodlers. Also useful is the fact that it tries its best to automatically take the “thing” you want to share and add the appropriate description, title, image, and anything else with it so you don’t have to spend that much time providing input.
Linkedin: This LinkedIn FireFox toolbar gives you the ability to utilize the LinkedIn services more easily. It allows you to search, save, and find data all related to the LinkedIn services all from within Firefox.
LiveJournal: If you are a LiveJournal user, then the LiveJournal extension for Firefox will give you quick access to important information regarding your LiveJournal account. This includes, tracking friends, birthday reminders, comments, messages, and much more.
Myspace: For the millions who use MySpace constantly, this toolbar makes getting updates from MySpace easy by delivering them to you. Most of the notifications you receive through the MySpace website can now be delivered to you through your Firefox browser.
MySpace blog editor: If you like to blog on Myspace, then this toolbar gives you the ability to post blogs to your Myspace account directly through this extension. It also supports the drag and drop ability, so if you have content such as images or text on a web page that you would like to blog about, just drag it to the editor without breaking a sweat.
Newsvine: This toolbar allows quick access to your column and frontpage for your Newsvine.com account. It improves your Newsvine experience and gives you the ability to search the Newsvine site quickly. It also features an automatically updating watchlist, as well as a seed status checker.
Nowpublic: Quickly grabbing information from web pages is now easy. If you feel like being a reporter, then this extension allows you to almost act like one by allowing you to copy content to NowPublic.com and then people can write articles on it.
Orkut: Orkut Helper provides you with options for interacting with your Orkut account.
RatePoint: Rating and connecting with people is now made easier with the RatePoint extension. This toolbar allows you to rate sites and connect you to like-minded people all from within this toolbar. It also allows you to form a discussion. The RatePoint extension is a must have for existing RatePoint users.
Simpy: Simpy is a social bookmarking service. Similar to Del.icio.us, this toolbar allows you to quickly add bookmarks and content to your Simpy account and share it with the world.
Squidoo: The Squidoo extension allows you to search Squidoo content within Firefox easily. Much of the vital functionality of Squidoo can be accessed with this toolbar and if you are a Squidoo user, this toolbar couldn’t hurt.
Stumbleupon: This Firefox toolbar allows you to take StumbleUpon to its full potential. It allows you to rate, stumble, and send web pages. It also lets you see your friends and favorites on your StumbleUpon account.
Twitbin: Twitbin is Twitter in Firefox. It gives you the ability to post and see comments right from within your Firefox browser.
Twitter: The Twitterbar is another simple extension that allows you to easily post to your Twitter account by simply typing in the address bar, and pressing a button near the bar to post a tweet.
Technorati: The Techno(rati) Bar provides Technorati information in a sidebar, including blogs linking to the current site. A handy feature for you Technorati users.
Skype: The Skype Web Toolbar will enhance your interaction with Skype by allowing you to connect to phone numbers on web pages easily, without even having to type numbers in manually to the Skype application. Handy.
YouTube: YouTube, being one of the most popular sites in the world, deserves a toolbar of its own. The Watch YouTube toolbar lets you watch YouTube videos right in the browser. 15 of the top viewed, top rated, top favorites, recently added and more.
Wikipedia: Editing Wikipedia is now much easier. It allows a myriad of options for editing and managing Wikipedia content right through this toolbar.
From now on you have no excuse from not being socially connected to the web. So be sure to pimp out your Firefox browser with some of these extremely useful social networking toolbars and plug-ins.
An aspiring blogger can be overwhelmed with the vast amount of resources, tools, and advice for bloggers available on the net. While in no way definitive - there’s simply too much going on in this space to cover it all - we did our best to bring you a comprehensive list of blogging resources, which should be equally useful to beginners as well as veteran bloggers. Enjoy.
