Thursday, April 17, 2008

New favourite tools - Evernote

Remember everything. | Evernote

Haven't been blogging much lately due to 'general being snowed under by life'-ness... but have recently been playing with the Evernote beta - and I have to say that it rocks!! Shaping up to be far better than Google Notebook and the online and offline synchronization is terrific. Though I might question whether an offline client isn't a slight backwards step, having lived with a dodgy internet connection for the past few months and also had my computer threaten to lose the operating system - I can see that a note-taking service which straddled both worlds has some major advantages.

You can take notes from any source either with a single click or via screenshot... you can tag, share, search. And... it's free! I used to use a version of Evernote when it was a paid for / free version only on offer via magazine kinda thing - and this is a real improvement on that. The flexibility of the formats it supports - from sound recorded via mobile, to ordinary notes and copied quotes - make it a little piece of web2.0-style genius.

If you're after a tool for research, work or study (for PC or Mac) which will help you keep your online and offline snippets together and organised, then this is really looking like a very useful addition.

Anyhoo, other articles about it at O'Reilly and Lifehacker if you want to read more about it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Flickr - photos alone no more

What is video on Flickr?Video on Flickr is going to be defined by our incredible, diverse, far-flung and fabulously talented members. Some answers that we’ve come up with:
1. A long photo 2. Personal 3. Simple – not overproduced or slick 4. Possibly the best answer so far: The Great Unknown

Some ground rules to get started: 1. Only “safe” and “moderate” video content is permitted. Your “beautiful wife” should not be moving. (Read more about content filters.) 2. Only upload videos you have created yourself.
Flickr: Help: Video

Okay, so I can see the reasons why Flickr might have done this - but I do hope that people's photostreams aren't going to be overloaded with dross videos.  YouTube's nailed the market there!

Will be interesting to watch - I'd love to think that simple tutorials might be able to be uploaded to Flickr to explain what had been done to photos / give advice on image editing techniques.  Wouldn't it be great if someone else uploaded a photo critique of your images and showed you the end result?  I can see that a course like T189 could use something like this (it already has its own version of Flickr in OpenStudio).  But... but... I do have some reservations about it attempting to be all things multimedia when what it does really well is host photos and an online photographic community.

Wonder where this will head.  Will another YouTube explosion happen or will it sit in the background as the ugly best mate of pretty old Flickr?
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Saturday, April 5, 2008

OUseful Info: To Comrades in Non-Programistan - A Message from Feedistan

OUseful Info: To Comrades in Non-Programistan - A Message from Feedistan: "To Comrades in Non-Programistan - A Message from Feedistan"

I fear Tony Hirst may have gone a little mad...

But the above is still a great blog post! Break free from the shackles of licensing and installation!!
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