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Roll Your Own RSS Feed With RSS Search Engine Jamespot

Posted by telecommatt on October 24, 2007

Emily Chang – eHub: Jamespot

A search engine indexing text, video, and audio content from RSS feeds around the world

I’ve been playing with this over the last few days. It’s really pretty cool! It’s a search engine for RSS content. You can do a search, save it, customize it, and create a new RSS feed from it.

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Blog From Your Mobile By The Creators of Foonz

Posted by telecommatt on October 15, 2007

Utterz AutoPosts from your Mobile to your WordPress Blog

Utterz, the blogging tool launched by the creator of Foonz, has released a new tool called AutoPost.

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Byteswap Is A Virtual File Cabinet For The Internet

Posted by telecommatt on October 13, 2007

Byteswap – Rethink the way you search!

Use Byteswap like a virtual file cabinet to store links, files, notes, contacts – practically anything!

I’m intrigued by the idea behind Byteswap. I guess it’s like an online free-form database. I’ve used a few products in the past that were of similar concept. I found them much more flexible than a simple bookmarking system. In fact, I sometimes think that a platform like Byteswap might have been a better choice more me than my current Worpress-Diigo combination. Matt’s Cuppa did, after all, begin as a linkblog with commentary. Although, I have to agree with Mashable that a wiki-based system might be more appropriate.

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Another Tip From DLS – MojoPac Goes Free

Posted by telecommatt on October 10, 2007

MojoPac virtual desktop goes free – Download Squad

But MojoPac goes one step further. It lets you save all of your WIndows XP settings and applications on a flash drive

I looked at MojoPac once before, but decided not to cover it since it wasn’t a free app at the time. However, now that the basic version is free, I feel a lot better about recommending it. This isn’t another web-based OS. Instead you save all your windows applications, files, and settings on a flash drive and MojoPac lets you pop all that onto the next PC you visit. XP only, no Mac, Linux or Vista support yet.

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Adobe Acquires Buzzword, Buzzword Acquires Buzzword.com

Posted by telecommatt on October 1, 2007

The Virtual Ubiquity Blog

We’ve got some exciting news to share today. At Adobe’s annual MAX conference this morning, it will be announced that Adobe Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virtual Ubiquity. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year.

I’ve written quite extensively about Virtual Ubiquity’s word processor for the web, Buzzword, both here and at Emily Chang’s eHub. Buzzword is a great product that is exactly what it promises to be. That is, the first real word processor for the web.

As part of the same announcement, Virtual Ubiquity has acquired the domain buzzword.com. Prior to this, the login page resided at preview.getbuzzword.com. In addition, account registration is now open.

Congratulations VB on a successful product and the upcoming acquisition!

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Mind Mapping Internet Search Results With Surf Canyon

Posted by telecommatt on September 30, 2007

Surf Canyon’s Mind Mapping Search Tool

When you get your list of search results, they’re displayed in a type of mind-map format. You can mouse over a link or click on a target icon in order to get more results that are relate

Anyone who knows me knows I have a thing for mind maps. If I could search the web with mind maps? That’s like geek heaven for me!

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Filed Under This-Would-Be-Cool-If: Feed Each Other RSS Reader

Posted by telecommatt on September 28, 2007

Feed Each Other: a social RSS reader – Download Squad

Feed Each Other is a new social RSS reader. What does that mean? Well, it’s kind of a social network and RSS reader all rolled into one, sort of like a cross between Google Reader and Facebook.

I hate it when good ideas come late in the game. This would be really cool if I weren’t overdosed on the social-whatever scene. I wish I’d heard about this about four months ago!

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MixGet: Another Cool Idea I Hope Never Comes To Market

Posted by telecommatt on September 27, 2007

Cellphone symphony: MixGet | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone

It’s technology that turns individual cellphones into synchronized music players.

Do they realize how annoying this could get, now that carriers are beginning to allow cell phone use in airplanes??

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ZoneAlarm ForceField Takes The Sandbox To The Masses

Posted by telecommatt on September 27, 2007

While not exactly a new concept, this is pretty sweet. I think it’s great that ZoneAlarm is taking the idea of sandboxed browsing to the general public. After all, Most spyware/malware solutions are focused on fixing your machine after it’s infected, but the best way to keep spyware and malware off your machine is to never let it touch your machine to begin with.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, check out this short Wikipedia article. Basically, a sandbox is an isolated virtual environment that software can be run in. Being virtual means it doesn’t actually exist, meaning when something in the sandbox encounters malware, the malware is actually infecting nothing. Literally!

