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3 Great Guides to Surviving Blackouts, Hurricane Season, WWIII, Locusts, etc July 26, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, General Musings, VeryUseful.
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Popular Mechanics

Les Jones – Emergency Supplies

The Mormons

You might wanna print these out cuz the Internets may go dark during the rapture.

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TV is Dead, Long live Streaming Video July 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Neato, VeryUseful.
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Gotuit Media brings you licensed (the stuff that gets yanked from YouTube) video content (news, sports, music, primetime) with monetizing ad wrapping. Gotuit Interface

Easy, fast and a huge library of entertainment. This is the Future.

$5 Dollar Linksys WiFi Routers…for a price (but not much of one) July 5, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Neato, netneutrality, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I just signed up with FON.com and got a $5 Linksys WiFi Router. Now I can blanket my lot in Wifi;-)

Update: I just received my FON social router and am officially a Fonero….and now my piece of paradise is blanketed in 54mb WiFi Love!!!

Rating: Highly Worthwhile

$5 Dollar Linksys WiFi Routers…for a price June 26, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Neato, netneutrality, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I just signed up with FON.com and got a $5 Linksys WiFi Router. Now I can blanket my lot in Wifi;-)

Farecast…a more scientific way to plan travel June 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Neato, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I got a private beta invite to Farecast this evening and I really liked it…(business wise) I am guessing they  are looking for Expedia or Orbitz or Yahoo to buy them…

The technology is sound. My wife and I live in Seattle but both our families live in the Midwest or the South. Farecast provides a cool and easy way to see what the ticket price history has been for a given time between to airports for a set time.

I did  a late summer query for Detroit MI and found that if I waited a couple weeks to book there was a 65% chance prices would fall around 15 bucks…For me, not a big deal but you can see that college students or seniors or big families or ANYONE without calendar restrictions could get great value out of this…while writing this post I can envision tons of monetization angles…so I am sure they will do great.

Google OneBox (Leverage, Leverage, Leverage) April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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When I was an college marketing intern at Microsoft in the 90s. They overused one term, i hadn’t heard or used (before then) since Finance class. LEVERAGE.

LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. LEVERAGE. Every decision from corporate. Every Speech, Billg made. Every sales approach was (and of course is to this day) based on institutional LEVERAGE.

Who is taking that very Microsoft-ian approach now?

Google.

Who else could utilize their BRAND (not technology, I think Yahoo and MSN have comparable algos) and Goodwill to create OneBox.

MSFT couldn’t because they overtly compete with and want to OWN many/all of these product lines. Yahoo didn’t, because it is too consumer focused. Nope.

Google LEVERAGED Brand and Skills into a strong Enterprise Offering. Dont think they wont mash/build/integrate/LEVERAGE further up into the value chain.

Google Calendar Rocks April 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, General Musings, Google, Microsoft, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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Well I knew I was gonna like it and to make a long story short: I love it!

The auto scheduling does not work for me but I am sure they will figure that out soon enough. Just being able to easily (and freely) create, share, & subscribe to an infinite amount of calendars is of course how calendaring should be done. Of Course it should. It is not like MSFT could not have done this 10 years ago…THEY SIMPLY DID NOT.

You don't need me to tell you the game has changed but THE GAME HAS CHANGED. MSFT is truly on its heals as much as any monopolist with a 50Billion dollar bank can be on its heals. 😉

Airset has had this same product for several years but the integration with my PIM (Gmail) trumps all else and I am betting it will for many other users.

IE 7 Beta2 – UI Review April 10, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Microsoft, VeryUseful.
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Super Comprehensive UI review from Daniel Glazman. I tried to give IE7 a chance but Firefox just BLOWS it away.

Riya….Definitely Run on an idle PC or at night March 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I guess I didn’t read the instructions (what’s new) but the Riya uploader distributes much of the photo processing to the user PC (which makes sense economically). For the first two days I was running it on an idle PC with Outlook, Google Desktop, Firefox, AntiVirus…basically all kinds of crap.

WELL, this AM, I powered down all processes except Riya and it is uploading twice as fast. This is a 2.5 yo machine (1.99 GHz Athlon) and we are now uploading 200 5-7MegaPix pics per hour up from 100 before I cleared the system tray.

CL2: Arghhh, Another Google Product I am gonna HAVE to use!!! March 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Google, Microsoft, Search, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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Why are they doing exactly what needs to be done with Calendaring????

CL2 is closely, very closely, integrated with Gmail. It includes
now-standard web 2.0 features – Ajax, subscription feeds for
integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation,
search, sharing, notifications (including SMS) and more.

It’s also clear from the event creation functionality that Google is
is going to attempt to aggregate events like eventful and zvents do
now. If they combine their event creation feature with a web crawl and
parsing of event data (exactly what zvents does), they will be able to
create a very large events database. From the CL2 Trusted Tester
Guidelines:


More Importantly, why is MSFT & Yahoo not???
Sure there are many start ups out there like Airset, zvents,  30 Boxes many many more….but why use a calendaring apps without email integration? Makes No Sense.

This will be THE tool that gets everyone in my family on Gmail…buh bye Outlook and Hotmail, & Yahoo. The functionality combined with Gmail integration is too much to resist.

Update: Paul Kedrosky says March 15th Release

Pandora – Fall in Love with Music Again March 1, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, VeryUseful.
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Don’t think your friends already know about Pandora…They Dont. And they should. Every time I refer someone there, they always say neat, thats cool and I just created a _add song or band___ radio station.

Does it aways get it right. Nope. Bust Good Enough and no commercials….

Meebo new Release es Muy Bueno February 23, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, General Musings, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I have been using Meebo’s new release and am very happy with it. It allows you to now create a Meebo account which will sign into ALL of your sessions with one ID. One can also simultaneously monitor multiple screenames from the sames service which is helpful for customer support issues. I don’t have to give clients or prospects my primary screenames (which is private) they can simply use my company’s screename. You could even have sales@companya.com, service@companya.com etc on the same page say if someone went to lunch and you needed to cover for them. Maintain your service level very easily.

Great Feature!

The one thing the Meebo crew need to work on is connectivity OR connectivity monitoring. Many times, the connection will drop but I won’t know about it because UI doesn’t alert me even if I am looking at the screen. I typically won’t know about it until I try to send an IM when it then tells me connection has been lost:-(

Needs to Be Fixed!

I still love Meebo and hope they keep inovating.

Tag: VeryUseful February 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, VeryUseful.
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A comprehensive list of phone tree codes to get to a human at just about every service in the USA

Via Boing Boing