Back in a jiffy!

April 14, 2007

I will be going offline for a couple of weeks, starting tomorrow. This is not some innovative web2.0 experiment intended to explore the possibilities of living without email. Rather, it is a much more mundane call to reserve army service :). I will be back with a vengeance come May 1st, with further coverage of some cool new features from outbrain.com, plus a review of Google Calendar and the wonderful ways you can make it work together with Outlook 2007. See you in a couple of weeks. urig.
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Spotback is now in public beta

Spotback which advertises itself as the "rate everything!" platform for the web 2.0 is finally out of private beta and available to the public. Spotback provides widgets that blog writers can embed in their blogs. The widgets enable readers to both rate blog posts and see which blogs posts have received the highest ratings from others. Spotback users are also provided with a personalized recommendation service that takes their past ratings into consideration - a bit like outbrain.com. I haven't given Spotback a "run for their money" (note that the service is totally free :) ), but it sounds promising. Their...
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FIX: Google Toolbar resets/breaks/messes up IE7 toolbars

April 11, 2007

Ever since I've upgraded from IE6 to IE7, I've noticed that whenever I reopen my Internet Explorer, all my toolbars get messed up. It's as if they are reset to the original "factory" setting, regardless of how carefully I've tweaked them before previously closing IE7. Clearly something was wrong, but to my surprise the fault lay not with "Evil Microsoft" but with the "Benevolent Google"'s beloved Google Toolbar(!). I've learned here that the Google Toolbar uses some evil voodoo ("hijacks ITBarLayout from within its satellite BHO") which interferes with IE7's layout mechanism. Luckily, a site called IECustomizer.com makes a...
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Outbrain.com – Personalized blog recommendations

April 9, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I've had the pleasure of attending outbrain.com's "friends night out". A small get together of bloggers, outbrain.com crew and sympathizers. Not only was it great fun, it was also educational as Dr. Nahum Sharfman (of shopping.com fame) gave a short talk about the recent web 2.0 startup boom. Dr. Sharfman's bottom line seems to be that nobody knows what's going to catch on and what isn't, with the one exception that a viable business model should be the prerequisite for anyone thinking of getting involved. I heartily second that. I dread the...
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Some nice tweaks for your blog

I've finally gotten around for some long delayed blog maintenance. Here are some nice tweaks that you too can employ: I've added a button linking to my LinkedIn profile. This is one of Guy Kawaski's Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn. LinkedIn have a wide selection of customized buttons available. If you want one, sign in, click "My Profile", click "Edit my Public Profile" and there find the link to "Promote your profile with customized buttons". On a side note, I would recommend that you set "Your Public Profile URL" first. That would give you a friendly URL that goes directly to...