From wikis to DJs and everything in between

Published August 24, 2009

At the moment, I am pretty good at dreaming up something to write about and getting it done within a few days. For a while, I went through a busy stage, where I created a lot of draft posts for this blog, with the intention of writing them up later. Some of them have come to fruition, others are just getting older and older.

I had a week off last week with the intention of catching up a little, but even that didn’t work. So, instead, here are some of my notes that will never make it into full blog posts.


Over on Sidepodcast, we use Wetpaint as our wiki of choice. It took a long time for us to embrace the wiki idea, because… well, mostly because I am a bit of a control freak. However, it’s been really good fun, and people really got involved.

I think one of the reasons is that Wetpaint is very easy to use. You don’t need to learn any crazy code, it’s a simple window with some edit buttons that allow you to do what you want. I wanted to write a post to sing the praises of Wetpaint, but then they started putting obnoxious ads everywhere, offering to remove them for $19.99 a month. Outrageous. So, this is the biggest plug they’re gonna get.

Adobe Browserlab

This looks like a really handy took for web developers, in that you can compare sites in browsers side by side and instantly see what is working differently. Of course, it would all be a lot easier if browsers did the sensible thing and stuck to some standards, but I guess that is where the competition comes from.

The Interweb Printer

It’s not there to print out the whole internet, just little parts of it. The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web (catchy name) is apparently the first internet-connected printer, meaning you can browse and print from the printer itself without the need for one of those pesky computer things. It’s an interesting concept and presumably just another step along the way for multi-functional devices.

Who Uses Second Life Anymore?

That was it really. I saw a news story that I have now lost about Second Life hosting some kind of graduation ceremony for a college. It just seemed odd to me, because I don’t remember the last time I heard anyone talk about Second Life. It was the next big thing for all of a couple of months, but does anyone even use it anymore?

Why Colin Murray is Ace

I don’t remember what prompted this draft, but my notes about the BBC Radio presenter say:

  • Genuinely seems like a really nice guy, plus he has a great accent.
  • Little bit cheeky, of course, but never nasty.
  • Zane Lowe has a nice voice, but is scary. Jo Whiley is more mumsy, but I fear she would turn aggressive if she found out my music tastes.
  • Murray does daytime radio and appears on Countdown, but is still cool enough to do the too-cool-for-me introducing-new-music late night stuff.
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