Saturday, April 29, 2006

3pm Injection [5]

We're on a roll here at 3pm now. Keep the feedback coming and click through the ads on the site if you like the place to help feed our slaves...I mean workers and volunteers.

3pm: "The way music wants to be"
Avalanches - Rock City
Xzibit - State Of The Union
Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot
Busta Rhymes - What's It Gonna Be
Yoko Kanno - Nomad Soul

Previous Injections
[1] [2] [3] [4]

Friday, April 28, 2006

Google releases SketchUp free, with pro version

Google SketchUp has just been released for free, with a more powerful Pro version available for $495. SketchUp also introduces new 3D Warehouse to share sketchup models other people have made.

read more | digg story

Google Will Be Expanding Their Video Search

Google is looking to expand its video service to include content hosted outside of its server network.

read more | digg story

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

News 04.26.2006

Mobile News
Sony PSP gets 2.70 System Update - Looks like PSP users finally get the ability to view flash content on the web with this update.

Off Topic
Going to be out of town this weekend, so don't expect any award-winning posts (at least till next week ^_^).

Hot Diggs
Google Calendar Notifier v1.1 (Firefox Extension) Released!
Don't Blame P2P : CDs Not a Good Value
'Fans who share music aren't thieves'

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.26.06 - Yahoo! Go! For TV!
Buzz Out Loud - 04.25.06 - Tivo Series "Boo"
Daily SearchCast - 04.25.06
Engadget #76 - 04.25.06

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

YOU can help stop the RIAA.

Take a Stand Against the Madness. Sign the EFF's petition to congress in protest of the RIAA bullying customers. They only need another 20,000 signatures.

read more | digg story

Internet News
New, tougher copyright legislation in the works. Let's keelhaul the scallywags!

Monday, April 24, 2006

News 04.24.2006

Mobile News
Nokia, MIT hook up for research purposes - Sounds like a good match to me.

Google News
AdSense Launches Text Ad Referrals, Site-Flavored Search and New Image Ad Sizes

Off Topic
"and the eyes of the blind will see out of obscurity and out of darkness." - Isaiah 29:18

Hot Diggs
Net Neutrality Debate Heats Up
Save the Internet
The Artificial Prison of the Human Mind
Screenshots Of Google’s New Search Results Screen
How to Add a Google Map to any Web Page in 10 Minutes

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.24.06 - We're all going to jail
Diggnation Ep.42 - 04.20.06
TWiT 51: Digg This
Buzz Out Loud - 04.21.06 - Tom is lazy

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Read this! The internet is about to get messed up.

The Internet, as we know it, is going to change (and not for the good... think the really bad, worst-case remember-that-Internet-thing? bad) if the gov and Verizon, comcast, att, etc. get their way. I doubt there is any other issue that is more important right now. Digg up.

read more | digg story

1 Terabyte Wireless NAS Device

Iomega yesterday unveiled the latest two members to its StorCenter line of network storage products. The new StorCenter Wireless Network Storage 1TB and StorCenter Network Hard Drive 500GB - both are both available now.

read more | digg story

Flash Player 9 Released

Flash Player 8.5 has been upgraded to version 9 in response to the Flex 2.0 launch this summer.

read more | digg story

Saturday, April 22, 2006

3pm Injection [4]

Some UI improvements have been made on 3pm with the addition of toggles for each number/letter category as well as the ability to minimize and maximize all categories at once. You can even add the live bookmark to Firefox now. There's lots of music out there now and more to come. Be sure to discover all the unique audio not found on the iTunes Music Store or in your local music store. Thanks to everyone who has shown interest in the 3pm idea. And thanks for all the suggestions.

"3pm: Food for your ears"
Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
DJ Dan - Gun Power
The Fugees And Wyclef Jean - Guantanamera
Michael Jackson - Earth Song
Queen - I Want To Break Free

Previous Injections
[1] [2] [3]

Friday, April 21, 2006

News 04.21.2006

Mobile News
I took the plunge and flashed my Nokia 770 with the latest Software Update (5.2006.13-7). It was a success and I noticed that the Opera browser is faster and doesn't crash nearly as much as it use to (Good job Nokia!). Also, I noticed that when putting the cover over the screen while connected to the Internet I here an interesting "whoosh" sound that I never heard with the previous version of the software. I'm sure there are one or two other improvements/additions to the software that others and myself have yet to discover. If only Nokia gave us the change log of the software it would make the less adventurous 770 owners' decision to update or not much easier.

