Now this is cool. I’ve spent a good deal of time lately crawling about and looking for a nice news aggregator. I tried AmphetaDesk, I tried NewzCrawler, I tried SNARF. I am currently pretty cool with Radio Userland’s News Aggregator, but then I found NewsMonster. Whoa Nelly… that’s one cool little news aggregator. I will be checking this out over the next few days.
If this isn’t a good reason for the internet, I don’t know what is: This chucklehead changed his name to Optimus Prime!
Here’s a tasty little photo in celebration of the spring equinox. It serves as a good reminder that all the troubles of the world are small and insignificant against the backdrop of the universe.
I think these time delay type of pictures are really cool. Plus that word analemma, that’s pretty cool too. Try tossing that one out at your next party.
I recently uninstalled the Google Toolbar on my browser at work. I have used the toolbar for over a year now, and it was an invaluable aid. I quickly searched through hundreds – no thousands of web sites and I was grateful. At first I used only the basic search functions, but I quickly found myself enabling the advanced features and searching Google’s archive of UseNet postings. Before I knew it, I checked the PageRank of every site I visited and used their rankings as an assessment of the relative worth of any given page. Funny how quickly I adopted Google’s value system. I became a willing slave to the toolbar, it’s very usefulness made it indispensable.
So why did I remove it? Last week I noticed that the toolbar was different. A new button had appeared on the toolbar which took me straight to the Google News page. I thought this was pretty cool and started leaving a browser window open on Google News during the day, again a useful tool that was especially pertinent with these troubled times. Another bit of mindshare swinging in Google’s favor.
So I uninstalled Google’s toolbar and the problem with pages stalling disappeared. That was enough evidence for me. I enjoyed using the toolbar, but I don’t need buggy, unrequested ‘improvements’ to my browser. Maybe I’ll try it again in a few months, but I doubt it. I decided to give another search engine a whirl, and I downloaded Teoma’s toolbar. It works well enough, though I do find myself jonesing for that PageRank indicator. But it’s probably a good thing to break away from that particular Google Meme and make my own decisions regarding a page’s relative worth.
Postscript: Since doing away with Google’s toolbar, I’ve suddenly become a junky for toolbars. First was Teoma, which works quite nicely for searching. But I remembered Yahoo offering a toolbar ages ago – did that still exist? Yes it does. Since I have an account at Yahoo, I decided to install that toolbar as well. I wanted to define a word and went to dictionary.com, thinking as I typed the URL that this would be a good function to have on a toolbar – lo and behold, they offer a toolbar too! Hell even eBay has a toolbar available, too bad I don’t buy enough stuff on eBay to warrant using that particular tool. But the coolest toolbar I’ve encountered so far is from Alexa.com, an Amazon subsidiary. The Alexa toolbar offers a Google powered web search, WHOIS lookup, related links, and a button to the Internet Archive WayBack Machine. Very cool!
This whole process has been a useful experience, and I located some additional Internet Explorer toolbars.
Uncanny how true most of this has become.