Monday, 14 March 2005

bookthisblog.comA guy named Matt has an idea. He reads blogs, and realized that sometimes he'd like to have an analog version - like one on paper with a cover and bound on the left.

And so, he come up with

That's a cool idea, I think. There are a few blogs I'd really like to read on paper, one's that I'd hang onto for sure, such as:

I'm sure I'll think of others. Plus, I'd like to be able to "burn" my own blog as a book now and then, maybe once a year, just for keepsake purposes. My family would probably like it, too. And there are megabloggers who I am sure would find a use.

There *is* a lot to be said for something you can hold in your hands, something of physical substance. Cool idea, Matt - Make it happen!

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Monday, 14 March 2005 20:43:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 12 March 2005

TPSfilmOk, more and more funny. Take one part Superfriends and one part Office Space, and you end up with the hilarious TPS (This Place Sucks). Very, verry funny to watch. I love the use of the Superfriends sound effects, that's great.

If you're a fan of Superfriends, or Office Space, or both - this is for you.

It comes from idiotwork - check them out as well. More funny content can be found there.

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Saturday, 12 March 2005 10:38:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Found via UtterlyBoring: The Church Sign Generator

That explains a lot.

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Saturday, 12 March 2005 08:37:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Got a PowerPoint presentation that just doesn't fulfill its "Power" requirements?

Cliff Atkinson, author of the book "Beyond Bullet Points," has written a post seeking volunteers who want to take their PowerPoint presentations from typical and run-of-the-mill variety to something truly effective and powerful:

"Are you ready to transform one of your presentations Beyond Bullet Points? If you have an existing PowerPoint file and you want to liberate the great story buried deep beneath all those lines of text, drop me a note and tell me about it.

"I'll review the applications and select a few presentations that represent a range of professions and purposes. If your presentation is selected, all you need is a copy of my book to guide you through the details of the process, along with your critical thinking and creative skills. The other resources we'll use are free, and we'll find graphics from free or low-cost sources, or we'll make them ourselves.

"The one condition is that you are fine with making all of your presentation materials freely available for other people to see through the course of the public makeover - we'll even ask blog readers for their comments and suggestions."

Cool idea! If you're interested, contact Cliff though his weblog - the post is here.

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Saturday, 12 March 2005 08:15:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Friday, 11 March 2005

This is a test of a photo attachment weblog post sent to dasBlog via email from a Treo 650 smartphone. The Treo is kind of cool, but Cleo (the cat) is cooler. :)

Note: Unfortunately, due to a bug of some kind I had to intervene on the mail server and manually delete the email post for this entry, because it kept reposting to the blog every few minutes. Oh well - at least I know the posting from the treo works!


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Friday, 11 March 2005 22:48:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Skype is now allowing its users to sign up for SkypeIn, a new service that allows you to get a phone number assigned to you your Skype account. So, for people who want to reach you by phone, they call that number from their plain-old telephone service line just like any other phone, and it rings your Skype on your computer. Numbers are available in France, Hong Kong S.A.R., China, the United Kingdom and the United States. I checked the US listings to see what area codes are available, and there are none in Oregon yet, but hopefully that will change soon.

For a while now Skype has offered SkypeOut, a service that lets Skype users make calls to the regular phone network using Skype on their computers.

This is really very cool. One of the beautiful things about skype is its ultimate portability. Put Skype on your laptop and take it with you wherever you go. Windows, Linux or Mac OS/X. Run Skype on a PocketPC with Windows Mobile and an Internet data connection, add SkypeIn and SkypeOut, and in theory you're making and receiving calls on the mobile network, but without using the mobile minutes. Hmmmm.

Of course, don't forget the high quality voice audio you get with Skype. And the ability to have your "phone" rind with one number in multiple places.

This whole VoIP, Skype, digital communication thing is getting more and more interesting...

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Friday, 11 March 2005 20:35:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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