Be sure to check out the work Moimart is doning on Flite and the new Gaim-Flite .deb.

Google News
"Google stiff-arms analyst expectations" says Ars Technica. Well, I mean it is Google after all, right? The efficiency that they have begun to wield throughout all the elements that make up their brand has opened up the Internet in amazing ways and in some cases created a more stable Internet economy in the process. Even if (or when) Google falls faster than the Roman empire, they willessentially serve as the best template of future Internet companies.

Hot Diggs
MySpace foils school shooting
The 10 worst in-game quotes!

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.20.06 - Digg done got dugg
Om and Niall PodSessions - 04.21.06

Thursday, April 20, 2006

News 04.20.2006

3pm will get some cool JavaScript controls in the next update. Nothing real special, just something I wanted to do for a while. For the person who asked when 3pm was started - March 15th, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. (Okay, so I don't actually remember the time of day it was).

Mobile News
I installed Flite for Maemo on my 770 today. It works great! How cool is it to have text-to-speech running on the 770? It may be a while before we see speech recognition technology being served up on mobile devices, but this is definitely a plus for speech synthesis.

Hot Diggs
Google Calendar data API: time to starting coding!
The RIAA vs. the EFF: Redefining copyright for the digital age
How to increase download speeds of µTorrent
Microsoft Readies "Live Drive" Online Storage Service
"I am the World's Biggest Failure", says MP3 Inventor

Podcast Links:
Ask A Ninja #19: Physics
Buzz Out Loud - 04.19.06 - Buzz off, Philips!
Daily SearchCast - 04.19.06

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

News 04.19.2006

Off Topic
I have got to get me one of these. Gives a whole new meaning of sitting in the grass.
I can't even begin to imagine what uses people will come up with for using this technology. I love the comments on the story though.

Hot Diggs
Indian Telemarketers having nervous breakdowns due to verbal abuse
Most web users are 'silent surfers'

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.18.06 - The Internet is not TV, or is it?
Daily SearchCast - 04.18.06

Monday, April 17, 2006

News 04.17.2006

Hot Diggs
Control 3D Cube with webcam, Minority Report Syle
FULL List of Google Resources with Descriptions

Web Links
AbsurdlyCool Freebie Finder

Funny Drunk
Alien Autopsy

Podcast Links:
Diggnation Ep.41 - 04.13.06
TWiT 50: Squeak Toy
Buzz Out Loud - 04.17.06 - 28 minute podcast = 1,680 blogs

Saturday, April 15, 2006

3pm Injection [3]

Okay, we've got great new music this week and an RSS feed for new 3pm links. Those who don't know about Portable Playlist should check it out some time. It really provides a great way to personalize your favorite audio. Have a Happy Easter everyone.

"Get your injection here, overdose at 3pm"
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Bow Wow - Fresh Azimiz
Stevie Wonder - Ebony Eyes
Bjorn Lynne - The Cycle
Yoko Kanno - The Real Man

Previous Injections
[1] [2]

Friday, April 14, 2006

Slow Day

Eh, I got nothing much to say today. Enjoy the links. Check out the NET9 Diggs section of the sidebar for anything else.

Web Links
Adult Swim Fix
Top 100 Google Videos
Portable Playlist

The Easter Bunny Hates You
Bliss Diss - Juggler 5 ball routine

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.13.06
Daily SearchCast - 04.13.06
Buzz Out Loud - 04.14.06 - Camp Boot Camp
Buzz Out Loud - 04.14.06 - Print me a liver
Daily SearchCast - 04.14.06

Thursday, April 13, 2006

News 04.13.2006

Google News
Google Calendar (unofficially?) launched last night, and I was able to log in and play around with the interface (as many others obviously have). I have to say, it is faster than I thought it would be. It may be due to the fact that it's still fairly new and not many people were up as late as I was (on the east coast anyway) fooling with it. It may also be due to not much calendar data is being served just yet to myself or others which may eventually slow it down (God, I hope not).

Anyway, it's very intuitive and well laid out. It's quite simple to add and edit events and just does exactly what a modern online calendar should. I like some of the other less noticeable features such as the notifications via pop-up, email, sms, and cell phone. There are options to import iCal and MS Outlook formats. One of the least expected, but sure to become one of my favorite features is the create and share other calendars with family, friends, and the general public. Also neat is the ability to drag and drop events to different days/times and even drag across the grid to span days/times.

