Saturday, October 14, 2006
JURIST - Paper Chase
Copywriting tips for online marketing success from Copyblogger
Friday, October 13, 2006
Official Google Blog
Stunt Software - PhotoBooth
PhotoBooth is simply the easiest way to print pictures on your Mac. You'll save paper because you'll be able to see what will print before you print it. You'll save time because you can crop and print any picture with just a few clicks. When you're finished printing you'll end up with a exactly the photograph you want, at exactly the size you want.
Bluetooth.org - The Official Bluetooth Membership Site
Bluetooth.com | The Official Bluetooth® Wireless Info Site
The Apple Blog
Cape Dorset Prints 2006
VidLit™ - Liz Dubelman - Craziest - A VidLit Original
Type and travel: Web-based word processors - Internet
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Help Center
Welcome to Future Phone
So I’m feeling generous. How would you like to make all the overseas phone calls you want for free?
And not using Skype or some other sit-at-your-computer geekiness, either. I’m talking about picking up your phone and dialing an international phone number for free.
Incredibly, that’s exactly what a company called Futurephone is offering. There’s no contract, fees, taxes, signup, registration or calling cards; you don’t even give them your name or e-mail address. You just pick up the phone—home phone, office phone, cellphone—and make a free call to Argentina, Australia, China, England, France, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Venezuela or any of 40 other countries.
The possible catch: you reach Futurephone’s international dial tone by calling a number in Iowa, which is a domestic call that you have to pay for.
Of course, for a lot of people, that’s still free. Use your cellphone on a night or weekend, for example. Or sign up for a flat-rate unlimited calling plan at home. Or see if your office has an unlimited long-distance plan.
So here’s how it works: Call 712-858-8883.
At the prompt, press 1 for English. Then punch in 011, the country code and the phone number. That’s it. The call rings through immediately.
Truth is, I don’t know what Futurephone’s game is here. They say they’re giving away the calls in order to “build up the company’s brand-name recognition. Our plan is to offer additional services in the future.” And they promise that this freebie will be in place for at least three years, through 2010.
I tested out this service, and it’s exactly what it promises to be: free overseas phone calls. I chatted casually with my friend Guillaume in France and Albert in Spain (whom longtime Pogue’s Posts readers will remember as my Barcelona tour guide this summer).
The one disappointment: I couldn’t seem to reach cellphone numbers. The company says that it’s still working out agreements with the cell carriers in some countries.
Otherwise, the sound quality was about the same as any overseas call. The only difference: it was all free.
Available Free Countries
ARGENTINA | AUSTRALIA | AUSTRIA
BANGLADESH | BELGIUM | BRAZIL
BULGARIA | CANADA | CHILE | CHINA
CHRISTMAS ISLAND | COCOS ISLANDS
COLOMBIA | CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC| DENMARK
ESTONIA | FINLAND | FRANCE
GERMANY | GREECE | GUAM
HONG KONG | 'HUNGARY | ICELAND
IRELAND | ISRAEL | ITALY
JAPAN | LUXEMBOURG | MALAYSIA
MEXICO | MONACO | NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND | NORWAY | PANAMA
PERU | POLAND | PORTUGAL
PUERTO RICO | RUSSIA | SAN MARINO
SINGAPORE | SOUTH KOREA | SPAIN
SWEDEN | SWITZERLAND | TAIWAN
THAILAND | TURKEY |
US VIRGIN ISLANDS | VENEZUELA
Line Rider Helicopter Escape
Line Rider - draw your art
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Maps of War
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
- 43 Folders is an independent web site by Merlin Mann.
- Topics that come up a lot include:
- productivity and time management tips
- “life hacks” to improve efficiency and get things off your mind
- interesting Mac OS X programs and technologies
- ideas about modest ways to improve your life and reduce stress
- cool or helpful shortcuts that make life a bit easier
rkuo.com - optimize your life
5ives is a collection of lists of five things.
It is written by a person called Merlin Mann — a stony recluse who probably lives in a tree somewhere in Northern California. Little is know about Merlin apart from what can be gleaned by the caregivers who collect his waste and deliver fresh boxes of Kleenex™ for him to wear on his feet.
Merlin is believed to have been born at exactly 2/3 of the way into the 20th century, somewhere in a large midwestern city. Sparse photographic evidence suggests Merlin may have a vestigial tail and enjoy a taste for roulette and sand art. Merlin is “white” in color.
All we can be sure of is that there appears to be no forseeable end in sight for these pointless, narcissistic lists of his. Which is clearly a mixed blessing for everyone.
43 Folders Series: Inbox Zero | 43 Folders
These are posts from a special 43 Folders series looking at the skills, tools, and attitude needed to empty your email inbox — and then keep it that way. You can visit each of the posts by clicking the title.
And don’t miss the “Related Articles” for our all-time popular posts on productively dealing with email.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Housing Bubble Blog
MaoXian: Stock blog
FilmIt.us - your search to the entertainment industry!
Monday, October 09, 2006
Geek to Live: From Bloglines to Google Reader - Lifehacker
Every day I trawl through almost 250 web site feeds in order to write Lifehacker, and for the past 2 years I've used Bloglines to do so. No other feed reader (not even the one I helped build) had all the features I needed to track what I'd read and what I hadn't across computers and operating systems.
That is, until I gave Google Reader another whirl earlier this week. The just-rolled-out Reader upgrades turned the app into an even better product than the much older and more-established Bloglines, and so I've made the switch.
Top Web Videos - Search Video, Downloads, Windows Media, Quicktime, YouTube, MySpace, Google Video PureVideo Video and Multimedia Search Engine
PureVideo, which is currently in beta and planning a press drive on Monday, is a search engine for video sites that finds clips from the likes of YouTube, MySpace Video, Grouper, Yahoo Video, ESPN, CNN, MSN Video, Metacafe, Blip.tv and others. PureVideo Networks is the owner of StupidVideos and GrindTV, so it’s interesting that they’re building a search engine that includes competing services. They claim to have “billions” of videos in the index and the results seem somewhat relevant, although not amazing. What’s more, there’s no way to filter or rank your search results - by age, length, recency and the like. In fact, some kind of “advanced search” seems essential - options like restricting your search to a few video sites would improve the service dramatically. They might also want to use video ads, rather than text ads, since people visiting a video search engine are primed to watch video clips.
Besides search, they’ve integrated a lightweight directory called “quicklinks” - this displays the top 10 videos on each site in six different categories. It might be nice if they could integrate tagging here, making it easier for casual visitors to browse. It’s a nice early offering with a good interface, but I’d still rather search YouTube and Google Video separately - it’s usually a good bet that the clip you want is on one of these two sites, and you can use the social filters to hone in quickly on what you’re looking for.