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10 Reasons to Switch to Mac OS X Lion

Mission Control on OS X Lion
I am currently running Snow Leopard on my iMAC which I upgraded earlier last year. When the new OS X Lion came out, I wasn’t sure why I should upgrade again. But after reading Tom Negrino’s review of the MAC OS X at Peachpit, I know I will be upgrading my machine later this month. Here are Tom’s 10 reasons to get the Lion upgrade:

  1. Better browsing (Stable Safari, Less crashes)
  2. Improved Apps (Mail, iCal, iChat, Addressbook)
  3. Full Screen Apps
  4. Mission Control
  5. Launchpad
  6. Auto Save and Version Control
  7. Resume (Improved Restart/Shutdown)
  8. Better File Management (Cover Flow Style browsing)
  9. Gestures and Scrolling (Trackpad)
  10. AirDrop (File Sharing with another MAC Over Wi-Fi)

Combination of these improvements and 250 new features makes the upgrade worthwhile. Plus it is only $29.

Best iPhone App: Evernote


I have been using Evernote on my iPhone for the last 6 months and it is simply the best note taking application out there. Evernote can synch with your desktop and your web account. It works on these platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Mobile, MAC, and Windows based desktops.

So, let’s say you record a voice note or take a picture on your iPhone while sitting at a cafe, then later you can download that note on the web or through your desktop. Evernote also makes a great desktop version of of its software and you can take notes on your computer which can later show up on your iPhone. This app truly shows that line between mobile, web and desktop are blurring, which is the future of computing.

Kudos to the designers and developers of Evernote, it is simply the best note taking iPhone app out there. Happy birthday Evernote!

Download it today.


Miro – Free HD Player

Miro logoOne of my favorite new programs on my desktop is Miro 2.0. Miro is a free HD player, and can be installed in Windows, MAC and even Ubuntu.

It can play any video file format, including Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more. The Miro’s interface is very clean and easy to use. You can subscribe to video casts or download HD videos directly from the web. And the best part, it is free.

See Miro 2.0 in action below.

In Memoriam: Adobe GoLive (1999-2008)

Adobe GoLive 4.0

On Monday, Adobe finally pulled the plug on Adobe GoLive software. Originally, Adobe bought GoLive Cyber Studio in 1999 to replace its aging Adobe PageMills web editing application and to compete against Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years.

In the last few years, Adobe bought Macromedia, Microsoft killed FrontPage and at the same time developed Microsoft Expression to replace FrontPage. In this midst, Adobe GoLive was lost in the shuffle and Dreamweaver pretty much kicked its butt in terms of popularity and use among web designers. In the past 10 years, I came across Adobe GoLive once, when I accidentally clicked on the GoLive icon instead of Adobe Reader. So this was long time coming, Adobe GoLive is finally dead. May it rest in peace.

GreenPrint: Save Money+Environment


Is this too good to be true? Saving the environment and saving money. Not really, GreenPrint can help you to save money by eliminating unwanted pages when printing which saves paper, ink, millions of trees and much more. It also comes with a free PDF converter tool, which usually costs about $450 if you buy it from Adobe.com. I have used it on my computer and it really works well. You can actually see how much paper and money you have saved right on your desktop, it is just genius.

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Times Magazine features best inventions of 2006.

Freshly redesigned Microsoft.com. Simpler and cleaner design.

Pimp your photo with PikiPimp.

Google Patent Search is live. For example, you can search for finger puppets, and of course, someone already patented it. :)

Wesabe.com lets you manage your finances in one place online and get advice about what do with your money.

Stikkit.com helps to organize your life by creating electronic “yellow notes that think.”

Adobe comes up with new icons and branding for its products. [via Veerle]

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Upcoming Events: Web Directions North
Web Directions Conference will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada from February 6-10, 2007. Speakers will include Kelly Goto, Dan Cederholm, Joe Clark and other web super stars.

Local Start-up gets traffic
Traffic.com of Wayne, PA is acquired by Navteq for $179 million.

College Rolls out Ipod Program
At Nevada Community College iPods will be provided to all new students. This is a new trend among colleges and universities in the U.S. that encourages using iPods in classroom by students and Podcasting clasroom lectures by faculty. Now you can listen to music while in class, and its ok.

Research: You have 4 seconds to load a site
According to a research by Akamai, web users expect a site to load within 4 seconds, if it doesn’t, they leave or hit the ‘Back’ button.

New Book: Mobile Web Design
A new book by Cameron Moll worth checking out.

