- PODZINGER – Podcast transcription search engine.
- Blurb – Blog-to-book publishing software. Extracts your blog posts and formats them in a book format that you can then sell.
- Free Reads ~ James Patrick Kelly Reads Himself – These are the podcasts of science fiction writer James Patrick Kelly. two-time winner of the Hugo award
- Thumbstacks.com – Live presentations on the web! – An online PowerPoint-style presentation application.
- Gcast – Free, ad-supported podcast service. You don’t need hardware, hosting, or even expertise.
- CarSpace – Edmunds.com’s social networking site for auto enthusiasts
- reddit: what’s new online
- my swickis – A swicki is new kind of search engine that allows anyone to create deep, focused searches on topics you care about. Unlike other search engines, you and your community have total control over the results and it uses the wisdom of crowds to improve search
- The Long Tail – Essential article on the economics of digital distribution.
- Vimeo – Online video sharing
- Philip K. Dick – Science Fiction Author – Official Site.
- Podbop – We podcast bands coming to your town – Alerts you to upcoming events, such as concerts, but also scours the Web for free legal mp3s of bands you find articles associated with keywords, among other things.
- Ning – Create and share your own social web apps! – Ning is the new free and easy way for you to create your own Social Web Apps – so let the fun begin!
- Mozes – We connect you with things that matter to you. We’ve come up with some new ways to use your phone and the web to make life a little more interesting.
- Interface to WikipedizeText – Get a list of Wikipedia entries which appear in a block of text, and the text itself with the Wikipedia links embedded in it.
- buddyPing | your life – mobile – buddyPing is a way to find your friends, events, venues and pretty much anything in your local area with your mobile. Just text or use the buddyPing client to tell us your location and we will automatically find any local things and tell you their locatio
- Upcoming.org – social events calendar.
- mobileGlu – mobileGlu brings together your life online into one place on your mobile.
- Rollyo – Roll Your Own Search Engine
- YouSendIt: The Leader in File Delivery. – By-pass email file size restrictions.
- Ourmedia – Multimedia online storage and social networking site.
- Capitol Brew-haha – Twin Cities beer-based blog.
- The Happy Gnome – St. Paul restaurant and bar
- Surly Brewing Company – Minnesota brewery.
- HotRecorder – Audio software for recording Skype phone conversations or for converting iTunes and Yahoo music files to MP3s.
- CastBlaster – Podcast recording software.
- Skype – The whole world can talk for free.
- Skype plugin for Skype Phone – Next generation Outlook Skype addin. Skylook.
- Minnesota Momentum – Citizens for the Minnesota Sports, Retail & Entertainment Center
- 24 hours on craigslist – Documentary about craigslist.org
- Netdisaster – Destroy the web! – Tag websites with virtual graffiti.
- ASIFA – Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog.
- 37signals – Simple software to help you get organized.
- Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly – Everyday products that are cool.
- Salon.com RSS Feeds
- Webmaster Toolkit – Webmaster Tools and SEO Software Resources.
- nativetext – nativetext is a free web service that translates RSS feeds from blogs and podcasts into foreign languages.
- RealWorldUsage in Ruby on Rails
- trakpak – trakpak is the easy way to track multiple shipments from multiple carriers (currently UPS, FedEx, and USPS are supported).
- StreetEasy – Real estate research.
- FlickrLilli – Flickr search engine.
- feedication – 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
- Chalksite – Gradebooks, assignments, messaging and a personal website just for teachers.
- EvokeTV – 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
- free wi-fi Minnesota Minneapolis St. Paul
- Shoot In Minnesota! – Nonprofit film industry trade association devoted to promoting the film industry in Minnesota.
RSS Blog & News Readers
I have yet to find an RSS 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 FeedReader, FeedDemon, AmphetaDesk and a disasterous experiment with Onfolio. I’ve tried web-based readers like Bloglines and the Google Reader 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 AOL’s AIM 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 FeedBlitz does. It’s a free service that allows you to subscribe to any content that provides and RSS or XML 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.