Click for video review of cliKball

Click for video review of cliKball

Click the image above to view my screencast about a new web app called cliKball.  cliKball is a new link sharing service that has a great idea, but unless they quickly integrate it into other, more commonly used link sharing utilities it’ll just be more dust in the wind.

Also, cliKball is way too freakin’ hard to type.

Here’s another screencast showing off the IM and real-time functionalities:

cliKball IM

cliKball IM

I want something like this added to FriendFeed NOW!

If you want to follow me on cliKball my name, as usual, is Tad.

January 14th, 2009 | Tags:

Here are the indispensable web apps for early 2009.  It will be interesting to see how this list changes between now and 2010.  Note: I’m not going to describe these services in detail - that’s what the links are for if you’re unfamiliar with any of the following.

Friend Feed

FriendFeed is my primary destination and habitation on the internet.  It is the pillar around which pretty much everything revolves for me on the web. Most of my internet friends have a presence on FriendFeed.  I get almost all of my technology and web-related news via FriendFeed.  If you’re not on FriendFeed then you’re well behind the times.

Twitter is kind of ancillary to FriendFeed.  For a long time I resisted using Twitter at all in favor of FF, but recently I’ve begun using Twitter more often.  Why?  There are some people that I like and respect who, for whatever reason, refuse to use FriendFeed.  I decided that I didn’t want to shut off that part of my online life.  And Twitter has its own delicious flavor which is different from FF.  They scratch similar, but different itches.

Lindsay convinced me to try Evernote and after a few false starts, I finally “get” it.  Evernote is my constant companion in the cloud.  It has a ways to grow to be even more awesome, but even in its current not-fully-formed state it is incredibly important.  Everything digital that’s important to me (and currently less than 25MB) goes into Evernote.

Stitcher is an iPhone/Touch app that I’ve found myself using every single day.  I’m a news hound and I listen to their “Updated Hourly” channel several times a day.  Almost all of my favorite podcasts (there aren’t that many) are on Stitcher too.  Stitcher has announced an update that will make their service so much better I’ll be talking about it a lot more.  I’m hoping they make an android version soon though!

Pandora is another iPhone/Touch app that I use every day.  I don’t really care much for the web version of Pandora, but I listen to the Touch app every day.

Blogs:

I don’t read blogs nearly as often as I did a few years ago.  Today I primarily read blog entries that my friends talk about on Twitter and Friend Feed.  But there are a few that I look at nearly every day:

I used to use Google Reader and all sorts of other tools, but since I’ve been using FriendFeed I no longer feel the need or desire.  My FriendFeed friends and their friends let me know what’s important to read.  Anything that I miss I pick up on the few blogs that I read.

So, what indispensable websites or apps have I missed?  Anything else I should be using on a daily basis to enrich my lifestyle?

What do you find indispensable?

January 1st, 2009 | Tags:

Since today is the first day of a new year, I figured it would be a good time to reflect on my current Digital Lifestyle.  6 months from now we can look back and see if anything major has changed.  A year from now I’m thinking I’ll be using some really different tools/sites/etc.

Stuff I Wear:

  • T-Mobile G1 “Google Phone”
  • Apple iPod Touch

These devices are on my body or within reach nearly 24 hours a day.  I sleep right next to my G1.  With them, I am in constant contact with the rest of the world.  I think I would rather have just an iPhone, but I loath AT&T and was already a T-Mobile customer.  I think, though that eventually Lindsay and I will develop some apps for our G1s - a process much more onerous on the iPhone.

Devices I Carry:

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Nintendo DS

When I head out to work, or where ever, I usually carry a messenger bag full of stuff I might need, like my DS.  I play Brain Age 2 every day and try to have at least one book on my Kindle worth reading at all times.  Since buying my Kindle, I have resolved not to buy any more meatspace books besides technical books.  This strategy has worked well.  I recently finished Anathem on my Kindle - much nicer than lugging around a 1200 page book!

First Websites I Look at in the AM:

I am a news addict.  One of the first things I wonder about when I wake up in the morning is, “What’s going on in the world.”  These two websites are great launching points for answering that question.  I’ve followed Drudge since 1998, and Huffington since not too long after they launched.

My Digital Entertainment Lifestyle:

  • Apple TV
  • iTunes

Since I bought my Apple TV I have tried really hard not to buy any DVDs.  I think that physical media ownership is very retro.  I noticed that I rarely ever watched any DVD that I bought more than once, so I prefer to rent movies.  Apple TV and iTunes make it boneheadedly easy to rent movies.  True, they don’t have 1080p movie rentals, but my relatively meager 37″ LCD only shows 720p - I don’t miss the higher resolution at all.

Unlike movies, we end up purchasing a lot of television shows.  Apple TV makes it too easy.  This is one habit, though, I’m probably going to put a hold on.  We end up buying shows that we missed watching on our Tivo.  That’s not too smart, and if I buy an external drive for the Tivo it won’t run out of room any time soon.  Though, if Apple continues to add retro shows, I’m sure we’ll keep buying.  Avynn has seen almost all of Babylon 5 thanks to iTunes.

I realize that I can watch a lot of shows on Hulu or CBS, etc for free, but I enjoy watching shows with Lindsay and Avynn and that’s a major drag on a little computer screen.

This is an area I see improving for us in 2009.

I’ve got a list of more stuff (FriendFeed, Twitter, Evernote, etc) that I’ll post soon.  My non-digital lifestyle is encroaching… I have to walk the dog.  :)