Category Archives: Writing

My Favorite Web-based Tools of 2009

After having recently wiped out my main workstation’s RAID array [see twitter link] – i wanted to compile a list of softwares/services i had picked up over the course of the year and couldn’t do without. These were going to be the first things i would need to reinstall after restoring everything else from an [...]

Scribd – publish, convert, embed, analyze, and read documents online.

i just signed up for a Scribd account and i must say: i am really impressed. the site is clean, and full of useful functionality. you don’t even need to signup to start using Scribd. you can simply upload a document to see it in action. Scribd will convert your document into an embedded pdf [...]

Web-based Visual Workspaces: A Thinkature Wish List.

Over the last few months, i’ve tested a number of Flash-based online visualization tools, like Gliffy, and i still prefer the opensource, ajax approach. Of these, my favorite right now, is Thinkature. I’m not going to do a full blown review of their features since i feel their website does a pretty good job of [...]

More New Features from Mon.itor.us

I recently wrote about a web-based service called Mon.itor.us that can monitor your servers, 24/7 – sending you an email notification if any of them stop responding. Well, they noticed my review, and i’m not sure if it was just a coincidence, but the next time i logged into their system – there were even [...]

Try out my Google Co-op Custom Search Engines

Google co-op is just what i’ve been waiting for. I swear, sometimes it’s like google is reading my mind. almost every tweek or change i’ve wished for over the last year or so, has eventually come true. To think, just one year prior to that, i was joking with a few friends that Gmail was [...]

Monitoring, Monitorus, Montastic – Server Uptime Anyone?

Here’s a couple of neato services that you can use to monitor any web server’s uptime throughout the day. I’ve been looking for a free service like this for a while now. Web-based software that would track the response times of your servers from various points on the internet, giving you a “true” feel for [...]

3 Video-based Social Networks Reviewed

Over the last few days i’ve had the opportunity to try out 3 excellent social networking services. All of them have built their communities around the concept that people want to upload and share video files with their friends and family – they just needed a central place to do it in. Well, today it [...]

McAfee SiteAdvisor, whenever you’re in doubt.

McAfee SiteAdvisor is an excellent web-based service provided by the same folks who made desktop antivirus software that didn’t paralyze my 300Mhz PC way back in 1993. I had heard of it a couple of times before, but never actually went to try it out until today and therefore didn’t fully understand it’s potential until [...]

Mixing Feeds: A Brief Comparison

Many sites now offer their visitors a variety of RSS feeds which can be used to track specific aspects of their website. The most common among these would probably be something like categories based feeds. It was only a matter of time before combinations of feeds started to be offered as well. That is, people [...]

New Trendmicro Online Antivirus Scanner on the Fritz

I used to consider TrendMicro’s online antivirus scanner as one of the best in the bunch, if not the best. For those not familiar, i am referring to HouseCall Antivirus located conveniently at housecall.antivirus.com. I usually refer anyone looking to scan their pc to this free service, as opposed to installing some no-name “free” antivirus [...]

Dawning of the Age of Neology

We seem to be living in an age where anyone has the ability to invent words on the fly, adding all sorts of new vocabulary to the English language as needed. This is especially true on the web, where we make up words at a dizzying pace, dozens per day, to the point that it [...]

So you think you can RSS? How.

[ This is a follow up to a previous article entitled: "So you think you can RSS? Why", which looks at the evolution of the internet and why RSS and other feed formats are so popular today. ] Everyday i seem to find at least 2-3 new websites that i think are really cool and [...]