Iím trying out Netvibes.com, a personal homepage solution driven by Ajax, the current darling of the web. Netvibes allows you to create a personalized home page containing news feeds (RSS, Atom). Since GMail serves RSS feeds of you e-mail, Netvibes can also display a listing of your messages (by subjects). Itís not really in the league of full-fledged feed readers like Google Reader or Bloglines but it offers a different (and beautiful) presentation of feeds and it might be useful for people who only monitor less than 15 feeds Ė otherwise the page would get too crowded and you’d have to scroll down repeatedly.
The social browser Flock, which has been generating a lot of buzz recently, is coming very soon. One of its developers said in his blog: “Right now, 100% of our energy is being directed to get the browser and the source code available to the public. And we are looking at days not weeks.” I’ve long wanted to get my hands at a beta version of the software, created by Firefox hackers on top of the engine running the open source browser.
From CNN: tips for remembering people’s names : 1. Be interested, 2. verify it, 3. picture it written on their foreheads, 4. imagine writing the name, 5. use word association, 6. use the names frequently, and 7. record names in new contacts file.
Here’s a great tip for Lapu-Lapu City residents (what with the frequent brownouts of the Mactan Electric company) from Lifehacker: use plain white as cellphone wallpaper so that you can use it as makeshift flashlights during emergencies.
I’ve never encounted downtimes and overloaded server errors from Google Reader in the past day and a half. There are still times, though, that service is so slow and the display of feeds take more than 30 seconds. Google Reader, for me, has reached a level of dependability that I haven’t opened my Bloglines account for a day and a half. Bloglines, meanwhile, has decided to add keyboard shortcuts to its interface-no doubt a reaction to the offering of Google Reader. But, as I said in an earlier post, I will transfer to Google Reader once it addresses problems on downtimes and slow server response. If the current level of service continues, it’s Google Reader for me from now on.
I recently found a link to Rememberthemilk.com, a free online to-do list management service similar to Backpackit.com. I tried it for a few minutes and I’m still unfamiliar with the system. Right now, I think Backpackit is easier to use. I might try Rememberthemilk.com out for a longer period later today. I’m such a sucker for online to-do lists and TiddlyWiki adaptations. The best phrase to describe my current state of affairs would be: “too busy checking out how to get things done to actually get things done.”
I’ve long wanted to implement Matt’s Asides. This is a test post on whether it would work.