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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Digital Life Show - Stuff that got my attention!

I attended the Digital Life Show at Javits in NYC this past Saturday.  This was my 2nd year attending.  As far as I could tell, attendance was up over last year and the show was well attended this year.  Here are some of the companies and products that got me interested in learning more about them and their offerings.  I will mention some below (in no particular order) and in future Blog posts discuss them in more detail as I have a chance to research more and/or use the products and services.
  • Cableyoyo An Ultra-thin cord management system -> for your mobile lifestlye
  • Network Magic Great tool for mapping and troubleshooting your home network
  • StreamLoad MediaMax Basically an online repository for all your media - photos, music, and VIDEO.  Lots of storage space.  Won Best of Show 2005 award.
  • Pepper Pad I don't know if this can compete against a low priced laptop or high priced PDA
  • Digital Deck - "Connected Home" Entertainment System
  • itvn - Broadband TV - like Akimbo but streaming
  • CMS Products - nice and small 1.8" 80 GB USB back up drive and software
  • One Voice Technologies - Media Center Communicator - Voice control of Windows Media Centers

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Qumana’s Simple Ad Inclusion for Blogs - via TechCrunch

Qumana’s Simple Ad Inclusion for Blogs: "Qumana is an excellent wysiwyg online/offline tool for editing blogs. We’ve written about Qumana before and described their service, which is completely free.

Yesterday Qumana launched v 2.0 of their product. The primary feature addition is the ability to easily, very easily, add pay-per-click ads directly into blog posts.

Ads can be positioned anywhere, and there are a couple of formatting options to choose from (see arrows in screen shot below). Revenues are split 50/50 between Qumana and the publisher.

Ads are keyword driven based on tags you set for the post, and flow into RSS without any problems. Each Ad is tracked by keyword and clicks. Ads can also be previewed before final posting. The publisher has the flexibility to add as many or as few ads as he or she desires.

There are additional new features as well, including improved old post edits, better drag and drop tools, and better integration with wordpress and blogger.

This is the best tool I’ve seen for small (and large) bloggers to easily include ads in posts.

Tags: qumana, ads, blogs, blogging, techcrunch, web2.0, web 2.0"

I checked this out after seeing the mention on TechCrunch and the demo screenshots looked nice. I will be trying it out this weekend. I really like the ability to add the Technorati tags. I tried this with modifying the Blogger post template but this way looks much easier. Targeted ads that I would be able to get 50% of the revenue somewhat interest me also. Look for my Qumana generated Blog posts soon!


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Automated Home - Sonos Long Term - Review

A detailed review by a Sonos user that has a few months experience using the system. I am in the same boat, and I am equally impressed with my Sonos system. I just haven't had the time to put something together on reviewing the Sonos. I want to do a podcast about using the Sonos to listen to podcasts - something this reviewer touches on as well. I'm hoping for a software update soon - there has been one already since I got the unit in July and given the suggestions I see in the forums on the Sonos site, hopefully there are some cool features coming soon! As the author of the review mentions, if they can get permission to play DRM tracks purchased from itunes - then maybe I would purchase some more tracks!


Saturday, October 08, 2005

iFill your IPOD with Internet Radio Stations...

Gizmodo talks about Griffin's iFill. This looks like it will be worth at least the one week free trial. If it works as advertised and doesn't mess up the ipod/itunes experience, it may be worth the $20 bucks too. I will wait to see if it gets any decent reviews, and if I don't see something in the near future, perhaps I will take a chance on it and try it out.

From: Gizmodo

e1118084386.jpgGriffin, creator of all things iPod related, has announced its latest masterpiece, the iFill. It will record radio stations for you and put them directly onto your iPod. The software is designed to integrate into iTunes, of course. This way you can …

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Ning launches! YASNA!

Ning launches!: "
Ning, also known as the official name for 24 Hour Laundry’s project, just launched. I actually had to keep myself from posting early because I was excited about it. Now that I got the word from them with the approval to post, here goes the …
Techcrunch reports on Yet Another Social Networking Application (YASNA). Why do I feel compelled to sign up and try out everyone of these that I hear about? Is it perhaps so I ensure I get the username I want... even though I sometimes never become a regular user.

I will be checking this one out as soon as I get some time. I like the concept of being able to customize something that pulls together all the sites and services I use regularly. Maybe this can do that. Time will tell.