I must admit that I don’t completely see the point of this service as I see feeds as a replacement for e-mail but.
Let’s say you’ve got that one person that has mastered e-mail but there’s no way you’re ever going to get them to use a feed aggregator. If you can get them set up with feedmyinbox you can have them benefit from feeds but have them delivered to their inbox as e-mail.
Just enter the URL of the feed then your e-mail address and click Submit. Within minutes you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail. Once you’ve confirmed your e-mail address, you’ll receive one e-mail per day containing all of the new posts from that feed.
In all my years of using, publishing, teaching, and writing about RSS I have yet to be impressed with an RSS search engine. Sure, there’s always been Technorati, Syndic8, and the search built into Bloglines but they’ve all had their individual problems. This lack of excitement ended with my discovery of feedmil.
Head on over and enter a topic but, before you click search, adjust how much you’d like your results to be surprising vs. well known. At first, I’ll just leave that setting at the default for a search on quilting. I’ve received 1351 results, all RSS feeds.
Clicking on the first result you’ll get a boat-load of information about that feed including a screenshot, feed & site URLs, feed type, popularity, update frequency, description, and a tag cloud.
I headed back to the results screen and adjusted my results to more surprising. You can see that my results have significantly changed.
Don’t forget to take a look at the additional sliders down the right of the results page which will allow you to increase or decrease the significance of other keywords that appear in your results.
Yesterday Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista. So far I’ve installed it on four 17 different computers (two 15 x32 & two x64) without a single problem so I’m comfortable recommending that you install it ASAP. There are four links you need to be aware of:
Most of us with Windows Mobile phones end up synching our content with an Exchange server. As great as this is, it doesn’t back up everything. Last week Microsoft released My Phone which, once installed on your phone and an account created online, will sync all of your phone’s content (everything Exchange server syncs plus your photos, documents, text messages and more) into an online account. Once synched you can log into your online account, add and edit your content, and changes will be automatically synched back with your phone. Additionally, should you find yourself with a new phone, just reinstall My Phone and get all your content put onto your new phone.
Hashtags are keywords added to a Tweet starting with a “#”. Simply put, it’s a way to tag your twitter posts. Mashable has a great article detailing how to make the most of hashtags which highlights identifying, tracking, using and organizing hashtags. Sites and services pointed out include Twubs, Tagalus, and Tweetgrid among others.
This image doesn’t do this service justice. You really just need to check it out. Head on over to visibletweets.com, enter a keyword or two, and click go. Tweets will start animating themselves across your screen. Fades, fly-ins, raining characters, and other animations will make something interesting to look at. I will say this isn’t a way you want to read tweets regularly but I could see setting this up as a way to display interesting tweets to a large group at an event via projection.
Here’s an idea on how to use one of those very old desktop computers, try installing Qimo, the first Linux distribution designed for Kid. Since it’s a version of Ubuntu Linux, it’ll pretty much run on anything that you can still boot. It comes with several programs and games for kids three and up. Additionally, “Qimo’s interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use, providing large icons for all installed games, so that even the youngest users have no trouble selecting the activity they want.” I’ve got it running in my office and it does work. I can’t say it’s something I’ll use daily but I can see the appeal. I’d love to hear back from someone who’s installed this and left it out for some children to play with.
I’ve been playing for the last week with Panda Cloud Antivirus and so far I’m impressed. It works differently than your standard AV program as it relies on the cloud for continuing updates and has a very small memory footprint. Additionally, and maybe more importantly, I can find nothing on the Web site that indicates that a library would be breaking a license agreement for using it. (As happens with many other AV programs with both free and pay-for versions.) Check out this video from Panda for a more complete description and they try ditching that expensive AV subscription.
Additional notes: Panda Cloud Antivirus will not install on 64-bit versions of Windows. Also, be sure to uninstall any other AV programs before installing this one. (In fact, on my computers this installation even uninstalled my old AV program for me, but you should make sure first.) Lastly, be sure to subscribe to the blog after you become a user.