ThemeViewer - The number one location to find WordPress themes to make your page cool, which you will most certainly want to do. Templates Now - A smaller collection of WordPress themes, but still worth your while to check out. TemplateMonster - If you want more professional quality themes then this site can be useful. They offer extremely high quality themes that you can purchase
for WordPress. Wordpress Themes - a neatly categorized site with a huge selection of themes
Best WordPress Plugins
Akismet - The best blog comment spam prevention plug-in. Ships free with WordPress, but you still have to turn it on and keep it updated. Wordpress Backup - an absolute must if you want to keep your archive in case of something going wrong WP Cache - if your blog ever experiences a burst of traffic, you’ll be thankful you have WP Cache Sitemap Generator - everyone who cares about SEO (and that should be everyone) should have this one Preview Pane - If you upgrade/install WordPress 2.2.x, the Preview Frame has gone missing, as the developers decided to leave it out, and it is a vital tool on checking your posts, so this plug-in restores that functionality. Facebook Photos - A nice WordPress plug-in that allows quick access to your Facebook photos and the ability to integrate them in to any post within WordPress with ease. Flickr Photos - Same as Facebook Photos, but for use with a Flickr account. Related Posts - This plugin lets you display all the posts you have written on the same subject near each post. It increases the chance that a visitor will spend more time browsing your blog posts. Feedburner Feed Replacement - sooner or later, most people switch to Feedburner for their RSS needs. This plugin redirects all the RSS feeds on your blog to the Feedburner one. Might cause problems with Technorati. Ultimate Tag Warrior - an advanced solution for all your tagging problems. Adsense Deluxe - a great way to manage AdSense ads on your blog. Super Archive - Creates a great dynamic archive for your Wordpress blog posts. Stat Traq - Get detailed statistics in a very effective graphical format. Sociable - adds all those cute tiny icons for easy social bookmarking LightBox 2 - A fade effect that you see on a myriad of blogs you visit these days where you click the image, the background fades and then the image itself displays in full view. A very nice effect to have.
Style Library -If you are looking for a way to make your Movable Type blog look fresh, then look no further. The Style Contest - A collection of Movable Type Styles created from contests to create the best styles. Only the best is here. Style Generator - Use this if you wish to take things in to your own hands and
create your own Styles for use with Movable Type.
Best Movable Type Plugins
MT Notifier - This plug-in gives you a great amount of control of notification options for your users and helps with keeping your users connected to your Movable Type blog. InlineEditor - No more clicking through 3 or more pages to edit your posts on Movable Type, this plug-in allows you to edit through Ajax technology right on the same page as your post. MT Blogroll - If you want to link to your favorite blogs and sites, then you need a “blogroll” (collection of links to sites and other blogs), and this plug-in solves this problem with providing you the ability to create and manage as many “blogrolls” as your heart desires.
Dreamhost - Offers a lot for a very small amount of money. CirtexHosting - Hosting plans starting at as little as $2. BlueHost - Another affordable hosting solution. HostGator - Cheap shared personal hosting. Media Temple - Grid based hosting; known to be able to sustain lots of traffic.
Paid Blog Hosting Services
TypePad - If you are a MovableType fan, then TypePad is the premiere service to be using to host your blog. Blogsite - An enterprise level blogging and publishing platform. Multiple blogs can reside withing one blogsite. Amazing SEO visibility.
Free Blog Hosting Services
WordPress - WordPress allows you to create and host a blog on their own servers and you can display it to the world. You don’t get as much customization and functionality as if you have it hosted on your own server (for example, advertising is not allowed), but it is still a very good way to blog without paying money. Blogger - A service owned by Google, Blogger is a way to have your blogs hosted for free and you can post as much as you want. It allows Google’s AdSense to be used. Xanga - iXanga is a lively community of online diaries and journals. Users create their own profiles and there are many opportunities to interact with other users. LiveJournal - LiveJournal is excellent if you wish to blog on a personal level and join a community and share your blogs among friends. Vox - A new contender to the arena but Vox is a very nice and powerful blogging tool; not to mention free!; You receive many social experiences with this option as Vox is based heavily on community based blogging. Tumblr - Tumblr is great if you don’t have time to blog, but still want to share something now and again. It lets you easily post videos, pictures, links, and of course you can write there too.
