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Another Interesting Idea for a Wiki – Quotiki November 26, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in quotes, Wikis.
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Looking for a quote. Try quotiki.com. Like Wikipedia, quotiki relies on its registered users to build a data base of quotations.

Air guitar technology advances November 14, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Just Plain Goofy, Music, Technology, YouTube.
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File under goofy technology from down under!

It seems this guy from Austraila has developed an air guitar t-shirt. Fibers in the shirt interpret arm movements and send signals to a computer that plays the audio. Cool!

Tracking projects and tasks November 14, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Productivity, Productivity/Tools, To do list, web 2.0.
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There’s too much worth doing – Choose wisely.

– the Voo2do Web site

For some time now, I’ve been looking for a web-based way to share information about projects and tasks in the department I manage. I recently happened across Voo2do, a web-based todo list with a really bad name. Voo2do allows you to identify projects, assign tasks, set deadlines, share notes and track time needed to accomplish the tasks. I’ve just started playing with and have found it to be promising.

Create a personal radio station November 6, 2006

Posted by greentreadmill in Fun, Music, web 2.0.
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Pandora, created by the Music Genome Project, provides access to a huge library of music and the ability to create multiple “Internet radio stations.” It promises to help you discover more music you’ll like. In my opinion, it lives up to that promise. I’m listening to my personal Dire Staits station as I write and I’m hearing several artist I haven’t been exposed to before, including some very good blues acts.

You begin by requesting an account at pandora.com. Then create a station by entering an artist or song title. Pandora serves up a song by the requested artist or a song with musical characteristics that are similar to your request. You have the option to give each song a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” rating, and you can skip a limited number of selections by clicking a fast forward button. Over time, Pandora uses you input to fine tune your station.

You can drill down for more information and purchase music by following sponsor links to Amazon.com and iTunes. That’s how it’s funded, I guess.
The service does have some quirks because of its licensing agreements. For example, you can’t request a specific song and the service limits the number of songs you can skip.