Monday, December 04, 2006

That's all, folks.

As this contest comes to a close, I just wanted to thank many of my readers for their help and support. This experience has been just as helpful to my future career as winning the competition would be. I also wanted to give you a few last tips about the ever changing world of technology before I finish.

  1. Read the news - Being in tune with current events will really help you get ahead in the workforce. While you're at it, take a glance at the business/technology section of whatever you read.
  2. Find a blog you can really rely on/relate to:
    -Here are some of the blogs I have been using to inspire some of my posts and I strongly urge you to bookmark some of them if you want to stay in-the-know about technology trends:

techcrunch.com - my absolute favorite - mostly internet companies
techdirt.com - gossip tech news
venturebeat.com - news about small companies - lots of web 2.0 info
gigaom.com - tech news, web 2.0, gaming
3. Subscribe to magazines/periodicals involving technology: Wired,
Business 2.0, PC World, PC Magazine, are some good choices, to name a
few.
4. Immerse yourself in it. Buy a cool new gadget, surf the web, muddle
around with these cool, new products (if possible)
But don't let it consume your life. Technology supports and improves our life - we shouldn't let it be the definition of it. So keep up to date with what's going on in the tech world. Learn to embrace the certain types of technology that enrich your life and reject those that intrude upon it.
Good luck to you all and, once again, thank you so much.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

More Free!

When you give things away for free, you make money (given a good business model).

Why do you think Google, Yahoo, and AOL have been so successful?

Well, this Saturday AOL has decided to offer over 30 movies that you can choose from to download for free.

Normally, AOL prices their videos from $9.99-$19.99 so Saturday everyone should take advantage of their FREE ones.

(it's limited to one download per person, but not computer)

Thanks, AOL!

Free 411?

The thing I hate most about dialing 411 is that it costs so much. Godforbid I forget a number somewhere, I just might have to sell my soul.

And then came 1-800-FREE411. Yes, there is a free directory assistance out there giving us all the phone numbers we ever hoped or wished for.



So don't dial 411 anymore. Dial 1-800-Free411. On cell? You'll only be charged for normal airtime minutes, nothing more.

Not near your phone? go to Free411.com.

They make their money off of advertisements so call away!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

i wanna be like...

If you're into fashion and read magazines solely for that purpose, you'll love this website called Like.com.

Like.com is largely based on a visual search engine, using image search. What does this mean?

It means that if you like something that a celebrity is wearing, say...Fergie, for instance, Like.com will produce search results finding products that look exactly like that product (and, for way cheaper prices).

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

The holiday season is coming up--Like.com is a perfect portal to use for all of those great fashion accessories you've seen, but couldn't find. You know you like it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

YouTube & Verizon Team Up


YouTube and Verizon have teamed up to provide Verizon's mobile customers access to video clips on Vcast for $15/month. Customers will also be able to upload videos from their phone to YouTube with this new service.

Customers will have the chance to view "select" video clips, which could mean that users may only have access to content that has been approved by the companies. Selecting videos that users have access to may not be such a good idea considering the very characteristic that has given YouTube all of its success is how organic and "untouched" it is.

Another thing that may not be such a good idea is to charge $15/month for the service when you can use it online for free.

This is one of the many stunts that we have seen and will continue to see from large corporations. A lot of big companies are teaming up with or buying out web 2.0-type companies to make themselves more relevant in the digital age. In the process, these big companies are over-complicating products that were, in their original form, successful.

Expect more of this-- there is plenty more of the YouTube pie to go around.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Where am I?

I'm sure by now you've heard of those fancy cars with GPS systems giving its drivers directions based on where they are. Well, systems like those aren't limited to cars, cell phones, or people who can afford to buy those devices. You can actually get a virtual GPS tool for your computer that performs location based searches and it's called Loki. Best of all, IT'S FREE!

How does it work?
First, you download Loki.
(Note: only WiFi-equipped portable computers with a Microsoft Operating System can use this tool)

Now that the software is on your computer it uses the wireless signals from the WiFi wireless network system you are in and based on the signals, tells you where you are (in case you didn't know). It's like a mini global positioning system right from the comfort of your home, or wherever you are.

How can you use it?
  • Don't know where you are? You can pinpoint just where you stand on a map.
  • Use it to find the nearest location of anything you are looking for based on where you are.
  • Use it to get directions from where you are to anywhere.
  • Share your location with anyone - if you want to, that is.

In other words, Loki is an application that helps you find...you.

*Special Thanks to Josh G. for pointing out this cool, new technology*

Got Holiday Road Rage?



It's time to make that long haul to Granny's house or wherever the turkey may be. We all know what that means, right? Well, besides great food, family and friends, and a great football game there is just one thing you can't forget: HOLIDAY TRAFFIC.

Everyone has a place to go and whether you know it or not, you're in the way. How can anyone get into the holiday spirit when you've been cut off or flipped off? Well, if you've experienced road rage, I have some advice for you: don't get mad, get EVEN.

How?

Well, besides running someone off of the road, there is one healthy alternative to road rage and it's platewire.com.

All you have to do is remember the license plate number of the culprit, go to platewire.com, and flag this bad driver.

Platewire is basically a repository of driver's complaints or reports of the way other people drive. You may even go on to see that the person that cut you off has done it thousands of times to other helpless drivers. You may even go on to find that someone has something to say about YOUR driving.

Funnel your road rage frustrations in a healthy, meaningful way. It's just another way that information technology brings people together: making people better drivers, one post at a time.