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[ July 27, 2006 ]

Questions for the Jury

FlickrBlog has been running an excellent series of interviews from some of my favorite photobloggers this week. Here are the three that they have released so far:

If you have some free time, I highly recommend browsing through the photo collections of these three.

[ July 20, 2006 ]

[ July 17, 2006 ]

Amazon Grocery Is Out of Beta

Found on the Amazon.com homepage today:

Amazon Grocery

Customizable Yahoo Finance Modules

Yahoo has finally let loose with their new Finance site modules. Naturally, this was timed to coincide with the launch of the new Yahoo homepage as well as the new Finance page.

I have some problems with these things, though. First of all, I added a red border to the example below so that you can see the large whitespace at the bottom. The height of the iframe can easily be changed to compensate for that, but I have no way of knowing that the space in question will never be used, so I am hesitant to remove it. I have tried adding more stock symbols to see if that would increase the height of the widget in order to fill the whitespace, but instead of filling the space, the iframe was only made taller.

My second concern is that of advertising. Clearly, there is no advertising on this widget today, other than links to other Yahoo properties. And I’m fine with that. But I have a feeling that the space at the bottom might be allocated for future ads. If I could put my YPN ID into the code and receive targeted ads in that space, I wouldn’t mind. But I certainly don’t want the kind of ads that I expect from Yahoo in that space–the kind of ads that annoy me every time I fire up Yahoo Messenger. The jury is still out on this one.

[ July 16, 2006 ]

Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker

I love the name of this thing. Who knew that Mr. Buffett had a whole line of kitchen appliances to go along with his restaurants and bars named after his famous song? It’s smart, too. The Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker “automatically mixes the right proportion of ice with the ingredients.” This will be a nice addition to my Caribbean kitchen.

The Internet Is Not a Big Truck!

I’m not sure which I like better: the Ted Stevens remix or the slick Odeo flash player.

[Via Evhead.]

[ July 11, 2006 ]

Bloglines Adds Publisher Tools

Bloglines, which I stopped using long ago, recently added support tools for publishers. This will be very useful if you ever have to move a feed and don’t want to rely on your 301 to handle everything for you. But, if your feed stays in the same place when you move your site to a different domain, you are still out of luck. Here’s hoping someone at Bloglines is once again answering customer emails. I know that the last couple of emails that I sent in went unanswered.

Update: No response from Bloglines, but I noticed that they did manually update my site URL. Once this had been done, I was able to claim my feed and perform edits.

[ July 10, 2006 ]

links for 2006-07-10

[ July 5, 2006 ]


I see many searches coming in for “DumpTorrent”. Not having heard of DumpTorrent, I did some searching. Apparently it was a small-ish BitTorrent tracker that never left the experimental stage. I’m not sure if it works, but the source went offline and is barely alive in Google’s cache. In the interest of preserving the tiny tracker, I have mirrored the source file.

[ July 4, 2006 ]

[ July 2, 2006 ]

[ July 1, 2006 ]

Best BitTorrent Client Software

In their recent BitTorrent Client Comparison, TorrentFreak named µtorrent as the best BitTorrent client. It supports all of the nine essential features:

  1. Download Prioritization
  2. DHT
  3. Selective File Downloading
  4. Encryption
  5. Built-in Tracker
  6. Remote Control
  7. Super Seeding
  8. RSS
  9. UPnP
Best of all, this client has a very light footprint when compared with my previous favorite, Azureus. µtorrent requires only 7mb of RAM. Azureus needs over 50mb. A new version of utorrent has just been released, version 1.6. If you need a good, feature-packed, high performance, fast BitTorrent client, check out µtorrent.

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