Social Networking Spree

Up till now I’ve never really gotten that much into social networking applications. I joined about 3 years ago but haven’t really checked in for 2 years. I steered clear of MySpace so far… But yesterday I went on a bit of a social networking spree and decided to sign up for a few services: Facebook, Bebo (2 former coworkers of mine are at Bebo now), and the recently launched Pownce (I don’t have any more Pownce invites, but you might find this post useful - it worked for me)....

July 5, 2007 · 1 min · 164 words · DigitalHobbit

Camino 1.5

Earlier this month, version 1.5 of the OSX Camino browser was released. Camino is based on the same Mozilla rendering engine as Firefox, but unlike Firefox, Camino behaves much more like a native OSX application, without a lot of the overhead (such as the XUL user interface) that Firefox brings with it. Ever since I started using the Mac, I’ve never been a big fan of Safari. I have used Firefox up till now, but I’ve been getting less and less excited about it....

June 16, 2007 · 2 min · 379 words · DigitalHobbit

Google Maps: Street View

Today, Google Maps launched the new Street View feature, and I’m very impressed (no, even though I work at Google I had not seen this until now). Street View gives you a 360 degree panoramic view of the chosen location. You can use the mouse to turn around, virtually walk up or down the street, as well as zoom in or out. The picture quality is quite good (particularly in fullscreen mode), generally detailed enough to make out signs and house numbers....

May 29, 2007 · 1 min · 191 words · DigitalHobbit

Firefox 2.0

With relatively little fanfare, Firefox 2.0 was released last week. (Yes, I know, IE 7 was also released recently. Does anybody actually still use IE???) Firefox 2.0 brings some very nice improvements. My favorite feature is session recovery. Although Firefox is generally pretty stable, it nevertheless suffers the occasional crash. Thanks to session recovery, it is now possible after a restart to continue where one left off before the crash. Firefox can also be configured to always start with the previous session, which is a tremendous improvement....

October 31, 2006 · 2 min · 249 words · DigitalHobbit

Who needs P2P when we have Google?

Here’s a cool way of using Google to find MP3s. Essentially, it’s a simple matter of using a query like the following: (replace Keyword with the name of an artist, song, etc.) There are a whole bunch of similar (and other) Google tricks on this website. Update: The following two websites further automate this process:

March 20, 2006 · 1 min · 55 words · DigitalHobbit