While I think that a $30 subscription fee to ZoneAlarm’s service is reasonable for most consumers, the computer-savvy might think about using something like the free Sandboxie. This is my browsing and testing environment of choice at the moment. Sandboxie not only allows you to run a sandboxed browser (or any app), but it allows you to install software within the sandbox as well. I’ve found this is the best way to test beta software without having to worry about it taking down my box.

ZoneAlarm ForceField protects your browsing session – DLS Interview

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ZoneAlarm
has launched a public beta of a new security tool that basically puts
your web browser into a sandbox. Visit sites you know are unsafe, check
your bank statements on a computer that you know is infected with
viruses and spyware. We caught up with ZoneAlarm Director of Consumer Product Management John Gable at ShowStoppers in New York, and he told us a bit about the new product. ZoneAlarm ForceField
sets up a “virtualized surfing” system, that prevents your PC from
downloading malicious code from the web. It also prevents keylogging,
blocks spyware, and scans downloads. There’s also a private browsing
feature that immediately erases all details of your browsing session
once you shut down the browser.ZoneAlarm ForceField is free
while in beta, but will cost $30 when it’s officially launched next
year. The program works with Internet Explorer and Firefox (but not
Opera), and is Windows only.

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Matt’s Cuppa LinkRoundup for 9-22-07

Posted by telecommatt on September 22, 2007

I’m behind on my news feeds again. And that means it’s time for another Matt’s Cuppa LinkRoundup. Here are a few stories that I thought particularly interesting. Please comment or contact me with your thoughts.

Weekend Web 2.0 roundup for September 22nd

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lypp

LyppFree
group calls from a cell phone, mobile device or a desktop computer.
This service uses your existing landline (if you still have one) or
mobile number, but calls are done through IM applications like AIM,
Google Talk, MSN and Yahoo! The service is currently getting ready to
launch in a private beta.

Somewhat skeptical about mass adoption here. I’m wondering who will find value in this. Is this likely to be conference-calling-on-the-cheap or party line 2.0?

Science: How Evolutionary Biology Explains Office Politics

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There may be ancient evolutionary impulses behind modern-day office politics.
If human nature is shaped by our monkey pasts, and the tens of
thousands of years our species spent as hunter-gatherers, we might want
to use some 100,000 year-old solutions to fights over the printer,
snarky sysadmins, and lateral promotions. In that spirit, Stanford
neuroscientist and author Robert M. Sapolsky offers Lifehacker some lessons from human prehistory to solve modern-day office dilemmas.

Now ask yourself, “Doesn’t that explain a lot?” Makes you think about your boss and coworkers in a whole new way, huh?

Information Addiction: A recent survey shows most Americans are …

A recent survey shows most Americans are uncomfortable going more than a day without the internet; online activity also lessens the amount of time people spend having sex and socializing with friends face-to-face.

No comment…

Office Supplies: Temporarily Pin Documents with Your Stapler

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Blogger Jacob Grier discovers what Wikipedia calls “the least known
stapling method”: pinning. If you rotate the plate on the bottom of
your stapler, it will bend staples outward instead of inward to fasten
things temporarily. Easily remove a pinned staple by pulling it along
the plane of the document. Many modern staplers don’t have this feature
any more, so pick up an old-school model to try it out.
The stapler’s secret [Eternal Recurrence]

Ah, the joys of being a cube warrior again! Apparently, everything in my office requires a staple. I’ve seen staple marks on single sheets of paper often enough to no longer be surprised. As for “modern” staplers, a modern stapler in my little cube nation is one that still works! Which means I’ll have plenty of opportunity to try this little trick out.

Windows: Find Out If Your Computer Is Secretly Connecting to the Web

If
you are trying to track down why your computer is running so
slooowwwly, try using this simple DOS command from Digital Inspiration
to uncover a possible problem:

  • Type cmd in your Windows Run box.
  • Type “netstat -b 5 > activity.txt” and press enter.
  • After say 2 minutes, press Ctrl+C.
  • Type “activity.txt” on the command line to open the log file in notepad (or your default text editor)

This .txt file will have a record of everything that has made an
Internet connection in the last couple of minutes; you can then check
your task manager to find out where it is and take care of it.
Is Your Computer Connecting To Websites Without Your Knowledge [Digital Inspiration]

I might pull this out and file it under Tech Tips. It drives me crazy when something suddenly starts using my PC that isn’t me! Most of the time, it’s nothing to be concerned about, but when it gets in the way of what I’m doing, it’s gotta stop. This is especially true if I’ve been running Firefox for a while and it’s started swallowing my RAM whole.