Blogs: Brand New
“Brand New is a Speak Up spin-off displaying opinions, and focusing solely, on corporate and brand identity work.”

Free Pixel Fonts
Enjoy free pixel fonts to your heart’s content.

100 million web sites served!
According to Necraft, the Internet now has 100 million web sites. This means in the future there will be even more demand for search engines to find what you want through clutter of millions of sites.

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Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices
Workshop by Dan Saffer who literally wrote the book on “Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices“. This all-day workshop will be held in New York, NY on October 25, 2006.

Google Office Updates
This week Google finished integrating its Google Spreadsheet and Writely (aka Google Docs) applications.

Latest Alist Apart Articles
New articles on Working with Others: Accessibility and User Research and The ALA Primer Part Two: Resources For Beginners

The Rise of Flash Video
Article by Tom Green a well-known author of many Flash books and training CDs.

Understanding Ajax: Getting Started
AJAX tutorial for beginners.

The 25 Worst Web Sites by PC World

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Rebuilding Microsoft
A great article on changes occuring within the software giant in Redmond.

What if Google was to buy YouTube for $1.6 billion? What if? Could be. Maybe….

USB Cell
Rechargeable USB batteries…that’s cool.

Live Clipboard
What is Live Clipboard? Microsoft, please tell us…

Adobe Contribute 4
I haven’t finished using 3.0 fully, and the version 4.0 is already out.

The Future of Web Accessibility
Article on future trends and predictions for accessibility issues.

10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website
Something to put on your office wall so that you can read it everyday.

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Microsoft Designs High-Tech School in Philly
Kudos to Microsoft and to Philadelphia School District for pulling this off. Let’s hope that other big cities move in the same direction to rescue their failing public school systems.

Phony Web Design Company Shutdown by U.S. Court
Beware if some web design company calls you to setup your web site for free. If you accept their “no-obligation” free-trial offer, you will pay an arm and a leg at the end of the month.

Web Builder 2.0 Conference
If you want to build rich-interactive web applications or would like to learn how to start, then you might want to take a look at this conference. It will be held from December 4-6, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.

Amigo is a new service that matches advertisers with online newsletters. Built by the same good people who brought you Drop Send.

Target.com Web Accessibility Lawsuit Gets Green Light
U.S. Judge in California upheld the lawsuit against Target.com. The lawsuit came about because Target.com was not accessible to blind users.

Crazy Egg
Very neat service that shows you where people are clicking and where they are not on your web site.

Add microformats magic to your site
Article on how and why you should incorporate microformats into your site.

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Blog Burst
New syndication service for blogs. Wanna be popular online, then you want to check them out.

Webcast My Wedding
Ok, did you ever miss a wedding of someone very close to you? I have. Webcast My Wedding is the answer. They stream the whole wedding on the web for people like me. Cool.

If a person next to you is talking loudly on his/her cellphone and you are really helpless, then Cellzone is the perfect place for these super talkers. If they only had one of these in commuter trains, the whole world would be a better place.

US to Keep Control of ICANN
US Government will continue to regulate and operate Internet’s naming authority ICANN until 2011.

How Much Blog and How Often?
Article on blogging and some basic guidelines and tips from the authors of Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business.

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Edit and save photos online.

Chatrooms may banned from schools
MySpace, Friendster and Facebook could be banned by the U.S. government.

Web 2.0 version of well-known logos
Collection of logos with Web 2.0 spin. Pretty cool.

I humped your Hummer
Watch out anti-SUV people are humping cars on the streets. : )

SEO and URL Structure
Great article on search engine optimization and its relationship to file structure, file names and information architecture of a web site.

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Eurid suspends more than 74,000 .eu domain names
Eurid, the nonprofit organization in charge of the .eu registry suspended more than 74,000 .eu domain names because of “domain warehousing” (buying up domain names with the intent to resell).

Google adds real-time traffic data to its mobile Maps
Also this week, Google introduced click fraud statistics report to its Google Adwords customers. Click fraud is considered fradulent when bot machines or humans keep clicking on Google advertisements multiple times in order to run up the ad costs to the advertisers.

Tantek Celik and Rohit Khare: The Progress and the Promise of Microformats
An interview with Tantek and Rohit on the start, development and the future of Microformats.

Job site partnerships with Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
Careerbuilder.com has ended its relationship with the two local newspapers.

Samsung introduces a new digital player
Samsung Z5 plays music, videos & display photos. Its battery can last 35 hours. At the same time Microsoft is planning to launch its ‘Ipod Killer’ – Zune at the end of this year.