Category Archives: iSurf

Vimeo

I have just created a free basic subscription at Vimeo. Running the HD video there through my HDTV is stunningly spectacular. Even it you never upload a video there, it is worth creating an account just to be able to save your favorites from this fount of creativity and beautiful imagery. Here’s one example.

Freediving World Record – 88m without fins from william trubridge on Vimeo.

I recommend that you click on the button at the bottom right of the video (with the arrows pointing to the four corners of your screen) to cause it to display in full screen mode. It warrants every pixel you are willing to devote to it.

This video is one of many HD videos available at Vimeo.

Recent Additions

After evaluating SnagIt for my 30 day trial period, I decided to go ahead and register it.  I’ve used it to create a few screencasts, mostly for the purpose of teaching myself to use SnagIt, but I can see great value in screencasts in general.  While it is possible to write out a description of how to do something, nothing quite matches seeing the actions that would otherwise have to be read and visualized mentally. 

I first became impressed with screencasts when I watched this one on editing in Wikipedia by Jon Udell.  Since friends occasionally seek my help in doing something with their computer, I have found screencasts to be a great way to do a demonstration that they can watch at their leisure and replay as often as they find it necessary to do so.  Also if you create a screencast for one friend, you can share it with others too by posting it on the web at places like YouTube or Google Videos.  My first efforts at using SnagIt to produce these screencasts (like the ones here and here) have been rather amateurish, but I am hopeful that, with practice, I’ll get better at it.  I suppose we’ll see.

Another tool that I think would be quite useful for me, if Flock were a supported browser for it, is Roboform.  It is a secure password safe and form-filler that eliminates the possibility of malicious keyloggers capturing your passwords as you enter them on web sites. Also Roboform has many other handy features that make it desirable.  Despite the fact that Flock is based on Firefox, for some reason when I installed Roboform on my system, it indicates that Flock is an unsupported browser.  However, it does work with Internet Explorer and Firefox.  

Another recent discovery that I think is potentially quite useful is GSpace, an extension for Firefox, that permits you to have what amounts to FTP access to your Gmail account (if you have one) so that you can use some of that 2 GB of storage on Gmail to upload files that you might want to be able to access from anywhere.  If you don’t want to carry around a thumbdrive with your files on it, just use the GSpace extension in your Firefox browser in combination with your Gmail account. 

By the way, I found a link to an article that led me to this GSpace extension on Paul Stamatiou’s blog, which turns out to be an amazing resource for valuable information.  I’ve found reading Paul’s blog on a daily basis to be an educational experience.  (And an irritating one to boot when I consider the fact that he is a very bright 19 year old student at Ga  Tech.   Talk about bright futures!)

End of the month catch up

These are a few of the sites I’ve tagged recently to my del.icio.us account in no particular order.

iSurf

Indulge me for a moment if you will while I take a short trip down memory lane. Confession, as they say, is good for the soul.

In the early days of the Internet when I discovered something I thought had a “WOW! factor” I would copy the story or the URL and distribute it to a lot of my friends by email. The emphasis in that sentence should be on “a lot of my friends.” The distribution list would often have from 20 to 50 people on it. In fact, I thought I was doing them a favor, offering a service of sorts. (This was, of course, before services like del.icio.us or Shadows came along. Now those services obviate the need for such emails.) Everything went along swimmingly until my friends began returning the favor and sending me the same kind of emails, along with copies to 20 to 50 of their closest friends. It didn’t take too long for me to realize that this deluge of email from them seldom contained things I found interesting and was just something else to take up my time. And it helped me realize the error of my ways.

So I repented and stopped sending out such emails, at first by gradually decreasing the number of people on the CC list and then eventually by ceasing the practice altogether. About 4 years ago when I began blogging, I gained the ability to point to things of interest on the Internet without imposing my interests on unwilling recipients. Now if anyone wants to know what I find interesting, he or she can visit my blog and pick and choose what to pay attention to. This solution is much better, I think, than what I used to do.

With all that as background, I now return to the present.

Blogging permits you to categorize your blog post. In case you haven’t ever paid attention to the list of categories over at the right on my blog or the list of categories at the bottom of an individual post, let me point out that I try to categorize each post so that there is a kind of index that you can use to look for things of interest to you. If you are a relative for instance, you could click on “Family” and see only posts that I have categorized that way. Then you won’t have to put up with the “Technology” posts I have written. “Ah, Cool!” you say. “I did not know that.” “And so it is,” I agree.

This morning I decided to create a new category that I call “iSurf” because I realize that there are at least a couple of different kinds of blogging posts that I make. On the one hand, there are posts where I want to talk about a subject, be it technology or family or personal issues, and then there are posts where I don’t have too much to say about a subject even though I want to point out some links to things I found of interest. On the many days when I don’t make a post, it is often because I spent the time surfing the Internet and looking at interesting things, but I just didn’t have the energy to or interest in writing it up properly. That’s where the iSurf category comes in. By categorizing a post as iSurf, I can provide short snippets that identify the web site I looked at while surfing and include a link so that you, Gentle Reader (notice the singular noun), can explore the links if you wish to. By making posts in this category, I’ll be supplying you a list of some of the things I read that day.

So without further ado, here’s today’s list of items I’ve checked out.

Most of these were discovered this morning on Digg.

I examined and bookmarked this site on PHP for beginners.

Then I found this link about a sleek new monitor from LG.

If there was ever a fashion show for the PC industry, there is no doubt that the L1981Q would be at the front of the line. With its slim display (1.5-inches thick) the L1981Q is the thinnest monitor in its class

LG L1981Q Review – Full Review – Monitors – LCD 18″ – 20″ – Designtechnica Reviews – Designtechnica

Because I am interested in ajax, I examined this link.

The following is a list of what I consider the be the best and most helpful AJAX tutorials that I’ve found over the past year.

Max Kiesler – Round-up of 30 AJAX Tutorials

This site shows a couple of motherboards that have 16 DIMM slots for memory. Mine has only two, and my memory is now maxed out at 512 MB.

This site explains how to use ajax to implement drag and drop capability on a website.

The following link came from the tech feed on Memeorandum.

John Furrier is a bit of a hyperactive guy you will see at technology conferences around Silicon Valley. He bounds around with a microphone, taking audio recordings of people, with seeming limitless reserves of energy.

He launched his own company, called Podtech last year, around the time we first bumped into him. He posts his audio recordings to his Web site, where you can subscribe to them as podcasts.

Podtech’s site has seen about a million of podcasts downloaded, making Furrier realize he was on to something. People around the world wanted to listen to the recordings, and so he figured he should pull out the stops.

So today he announces he has received $5.5 million in venture backing from venture capital firms USVP and Venrock, both big-name Sand Hill Road firms.

This comes at a time when conventional wisdom says creating content like podcasts doesn’t make much money.

SiliconBeat: Podtech raises $5.5 million to create the “NPR” of podcasting – Flock

Well, that’s enough for the moment. In the future, you’ll know if you see the iSurf category at the bottom of a post what it means.

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