Hack the Planet weblog as a post about different service offering to save bandwidth for users and webmasters. Of the two listed on that post, I think that the most promising is RSScache.com. RSScache.com is a web proxy that supports rss feeds.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
I Hate My Cubicle!!! had a post about BlogLinker.com, which is a blog linking service. The way that it works is that you add web sites to your url list. Then, in addition to that url appearing in your list, your url will appear in their list, if they have also signed up with BlogLinker.
This is an interesting way to get traffic to your website.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Saturday, November 27, 2004
I have been playing with BitTorrent for a little while, and Azureus is a great cross platform client. It is written in Java, and it runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It allows you to quickly download large files quickly, by using a little bit of everyone's upload bandwidth.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
In August, Boing Boing had a post about a eBay query to RSS feed service. I just started to use rssauction.com, to keep an eye out for parts for my 1993 Nissan Sentra. It is pretty cool, since you can see the new auctions in your rss aggregator.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Our son's room does not have an overhead light, so I install this wireless X10 light switch. It has been working great, except it gets reprogrammed periodically. This switch gets programed by pressing an hold the buttons for a few seconds. Since our son is tall enough now to press the buttons, he reprograms it regularly.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
I have gotten these instructions to work on Mac OS X and on my RedHat 9 Linux computers
XName is a service that provides primary and secondary DNS servers for people with their own domain. These services are free, but they do ask for a donation if you like the service. This is good to have in case your primary DNS server is not available. You will still be able to potentially get email and web traffic.
Monday, November 22, 2004
MacCentral has a post that mentions that XM Radio adds Mac OS X support to their XM Radio Online. It looks like it will support any platform that can run Windows Media Player 9.0 or newer. This is pretty cool, as I listen to XM Radio driving to and from work, and now I can continue to listen when I am not in my car.
If you are trying the websites like FreeiPods.com or FreePhotoiPods.com, GearLive is a way for you to trade your referrals. When you register, you can list all of your current open offers. You also list all of the offers that you are eligible for. Then you can search for all of the people who can help you fulfill your offers.
Friday, November 19, 2004
IM Smarter is a interesting service, that works with most IM protocols. It is a services that keeps a log of all of your im, so you can search through them later. The more interesting features are:
- Set up reminders
- Create blog entries directly from your im clients
I have been noticing that there have been requests to my blog, with the referrer of "http://220.127.116.11/". One of the interesting things about these requests is that the whole url has been converted to lowercase. (Which means that they were only seeing the main index page, and not the page that they indented.)
After I searched for that referrer url on Google, I found this post. It looks like this is a signature is for a blog spammer. Even though they did not successfully post any spam comments, I decided to blog these requests.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I have updated the changes that I mentioned in a previous post, to better support the metaWeblog API in plog. The new file is here. In order to use it, remove the .txt extension and place it in your plog directory.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I have been playing with an xmlrpc client for posting to my blog. ecto is the best client that I have seen so far.
It is client that supports any weblog system that uses any of the standard xmlrpc APIs. With this appliication, you can create new entries, as well as manage the existing ones.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Zinio.com is a pretty cool service. Instead of having physical magazines delivered to you home, you can not have some magazines delivered to you electronically.
The electronic versions of the magazines are probably rendered from the original source material. Some of the interesting benefits of the electronic versions are:
- The urls become true hyperlinks
- The content is searchable
- It is very easy to retain an archive of the content, without taking a lot of physical space
- It is possible to send articles to people you know.
Friday, November 12, 2004
in order to post from my Mac. I have been not been able to get it
to work completely. When I load the existing posts, it puts the
titles of messages into the body section. Also when creating new
messages all of the message body appears in the title section.
Here is the map for paulstimesink.com:
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Keyspan has come out with a remote for the AirPort Express. It plugs into the USB port of the AirPort Express, and it send the commands to the Mac playing the music. It will go on sale in mid-November for $59.99
Now someone should come out with a USB lcd display. This would show the track information about the playing tracks.
This has been built into SpamAssassin 3.0, so if people start using these headers SpamAssassin will give these messages a lower spam score. Here are the instructions for SpamAssassin
Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Here is the link to sign up.
Sunday, November 7, 2004
spam. Spam Poison is a web site that you link to from your web
pages, it has links to pages that have a bunch of fake email
addresses. This is supposed to fight spammer is two ways.
- Spam web crawlers will waste time on these web pages
- All of these fake email address will waste the resources of the spammers
I am not sure about how effective this web site will be. I would
assume that the spammers will just not crawl hosts in the
I realy like the form factor, but I don't like the fact that they only have Windows software. Maybe they will release the protocol, and some one will come out with a open source server software.
Friday, November 5, 2004
- 20Gb hard drive
- built-in MP3 player
- Adapter for hooking it up to the car stereo
It is listed for around $800, so it is around the same price as the TomTom Go. If this can be mounted on the dash, this would be very cool.
I noticed something interesting a couple of days ago, while doing a
copy of a large file to a WebDAV server. It looks like the Mac OS
X Finder first it caches the file to the local disk, and then during
the "Closing file" state, it actually transfers it.
I wonder if this is done to help problems with the connection.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Tuesday, November 2, 2004
A while ago, I wrote a post about Turtle Beach coming out with a USB audio device that has analog and digital outputs. On November 15th, Miglia is coming out with a similar device. Their HarmonyExpress is pretty much the same type of device as the Audio Advantage Micro, but it doesn't support true AC3 DTS output. Also, it costs over twice as much as the Audio Advantage Micro, at $70.