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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Tech toys (for TWiTs?)

I've only recently discovered the podcasts (or netcasts) from the TWiT (This Week in Tech) network; there are shows on all sorts of geeky subjects (from Windows Weekly to a syndication of Leo Laporte's "Tech Guy" radio show), but most are entertaining and compelling - and quite long!

My favourite is The Daily Giz Wiz, an irreverent, comedic look at gadgets - and at less than fifteen minutes long, it's an easy one to listen to!

As a result of this continual stream of geekery, I've discovered some rather useful things that I'd very much like to try - if I get the chance. Take, for example, Viddler. Net At Night had an interview with the founder, and he has some fantastic ideas to expand the realm of user-generated video, including putting comments at a particular place during a video, and the ability to create 'video feedback' for blogs. With the rise of Seesmic (a personal video aggregator.. like YouTube on steroids) and Qik (broadcasting live video from a mobile phone to the internet), The temptation to broadcast to the world is great, but the fact that I need a haircut is all that I need to temper my ill-considered aspirations!

Sainsbury's, through the trees of Bancroft Gardens, HitchinThen, there's Picnik. This is one of the new generation of 'online applications' - its user interface is breathtaking, and it's a free way to manipulate and correct photos for upload to image hosting services, or just general purposes.

In fact, this weekend, I collected together some of my least poor photographic efforts and uploaded them to Flickr. But it was late on Saturday evening, so I didn't take the time to get to know Piknik (shame!)

As you might know if you've arrived here after reading a tweet, I've also set up an automatic Twitter Post plug-in (from chopstixmedia.com) that sends a tweet whenever I create a new blog entry. On those very rare occasions that I get round to it!

So, that's pretty much a round-up of the computer gadgets ... but I'm sure there'll be more!

Posted by james at February 24, 2008 6:48 PM


 
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