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Social Mapping at first hand

Trying to figure out what Loic Le Meur said about social maps and how our current info/event flow is influenced by who we know. I now have iGoogle as my start page with a few tabs to organize my mailboxes, weather and Google Docs, one tab with many important RSS feeds as well a Google Reader to tie into the rest my "secondary" feeds...

I have now also found a way to update several status pages (pownce and facebook) in one go or choose to post a new blog to any or all my blogs at the same time... interesting... work in progress

music on Odeo

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I was looking for some podcasts to subscribe to using MediaMonkey (at work), so I can eventually store the podcasts on my iPod. I have a a few of Tiësto's Club Life sessions already and I was looking Monte La Rue next. He has a podcast on his own site but that only worked with iTunes, which I am trying to avoid here so work with me! :)
A little googling led me to music on Odeo. A site that was new to me that contains a ton of feeds for all kinds of media. Most, however, seem old or outdated and no longer updated. But the Music section seems rather fresh :). I found the whole set of Monte's podcast Deluxe over there, including m3u, RSS, OPML and OML feed! w00t! Thanks Odeo, whoever you are...

Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver.

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Recently, I told you about Tiësto's weekly radio show, Club Life, on Radio538. I had downed some podcasts and was happy about them, urging you to get them too.
What I didnt' realize is that my little OS X laptop with iTunes had made things very easy and trivial and that other windoze users without iTunes weren't so lucky. Fortunately, there is Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver! With it, you can get the podcasts whether you have iTunes or not. In fact, you don't even need iTunes! Cool huh! Goes to show the power of open source software. This thing runs on Windows, Linux, OS X and more and is available in more than 15 languages. Coool B)
BTW, a podcast is nothing more than an RSS feed with music links in them: mp3, aac, wma or whatever. As long as the application can handle them.

DJ Tiësto opens Amsterdam restaurant in june

DJ Tiësto not only loves music and spinning discs, but appearantly also cooking! He'll open a new restaurant in Amsterdam in the former Planet Hollywood building in the Reguliersdwarsstraat.

Source: Blik op Nieuws.nl

Yahoo! Pipes

This is very interesting although I have no idea yet why exactly. Y! Pipes seems to be a service that let's you integrate your own (set of) feeds, web pages and more, and create consolidated custom feeds with it.
So you could combine news from BBC, NY Times and Volkskrant into one narrow-casting news feed for you personally. Of course, you can then share everything you make with others, like digg, delicious and bloglines and so on.

WidSets: bringing the Net to your phone over RSS

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WidSets are an evolved next-generation type application of RSS feeds. You create a Widset, install the client on your phone and then you're done. Photos, news, blogs, games, lots fo stuff to choose from. Or create your own.

Flock ? The web browser for you and your friends

Flock ? The web browser for you and your friends, is a new browser incorporating the Web 2.0 philosophy and based on the Gecko engine (like Firefox). It seems a good idea. Flock integrates easily with photo sites popular in the US (not elsewhere, boohoo), uses Yahoo to search and has an RSS reader integrated. It is not all that starteling but somehow I perceive it as a good thing. The beta is available for Linux, Mac and Windows, so no reason not to try it...

Simple software to help you get organized: 37signals

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Check out 37signals. You must! They write simple software to get to going and it's all free! The basic versions, that is. For some of the more advanced products you can buy access to more functions/room/features. But you'll only need to when you really love the tool because then you simply want to use it for everything. :) And that's when you need more room to put it in! ;)
They have Basecamp, a web-based project management tool focusing onh communication between project members to ensure to get work done, instead of Gantt charts and deadlines and meetings.
There is Backpack, a collecting tool to gather ideas, lists, notes, images and more. Kinda like a plastic folder to hold all the snippets of some idea you have together and organized.
Writeboard is like a sharable whiteboard to collaborate on getting some text right. With full version control behind it, so you - the owner - can roll-back anytime and anywhere. :)
And Ta-da List, the sharable todo lists so you can get to your…

Mobile Applications on your USB drive

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More and more applications can be installed on USB drives and the software will know to store it's files not on the PC's harddisk (in your profile) but on the USB drive itself. That way, you can have your own settings available no matter where you sit down to work.
For instance, install Firefox on a U3 USB drive (U3 is a technology add-on for USB drives) and you'll have your RSS feeds, bookmarks and favorite interface always with you, whether you are at work, at home or at a friend. Same thing with Thunderbird. Install it on a 2-4 GB U3 USB drive and you can have all your Email always with you. All your accounts, signatures, attachments and so on. Now OpenOffice has also been made compatible, and Winamp, Skype, Maxthon (IE-based browser) and the ThinkFree Office productivity suite... cool!