Jaiku - Jaiku allows you the ability to post “mini-blogs” which are short blogs (usually under 140 - 160 characters in length) about whatever you decide. Jaiku also allows you to link together content from other services and social sites that provide RSS/ATOM feeds and they can be displayed as well. Twitter - Twitter lets you say what you are doing in 140 characters or less. Recently new features have been added that have made it into a great communication tool.
Mobile Based Blogging
TextAmerica - A way to blog on the go. You blog with service by adding photos to your mobile blog and then later on you can add text descriptions and people
can see your world on the go. Twitter - Twitter also has solid support for blogging from mobile devices.
Tips & Advice
Blogs about Blogging
About.com Weblogs - Professional blogger / freelance writer Deborah Ng covers a wide range of blogging topics for all levels of blogger, but is especially good for new bloggers. Advanced Business Blogging - Two people who are really making money with blogs and new media and showing others how to. Blogging for Business - Ted Demopoulos focuses “on practical business implications and uses of new media and technologies, including Blogging and Business, pod-casting, and other ‘Cool Internet Stuff’.” Andy Wibbels - The author of Blog Wild! puts emphasises blogs for small business marketing, but his tips are useful for all bloggers. Problogger - Darren Rowse is the definitive guide to making money with your blog. MasterNewMedia - A site about independent publishing and social media which publishes articles showing how to create effective blogs and improve online marketing strategies. Copyblogger - a great resource of no-nonsense information for bloggers (and everyone else who wants to learn how to write well) DailyBlogTips - a place where you can find useful tips to improve the quality of your blog. Updated daily. Blogging Pro - news, tips and technical support for bloggers. Blogs in Education - a great list of useful resources aimed at those who want to use blogs for educational purposes.
Blogger Forum - This site has a nice forum with plenty of resources for helping you on your beginnings in blogging. Bloggst - a fairly new community devoted to bloggers, and blogging, with howtos, interviews and other resources. True Blogging - a forum completely dedicated to bloggers, blogging resources and blog monetization. Blogger Talk - great resource for bloggers who want to share their experiences. Bloggeries - a community for bloggers from all over the world to gather and discuss their blogs. Webloggers - forum on marketing blogs, software for bloggers, blogging news and mobile blogging. The Blog Herald - a source of blog and blogging related news for bloggers.
Blog Tools and Resources
Blog Search Engines
Technorati - One of the most popular search engines for blogs; its top list is one of the most often cited metrics on the Internet. Sphere - a blog search engine that offers a contextual widget which shows related posts from other blogs. Google Blog Search - A very simple blog search engine. It’s basically Google Search that only looks through blogs and comments on blogs. Ice Rocket – A Google-like blog search engine.
Blog Top Lists
RSSTop55 - the most comprehensive list of blog top lists and blog submission sites on
Blog Statistics & Analysis
StatCounter - A completely free statistics and analysis tool for tracking your blog’s numbers. Site Meter - Site Meter comes in two flavors, Site Meter Basic and Site Meter Premium and this service offers advanced analytics of your site statistics. AWStats - A free and open-source alternative to track your site statistics. Feedburner - A wide range of tools to spiff up your RSS feed, including HTML preview, geotagging, merging link and photo feeds, password protection, and one of our favorites - a customizable GIF-based headline animator. They can also insert ads into your feed and have both free and premium analytics. Alexa - Alexa has the statistics for all of the internet and it lets you compare your blog to another. Google Analytics - a free, full-featured (albeit a bit slow) analytics program from Google (ex. Urchin). MeasureMap - another free tool for detailed analysis of your blog’s visitor habits
PayPal - PayPal allows you to set up a donations system on your site. Your readers can click a button that will bring them to a page where they can send you some cash. Chitika - Contextual interactive CPC advertising. Requires more screen real estate than AdSense, but tends to have higher click-through rates and payout rates. LinkAdage - Text links and text advertisements to generate revenue from your website by way of bidding, brokering, and exchanging text advertisements. Txtswap - If you want to exchange text links to try and bring in more users, and in turn raise the potential to gain income, this is another service to try. Google AdSense - Almost certainly the largest single source of income to bloggers worldwide. Pay per click and per view. Yahoo Publisher network - pay per click ads, similar to Google AdSense. AdBrite - Get paid for text link advertisements on your blog. Text Link Ads - One of the leading suppliers of text link advertisements. BidVertiser - an advertising system where you set the bids for pay per click ads. ReviewMe - a marketplace for paid blog reviews. PayPerPost - another marketplace for paid blog posts; often criticized, not only because of the idea of paid blog posting, but also due to the fact that they don’t require full disclosure on paid posts. BlogBurst - get your blog syndicated by the bigtime media; best blogs get paid for their content.
