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This week we look at Stumbleupon for the Website Crate.

Links of the week 2-24-07

StumbleUpon http://www.stumbleupon.com/ Requires a free sign up.

StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click Stumble!, we deliver high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages have been explicitly recommended by your friends or one of 1,913,436 other websurfers with interests similar to you. Rating these sites you like automatically shares them with like-minded people – and helps you discover great sites your friends recommend.

StumbleUpon uses ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages which friends and like-minded stumblers have recommended. This helps you discover great content you probably wouldn’t find using a search engine.

Searching vs. Stumbling:
Using search engines to locate relevant content typically means hunting through pages of results. Rather than searching for quality web sites, StumbleUpon members are taken directly to web sites matching their personal interests and preferences.

People-Driven Technology:
Using a combination of human opinions and machine learning to immediately deliver relevant content, StumbleUpon presents only web sites which have been suggested by other like-minded Stumblers. Each time the ‘Stumble’ button is clicked, the user is presented with a high quality web site based on the collective opinions of other like-minded web surfers.

Easy to Use, Community-based surfing:
The StumbleUpon Toolbar is integrated with the user’s browser to allow for one-click access to quality web sites. A simple 2-level rating system gives users the opportunity to pass on or give their opinion on any webpage with a single click. These ratings also connect people sharing unique combinations of interests. Stumblers share their favorite web sites and interact with other users to further improve their web surfing experience.

A Personalized Browsing Tool:
StumbleUpon offers nearly 500 topics which users may choose to indicate their interests and preferences so each Stumble produces only the most relevant content. StumbleUpon delivers increasingly relevant content as the Toolbar learns what the user has liked in the past and continues to present quality web sites in the future.

Combats Information Overload:
Information on the Internet changes rapidly. StumbleUpon is a dynamic approach to keep on top of this ever-evolving pool of knowledge. StumbleUpon filters through the vast amount of information on the web to direct Stumblers to high quality web sites which are relevant to their personal interests. An obscure but interesting site can be immediately shared with other like-minded users. Old or low-quality sites can be removed if their ratings become too low. The participation of community members helps maintain a database of the most up-to-date and highest quality sites possible.

If you use Free Firefox here’s an extension for Stumbleupon. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/138/http://www.kevinscrate.com/blog/website-crate-2/

 

This week we look at Revision3 for the Podcast Crate.

Podcast of the Week.

2-24-07

Revision3 http://revision3.com/

Revision3 is the first media company that gets it, born from the Internet, on-demand generation. Unlike aggregators, mash-ups, clients and web sites, Revision3 is an actual TV network for the web, creating, producing its own original entertainment and content.

The content is designed for a new audience. This audience, like television, expects dependability and quality, but unlike television, wants a more gritty, edgy, highly-targeted and in-depth form of entertainment. With the proliferation of mobile video, iPods, Tivo and other Internet-connected set-top-boxes, video that is both on-demand and tailored to suit will be Revision3’s specialty. Revision3 delivers technology, comedy, music, cooking, and more, all with the familiar faces you all know with years of experience.

Finally, Revision3’s philosophy on content is neutral to how it is distributed. We will work with almost any distribution platform; iTunes, Odeo, Bittorrent, Palm, you name it…and using every video encoding format available, including flash, making our content accessible to the greatest possible audience.

Who Are They?

Founded by Jay Adelson (Chairman, CEO of Digg, founder of Equinix), Kevin Rose (Founder and Chief Architect of Digg, TechTV, G4), David Prager (TechTV, G4), Dan Huard, and Ron Gorodetzky, Revision3 has been practicing out of a garage until fall, 2006. Even so, with over 1.5 million downloads a month, Revision3 has mastered the art of creating content, encoding and distribution. Now with funding from investors like Marc Andreessen and Greylock Partners, Revision3 has launched and is ready for prime time, or any time you like!

You can watch the programs right on the website or download them to watch on your computer or subscribe to them using iTunes or your favorite podcatcher.http://www.kevinscrate.com/blog/podcast-crate/

 

world1.pngGoogle Earth: http://earth.google.com/index.html

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.

Zoom from outer space to street level in seconds. View geographical imagery, 3D buildings, maps, and local business information. Whether your business depends on location-related information or you simply love to explore, Google Earth is for you.

From popular destinations like Maui and Paris to local restaurants and schools, Google Earth puts a wealth of Earth imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. See satellite images of your childhood home or read articles from Wikipedia. Google Earth is free for personal use. No registration is required.

Take virtual tours around the world

It’s the planet inside your PC; an atlas, encyclopedia and flight simulator, all rolled into one. Just point and zoom to any place you want to explore. Cities, mountains, and valleys are depicted in high-resolution 3D, along with related information.

Find local information and plan trips

Search for local businesses, and get driving directions. Results are shown on-screen. You can easily layer multiple searches, save results to folders, and share placemarks with others.

Explore multimedia content

Find rich multimedia information from the web community and popular sources like National Geographic. Explore the left sidebar and look for the Geographic Web and Featured Content layers as well as layers for 3D buildings, parks, schools, hospitals, airports, shops and more.

