Monthly Archives: November 2005

Web roundup 11/2

* Really want to like Jotspot and Jotspot live as wikis have some really appealing features. But I tried to do a simple thing — family christmas lists – and gave up and went back to tadalists. Just less confusing clutter. From the experience I kind of wonder if, for personal and shared documents, wikis are a tweener. I find myself gravitating toward a very structured task specific service like tadalists, or a totally unstructured shared document like writely. But I remain entranced by TiddlyWiki
* Anxious to try Dabble out. I’d love something with 20% of the power of Excel, but completely roamable.
* Phil finds google maps for mobile devices. Great first attempt.
* Memeorandum has found its way into my set of homepages.
* Don’t know if Healthline is it, but someone is going to do a great consumer health resource service.
* Haven’t had time to try last.fm but interested in better music recos. downloading now.

Software Roundup 11/2

* OK I am late on this one, but MicrosoftMax is really really cool. I’ve seen a lot of photosharing apps, this one is as nice as they come. How odd that this isn’t featured as part of Windows Live.
* MusicBrainz tagger. A fine tagger. I still am looking for something tho that will work in batch mode and a) migrate all my itunes ratings back into the root mp3 files and b) grab all the album artwork. Unattended batch mode is critical, I am not going to manually do this for 60Gig of music.
* Via larkware, Amazoner — easy creation of affiliate links. Really need to do this next time I post book reviews.
* Phil on flock. As he says it has a lot of rough edges but I admire the experimentation.
* People are getting front row running on the mac mini. I will wait for a less hacked version. Could use this very soon tho.
* Windows Vista calendar. Hmm. Hope this ties back to windows/office live somehow. I’d like an easy to use calendar but it has to roam.
* Novell’s Netdrive for mapping an FTP server as a drive. Wow, first Novell software I’ve installed in like 10 years. Nice tho.

Live

  • I tried to register ignitionlive.com but it was taken. i guess we can’t enter the new “live” era.
  • I’m not saying MSFT has committed this error, but I like Joel’s definition of “the Marimba Phenomenon”what happens when you spend more on PR and marketing than on development. “Result: everybody checks out your code, and it’s not good yet. These people will be permanently convinced that your code is simple and inadequate, even if you improve it drastically later.”
  • Office Live sounds interesting — and I wonder if it isn’t a great boon for startups. By validating a hosted intranet offering, Microsoft is kick starting the market. If the Microsoft product isn’t a homerun, someone will fill the void.

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