Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Where would I be without FeedDemon? Between it and Outlook, most of my "content" is organized, filed and (quite intentionally) segregated into workable chunks-o-stuff.

And now FeedDemon version 1.5 is out! From the web site:

This new version offers a ton of new features, but here are the highlights:

  • Powerful podcasting tools to automatically download audio files and copy them to your iPod or other media player (that's right - FeedDemon supports media players other than the iPod!)
  • Integration with Bloglines and NewsGator Online Services
  • Flickr and del.icio.us search channels
  • Per-channel newspaper styles
  • Improved popup-blocking under XP SP2
  • Support for favicons throughout the user interface
  • Numerous performance improvements

See the announcement on Nick Bradbury's weblog - He's the quite excellent author of FeedDemon.



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Wednesday, February 09, 2005 7:54:57 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, February 08, 2005

If you ever wondered how to spell out the American Idol theme music, well... there ya go.

Now, aren't you glad you read this blog?



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Tuesday, February 08, 2005 8:22:43 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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In the wow-that's-random category (yeah pun intended), Jim Wright took his new iPod shuffle, as well as three more his friends had, and made a USB RAID array with them on his Mac.

Hookup

Now that's geeking out. Not sure how useful it is, but it's cool.

[via Doc Searls]



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Tuesday, February 08, 2005 7:25:23 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Ummm - WOW...

Google does it again, and takes online mapping and driving directions to the next level. You have to try this - if nothing else it just looks cool. On top of that, it works very well. Animated maps and excellent, clean detail are real eye-openers. Google has a tour to get you acquainted here.

"Maps are great for getting around, but online maps could be a lot better. So Google decided to make dynamic, interactive maps that are draggable — no clicking and waiting for graphics to reload each time you want to view the adjacent parts of a map. Want to be able to type in the name of a region or neighborhood and see any part of it as easily as with a regular street map? Now you can with Google Maps."

Enter an address, hit enter, and voila:

Gmap1

Need directions to a location? Click the live links in the map, and enter a starting address:

Gmap2

Driving directions are fast and in my test (home to office), quite accurate:

Gmap3

Click on mapped items to automatically reorient the map image (animated) and zoom in on the mapped item:

Gmap4

The slider for zoom detail is very nice - much better than others out there - and there are no browser refreshes happening here. No time to look into exactly how this works right now, but it definitely does.

Check it out.



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Tuesday, February 08, 2005 7:27:57 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, February 07, 2005

TakeQuizDid you know that only 11% of identity theft takes place online? You're much more likely to have your identity stolen or discovered on paper, and chances are the bad guy (or gal) will be someone you know...

"The 2005 Identity Fraud Survey Report shows that despite growing fears about identity theft and online fraud, of the victims that know the identity and method used by the criminal, these crimes are more frequently committed offline than online. Internet-related fraud problems are actually less severe, less costly and not as widespread as previously thought.

"Further, the study concludes that those who access accounts online can provide earlier detection of crime than those who rely only upon mailed monthly paper statements."

Those of us who work in the field have known this for some time. And those of us who do our banking and other important transactions online also know we'll notice if something gets out of the ordinary, and we won't have to wait for a paper statement or a bounced check to tip us off.

How safe are you? Take the quiz. If there's anything you should be aware of in this day and age, it's how to protect your personal information.

Here's my results:

Your Score is 10
Please note that a perfect score is 0 and the worst possible score is 100; a typical score is 38.

How did you score?



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Monday, February 07, 2005 10:47:26 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Monday, February 07, 2005 8:42:31 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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