Spreading The Word
Reddit - Social content site with focus on fun stuff, politics, science; sometimes, anything goes. Witty descriptions are obligatory. ClipMarks - A service that allows you to save and share “clips” from web pages. Digg - Social content site that likes technology-related content; especially Google and Apple related. Promoting your own blog - especially too aggressively - on Digg is not a good idea. Blogmarks - another “clipping” service for saving and sharing links from the web. Newsvine - Social news site with plenty of options and features Netscape - Netscape’s social news portal, less oriented towards technology than both Digg and Reddit Del.icio.us - If you need to share bookmarks or you want people to tell you about websites, Del.icio.us will allow you to do that.
MyBlogLog - Possibly the coolest blog community building tool around. Doubles as a simple analytics tool. BlogRolling – Blogroll manager. PollDaddy - cool polls for your blog. BlogPolls - another provider of free polls for bloggers Favicon Maker – simple service that enables you to easily create a favicon from an image. Qumana - a desktop blog editor for Mac and Windows. Blogjet - another desktop blog client, works only on Windows. Blogarithm - enables you to track all your content at one place. GeoLoc - a widget that shows your visitors’ locations on a world map. JunkIWant - display your Amazon wishlist as a widget on your blog BlogSticker - create stickers for your blog. MyOpenId - enables you to identify yourself for various online service, using your blog address. BlogFlux tools - several cool tools for bloggers. ImageShack - free photo hosting service.
RSS & Aggregation Resources
Everything related to this topic is covered in our previous big feature, the RSS toolbox.
The following Mashable authors contributed to this article: Stan Schroeder, Livia Iacolare, Rodney Rumford, Scott Allen, James Mowery, Todd Carter, Ben Gold
Fumbling around for the alarmclock in the morning is second place only to getting elbowed in the ribs because we can’t find the alarm clock when it comes to things we don’t look forward to when we wake up. That’s why this alarm clock mat design by Sofie Collin & Gustav Lanberg is so great.
Not only does it display the time in the middle, you turn off the alarm by firmly planting both feet onto its carpety exterior. There’s little chance of misplacing this alarm, unless of course you’ve got a dog that really enjoys rugs. – Jason Chen
See that up there? That’s a JPEG of a purported PPT slide supposedly sent to sporting goods distributors. Pretty much the easiest rumor premise imaginable to fake. Still, at the heart of any good rumor is an aura of plausibility right? Timex makes iPod docks and sporty i-Control watches while Apple is no stranger to the athletics world with their successful Nike+ collaboration. At the intersection of the two strategies then is this, the rumored Timex i-Control series of watches for wireless iPod control. Reasonable, sure. Coming in October? Who knows, we’re still waiting around for those Nike Speed+watches to hit.
The Frantic Industries weblog has a two part series that reviews 20 web operating systems. A few weeks ago we introduced Desktoptwo and received bunches of comments and questions about other web operating systems. The review done by Frantic Industries does an excellent job of introducing each web OS and giving a rundown of the pros and cons. If you’ve been searching for a usable web OS, give the Frantic Industries articles a read and let us know which OS you prefer and why.
10 online operating systems reviewed [Frantic Industries] Another 10 web operating systems reviewed [Frantic Industries]
Amid skepticism that Apple's originally proposed talk time of “up to 5 hours” may not be guaranteed, Apple has upped the ante. Today it promised “8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback” plus a whopping “10 days of standby time.” The same press release says that the front surface of the iPhone has been upgraded from plastic to “durable” glass. Jump for the info, straight from the horse’s mouth. – Wilson Rothman
iPhone Delivers Up to Eight Hours of Talk Time
Now Features Durable Glass Top Surface
CUPERTINO, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple(R) today announced that iPhone(TM) will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback.* In addition, iPhone will feature up to 250 hours-more than 10 days-of standby time.