Major Media Companies Found Hacking The Pirate Bayfrom Mashable! by Kristen Nicole

Some leaked emails at the MediaDefender-Defenders has granted The Pirate Bay
the proof it needed to file charges against several media companies.
These emails prove that some major record labels and film production
and distribution companies have hired professional hackers and
saboteurs to destroy The Pirate Bay’s trackers.

Okay, that’s just sad!

Beware of PDF Files! Adobe Security Vulnerability Found.

Don’t open any PDF files anytime soon. Better yet, don’t
even go to any websites where PDF files may be embedded. According to
hacker Petko Petkov, there’s a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat/Reader
that lets malware into your Windows box with no prompts of any sort.
All you need to do is open a PDF file or open a URL that has a PDF file
embedded.
Petkov says that this has been confirmed for Adobe Reader 8.1 on
Windows XP, though a comprehensive list of other affected versions has
not been compiled or published. It’s important to note that this
vulnerability has not been confirmed by any third parties or Adobe as
of yet. A similar vulnerability for Quicktime on Firefox had been found by Petkov as well, and has been addressed with Firefox’s latest release 2.0.0.7.
[via wired]

Wow! Major setback for Adobe! Not to mention the entire corporate world… In the meantime, I highly recommend Foxit. It’s free, it’s fast, and it’s not Adobe.

Help Find Memory Leaks in Firefox

firefox logo

If you’re a Firefox enthusiast, the Mozilla community is
currently looking for additional volunteers to help reduce memory usage
and fix any memory leaks in the browser. If you’re not a
programmer, Firefox programmer Jesse Ruderman says you can still help:

“If you’re a Firefox user, an easy way to help is to browse
with a trunk nightly build wrapped in a script that calls leak-gauge.pl
when Firefox exits. If it reports that documents or windows leaked, try
to figure out how to reproduce the leak and then file a bug
report.”

The goal of the project is to reduce the memory usage in Firefox 3.
On his blog, Ruderman details a number of leaks that have already been
identified and fixed.
For more info on Firefox 3, check out the project’s wiki page at Mozilla.

Count me in! I very often will find that I have to do silly things like eat and sleep when I’m in the middle of a project or writing assignment. I prefer to leave Firefox running so I know exactly where I left off when I come back. And it’s not uncommon for me to find that Firefox is consuming a whopping 350+MB’s of memory. A portion of this is due to memory intensive Firefox extensions, but the majority is due to a known memory leak in Firefox itself. So, if you’re a Firefox user, roll up your sleeves and lets tackle this memory thing!

Your Very Own Podcasts–The Easy Way

So
you want to be a star? You don’t actually have to want to be a
star to begin recording and distributing your very own podcasts.
Increasingly, businesses and web sites of all stripes are turning to
podcasting for everything from online marketing to tutorials. Also,
many commuters and travelers now get business information from
podcasts. Web workers of numerous kinds can benefit from learning to
produce them, whether they are for audio blogs, remote presentations,
tutorials intended for a workgroup, or other purposes.

The good news is, the equipment you need to do very professional
material is either inexpensive or free, and there are multiple ways to
distribute your content to audiences that can grow in size if you
engage them. In this post, I’ll delve into some of the best
choices for your podcasting effort.

I’ve posted about podcasts and podcasting before, and I can’t stress enough the value a quality podcast can create for any business. It doesn’t matter if you’re a SOHO working in the basement or a marketing exec in a 500+ employee company, a quality podcast proves that you are the expert in what you do. After all, why does Emeril have a product line that sells successfully? Because he has a show that proves to people he’s the expert, with a personality that people come back for, and that people walk away from having learned something that’s important to them. (Just a note, podcasts don’t have to be audio-only. Vodcasting, with video, adds an entirely new dimension with which to engage your audience.) Do you know more than your competition? Prove it! Podcast it!

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