Wednesday, January 03, 2007

the definitive solution for browser shortcuts

YubNub able to accept hundreds of commands without adding any key before. The interface resemble that found in standard bash command line; for instance there're commands like "ls" returning a list of commands and "man" to call manual pages searchable with ease through embedded searching feature. mainly YubNub should be employed this way: say to make a currency conversion, so first of all I had simply to type in in the address bar a query (in this case 'currency conversion' should be ok), after the 'ls' (list commands) operator. Then the results show up and, let's say, I pick out a command called 'xe', now I need to look at the synopsis to figure out how input data, so type 'man xe'. As I understand how the command work, it's time to make a regexp to query: in this case 'xe' make currency conversion as needed and data must be input in this pattern; xe -amount 10 -from USD -to EUR. It looks like working on a linux bash shell but online. Anyway whenever we need social bookmark to get synched across a bunch of computer why not do the same for shortcuts? Plus the online platform make possible for developer to create and update new extensions while the already set up hotkeys are so comprehensive that most useful commands are ready to be deployed. Moreover people have built a lot of extensions for desktop OS, considering always multi platforms issues when coding. concluding it's even a trusted source of reference sites and search engines. The only complain is a lack of management for all the commands that sometimes looks just like clones of the same command or simply link to a personale page, of course

Rediscover how reading news

After TechCrunch covered the best (or ones of the best...) web 2.0 app out there I thought back to how I use to get fresh information from the web and, as for everything else, keeping up is always required.So far Rojo was enough to deal with all the feed subscriptions while the social layer provides tagging and rating system helping discover stories and store them. meanwhile I still point my browser to rojo daily but now i move even on to other services. I recover suddenly to look around Digg since when I had used to the service, was mainly technology centered and discussed anything else with poor coverage.By now it's a grown service that streamline the process of news picking with readers acting as editors as well; moreover the feedback system offer the ability to create threads of comments as seen in forums.these two piece of software help track your feeds( while keeping an eye on what people think of it, this way people may easier run into some interesting feed never heard before, then subscribe and keep track of news;the latter instead is something like a gate collecting any kind of stuff worthy to be known and when they really worth some visibility, being praised by sticking on the homepage for a while. They both deploy social layers to filter what publish on their homepage but therefore being an active user means spend time editing posts, tagging, and digging/mojoing headlines. Another family of service have an opposite approach to filtering, that is aggregation through a bot scanning the web for trusted sources and doing so looking at how much a blog post or news post is linked by others. This way a post with a lot of trackbacks is rightly considered popular, therefore ranked in the popular news; the most popular ones reach the homepage making all the process human-free and very accurate since many times news need a day more to show up in mainstream news channels. By the way I'm talking about Techmeme on cutting edge of tech, Memeorandum for politics and Wesmirch as gossip homepage.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

sometimes chatting is addictive

last few months i missed to keep up with the latest nitty-gritty software available for symbian platform so last few weeks I made up for lost time. first the phone firmware had to be updated only by retailers therefore taking up weeks just for a 5 minutes job. anyway the most interesting part cover the software i found out: the new version of opera for mobile phone finally bring a decent internet experience on phones as I tested it for a while by now there's almost no complain regarding how they can make do so nice with an average hardware package close to what we can find on fifteen years old tower computer (I'm looking at 2nd generation UMTS phones and nokia 6630 in particular). besides the old set of weird programs like screenFTP, a nice piece of software able to convert files/text into sequence of jpeg files easy to catch by the built-in camera that every cameraphone bears, there is a lot more for mobile users now. I mean the clients provided by google for instance, gmail have close functionality compared to the standard web interface and gmaps is a good option for those like me who yet dont carry a gps...I miss a Gcalendar client as well since it's my favourite online calendar and synching is not like a charm sometimes: thanks to developer of now there's a simple way to backup contacts and calendar entries even if they are still working on two way synch with Gcalendar, the interface is clean on i look at the mass of potential user of kinda online tool. Last words I wanna spend in this post are up to a geeky service provided by danish people who make possible to log into MSN with the standard IM client found in symbian phones. they set up a server which work as a static point for user login and status while on the move. works pretty well as tested for a few thumb chats last month. they can be found at and I hope they set up a english version in the meanwhile since danish isn't so painless to translate in some bot. Recalling the title here, chatting have a new way to be addictive everywhere, whenever possible.

Monday, January 01, 2007

about blogging

I'm always on line, during the last year even i was, but sometimes simply the web doesn't fit, in particular a blog, for certain stuff people had better hold thoughts for themselves...anyway I'm back again as i kicked off, that is by the flock browser. I should say that geeky people and simple users shall enjoy a fully web 2.0 browser for a truly web 2.0 experience without mid-high knowledge of cutting edge on line technology. For instance I wonder whether i discovered flock or first, however thinking about the everage user it's likely to be flock the simplest way to figure out settings for social services in a single place. there're complains too for example features have not the same feedback as the firefox plugin does have, i mean when tagging there's no total items tagged count, which helps pick out the best consistent tag in a collection(besides that built-in is totally outdated in how it milk the API). Features like photosharing were good when flock launched however by now people demands a more cohomprensive file sharing service supporting any file type (I have in mind something close to allPeers, the firefox plugin)......nonetheless i was not interested by reviewing flock in this post!!but as im here Ill end up this review talking a lil about the wonderful search feature built-in: that's a reason why migrate from firefox in my opinion. I'd really like to see more services embedded into the searching results and now im thinking at more integration with advanced bookmarking services as furl and kaboodle along with see a good karma around this project and the best browsing experince is already here....just to be made up few steps further.