I’m somewhat behind in my reading my RSS feeds this week, so here’s a mashup of articles that caught my attention. Please contact me regarding anything you see that you would like me to go into more detail on.
Using just cardboard and duct tape, you can create a laptop case that
serves as good protection against scuffs and scratches. The end result
is a laptop case that is practical, stylish, and won’t break your
budget. It might not be as soft or as cuddly as the previously covered DIY T-shirt laptop case,
but it certainly gets the job done, and you have a little more
flexibility with design (choosing the color tape, or even adding
decorative stickers) with this one.
How to Make a Minimalistic (and Cheap) Laptop Case
There’s been a fair amount of chatter over the Justice Department’s decision to comment to the FCC about network neutrality,
but there’s been almost no discussion as to why the Justice Department
should be involved at all. It’s true that the DOJ covers anti-trust
issues, but this isn’t about a merger or the potential to create a
Micro-blogging is a term described by Wikipedia
as “a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates
(usually less than 200 characters) and publish them, either to be
viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the
user”. Several startups have witnessed phenomenal growth with
micro-blogging services, most notably Twitter. In addition, numerous social networks – including Facebook and Bebo
– have integrated similar status update services. The space is hot and
it’s still heating up. So let’s take a look at 10 of the key players.
I just realized that I have some invites for people to get into the
beta for this, if you’re interested leave a comment or email me.
Do you think that in five years you will still have a home number, a
work number, a cell number, and multiple email addresses? I
don’t, I haven’t for a while. I’m a pretty firm
believer that in a couple of years we’ll only have one ID which
will work converge all incoming and outgoing communications
channels. I think that eventually it’ll take the form of a
URI (e.g. email@example.com),
but for now I’m pretty pleased to have narrowed down all my phone
numbers to one number. As of yesterday, I only have one phone
number, at least until I get to use my URI. I have seen the
future of personal communication, and Google GrandCentral is on the right track.
MattsCuppa Note: I have been using GrandCentral for business since it it first entered the market as a beta. I’m continually surprised by people “discovering” it’s usefulness. I’m certain that GC’s purchase by Google has put it in the spotlight in a bigger way than GC could have done by themselves, but GC is not a new product, and the concept harkens back to the days of telecommunications deregulation and universal number portability, if not earlier.
Since May 2007, we’ve been bringing you resources and tools to
be more productive on the web. Due to popular demand, we’ve
brought all these lists together into one gigantic meta-list: 5000+
Resources to Do Just About Anything Online.
the service that lets you watch broadcast television online using
Silverlight, is being debuted in Europe at IBC. Read our initial post here.
You’ll remember that with LiveStation, you’ll get access
to an array of live radio and television channels to your computer.
This is, of course, different than video on-demand services like rival Joost,
which operate by enabling you to select which videos you’d like
to watch, and when. The service uses a peer-to-peer network for
scalability purposes. Built by Skinkers, LiveStation’s parent
company is a Microsoft participated company, and its P2P distribution
technology comes directly from Microsoft.
There are lots of reasons why you’d want to access your PC remotely, and luckily there are also plenty of ways to do so. Crossloop is one of the simplest (it’s also free), but for those willing to venture further, you’ve got lots of options.
Excuse us while we get technical for a second. This list is divided
into four main sections: VNC (Virtual Network Computing), NX, remote
desktop and cross-protocol. If those terms mean nothing to you, you
might want to skip to the “other” section for the most
straightforward applications. That said, let’s begin. (more…)
NoteSake, the note-taking and organization tool, has added two new features to improve its service.
Language support has been added, so now NoteSake supports Russian,
Spanish, Latin and more, letting you take notes in any language you
need to. You can also export your notes to PDF and Microsoft Word,
making your notes easier to integrate into your existing desktop
applications and use them for various purposes, like the creation of a
power point slide, or for writing a paper.
To get a signature recorded via fax, recipients must use the service’s cover sheet. (image edited for clarity).
The Office 2.0 conference
was set up almost entirely without paper (except for some checks that
paid for sponsorships). Even the contracts necessary to set up the show
were signed electronically, using EchoSign. There are other companies that provide services to create legally binding signatures, such as DocuSign (review), but EchoSign has simplicity going for it.
Ever fling fast-food wrappers from the window of your speeding Prius? True Green Confessions invites you to tell the tale. Unlike so many other green social networking websites
that encourage you to practice bicycling, recycling and other
planet-friendly habits, here you can share the shame of not doing
enough or not caring enough about your fat carbon footprint.
RockMe. has got to the be the only five-day music festival where you won’t pay for tickets. It is social-networking site Me.dium’s
attempt to rock your world, and the only thing you need to get in is
your browser. (Of course, you still have to bring your own drinks.)
RockMe., which runs from September 18 through September 22, 2007,
will feature bands, music video competitions, and the world’s safest
mosh pit–it’s virtual. More important to Me.dium, the RockMe. festival
will provide plenty of opportunities for band members and music lovers
to swap fond memories of choice lyrics and drum solos using Me.dium’s
Ismael Ghalimi, the organizer of the Office 2.0 conference (more)
is serious about living the Web 2.0 dream: Aside from a browser, he has
no applications installed on his laptop, except for iWork, which he
says he uses to remind himself what old-style software is like. (Even I
use traditional software for writing and e-mail.)
Check out Ismael’s notes on Office 2.0 services that work. And this comprehensive database of Office 2.0 applications that he’s put together. Useful tips.
But what if there’s no available Internet connection for Ismael
when he wants to work? “I just take a break. Which can be a good thing.”