Links for February 21, 2006 – Online Video, Comedy, IPTV

  • – Viral Humor videos, Prank videos , Animal videos, Sports videos, Commerical Out-takes, and Stunts/Crashes videos. on StupidVideos.
  • – We’re creating an open Internet TV service that empowers video producers and programmers to build broadband businesses while giving viewers more choices and control over their use of video and television.

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Links for February 20, 2006 – Online Applications & Tools, RSS, Package Tracking, Photo Seach, Real Estate, TV, Wifi, Minnesota Movies

  • – Simple software to help you get organized.
  • – Everyday products that are cool.
  • – Webmaster Tools and SEO Software Resources.
  • – nativetext is a free web service that translates RSS feeds from blogs and podcasts into foreign languages.
  • – trakpak is the easy way to track multiple shipments from multiple carriers (currently UPS, FedEx, and USPS are supported).
  • – Real estate research.
  • – Flickr search engine.
  • – Feedication.com is a web application that acts as your own aggregation service. It is able to fetch and display information about you. It currently supports syndication with web services like 43 Things, 43 Places, 43 People, All Consuming, last.fm, del.icio.us
  • – Gradebooks, assignments, messaging and a personal website just for teachers.
  • – eVokeTV.com is focused on multi-tasking tv watchers – the growing population of users that have broadband internet connectivity while watching TV. Whether you are a passive viewer or actively engaged with the programming you watch, we strive to give you a
  • – Nonprofit film industry trade association devoted to promoting the film industry in Minnesota.

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e-strategyblog.com – Internet Marketing Posts 2/13 – 2/17

  • Valentine’s Day Consumer Attitudes
    posted on February 17, 2006
    More than a third of women planned to spend nothing on their significant others for Valentine’s Day.
  • College Students Shopping Online
    posted on February 16, 2006
    98% of college students have bought a product or service online.
  • Valentine’s Day Sales
    posted on February 15, 2006
    Most small business owners expected a rosy Valentine’s Day sales season.
  • Online Dating & Valentine Searches
    posted on February 14, 2006
    If you’re looking to target desperately seeking singles, there are some things you should know about internet marketing during the Valentine’s Day season.
  • Ecommerce With A Personal Touch
    posted on February 13, 2006
    RomeoShops.com offers a personal touch to their visitor’s ecommerce experience by providing advice through their online forums.

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Get This Blog Emailed To You!

RSS Blog & News Readers

I have yet to find an news reader that works to my liking. In case you don’t know, news readers are a piece of software or a web site that works sorta like an email program, except for blogs. Every time there is a new post at a blog you’ve subscribed to, you get a notification in your news reader. The RSS part is an acronym that stands for Really Simple Syndication, the technological protocol upon which blogs are based.

Since I track quite a few blogs, I’ve tried many news readers yet I’ve tried in vain to find one that I really like. I’ve tried software based ones like , , and a disasterous experiment with . I’ve tried web-based readers like and the but nothing has really worked that well.

FeedReader, for example, worked well enough at delivering blog posts as they came in, but I didn’t want another software program that was running all the time and when I’d close it, it was like out-of-sight-out-of-mind and so I’d forget about it. Plus, when it was running, I didn’t like the little pop-up messages that appeared from my systray whenever a new post came in; it’s already annoying  enough that does that whenever a buddy logs on or off. I don’t need more annoyance in my life.

The problem with web-based readers is that they pretty much defeat the purpose of RSS as a content delivery platform: You still need to remember to go to a web site to check your blogs, even if they are conveniently located in one place. Again, out-of-sight-out-of-mind.

But I think now I’ve found a service that does exactly what I need a blog reader to do: Send me an email when my blogs are updated. That’s what does. It’s a free service that allows you to subscribe to any content that provides and RSS or feed (you know, those little orange buttons you often see on web sites) and it will email you a notification when your subscriptios have been updated.

It’s as easy as copying a feed and submitting it to your FeedBlitz account.

I’ve set up a couple of accounts. I’ve got one for Twins and Vikings stories, so every morning I get an email with a link to and descriptions of all the new posts for the site’s I’ve subscribed to.

It’s awfully slick. So slick, in fact, that I’ve set up a subscribe box for this blog so you can get my posts emailed to you. If I skip a day, you won’t have to bother visiting. Look at the upper right-hand side of this blog and you’ll see the subscribe box directly beneath the Blog Tools heading. Just enter your email address, click Subscribe Me, and FeedBlitz will walk you through the rest.

Enjoy!

