Archive for the 'Tech' Category

talkdigger, now available

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Talkdigger, a site that written about earlier has emerged from alpha. After exploring the site for a bit, I’ve found it to be a usable resource for tracking links and conversation about a site.

Here is the talkdigger cleverhack tracking page.

[tags]talkdigger[/tags]

Vulcan Everest RSS Crawler

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

If you follow the URL found in the user agent string below, you’ll discover that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s tech company, Vulcan, is developing a new next generation Web services technology. In other words, some sort of RSS reader service.

Agent: RSS-Reader/0.2 (R&D project; http://everest.vulcan.com/crawlerhelp)

[tags] RSS, RSS crawler, RSS reader, Vulcan, Everest [/tags]

SeaMonkey

Monday, September 25th, 2006

From the SeaMonkey home page - it’s a Mozilla derived all in one Web browser, e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC client, and HTML editor.

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to deliver production-quality releases of code derived from the application formerly known as “Mozilla Application Suite”. Whereas the main focus of the Mozilla Foundation is on Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird, our group of dedicated volunteers works to ensure that you can have “everything but the kitchen sink” — and have it stable enough for corporate use.

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.7) Gecko/20060909 Firefox/1.5.0.7 Mnenhy/0.7.4.0

[tags]Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Web Browser, Email client, Newsgroup client, IRC client, HTML Editor[/tags]

Get RSS updates with Yahoo Alerts

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Messing around on the Web tonight, I found this nifty Yahoo Alerts service. Yahoo Alerts allows you to receive updates via RSS to your Yahoo Mail, Yahoo IM or Yahoo Mobile account.

And of course, you can try out receiving breaking news such as it’s Saturday night and I just washed my hair cleverhack updates with Yahoo Alerts.

[tags] Yahoo, Yahoo Alerts, RSS, RSS feeds, RSS to Desktop, RSS to IM, RSS to email, RSS to PDA, RSS to Phone [/tags]

Feeder/0.2

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Feeder/0.2 looks like another in development feed reader/feed aggregator type of service. The originating IP belongs to the creator’s company and the referrer is the creator’s blog.

Host: 216.75.170.210
/wp-atom.php
Http Code: 200 Date: Sep 17 06:28:02 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 25996
Referer: http://www.badsyntax.com/
Agent: Feeder/0.2

[tags]RSS, RSS reader, RSS aggregator[/tags]

Subscription Pages for RSS feeds and Web Bookmarklets

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Two add your RSS feed or Web site to multiple services at the same time subscription pages for you tonight.

FeedButton is the first, with a link which will allow you to subscribe a feed to some of the more popular services. There’s a FeedButton javascript button option that didn’t work too well on an earlier version of this blog post. So here’s the cleverhack FeedButton link.

Taking that subscription page to a not as slickly designed but all encompassing level of thoroughness is Add to Any. Add to Any gets my vote because it offers so much.

The cleverhack Add to Any Bookmark Manager button Add to any service

The cleverhack RSS feed Add to Any RSS Reader button Add to any service

[tags]Add to Any, FeedButton, subscription page, RSS, RSS feed, RSS reader, bookmark manager, Web 2.0 [/tags]

As seen hitting the podcast feed

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Agent: iTunes/7.0 (Windows; N)

iTunes 7 was released today and I’ve noticed a number of people have already upgraded.

[tags]Apple, iTunes, software [/tags]

A beautiful Sunday Morning Web 2.0 review

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Ok, kids, it’s been a beautiful few days here in Southeast PA and today promises to be just as nice. So on that happy note, let’s talk about some Web 2.0 developments.

1) Crowdstorm has officially gone into public beta. Among the noted improvements, you can search the site even if you’re not a member and the UK centric shopping links are gone. The next step is for crowdstorm to attract, well, a crowd to make it all work.

2) Earlier this week, the founder of Webwag left a comment imploring for feedback on my earlier post about the (yet another) AJAX based start page. I’ve played around with Webwag this morning, and still a few things bother me about the design:

a)The initial page load time

b)Lack of clear instructions on all of the toggles on the start page. From a usability standpoint, the start page controls should either be intuitive (they’re not - I had to read the blog to figure out how to add a module to the start page) or have instructions. Maybe for new webwag users, there could be an instruction box showing on the start page in that upper right hand corner.

c)The gray text on the start page is too light and is hard for me to read.

3)Because it’s the first Sunday of football season, on a lark, I thought it would be amusing to try to find a Web 2.0 site about football…there aren’t many, but I did happen to find a previously unknown fantasy football site called fleaflicker. Aside from the gross-me-out name and mascot that only a 11 year old boy would love, the Web marketer in me cries because this is a site with about ZERO Search Engine Optimization or other Web marketing optimization. In it’s second season and truly a case of it’s built, but very few people know about it.

PulpFiction

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

It’s Thursday and that means yet another RSS reader. Today’s reader is PulpFiction, which is new to my logs. With a Mail.app like interface, PulpFiction runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later and will fetch, organize and display feeds from thousands of sources. Here’s the user agent:

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) PulpFiction/1.2.2

[tags]RSS, RSS feeds, RSS reader, feed reader, RSS aggregator, PulpFiction [/tags]

RSS to IM

Monday, September 4th, 2006

RSS to IM is a relatively unexplored area of development with two main contenders in the Web 2.0 horizon at the moment - Rasasa and Feed Crier.

Rasasa bills itself as a service which allows you to keep up with breaking news. By using Rasasa, you can have the newsfeeds you subscribe to delivered via IM, or to an email account or even to your mobile phone with their premium TXT service (although the premium TXT service would seemingly only benefit people in the Netherlands). Rasasa works with MSN, ICQ / AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk / Jabber instant messaging services.

Feed Crier comes out of the gate by being a more high end and the “free” plan only allows three feeds with advertising.

I would imagine you could get either of these services on your phone if you phone has IM functionality.

If one was just going to try out a service for the RSS to IM functionality, I’d try Rasasa first.

[tags] Web 2.0, Web, RSS to IM, RSS, IM, Rasasa, Feed Crier [/tags]

stuck red pixel

Monday, September 4th, 2006

My nearly three year old PowerBook has a newly developed stuck red pixel smack in the middle of the LCD. While this same PowerBook suffers from the known LCD white spot issue, this red pixel is much more distracting - especially when trying to view anything on a dark background.

I don’t know why the pixel became stuck now, the only cause I can think of is that it was moved around a bit more than usual this past week.

Of course, I searched for a fix for my stuck red pixel and this blog entry has some suggestions such as massaging the area [insert your favorite innuendo here] around the red pixel and running a video flash program to hopefully unstick the pixel.

[tags] hardware, LCD, monitor, dead pixel, PowerBook [/tags]

Hive Spy

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Ever want a real-time glimpse at what the big Web 2.0 social bookmarking sites are collecting, then Hive Spy should fit the bill.

Hive Spy basically collects feeds from digg, netscape and del.icio.us and presents them in a clever scrolling format.

What brought my attention to Hive Spy was viewing the following user agent in my logs. Hazarding a guess, I saw the user agent because a post of mine made it to Hive Spy. I don’t want to publish the IP address the user agent originated from, as it’s a residential Optonline and I’m betting it belongs to the Hive Spy creator.

Agent: yellowJacket/0.9 (Social Site Monitor HiveSpy.Com) AntFarm/1.000.1 HiveSpy.Com/1

[tags]Hive Spy, HiveSpy.com, social bookmarking, Web, Web 2.0, digg, netscape, del.cio.us, a neat idea [/tags]