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TAG: New

Great Tool: If This, Then That (IFTTT)

IFTTT-LogoOf the many tools I’ve come across (and there are many of them), one of the best is a simple tool borne out of a simple programming structure:

“If something happens, do something”

Yes, it’s that simple, but the Internet is not really built around this idea. Social services and other types of Internet-based sites generally require your interaction. What if there was a service that allowed you to automate stuff (just like you might do on your own computer)? This is what iffft does. The future of the Internet is really modelling it to reflect what you’re reading or thinking as closely as possible.

Free Tool: SpamBayes – [SPAM Control]

SPAM Classic, 12-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6 )I’m always looking for new and interesting tools or utilities. Every day I come across a number of these useful programs and look forward to sharing them with you. In this series of blogs I’ll go over some of the best and most interesting I have found and tested – I welcome you to go try one of them and let me know what you think!

Today: Spambayes (Author’s Web Site)
Version:  1.1a6
Platforms: All current Windows versions only
Licence: Open Source

A look at Brizzly – filtering the noise for a better Twitter experience

One of the bigger trends of the social web space has to be the ability to “filter” the stream of data. We’re getting too much data from services like Twitter and Facebook to get meaningful use out of it.

I’ll give you an example of this problem. Your away from Twitter for a few hours and you come back to using your favorite application to read tweets. You find that the movie star you follow has decided to “live-tweet” his experiences at the newest award show he/she is attending. This is great, but it produces upwards of 30 tweets in a very short timeframe – stuck in-between those tweets is one from your best friend mentioning that they’re taking a road trip to the cottage. What can happen in the process is the tweet you might want to see could get lost in the noise.

First Impressions: Blackberry 8330 CDMA

Device: Blackberry 8330 “Curve”
Previous Device: Blackberry 8703
Provider: Bell
Base Price: $549.00

I’ve had this smart phone now for a day and so far I’m pleased with the new features and annoyed with some others.

Welcome to this new device are features like a camera, a gps device and the inclusion of media players as well as memory expandability. Some features not so welcome are the new keyboard layout, removal of the spinning wheel and addition of the track ball. Along the way, some unexpected surprises.