I've tried to access the calendar via the Nokia 770 to no avail (no Opera support?). Hopefully Google will make this work soon enough though. Going through some more of the details of the setup, I noticed the ability to change the colors of calendars, XML and iCal formats, and printing to PDF format.

And for my (not-so final) judgment on Google Calendar: There's going to be one more tab in my Firefox browser from now on. All in all, it's a great addition to the Google universe. I for one... well you know the rest.

Podcast Links:
Ask A Ninja: Special Delivery 2
TWiT 49A: Introducing IPac
Buzz Out Loud - 04.12.06
Engadget #75 - 04.12.06

Google Calendar Is Launching Tonight

It looks like Google Calender could be launching tonight! The official Google Calendar logo was found on Google's servers and redirects to the actual CL2 login screen now.

Update: It's live! I was able to get in. Stay tuned for my review.

read more | digg story

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

News 04.12.2006

Internet News
Engadget posted an awesome How-to on building a cheap but effective network rack. Looks like a fun little project.
[Digg Story]

TechCrunch has a snippet about the new TuneFeed service that will allow people to upload music to an allotted space and put a Flash player on a website to share with visitors.MySpace and others have similar services that do the same, but It seems in the personal blog and website arena people have their own way of pulling this off. Personally, I'd like to see some sites and blogs that differ from the NET9 approach to this idea. Why buy the cow when the milk is free, right? (By the way, I've discovered that I like using Portable Playlist to personalize my favorite audio)

Google News
Ars Technica thinks Google Voice Search is coming soon. Could Google be actually be undertaking such a gargantuan technological feat as voice recognition to enhance search options? It would be cool if they pull it off and even cooler if it worked well enough to use on mobile devices.
Related GigaOM Post: Is Mobile Voice Search Hot?

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.11.06
Daily SearchCast - 04.11.06

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

News 04.11.2006

Internet News
I love this article from Ars Technica about RealNetworks fighting tooth and nail to find a reason to injecting DRM into Linux. I find it amusing to watch these companies flounder around trying to justify their delusions of ultimate control over the artistic works of others. It becomes even more hilarious when anyone that actually knows what the masses truly want speaks out and squashes the debate on the spot with even the simplest rebuttal. It really is amazing how as soon as a company's plan to make tons of money in a popular and financially attractive market backfires, they panic and try to implement rules and regulations on the use of the very products and/or services they were counting on making money with. What they don't realize is that this act of "protecting" a particular product and/or service frustrates consumers to the inevitable point where it's no longer worth their time to even fool with it, further decreasing the potential of the company to make money with it. I may not know what the answer is to everyone's issues with DRM, but I know the way things are going it will be a while before one that works is truly found.

Related Digg Stories
RealNetworks to Linux: DRM or die!
[read more]
Greedy movie studios want $20-30 for downloadable movies
[read more]

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.10.06

Monday, April 10, 2006

News 04.10.2006

Internet News
Netvibes has done it again. They've added the awesome tabs feature (you can even drag and drop tabs and drag modules into tabs!), RSS tooltips, and the cool Screen Panel module. I can't keep up with all the great new stuff! Just when I think AJAX technology has reached it's peak, These guys raise the bar a little higher. Great work Netvibes! (Now if only the next version of the 770 browser is supported, I'll be set.)

Podcast Links:
Diggnation Ep.40 - 04.06.06
Ask A Ninja #18
TWiT 49: Mind the Lag
Buzz Out Loud - 04.07.06
Daily SearchCast - 04.07.06

Saturday, April 08, 2006

3pm Injection [2]

Time for your medicine again. To keep 3pm Injection current and accessible, I'm archiving previous Injection posts within each incremental Injection post. This will help organize all 3pm discussions efficiently and logically. I guess you could look at it as a blog within a blog. Anyway, I'd like to see more feedback this time around. I appreciate the compliments and criticismso far. Thanks, and enjoy.

