Turn GMail Into Your Nerve Center

I’ve been a big fan of GMail for a long time now, and have found a lot of great ways to use it throughout that time.

Steve Rubel over at Micro Persuasion has posted some additional tips on how to Turn GMail Into Your Nerve Center and a follow up post listing a few more ways.  He covers a large variety of ways to use GMail that I hadn’t yet thought of, and I feel this is a must read for anyone that uses Google’s GMail service.

Early Look at Firefox 3.0

I generally don’t start testing software until it reaches its beta phase, so I turn to CyberNet News for all my updates on the alpha version of the Firefox 3.0 web browser.  Ryan has posted about the new features he’s found while using Firefox 3.0.   

While some of the changes he covers are small, I like his attention to detail (especially when it comes to web browsers), and think its worth a read if your a fan of Firefox. 

Setting Up Alerts for Being “Dugg”

If you’re interesting in setting up a feed in your feed reader as an easy way to get an alert when your story has been Dugg, the How-To Geek has you covered with a quick and easy write up called How to Get Alerted When Somebody Has Dugg Your Article.

I think this is interesting, but I find it hard to figure how anyone would need an alert to know when they have been dugg? Wouldn’t the huge rush of traffic, or the fact that your site is down be noticed enough?

On a similar note, if you’re a WordPress user trying to survive the traffic rush of being Dugg, I recommend the WP-Cache plugin.

Setting Up Alerts for Being “Dugg”

If you’re interesting in setting up a feed in your feed reader as an easy way to get an alert when your story has been Dugg, the How-To Geek has you covered with a quick and easy write up called How to Get Alerted When Somebody Has Dugg Your Article.

I think this is interesting, but I find it hard to figure how anyone would need an alert to know when they have been dugg? Wouldn’t the huge rush of traffic, or the fact that your site is down be noticed enough?

On a similar note, if you’re a WordPress user trying to survive the traffic rush of being Dugg, I recommend the WP-Cache plugin.

800+ Windows Vista Compatible Applications

If you’re a Windows Vista user, you will probably be interested in this.  Microsoft is maintaining a list of Windows Vista compatible applications that have earned the “Certified for Windows Vista” logo or the “Works with Windows Vista” logo, which is currently around 800 or so.  Apparently, this list will be updated weekly, so I recommend bookmarking it for future reference if you use or plan on upgrading to Windows Vista.

Blog Spotlight: JD’s Blog

As part of an ongoing series, I’ve decided to spotlight some of my favorite weblogs out there, with a focus on some of the lesser known or underappreciated blogs out there.   This week I’m doing a quick write up on JD’s Blog.

JD’s Blog is a piloted by Jason Drohn, a serial entrepreneur who blogs regularly about business and technology.   I’ve known Jason for a long time now, and have come to trust and respect his opinion on these subjects.  So have many others.   Jason has a wealth of knowledge and is full of great business spartup ideas.  He can help you with consulting and advertising.  If you’re just wanting to tap into his knowledge, he also has been releasing regular podcasts for you to download and listen to at your leisure. 

If you’re a member of the business world, or you just want to learn more about new ways of thinking, I recommend subscribing to Jason’s feed, to keep an eye on what he’s up to.  Keep up the great work Jason!

Blog Spotlight: JD’s Blog

As part of an ongoing series, I’ve decided to spotlight some of my favorite weblogs out there, with a focus on some of the lesser known or underappreciated blogs out there.   This week I’m doing a quick write up on JD’s Blog.

JD’s Blog is a piloted by Jason Drohn, a serial entrepreneur who blogs regularly about business and technology.   I’ve known Jason for a long time now, and have come to trust and respect his opinion on these subjects.  So have many others.   Jason has a wealth of knowledge and is full of great business spartup ideas.  He can help you with consulting and advertising.  If you’re just wanting to tap into his knowledge, he also has been releasing regular podcasts for you to download and listen to at your leisure. 

If you’re a member of the business world, or you just want to learn more about new ways of thinking, I recommend subscribing to Jason’s feed, to keep an eye on what he’s up to.  Keep up the great work Jason!

Top 10 Wii Related Accidents

I’m proud to be a Nintendo Wii owner, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how in the world people have “Wii accidents.”   Its been well documented though, and PC Magazine has listed their Top 10 Wii Related Accidents:

  1. Crack in television
  2. Hole in window
  3. Wiimote-shaped dent in wall
  4. Shattered 4-inch PDA screen
  5. Severed blade from ceiling fan
  6. Broken chair from Zelda fishing
  7. Hole in mother-in-law’s china cabinet
  8. Four stitches in index finger
  9. Black eye on girlfriend
  10. Bruise on infant son’s head

If you find this kind of stuff interesting, you can find a list of Wii injuries and a damage report over at Wii Have A Problem. 

Google Toolbar Tips

As a Firefox user, I always kept Google Toolbar as one of my primary extensions. Towards the end of 2006, I ran across a post about the extension and how it was to blame for many of the problems Firefox users were having. After removing it, many of my problems cleared up and I haven’t been having any problems since.

I do, however, use Google Toolbar on my Internet Explorer browser and haven’t run into any problems with it yet.

So, why am I telling you all this? Google Operating System has released their Tips for the Google Toolbar, which I found as a good read. There are a lot of tips I wasn’t aware of, including this gem:

“10. Add any search engine. You just have to right-click on any search box, and select “Generate Custom Search”. Any search engine can be added to Google Toolbar. Click on the arrow next to search box and select one before or after you type a query.”

On the rare occasion I use Internet Explorer, I will be giving this a try. If you’re a Firefox user, keep an eye out for problems, as it’s probably the Google Toolbar.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets vs. Microsoft Office

With the recent announcement by Google of their premier additional of Google Apps, it was only a matter of time before the comparisons began.  Wired News examines whether you should make the switch or not. 

Google Operating System has posted their comparison of Google Docs & Spreadsheets vs. Microsoft Office. While its described as a comparison, GOS spends most of the post explainly why the two can’t be compared, and I couldn’t agree more. Microsoft’s product, at this time, is far superior for businesses, because their products are integrated and they have voice conferencing and video chat services available. You also have access to them without a internet connection. Google’s web-based Office suite, however, will have all the benefits of being web-based, giving them an entirely different target audience.

I have a feel the two services can co-exist nicely, once Microsoft’s ego deflates a little bit and they realize they don’t have a monopoly anymore. Having competition will help push them to produce more than they have in the past.