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Firefox with Tab Candy

I want this now! I always have so many tabs open in my browser. I keep moving them around so they’re near other related tabs – and that drives me crazy. And just having so many open at once saps my energy sometimes. It all looks so overwhelming, kind of like my desk and office!

This idea is just so functional and elegant. I’m going to download the alpha version right now!

An Introduction to Firefox’s Tab Candy from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Check out their project page for more information.

(found via: Perpetual Beta – if you’re not reading this blog, you should be!)

Thank you HostMySite!

A big thanks to a really great web hosting company HostMySite. My blog disappeared last night, my own fault. And I hadn’t backed up the files recently. But HostMySite to the rescue! While I had a glass of wine, they restored everything. I knew they’d come through, they always do! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now if only I could find the same level of service to keep my computers running smoothly.

Digital Drugs? Is it April Fool’s Day?

When I saw this column in the paper today Digital Drugs: A new worry for parents, I immediately wondered if I’d been whisked around the calendar to April Fool’s Day. But, no, it’s not April and a quick search showed that this has been carried by many of the major news sources over the past few weeks.

These ‘drugs’ are sound files that are supposed to create some sort of brain reaction. I listened to a few and only found them annoying. But the article wildly (in my opinion!) concludes:

At the very least, digital drugs promote drug use. Some sites say binaural beats can be used with illegal drugs.

That’s quite a claim!

As Linda Braun points out in her YALSA blog post Time for More Hype, if it’s in the media, you’ll probably be getting questions about it from parents, colleagues, etc. Do read Linda’s post on YALSA and the other material she’s linked to and be ready for this latest techno-drama.

Back when Gopher, Jughead, Vernonica and WAIS were tops

I hate throwing books out, but these are too old to donate to my local public library for their book sale. And I imagine anyone with a ‘history of the internet’ collection will already have these.

I remember the excitement of ordering and receiving these titles. Back in those long ago days, there weren’t the zillions of internet related titles there are now, so getting a new one was a thrill. Call me a geek, I dare you! I think I’ll let them gather dust for another week and then recycle them.

Washington, Wikipedia and Web 3.0: What is the Future of the Web?

Looking forward to attending this event next week:

Washington, Wikipedia and Web 3.0: What is the Future of the Web? On June 11, 2008, leading authorities on the World Wide Web will gather at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for an old-fashioned debate with a social media twist. The questions for discussion will be shaped and selected by the collective wisdom of Web users from around the world.

After delivering a keynote address, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, will join a panel of experts from academia and industry for a public discussion about the Web’s future. (more…)

Tetherless World Constellation – “Web Science” Course

“Web Science” is a new course being developed and taught by by Dr. James Hendler, director of the Tetherless World Constellation, a new research group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). Here’s a bit of the course description:

“Since its inception the World Wide Web has changed the ways people work, play, communicate, collaborate, and educate. There is, however, a growing realization among researchers across a number of disciplines that without fundamental understanding of the current, evolving and potential Web, we may be missing or delaying opportunities for new and revolutionary capabilities.”

Sounds fascinating and what a cool research program.