Basecamp: Project collaboration, management and task software

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Do you regularly work together with people from different places? People keep coming to and dropping out from your project? Want to globally manage tasks, to-dos, milestones nd deadlines? Need to post messages to project members, schedule chat sessions or teleconferences and maybe share files among project members? Checkout Basecamp.
Basecamp is free, web-based project scheduler. Nothing fancy, you won't get Pert charts or resource-based scheduling and so on. It's not online MS Project. But it will let you organize your projects and logically group all its members in a meaningfull way, very easily and over the web. Update it anywhere you are. Communicate with team members and assign who does what and by when. The RSS feed (so cool!) let's easily track if there are any changes, so you know when to check the website nd when not, saving countless hours!
If you are working on a marketing flyer, folder, TV ad, open source software project, with outsoured programmers in India or…

Ta-da to-do Lists

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You constantly forget things, like I do? Some of them actually even important? Change from one high-priority item to the next, like I do? Keep forgetting what the next thing was on your list? Keep loosing the to-do lists you make?
Enter Ta-da! Online, free, hosted to-do lists that you track whereever you are on this globe. Even has RSS feed to easily check the status of one or more lists you keep. Ta-da even lets you assign tasks to others. Handy for the office or small(er) workgroups...!

Google Desktop v2.0

Google has released their next version of the desktop search tool GDS. The new version includes improved Outlook filtering, Gmail indexing, and... a new Sidebar which displays RSS feeds, a Gmail inbox, news, scratch pad and more. There is also a method for adding plugins. Where will this stop?

Google News Adds RSS Feeds

Finally, all the tricks, hacks and add-ons such as gnews2rss are no longer necessary: Google News Adds RSS Feeds.
Using these feeds, you can search Google News for topics that interest you and save them as an RSS or Atom feed. That way, by subscribing to your custom feed, you can easily check if there's anything new to report on that topic. For instance, by searching for "open source linux business", you build a query on the use of Linux and open source in a business environment. By subscribing to the associated RSS feed, you can quickly tell if anything new occured on the topic. Cool, huh?! B)

The Importance of RSS

Are still not using RSS? Why not?
Read The Importance of RSS and think again.

PHP iCalendar

PHP iCal file parser for displaying iCal on a web server.
PHP iCalendar is a php-based iCal file parser. Its based on v2.0 of the IETF spec. It displays iCal files in a nice logical, clean manner with day, week, month, and year navigation, printer view, RSS-enabled, and searchable. It supports 14 languages, is fully theme-able, and has complete timezone support.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Details Begin to Leak

Slashdot reports that details about Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.0 Begin to Leak. Not really shocking, though. Better PNG support (better alternative or GIF), tabbed browsing (duuh - finally), RSS aggregator (yawn - so last year), and better privacy and security features. Details of the latter are kept secret...

Videora

Napster was King, but they shut it down. Too much, too soon. Kazaa was cool, until it got swamped with viruses and trojans. BitTorrent is great, especially if you get your firewall configured properly, but it can be a pain to find all the .torrent links. Suprnova was a blessing for that but sadly closed by great forces (use the Force, Luke!) So Exeem took its place (get the spyware-free exeem lite instead!). But it's all still a lot of work, right? Wouldn't it be cool if you could simply check new torrent using something as simple as RSS or so? You already subscribe to your daily dose of news feeds anyway. Just add in a couple of music and video feeds alongside. Well... You can! Check out Videora. Works with popular BitTorrent clients like ABC and Azureus! Coool! B)
"Videora is the first personal video downloading program. Utilizing BitTorrent and Really Simple Syndication, Videora automatically and intelligently finds and downloads video you want to watch. With easy to u…

RSSOwl - A Java Feed Reader

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Looking for a simple, stand-alone feed reader? Don't care about Outlook integration or don't want to pay for it? Fed up with web-based feed readers? Try RSSOwl, which is Java-based and therefore runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. Now there's no reason to stay uninformed from anything!

Thunderbird v1.0 has been released

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Thunderbirds are go! Last monday (jeez, I'm so slow!) Thunderbird 1.0 has been released! This extremely good Email and News (nntp) reader (like Outlook Express but safer) has reached production stage. It features an RSS reader, Baysian trainable spam filter, common inbox for all your Email accounts (very cool) and there's even a cross-platform calendar for all those Outlook junkies at work! ;)
If you're thinking about ditching Outlook on your home PC or laptop, be sure to give it a try. Installation automatically adpots your settings, so you're up and running in a jiffy! (At least, I was...)

Free RSS feed reader for IE

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Looking for a way to integrate RSS and Atom feeds into IE? Of course you can use Outlook integration instead, but IE might just be better, depending on how you look at it. BlogBot may just be enough for you, if you're still unwilling to switch to FireFox or Mozilla (where extensions have been doing this for ages... hint).