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Today’s Discovery or why I love the internet

When I was 13 I fell in love with the only Japanese language song to make it to #1 on the American pop charts. I knew it as “Sukiyaki” that was the catchy one word title that the American record industry geniuses gave it. I memorized the song, when I went to college I studied Japanese (I was horrible at it and when I failed the coarse I nearly flunked out of school) but that’s beside the point.

The point is this morningI found the song on then I went to Song Facts and  found out the  story behind the song. Interesting story by the way.  Then I found the lyrics and a translation.

I love the internet how did people live before this came along?


May 19, 2009 Posted by | internet, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment


evernote1As I grow older I find that memories are in there but seem to be harder to pull up, very frustrating at times. In the Harry Potter books Professor Dumbldore had a gadget called a pensive. Dumbldore could down load his memories to be viewed later. I have something almost as good Evernote

Evernote can keep you orginized and give you acess to all thoes pesky memories. Evernote can be downloaded to your computer then sync to the Evernote servers so it can be acessed from any computer

This is a screen shot of Evernote showing an article discribing  how fuel cells work I have pulled this up when talking to people about fuel cells. Evernote works with Windows, MacOS, iPhone and Windows Moble OS or even on a flash drive. You can save text, photos, videos

Here is an example you are at lunch, you have a great idea, you pull out a pencil and jot it down on a napkin then pull out your cell phone snap a photo of it and send it on to Evernote. Two months later you recall that napkin and do a search for a word that you joted down and vola. It will recognize the your handwriting on the photo of the napkin

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Veoh TV

Veoh TV is callenging Joost for the leader in the online TV application both are very well designed both use P2P technology to deliver their content and they both load quickly with out apreciable buffering time.

They bill them selves as a full-screen, high resolution, ‘TV-like’ experience and in Web 2.0 fashion you can participate in the community and invite friends, rate, comment, and share videos.

Premium content delivery over the internet is going to be huge. People want to watch when and where they want.  So the front runner could have a  huge advantage.

Veho is out of  beta and has 149 channels including NBC and CBS. CBS 20 or so shows some with only one episode some with a dozen or more.  NBC has Heroes and the Office and My Name is Earl. I tried watching The Office and it was a much better experience than trying to watch it at

Today Digg had 90 clips. CNET had 75 clips. Classsic TV has episodes of Bonanza, The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Dragnet and Andy Griffith  Show.   Cally Lewis’s Geekbreif TV has 93 episodes up. The High Times Potcast has 73 episodes your not going to see this on mainstream TV.

Hubble Space Telescope has 85 episodes this is about my favorite so far. Among the channels I want to check out are The Science Channel, Ecogeeks and Wickedawsomefilms.

How many sites like this will there be room for?

October 21, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | , | 1 Comment

Joost open to the public

I have remarked in the past about Joost. My reaction to the site was positive, my reaction to the content was less than enthusiastic. However now it is open to the public, it has much more content and the functionality is also improved.

It is the content that will make Joost the television of the future. Joost now has 285 chanels and offers 14,688 as of today. How are we going to find anything?

Enter OnTheToobe a guide to Joost with an rss feed.  So if you want to watch CNN or CBS or a channel about bicycle racing or Hindi music videos or foot ball from Nicaragua or The Onion News Network, which is hilarious by the way OnTheToob can help.

Joost is built on a P2P technology by the guys that invented Kazza and Skype. So The more it’s used the better it will get, theoretically. There are a couple competators to Joost Bablegum and Veoh and I will be looking in to the soon

So far I’m liking what I’m seeing.

October 7, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | , | Leave a comment


No not like I Dream of Geni or Aladdin genibeta.jpgand Geni this is Geni as in genealogy. I know this is a subject that is well covered on the internet. One of the “killer aps of the new internet in the 1990’s was genealogical research looking at old birth and death records of your ancestors is compelling to many people and if you are one than check this out.

It is a great interface for building and online family tree and it has social networking features and if your going to network with anyone why not your family?

It’s still in beta and if you need an invite please email me and I’ll send one out to you.

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Disaster Tracking

The Havaria Information Service of Budapest Hungry has a web site that chronicles, in real time, emergencies and disasters from around the world. Floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, epidemics and any other disaster you can imagine is tracked in real time and mashed up with a Google map. It’s darn impressive if a little bit  depressing.

August 21, 2007 Posted by | mashups, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

New Media and the evolving internet

I have been looking into new internet applications for a while and have been holding off reviewing them. I wanted to give them a chance and not jump too early.

Joost is created by created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (founders of Skype and Kazaa) and like Skype and Kazaa it uses peer-to peer technology. Joost is very sound very stable and delivers  brilliant sharp video. I love the look and feel of the site. Now here’s the problem I don’t see any content that I like, I mean I have looked  and I haven’t found much I want to watch. So my verdict This is the future of television and as more stations come onto the Joost the more important it will be.

Today I installed Tubes it is still in Beta and I had some issues installing  the application but in about a half hour I got it running. So what is it? It is a way for you to make your own channels to bring in the content you want or more importantly for you to publish your own content It is very early in it’s development but I am impressed.

August 19, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | 1 Comment


So I was watching Elizabethtown and there is a little snippet of a song  that I really liked or at lest I wanted to listen to now it isn’t so great that I wanted to buy the whole cd. I won’t buy DRMed music This gave me a chance to try out

The way Seeqpod works is it searches internet databases and then plays the song. Pretty neat huh? But thats not all you can embed the song so I wrote a web page and copied the embed code and stored it on my flash drive. So I paid nothing for the song I don’t have the song but I can listen to it as long as the song languishes some server somewhere in the world.

The song is “It’ll all work out” by Tom Petty and it sits on a server in Russia but it loads and plays almost instantly

August 6, 2007 Posted by | Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Google is amazing!!

Now I’m going to sound like a complete Google fan boy but I’m blown away all of the cool applications that they keep leaking out.

Ive commented on Google Earth before but I don’t I’ve mentioned SketchUp SketchUp is a light weight drawing program kind of CAD for beginners. So you can draw a building paste a photograph on it then export it to Google Earth. Really quite remarkable.

How about Google Notebook its still in the Labs section and as near as I can tell that means they are still adding features it now supports collaboration, very handy.

November 5, 2006 Posted by | Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Cnet TV

Check out Cnet TV just laucnched, still in beta great interface great content.

July 21, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, Web 2.0 | 1 Comment