"Get your injection here, overdose at 3pm"
Amerie - One Thing
Barry White - Shaft Theme
Coldplay - Clocks
James Brown - Funky Good Time
Yoko Kanno - Piano Black

Previous Injections

Friday, April 07, 2006

News 04.07.2006

Mobile News
I just noticed while surfing the web with my 770 that Bloglines has a new option to minimize and maximize the left sidebar. It works great for reading feeds on the 770 when I want to view just a particular feed's content. It's almost as if it was made for the 770's screen. I am surprised it's not such a big deal in the media. It just goes to show you how some small things make a big difference, yet are seldom talked about.

Internet News
Netvibes has announced their mini API. This is going to be huge! I can imagine there's going to be a ton of Netvibes users contributing to the greatness of the service. I plan on working on a 3pm module real soon. I can't wait to see what great new stuff comes of this.

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.06.06

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

News 04.05.2006

Internet News
Ars Technica reports that the music industry is going after illegal music file-sharers harder than ever. A revolution is at hand people, and something has to give. If P2P is to survive, there must be some sort of evolution must take place. However, I think the music industry and the movie industry going after file-sharers is like the the War on Terror. It's not going to end anytime soon, and unfortunately both conflicts will likely get worse before we see an end to them.

AllPeers has begun their first phase of beta testing the long hyped Firefox file sharing extension. I just got my invite not long ago and will be waiting to get the extension when they start dishing them out. I hear it may take up to a few weeks for people such as myself who got invites to get it. Lets hope they don't take too long.

Podcast Links:
Buzz Out Loud - 04.05.06
Daily SearchCast - 04.05.06

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

News 04.04.2006

Mobile News
Antonio Gomes has been working to get Minimo working on the 770 lately, and has made great strides in getting us a usable version of the browser. There's still some work to be done on making it easier to run without using the command line, but I think his project is coming along quite nicely. Be sure to check out his current .deb if you are interested in testing it a bit.

Interesting information over at The Register about Fujitsu's UMPC concept. This is one of the most logical UMPC designs that I have seen yet. It's not perfect, and not likely to replace my 770 with its CD size, but that fold-out keyboard idea looks good. It appears as if some simple functions can possibly be used even when the keyboard is closed. All in all, this is the kind of variety the newly emerging UMPC market needs to retain the interests of potential buyers as well as the media.

News of an Opera browser for the Nintendo DS launching in June in Japan caught my attention over at Tech Digest recently. Good for Opera, Good for Nintedo. I still think the idea of having to pay any extra money to be able to browse the web on a device that has built-in WiFi. Is it just me?

Internet News
There's a very interesting article by Om Malik about the power of URLs. The very simplicity of the URL concept, I think, is what makes it such a powerful and necessary element in networking and web technology. The idea that if it is "out there" you can "link to it" is one that has been taken for granted by this generations of web developers and designers as well as big media companies. What is still amazing to me is how quickly you can build a useful site on little more than links to other useful websites and media. The URL has been the core of Internet ethics discussion for some time, and has been one that blurs the laws between reality and cyberspace time and time again. In the end however, the URL is just another standard tool available to anyone who knows how to use it. Just as cut/copy/paste, delete, and print are tools that right or wrong can and will be used by anyone for as long as the computer exists.

Podcast Links:
UMPC Cast Podcast #4
Buzz Out Loud - 04.04.06
Engadget #74 - 04.04.06

Monday, April 03, 2006

News 04.03.2006

770 News
Nokia brings promising news to 770 users in the form of an updated Maemo Development Platform Roadmap. The list of new features in que are VoIP, Instant Messaging, IRC, and even Video over IP. It looks as if there is also hope for Java support as well as a new application installer. This is all so exciting, but it would have been great if they had posted a rough range of completion dates. As it stands, it may be safe to say that it is highly unlikely for us 770 owners to see any of these features before the fall.

Podcast Links:
Diggnation Ep.39 - 03.30.06
Ask A Ninja #17
TWiT #48
Buzz Out Loud - 04.03.06

Saturday, April 01, 2006

3pm Injection [1]

Presenting 3pm Injection, where you can discuss anything about 3pm. Every week I'll be accepting 3pm music selection requests. If you have an artist or song you'd like to see on 3pm please post it in a comment here or email me your request. I'll also be putting the 3pm Hot Link(s) here as well.

"Get your injection here, overdose at 3pm"
2005 Rap Up - [By Skillz]
Aqua Teen Hunger Force - Theme
Beatles - Please Mr. Postman
EPMD - So What Cha Sayin
Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable