FEAC2006: technical notes

Since last year, I have been actively moving files that I need to access anywhere online, in an experiment to “make the network my computer.” This served me well during the recent Free Expression in Asian Cyberspace conference in Manila.

The greatest benefit is that the files I needed for things I was working on was accessible whichever computer I was using. I host all my files with Box.net, the best online drive I’ve tried so far. Streamload is a close second and I use it for backup.

I used one of the newsroom’s laptops in the conference and it was a plain vanilla installation. In a few steps, however, I turned it’s Firefox into the browser that I use at home and at the office. When I used one of the laptops set up by the organizers at the conference hall, I was also able to turn it into my familiar Firefox installation (after they installed Firefox): with the same bookmarks and bookmarks toolbar. I did this using Foxmarks, a Firefox bookmarks synchronizer. Foxmarks synchronizes all your bookmarks into a central server, so you essentially have the same set of bookmarks and bookmarks toolbar for each browser that uses your account.

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Best Web 2.0 applications

Dion Hinchcliffe lists in his blog what he considers as the top Web 2.0 software of the year. And as with any blog post, check out the comments for links to more services. Here are some of Hinchcliffes picks according to categories:

Del.icio.us for social bookmarking. Blinklist, Shadows and Clipmarks are runners up.

Netvibes for start pages. Protopage and Start and runners-up. Isnt Start now Live.com? Im no fan of online start pages. I use a combination of online RSS reader (Google Reader) and ZiddlyWiki to manage my online information.

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Del.icio.us now part of Yahoo

Social bookmarking site del.icio.us is now part of Yahoo. Here’s the post on the del.icio.us blog and here’s the announcement on Yahoo! Search blog. With del.icio.us now part of its services, what will happen to Yahoo! Search My Web 2.0?

With del.icio.us, Yahoo adds an excellent service to its already formidable lineup, which already includes social photo hosting site Flickr.

Tell me what your feeds are…

And Ill tell you who you are. Do you share your RSS aggregator account? Do you impose self-censorship when bookmarking on del.icio.us?

I dont share my RSS feeds and I limit my del.icio.us bookmarks to non-prurient interests. However, I found out while reviewing my del.icio.us bookmarks that I wasnt as careful when I started my account with the social bookmarking service. (Dont bother searching, I already deleted the bookmarks.)

For a more candid appraisal of a person, try searching for his or her del.icio.us account or RSS aggregator public feed and you can get an idea of his or her interest, work and (gasp) fetish. Dont just google for personal information look for his or her public RSS aggregator and bookmarking accounts. Who knows? – That guy youre dating may have bookmarks in his del.icio.us or Furl accounts that point to sites of weird sexual fetishes.

Protopage vs. serverside TiddlyWiki – which works best for you?

I stumbled upon a link to www.protopage.com in del.icio.us. The description and the fact that a lot of people had bookmarked it intrigued me. Protopage is an online, personal start page powered by Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML).

With protopage, you can have an online list of the sites that you frequent as well as a to-do listing of tasks similar to sticky notes. Many people write their own HTML page containing links to frequently visited sites to serve as their browsers’ start page. Protopage would be an excellent replacement for this.

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