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Links for February 19, 2006 – Podcasts, Comedy, Blogs, Mankato, MP3s

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Links for 2/18/06 – RSS Search, PR Blog, Comedian, Author, Music & Business Directory

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Links for 2/17/06 – Blogs, Podcasts, Internet Radio, PSP, DVR, & Video

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Reason 5 I Love The Internet

I love the Internet(s) so much. How much? This much:

I’m so glad the Web is really starting to come into it’s own as a video delivery platform–and a boon to amateur filmmakers everywhere. I’ve talked at my Internet Marketing Blog about videocasting and I’ve posted many videos and links to videos here. Well, I’ve just found this video at revver.com. Sadly, I knew some guys l like these in college. It’s called Fear of Girls. Hilarious.

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Daunte Culpepper Trade

I literally woke up this morning with the words "Culpepper" and "trade" drifting into my ears. My radio alarm clock went off just as ‘s host Cathy Wurzer saying something about the shopping around.

Back when the rumors began to emerge that the Vikings were looking to trade , I refused to believe them. How, I reasoned, could you possibly get value for the guy? It turned out that I was wrong that the Vikes wouldn’t trade him but right that we wouldn’t get value. We didn’t. Not. At. All.

So, now with trade rumors swirling about Culpepper, I’m inclined to think the same thing: You can’t possibly get value for him. As I said in my post, Culpepper’s coming off major surgery and a year, when he was healthy, in which he played horribly. Who’s gonna give you much of anything at all for a player who may not ever recover from his injury?

The Star Tribune’s Kevin Seifert legitimized the rumors by at . That story was posted at startribune.com at 9:56 this morning. At 2:33 p.m. today, Seifert saying Culpepper was unaware of any such plans for a trade, saying "Until I hear different from Mr. Wilf or the new ‘triangle of authority’ at the Vikings I plan on playing quarterback for Minnesota."

In Seifert’s initial story, he says the decision to shop Culpepper was "triggered when Culpepper demanded that his 2006 compensation be more than doubled" and later in the article reported that "Wilf angrily turned down Culpepper’s request."

That’s justification enough for the Vikings to shop Culpepper and for Wilf to be angry. Culpepper’s got no leverage to ask for that kind of compensation, especially after Wilf just gave him a raise at the begining of Culpepper’s horrid season last year. And Culpepper’s behavior has all the hallmarks of a player trying to force a trade.

The ProFootballTalk.com site says the Vikings are looking for a second round pick for Culpepper. That seems mighty meagre for a player who, despite his injuries, would’ve been the league MVP in 2004 were it not for .

If it’s true that that’s all the Vikings are asking for Culpepper, then I must conclude that the team is either not confident that the quarterback can recover from his injuries, or that the price tag for waiting for him to recover (and you gotta think the safe bet is 2007, not sometime next year) is too high. He’s due a $6 million bonus March 14, an $8 million salary for 2006, and he’ll probably be paid for sitting on the bench. That’s a completely unproductive $14 million.

Potential trading partners for the Vikings include the , the , the , the , and the .

Seifert says the Ravens could franchise and then trade him for Culpepper. If that happens, the Vikings, once again, will get screwed. Lewis is a smash mouth running back who won’t be well suited to Chidlress’ . An he’s an old 27 years old.

The Dolphins could let play another year and trade to the Vikings for Culpepper. The Dolphins already have and will no doubt be looking to deal the enigmatic Williams. I’d be far happier with that scenario. Despite the guy’s obvious flakiness, it’s clear he’s an explosive running back.

The Raiders? Screw ’em. They’ve already taken us to the once this decade and that’s enough. Besides, they don’t have anyone on their roster we’d really want, anyway. Except for . I’d do that.

The Jets have got to be crazy if they’re content going into the season having to rely on the fragile , whom they’re trying to get to take a pay cut. So they’re in the market for a quarterback but don’t you think they want one who they know will be able to play this year? They seem unlikely trade partners but let’s play along, anyway.

No one jumps out on the Jets roster as potential tade bait. Defensive End , maybe, but he’s never really lived up to expectations. The only player on the Jets that I’d consider would be Middle Linebacker , a two year pro who, , ran a 4.5 40 and has the skills to play cover in a zone defense. We need that cause is not long for the Vikings roster and I’d hate to have to rely on as our starting Mike. Still, a straight up trade? No way. There’d have to be a draft pick or two in there.

The Rams’ new head coach is, of course, former Viking offensive coordinator and Culpepper’s famously comfortable with the guy, so there’s presumably cozy feelings all around. The Rams actually have some players you could package together for a nice little deal. I’d take an and an –both aging linemen– and Safety for Culpepper. Or one of the linemen, Archuleta and a draft pick. That’d be fair.

I’m just afraid that if the Vikings do trade Culpepper, they won’t get anything for him. A second round pick? No way.

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