Apple also announced that the entire top surface of iPhone, including its stunning 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity.
“With 8 hours of talk time, and 24 hours of audio playback, iPhone’s battery life is longer than any other ‘Smartphone’ and even longer than most MP3 players,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve also upgraded iPhone’s entire top surface from plastic to optical-quality glass for superior scratch resistance and clarity. There has never been a phone like iPhone, and we can’t wait to get this truly magical product into the hands of customers starting just 11 days from today.”
iPhone introduces an entirely new user interface based on a revolutionary multi-touch display and pioneering new software that allows users to control iPhone with just a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers. iPhone combines three products into one small and lightweight handheld device — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and the Internet in your pocket with best-ever applications on a mobile phone for email, web browsing and maps.
iPhone ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, which completely redefines what users can do on their mobile phones.
Pricing and Availability
iPhone will be available in the US on June 29, 2007 in a 4GB model for $499 (US) and an 8GB model for $599 (US), and will work with either a PC or Mac(R). iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online
stores, and through AT&T’s select retail stores.
*All Battery claims are dependent upon network configuration and many other factors; actual results may vary. See http://www.apple.com/batteries for more information. Music capacity is based on four minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; actual capacity varies by content.
I am being charged with a felony for a digg story I submitted last month. It was the #1 dugg video for May 13, and was linked to YouTube telling about a Sony HDV camcorder that was stolen from me. The story showed the phone number of the theft suspect, which is illegal under Michigan law. I’m in trouble and the thief goes free—-Be careful diggers!
Greasemonkey and Digg? It’s like a marriage made in geek heaven. Social networking tracker Mashable has come up with the top ten Grasemonkey scripts to help you tweak out Digg just the way you’ve always wanted.
You’ve got your nested comments, Digg mirrors, even a script that will remove exclamation marks OMG!!!! We have a wee bit of a Greasemonkey crush here at Lifehacker central, and this just adds to the love. What are your favorite Greasemonkey scripts that we perchance have not covered here? Let’s hear ‘em in the comments.
Although Google hasn’t really made an (expected) move in this field yet, the topic still spurs a lot of interest, and many new applications have been launched. It’s time to review another 10 web operating systems.
Financial site SavingAdvice.com has put together a list of the top twenty Firefox extensions that will actually work to save you money.
The list includes a Cingular minutes minder, a grocery list generator, product comparisons, deal alerts, and more. Do you see anything missing from this list that has actually added to your bottom line? Thoughts in the comments.
Word is, Windows Sideshow devices will start at a reasonable 80 bucks.
According to chip manufacturer Winbond, SideShow devices will start at $80 with high end gadgets running up to about $150. Interestingly, the price isn’t in the SideShow chipset, which runs a reasonable $10, but the LCD screen (which is the most expensive component in typical Sideshow devices).
MK140 eChatter (pictured above) features realtime chat and text editing through Bluetooth. We’re a bit confused as to whether this would be an $80 or $150 model.
MK 140 FM ‘Fridge Magnet/Scribbler Device’ seems to have similar functions to the eChatter, without the keyboard.
Both devices can sync and charge via USB and run for 16 hours before recharge. Sure… Still, we’re thinking that if these SideShow devices can be both functional and inexpensive, Vista could have a major selling point beyond “Dell gave it to me with my new computer”. Hit the link for more info. – Mark Wilson
We love Greasemonkey because with it, we don’t have to wait for that special new feature on some website: we can build it ourselves. One of the most popular sites among Greasemonkey code ninjas is Digg; here are 10 great Greasemonkey hacks that you can use to enhance your digging experience.
For some more info on Greasemonkey and installation on scripts, as well as many other cool hacks, check out our other Greasemonkey features:
Question: what’s the most asked for feature on Digg? Answer: we don’t know, but we have a good guess: nested comments. Well, here they are: fully functional; install this little script and watch those comments beautifully nest away. For it to work, your replies must start with “@username”, but you’re already doing that anyway, right?
