Posts Tagged ‘CIOS 246’

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Flickr & Delicious

May 3, 2008

Here are my views on Flickr & Delicious:

FLICKR
Flickr has some fairly unique features that I previously really had not explored. I didn’t realize just how easy it was to post pictures there and how equally easy it was to share them. Tagging is somethign I am slowly embracing and finding like tagged material was always interesting, but also strange, like the austrian who tagged his driver licence photo with general protection fault… strange. Hoever, my pictures are not yet searchable on Flickr, but I did receive a functioning link which I submitted, but that aside it was incredibly easy to use and navigate. The sheer amnount of content that is available and teh level of quality, well, that is just somethign to behold. When looking at pictures of Iris tags, some of those photos looked right out of a magazine. I think I may start using Flickr because it can be integrated easily into a blog, so I coudl have random tech pictures running along the side, sorta dressing up the site. Picture wise there wasn’t anythign that I could really use, but there were so many images related just to a simple iris tag, it might become my second stop for real-life images after Google’s image search.

DELICIOUS
Delicious is another story: yes its helpful having links available at a glance, and yes its a great way to remember hard to find locations, but I really just cannot see myself using it. It is just not something that I like having to contort myself into using. I would rather use the Firefox extension that lets me organize my bookmarks how I want in my browser via a login page than use delicious. Just like Stumble, its an unnecessary step for me and something that I will only use when it is required of me to use. Delicious is rather cumbersome to use if you decide NOT to install the browser plug-in (which I did on one system and did not on another), requiring a bit of puzzling before you discover which link actually adds a link. You’d think ADD A LINK/BOOKMARK would be prominent, but no. I also was not fond of the tag interface or the way everything is sorted or even the layout of the links… I would like lots of links close together, ala a browser, but I have to scroll and scroll to find links near the bottom of a long list. I understand the idea of tags, which is one of the things I did like about delicious, but sometimes I just want to see a familiar list, and delicious doesn’t give that to me in the way I want it. I was able to discover some fairly unique sites and locales thanks to Delicious, 30 free software offerings for example along with my other links) so I may use it as a searching tool, but not as one that I myself will subscribe and use.

On a side note, for the last 6 hours my account seems to have been corrupted because each time I attempt to add a new link, I receive a corrupted error… I know its like everything online, but its also just one more reason for me not to like/rely on Delicious.

So below are my ten new sites I found through Delicious, JUST USING THE SEARCH FEATURE:

  1. http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2006/12/01/30-essential-pieces-of-free-and-open-software-for-windows/
  2. http://www.ernestcline.com/dmd/ (also your monkey link)
  3. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/new_study_shows_best_and_worst.php
  4. http://www.gta4.ws/archives/82
  5. http://www.collegehumor.com/video:110886
  6. https://www.libsyn.com/index.php?&mode=logout&message=
  7. http://www.transom.org/tools/recording_interviewing/200106.microphones.jtowne.html
  8. http://www.g15mods.com/
  9. http://www.blacklibrary.com/default.asp
  10. http://www.ticketmaster.com/

Of course, since the site kept timing out for me, I couldn’t locate individual links from, well, individuals.
Oh well.

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Wikipedia Experience CIOS 246

May 2, 2008

I’m not really that excited about posting on wiki’s because of how different it is from blog posting. Wiki posting requires a bit more of the HTML code that we all forgot when templates and blogs came onto the scene. It does have a feel of old-school HTML coding when you are writing though so that, for those who like it, is good. But as I post this in my blog, I am selecting various bits of text to link, make bold and italicize, which is much easier to do than in a wiki. Why aren’t wikis as code friendly as blogs?

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3 Blog Reviews CIOS 246

May 1, 2008

Here are three reviews for my three chosen blogs:

http://www.destructoid.com/
This is a very funny and incredibly snarky blog that makes fun of not only itself, but also gamers, gaming society and all points in between. They also do various game reviews which are often very honest and reflect what the average gamer would think about a title, but never had the time or patience to put it into such succinct words. The only area I feel in which they falter is in regards to how ‘insider’ their posts often are. You need to be aware of virtually every recent occurrence within the gaming world in order to understand much of what is posted, and to comprehend the numerous comments as well. If they added just enough back story, say a sentence, regarding a given subject that would make the reading and enjoyment that much better. Granted, they do often offer links back to similar or related topics, but as a consumer, I want to consume what is in front of me, not something that I have to research before I can consume. One of my favorite posts is about the current state of ‘fanboyism’.

http://www.destructoid.com/ten-golden-rules-of-videogame-fanboyism-83502.phtml

http://www.engadget.com/
This is what has been called ‘gadget porn’. They feature pictures and announcements regarding new technologies and various devices. They are almost always slick, cool, and drool inducing… and incredibly expensive or available only in Japan. The problem here is that their site is littered with ads, and unfortunately, sometimes the ads resemble the articles. The only way to fix this is to cut down on the ads, but that would mean no more Engadget, so I will soldier on through the Netflix and Zune explosions. My favorite recent post is regarding AT & T offering free Wi-Fi to iPhone users.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/01/atandt-wifi-hotspots-free-to-iphone-owners-anyone-with-a-brain/

http://www.kotaku.com/
A true gaming outlet with a Japanese feel that positions itself as ‘the gamers blog’, they scour the web and post blog entries that are often overlooked, over tidbits of gaming news, reviews, videos or just offer incredibly odd features. One was all about the ‘artists’ who drew the PS3 and Xbox 360 as female Japanese animation characters… it was weirdly disturbing. I don’t really have anything negative to say about them, except sometimes their geekery is so great that I would rather not visit the site to see the most recent anime-inspired 1/16th scale statue made by a member of their forums. They do have in-depth information about games and sometimes they even take an average joe look at hardware, which is one of my favorite articles they have done.

http://kotaku.com/344668/along-came-an-amd-spider

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3 Blogs Full

April 27, 2008

I had some hilarious idea for a joke involving that nursery rhyme that talks about wool, but it was much funnier inside my head before I shared it so I will just leave it at that.

Here are the three blogs that I really enjoy checking out:

http://www.destructoid.com/
This is a very funny and incredibly snarky blog that makes fun of not only itself, but also gamers, gaming society and all points in between. They also do various game reviews which are often very honest and reflect what the average joe would think about a title, but never had the tiem or patience to put it into such succinct words.

http://www.engadget.com/
This is what has been called ‘gadget porn’. They feature pictures and announcements regarding new technologies and various devices. They are almost always slick, cool, and drool inducing… and incredibly expensive or available only in Japanese.

http://www.kotaku.com/
A true gaming blog with a Japanese feel that positions itself as ‘the gamers blog’, they scour the web and post blog entries that are often overlooked, over tidbits of gaming news, reviews, videos or just offer incredibly odd features. One was all about the ‘artists’ who drew the ps3 and xbox 360 as female Japanese animation characters… it was weirdly disturbing.