March 1, 2006

Goodbye February

february has passed and i have officially had a full month where i did not go to las vegas. a miracle! by my count, february was the first month in about 8 months that i didn't spend at least a part of a day in the city of sin. one thing i'm enjoying at work is listening to The Circuit radio shows from hosted by scott huff and mike matusow, the show delves into a fair amount of strategy and information about poker. it also speaks a fair amount about the lifestyle of professional poker players, which i'm sure people find interesting. the show also has great guests on every episode. my favorites were barry greenstein and andy black. definitely worth checking out. on that note i'm going to post about a few of the other sites that i find myself using these days. web 2.0 is an interesting area of the world and since i've started peering around for (perhaps) another job, i've signed up for a ridiculous number of random accounts. some of the highlighted sites that i've found myself using consistently: 30 boxes ( an online calendaring application, 30 Boxes does a great job of providing a really simple, non-frivolous online calendar. adding events to your calendar is very easy, as is sharing your calendar with other 30 Boxes users. i use it daily to plan my life. feel free to come find me. ( since they decided to provide a free account and got a facelift for the site, i've started using for online storage of "stuff". it's a pretty (no better word for it, sorry guys) interface and it's fairly easy to use. as a person who likes to access files in multiple places (read: office, home, other people's homes), it's incredibly useful. if you're going to sign up for an account, do me a favor and click on . if i can get five of you to sign up i get a free upgrade. yes, i think that counts as an ad, but (honestly) don't use if it you don't think you'll need online storage. Rojo ( i assure you i've gone on an extensive testing of every possible online rss feed aggregator out there and rojo seems to come the closest to actually providing what i want. i'm not really asking for too much either. unfortunately i do feel like the feeds seem to update rather slowly, which of course only matters to someone who is still evaluating different rss readers (like me). i feel like i vacillate daily between rojo and google reader. Backpack ( i use backpack to organize my life. time will tell whether that is enough for me to upgrade to an actual pay account, but we'll see. they also write a great blog. what applications do YOU use?

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At 3/01/2006 06:27:00 PM, Blogger Chris L said...

Try out Bloglines.

At 3/02/2006 12:25:00 AM, Blogger Chris L said...

Actually, I realize you've undoubtedly used Bloglines, so I'm curious why you like Google Reader/Rojo over it?

In terms of Web 2.0 apps, I think Bloglines is the only one I really use on a regular basis. Yahoo Music Unlimited is going along the lines of "Web 2.0" in a sense, with its community focus and such. I have used Blogger in the past.

Check out as well, for music discovery. I've tried it a few times, but haven't actively gotten into to it yet.

Oh, and BitTorrent, since O'Reilly classifies it as Web 2.0.

At 3/02/2006 09:38:00 AM, Blogger smallchou said...

i realize most people seem to love bloglines. i personally find the entire user experience broken. i don't feel like the functionality, while it's there, is intuitive to use. i also think the thing looks ugly :).

At 3/06/2006 08:25:00 PM, Blogger ivy said...

i have google reader. i don't really like it. :( i'll try bloglines. i coudln't get rojo to work (there were bugs in their system and it woudln't subscribe to jack's blog) RSS readers hate me!


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