YourMinis, from the Goowy team, is a nice service that puts two current Web 2.0 themes together: Widgets and Aggregators. It's like Yahoo Widgets meets NetVibes. YourMinis gives you a page that you can modify with your own mix of widgets--RSS feeds, Flickr images, video feeds, weather and time blocks, and so on. The widgets and the YourMinis container page are all in Flash, and the widgets are very pretty to look at and easy to move around on the page. You can also do things with them (such as rotate them arbitrarily, for a scrapbook effect) that … Read more
If you ignore the estimates that all the farmland in the U.S. couldn't produce enough biodiesel to make a big dent in our petro-appetite, biodiesel is pretty exciting--when you can find it. All the tired jokes about pulling up to your favorite Chinese restaurant aren't very funnny when the needle is on "E" and you want to stay green.
Nearbio.com is a free site that tells you where the nearest biodiesel vendor is located and how to get there. It's really optimized for use on a web-enabled cell phone (nearbio.mobi) where its … Read more
"An executive in motion tends to remain in motion." If I remember correctly, Stanley Bing wrote this in Lloyd: What Happened. His point: If you're working at a job and think you might soon be canned, stay on the road. They can't fire you at a conference. Actually, they can. But it's harder.
The canny executive needs, then, a trustworthy guide to the expensable junkets where he or she can hide out. Said exec might want to check out Confabb, a new service launching today. Its spokespeople claim it has the largest database of industry … Read more
Google just put a new feature in its Google Apps for Your Domain suite of services: a "start page." This is a new corporate version of Google's existing personal start page, for people inside a company using Google's apps for e-mail and calendaring. The differences between the standard Google start page and this product are that administrators can design the page, can lock down all or part of it, and can give it a custom URL.
Setting up a company intranet page is certainly easy with this tool, but Google's business services are still a … Read more
If you want to save some money on that overpriced taxi fare, check out Hitchsters, the new service that will match you up with another traveler so that you can split the cost of a taxi ride.
The service, in beta in New York right now, tells people with similar travel plans what each other's cell phone numbers are so that they can coordinate their rides. It's smart about its connections. For trips from the airport into town, for instance, it will match you only with people from your own flight (otherwise, flight delays would probably make it … Read more
A lot of us want to live in Firefox 2. But we also want to bend it to our will, to customize it so it's just right. Our visions of the ideal Firefox are different, though. The Web surfer will want one thing, for example, and the programmer another. So check out this Official Webware Firefox Top 10 List. Not of extensions. Of other lists.
In a keynote speech this morning at the 12th annual Cyberposium at the Harvard School of Business, Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of search products and user experience, addressed various media headlines that suggest that the company's recent product announcements and purchases are all over the map. Not so, says Mayer. In the course of an hour, she laid out four areas that Google has deemed to be important--more content, easier computing, personalization, and better search--then demonstrated how various Google products currently fit into each bucket:
More content --includes Google Book Search, Blogger, YouTube, and Google Earth
Easier computing … Read more
A Canadian company is incorporating the community aspects of Web 2.0 applications to foster new start-ups.
Cambrian House, which calls itself a commercial "crowdsourcing" software company, lets people offer up ideas for new products and companies. If its members like the ideas, the Web site will help market them--sort of like an online, participatory greenhouse.
Since launching in February, Cambrian House has grown to more than 7,000 members, and more than 3,200 ideas have been submitted to the community. Cambrian House announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this week the launch … Read more
One of the greatest facets of Mozilla Firefox (download it from CNET Download.com) is the ability to tweak the interface and browser features to your heart's content via application settings (such as about:config) or via add-ons such as extensions and themes.
Version 2 added some of the best features from some of the best extensions for 1.x, such as session saving, spell checking, and search-engine management, but it's not enough. Where's my weather forecast and tool for downloading videos from YouTube? Well, those features and much, much more are available via extensions, and we'… Read more
There are many online calculators for assessing how your lifestyle pollutes the planet; environmental nonprofits sponsor most of them, such as the Earth Day Network's Ecological Footprint Quiz. But learning about the downstream effects of your driving, computing, and shopping can give you guilt to last. Once you feel like the sky is falling, what are you supposed to do about it?
Entrepreneurs bent on spreading sustainability have created Web sites to capitalize on either your guilt, survival instinct, or nobility--whatever the personal motivation may be--by letting you examine the ecological impact of your way of life. Then, you … Read more