For the average digger, this is pure gold. Comedy gold, that is. This script gives you a box with predefined “witty” comments - the obligatory Soviet Russia jokes, Will it blend jokes, Kevin Rose fandom claims, and many others. We, for one, welcome our new comment overlords.
The dreaded Digg effect is still the scourge of many a website, but fear not: the mirrors are here to save the moment. Although, it does get annoying to paste them all the time. That’s why this script gives you easy access to five popular mirror services: DuggMirror, DuggBack, Wayback Machine, Google Cache, and Coral Cache.
Many users like to use Digg as a bookmarking service, but its organizational capabilities aren’t really that grand. This neat script extends the standard Digg button with the option to save every Digg story to del.icio.us.
Best picture you’ll see all day!!!!! Awesome Firefox plugin!!!!!!!!! Getting annoyed of all the extra exclamation marks? Get rid of them with the exclamation marks remover. Unfortunately, it works only for titles.
Ok, this is kinda weird, but it might be useful for folks who regularly visit both Digg and Reddit. This script will try to find Digg stories on Reddit and add the comments from Reddit to the story on Digg. It will only work if the URL is exactly the same.
One of the most useful Digg scripts we’ve encountered enables you to add custom tabs to Digg. These new tabs can contain searches for certain keywords; for example, if you want to be updated on all things Google, all you need to do is add a tab that searches for “Google” and it will be available with one click. You can configure it by clicking “Customize” on Digg and then scrolling to the bottom.
When you click “reply” on Digg the comment box appears on the bottom of the screen, and poof: more often than not, you’ve forgotten what exactly you’re replying to. This script keeps the comment box up there where the action is.
Let’s face it: Digg’s search sucks. No advanced options, results are often old - perhaps you’re better off with plain old Google search. That’s exactly what this script does: replaces Digg’s search with Google’s search which will automatically add the parameters needed to make your search meaningful. Try it, you might be surprised at how good it works.
Virb gives you the ability to easily customize your profile and if you don’t like someone’s customizations, they have a feature that allows you to remove it while viewing their profile. Looking at their blog, they seem to be pretty busy rolling new features and functionality. It will be interesting to see how this service develops over time.
A place that lets you put all of the things that make you you – photos, videos, blogs – in one place. So you can find friends (and friends can find you).
More specifically, VIRB° is our vision of a social community - done right. A website that combines you, your interests, your friends and the things you like with music, art, fashion, film and more. Stay connected with your friends. Find new music. View and upload good videos, photos and more.
Just for kicks, let’s compare Virb to MySpace using the profiles for the band Scissors for Lefty. Here they are on MySpace and now on Virb. Which one would you spend more time on? To quote Derek Powazek “Oh, so that’s what MySpace would be like if they’d ever hired a designer”.
The Thinkpad reserve’s website just went live, and the $5000 limited edition PC’s details have just become clear. It basically sounds like an X series, wrapped in leather, and bundled with an hyper-active executive service plan.
The main selling points of the plan being 24/7 executive customer service, available by phone, email, and by IM with one touch of a hard button. They’ll provide on site service within 4 hours, or the next day if you’re too far from a service center. And can help lazy, technophobe CEOs back up their machines. Or replace the whole thing if they accidentally squish it while jumping into their private jets within the 3 year warranty. (Much of this, I suspect, is available with some insane service plan, anyhow.)
The idea behind the leather casing is that it breaks in, rather than breaks down like traditional PC materials. (It also retain tons of heat, but the website doesn’t mention this.)
•160GB HDD 5400RPM SATA, with hardware encryption
•2GB of RAM
•7 Hours of Battery life (Sure.)
•Intel Centrino Pro, Core 2 Duo L7500 CPU
Compenion is a futuristic laptop concept that boasts two OLED touchscreen displays and a modular design. No word yet on if this concept will go into production. More pictures after the break.
You can tap away by hand or use the “senstylus” pen to control it, and through a series of docking stations the Compenion will adapt to the environment where you’re using it. For example, the home dock might have a projector for viewing video, while the office might include ergonomic stuff like an external keyboard