Share information about your travels

Placemark places you have visited, then share them with friends. Google Earth lets you add tons of information to placemarks, for example – photos, notes, restaurant reviews and more. View thousands of such data points created by other Google Earth users, using .KML, the Google Earth file format.http://www.kevinscrate.com/blog/program-crate/

 

I added a new Crate to the site. The Windows Tips Crate. Here you will find tips and tricks to make your Windows experience better. You can find it over with the other Crates in the My Crates section. or click below

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viewmag.pngBelarc Advisor: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Whether you’re troubleshooting, shopping for an upgrade, or just want to check what’s underneath the hood, it’s helpful to know what your PC has. Belarc Advisor gives you the scoop on what’s installed on your desktop or notebook. It scans your computer and generates a profile of everything installed on it, in the form of an HTML report that you can view in your browser. The information includes Local Drive Volumes, memory Modules, printer information, Installed Licenses, Installed software, Multimedia information and a lot more. The report can be save for later or re-generated as needed.

 

This week we look at some free Email clients.

Can be found in the My Crates section to the right. or click below.

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2-17-07

Security Now.

Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, creator of Spinrite and ShieldsUP, discusses the hot topics in computer security today with Leo Laporte. Published every Thursday.

Geared mainly for the tech savvy, but everyone will benefit. I recommend starting with the first one then continuing up to the latest.

Can be subscribed to from iTunes or your favorite podcatcher client or download from Steve’s site GRC or Leo’s site.

http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm

http://www.twit.tv/SN

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FirefoxFirefox 2 and Firefox Extensions. Firefox 2 FireFox is a web browser created by Mozilla, the original creators of the Netscape series of browsers. Version one was released in November 2004 and quickly gained new fans because of its open source license and multitude of features.

Open source means that the source code for the program is available to anyone who cares to download it. Any programmer can use the initial code to develop FireFox, whether they are creating customized options for themselves or working to improve the browser for all users. Being open source makes FireFox infinitely adaptable.

Some of FireFox’s specialized features include pop-up blockers and advanced privacy settings. FireFox also offers tabbed browsing. You can open more than one website in your browser window and tabs on the screen allow you to easily switch between them.

The browser also has several advanced search options. There is a Google search built into the toolbar, but that’s not necessarily unique. What makes FireFox stand out is the ability to create Smart Keywords that will work with your favorite sites the same way a Google toolbar search does. You can go straight to the information you want without having to visit unnecessary websites and menus. In addition, a specialized Find bar allows you to search for text within a site without having to bring up any additional editing prompts.

FireFox can be a highly personalized browser. And not just for programmers who can download the source code and tweak the browser to fit their needs. The average user can modify their toolbar look and settings and download extensions and themes. Themes simply change the look of the browser while extensions provide additional capabilities like mouse gestures or games. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

Extensions

Are small add-ons that add new functionality to Firefox, from a simple toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow you to customize Firefox to fit your own needs and preferences, while letting us keep Firefox itself light and lean.Take a look around and make Firefox your own.

Here are some I use and enjoy.

Adblock Plus. by Wladimir Palant https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1865/
Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them. Right-click on a banner and choose “Adblock” from the context menu – the banner won’t be downloaded again. Or click Adblock Plus icon in the toolbar to see all elements of the page and block the banners. You can use filters with wildcards or even regular expressions to block complete banner factories.

Adblock Filterset.G Updater. by Reid Rankin, Michael McDonald https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/
This is a companion extension to Adblock or Adblock Plus and should be used in conjunction with it. This extension automatically downloads the latest version of Filterset.G every 4-7 days. Filterset.G is an excellent set of filters maintained by G for Adblock that blocks most ads on the internet. In addition, this extension allows you to define your own set of filters that you can add along with Filterset.G during an update. To report missed ads or problems with the extension visit the support forums http://forum.pierceive.com/.

CookieCuller. by Dan Yamaoka
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/82/
Extended Cookie Manager–protect/unprotect selected cookies. A good cookie manager that lets you seclect what cookies you would like to keep and which you would like to delete.

Flashblock by Lorenzo Colitti, Philip Chee
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/433/
Never be annoyed by a Flash animation again! Blocks Flash so it won’t get in your way, but if you want to see it, just click on it. An increasing number of sites are using flash these days and some will slow down your computer or your browsing. Flashblock will let you block unwanted Flash.

Tab Effect by s
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4258/
It gives a sorta 3d effect to the tabs. When you switch tabs with this installed it rotates cube style.

Firefox Extension Backup Extension (FEBE) by Chuck Baker
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2109/
FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up — It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. Now you can easily synchronize your office and home browsers.

FEBE backs up your extensions, themes, and (optionally) your bookmarks, preferences, passwords, cookies and just about everything else Firefox offers.

Many more are available here. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/recommended/

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I thought I was finished adding to the design of the site but I keep finding new things, so I added an audio player to the blog, give it a try, its still in the testing stage. It done baby.

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Shame it on the moon by Bob Seger

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Fire Lake by Bob Seger
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I completed the site design and finished adding the content from kevinscrate.com, now I just need to work out a few kinks with the way IE renders the page. I should have it fixed soon. It seems to working ok in firefox, if anyone has any problems please leave a comment

Thanks Kevin.

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