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This Site Has Moved… January 2, 2006

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blackberry, Blogging, Family, GTD, ITIL, microsoft.com, MindMapping, Office Live, Process, Random Observations, RSS, Technology, Time Management, To Watch, Uncategorized, Windows Live.
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I needed  the flexibility and functionality that running my own installation affords, no matter how good the hosting here at wordpress.com is.  So, please check out my new site for any future posts.  You can also subscribe to the new RSS feed here.

Using Del.Icio.Us November 20, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blogging, RSS.
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I finally got around to installing plug-ins to all my browsers, both on my laptop and on my desktop. I still use IE, because (a) I always have(!), and (b) I access some corporate applications that simply work better in IE. For my reading and blogging, however, I’m a happy user of Firefox, and have also been playing with Flock — in fact, I’m writing this post from within Flock now. I like that Flock just needs me to hit one button, nice and clear, on the menu bar, to get stuff into del.icio.us. I have a bookmarklet for IE that does the same. Firefox, I choose to use a plugin, although I’ve got the bookmarklet as well. The plugin is more functional, but you have to right-click I can live with it.

In any event. having made it easy to push links, with comments, into del.icio.us, I’ve also configured it to post my daily links into the blog.

Why?

Well, personal convenience for a start – the blog is going to turn into a personal knowledge repository, that I can readily reference and search. I subscribe to my own feeds, using Newsgator and Outlook, so I get a copy of every post I make as an email. Those sit in the offline file with the rest of my email, that I can refer to wherever I am, and that I can index using the MSN Desktop Search or the Google Desktop. I see a lot of different websites, most days, like most people. Some will generate “real? posts to the blog, others will just be “background information?. This makes an easy way for me to remember that “oh yes, I read an article on that subject a while back…? and then find it again.

So, if you see a post full of links, brief notes, and some tags, with no substantive comment in and of itself, you now know what it is.

Some reference links:

Firefox Browser

del.icio.us plugin for Firefox

del.icio.us bookmarklets

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TVTAD – Bittorrent and RSS for Television November 16, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in RSS, Technology.
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http://www.tvtad.net/

“TVTAD is an RSS feed reader with support for unlimited feeds. It will automatically download newly released TV episodes that have been added to your favorites.”

Gary’s thoughts on bittorrent and TV, and the views the cable companies might have: guys, I’ve already paid for this stuff.  I could have watched House last night; or I could have set my DVR to record it.  Let’s say I forgot.  And I get a torrent of it.  What’s the big deal?  Make this stuff available on line for me to download directly from you, pretty please?

Movie torrents, music torrents – OK, that’s a whole different kettle of fish.

There’s a news article “The day the broadcast died” that might be of interest.

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Newsvine November 10, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in RSS, Technology, To Watch.
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Mike Davidson: Unstealth! Get Ready For Newsvine…

News, with commentary.  And, it sounds like, presence information for others reading the same news as you, with interaction options.  Sign-up for an account (“a column”), publish your own “stuff”.

Great URL process:

Simply save our “Seed Newsvine? button (a bookmarklet) to your browser and click it whenever you read a great story anywhere on the web. Tag it with words to describe it (e.g. “alex-rodriguez, baseball, world-series?) and a link to the original story, along with your comment, will automatically appear at the following pages:

newsvine.com/alex-rodriguez
newsvine.com/baseball
newsvine.com/world-series

… which brings me to one of my favorite features of Newsvine: our URL structure. Anytime you want news on any subject, say “supreme-court?, simply go to newsvine.com/supreme-court and every story we have that is tagged as such will be there.

Oh and we also have local news available at urls like “seattle.newsvine.com? and “newyork.newsvine.com?.

I’m looking forward to playing with this when it comes out.  Be interesting to see how the “anyone can comment” model works out – it won’t, hopefully, get flooded with garbage.

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What I Read November 4, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blogging, RSS.
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As much as an experiment for my own purposes (in seeing how the functionality worked), I’ve exported my current list of sites I read through RSS, and linked them over on the right-hand side of here.  I don’t know if I’m going to leave them there – that might be just a little too much openness.

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FeedTier November 3, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blogging, RSS.
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In the “Something to play with soon” department:

http://feedtier.somee.com/Default.aspx

FeedTier is a web feeds generator for web pages without an existing syndication format. FeedTier performs content analysis, picks-up the most prominent cluster of hyperlinks and automatically generates RSS web feeds from web pages without existing sydincation options. FeedTier is an experimental service and free for personal use.

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