16 September 2009

the best of the week

friendfeed best of week


3 September 2009

5 Years Hipster PDA

Time flies. Five years ago Merlin Mann invented the ultimate analog productivity tool, the Hipster PDA.

I’ve been using a slightly modified version ever since, see the Next Action Balls Series

11 August 2009

a tiny thread

a tiny thread

a tiny thread [was http://a.tinythread.com/] – a new toy from Joshua Schachter which provides minimalistic threads for Twitter (you also can misuse it as a informal listmaker.)

10 August 2009

Free Kittens

momb kittenfied
momb kittenfied

Maybe app of the year: the Kittens Bookmarklet [was http://reload.me.uk/b3ta/kittens/]

6 August 2009

Brizzly Bear


brizzly [was http://brizzly.com/] is a new Twitter client which (like totally) rocks. It supports all basic features of Twitter of course, at its core it is a supercharged Tweet-reader for folks who really want to read the Tweets of their followers though.

11 January 2009

WireIt Now

screenshot wireit

Untested, but this seems to be a pretty awesome Javascript library:

WireIt – an open-source javascript library to create web wirable interfaces for dataflow applications, visual programming languages or graphical modeling.

3 January 2009



happy new year!

13 October 2008

Bloglines Sentiments

search results for bloglines

I feel sad that Bloglines [was http://www.bloglines.com/] continues to deconstruct itself. Feedreaders are like a relationship after all. There are plenty of them out there, each one with its own bundle of strengths and weaknesses. But at some point you’ve got to choose and then better stick with it. Since we spend a lot of time with them, even the shortcomings become likeable. At least we arrange ourselves, develop little hacks and workarounds, and learn to live with them.

Over the last couple of weeks Bloglines has had a few issues. Feeds have not been updated, sometimes none of them for a couple of hours, sometimes the site was just down. But stuff happens and every site has problems every once in a while. What I don’t get though is the communicative stealth mode of Bloglines regarding these problems. There is no blog, no section indicating current issues, nada.

A simple search on Twitter shows that a lot of users – hundreds, probably thousands – are jumping ship and switching to Google Reader. Is this what they want? I believe many of them would have stayed, if they simply gave us a nod that they are aware of the issue and working on it.

30 August 2008

Backpack Tiddlyfied

screenshot tiddlypackback

lovely idea: Tiddly Backpack [http://www.tiddlybackpack.com/] – reinterprets the metaphor of Backpack (notes, pages, drag & drop) as Tiddlywiki. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite work for my setup yet.

More (a tad outdated) TiddlyWiki fun here

20 August 2008

Twitter: How to reply without @username

screenshot @less reply-tweet
(893396602 in reply to 892160491)

Twitter has added a useful parameter (in_reply_to_status_id) to its API which lets you indicate the specific tweet you are responding to. This is pretty cool since it also lets you reply without using the @username prefix.

It probably won’t take long until Twitter clients will pick it up, in the meantime: fire up a terminal and type:

curl -u username:passwort -d status="text of the message" -d in_reply_to_status_id="123456789" https://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml

(you can find the status-id of the tweet you want to respond to at the end of its URL, see the screenshot below, and you need to use your username and password, of course)


3 August 2008

Zero social

screenshot mytextfile

At the end of the day all you need to manage your life is a single text file – and “_ MyTextFile [was http://www.mytextfile.com/] will give you no more and no less.

MyTextFile is a minimalistic online text editor for a single plain text file. If you want to go fancy you can chance the typeface/font size or the color scheme. MyTextFile also has built-in revision control and will autosave your document every five minutes. And that’s about it. I love it.

2 August 2008

Paradigm Shift Revisited

Well, this blog has been sleeping for a while. But sometimes the world throws a coincidence at you, and it makes sense to pick it up and run with it.

screenshot new Delicious

In my very first post back in December 2004 I mentioned how del.icio.us and Gmail changed my work- and infoflows for good, and oddly enough they still do. Since del.icio.us was able to rejuvinate itself as shiny new Delicious, this might be a good trigger to relaunch Blog before you Think! too.

I’m not entirely sure where this will take me, but the topics should be about the same: useful new webtools, hopefully clever hacks on how to use them, a few links to interesting stuff, etc. I’m involved in a few other blogs and I contribute my fair share of cool hunting at the Museum of Modern Betas so the posting frequency here probably will be relaxed, but hopefully consistent.

2 January 2008



happy new year!

31 December 2007

Linklove 2007


1,000 users and 10,000 visits at Rotaboard (arblog)

Museum of Modern Beta then came along, and in it’s wake followed: The Spanish software blog GenBeta came along and sent hordes of Spanish people to our

brainR (web2null) (via)

Deligio, el buscador de software social (bitslab) (via)


Fliqz, FreshBooks, SwitchPlanet, YouTube Politics… (mashable) (via)

De blog en blog – Entrevista con Diego Polo de… (tuexperto)

Qué cinco blogs son imprescindibles para ti y procuras no perderte nunca? – MoMB – Genbeta – Loogic – BitSignals – Pixel y Dixel


Get Cultured: visit siteMighty in the museum (voodoo ventures)

siteMighty made it into the Museum of Modern Betas today. We’re proud to be enshrined in the history of the web. If you’re looking for a fun diversion, head over there and visit us. Shhhh… please remember to keep your voice down.


MoMB: a museum for things that don’t exist yet (web teacher)

What fun! MoMB: most anticipated, The Museum of Modern Betas tracks interest in unreleased betas, or
the 50 most anticipated applications in the webosphere, as measured by the number of bookmarks at del.icio.us for apps which are not publicly released yet.
They promise to update this list once a week.
After a peek at what people are longing for in beta, go to the home page and look at the various web based apps in beta release that are mentioned here


Who Else is Down With the Publishing Revolution? (actonetwork)

Museum of Modern Betas. MOMB is a great example of attention-oriented blogging; it’s nothing more than a collection of links and blurbs on a niche topic (new web 2.0 companies). From a publishing/monetization perspective, this enables low cost production which in turn allows for healthy profit margins without requiring high profits.

pick!t today: ’2007 wird wunderbar’ (exciting commerce)

Crece tu red de contactos (powerpymes) (via)

Cosas por hacer en ambiente 2.0 (powerpymes) (via)


Trig: Good-looking social networking, or is it? (Webware)

…It first caught my eye when I saw it featured on The Museum of Modern Betas…

Be a Beta Tester! (edtech goldrush)

So, where does one sign up to “test-pilot” new software? Take a look at the Museum of Modern Betas. If you have other sources of betas, please let me know.


spicypage, el digg de webs y blogs (bitsignals) (via)

Crear unha tenda online (algarada) (via)


Things that make me ‘shake’ in a meeting with entrepreneurs (ouriel)

‘We have no competition’: first make sure that you checked on that well (use BuzzShout or MomB for this), if possible before our meeting. Second you can be sure that if you have a good idea you will have competition. Actually being alone in a market is rather a bad news. Finally you always have competition. If you assume you try to reach internet users, then you will have to convince them to come to your service better than any new service. there are only 24h in a day.


What are the best betas of 2006? (somewhat frank)

Readers of Museum of Modern Betas encountered the same issue and so the poll results were weighted by year with older betas receiving less points per vote. According to the MoMB poll results the Betas of the Year 2006 are…

Best of Web 2006 (co operative)

Das MoMB (Museum of Modern Betas) ermittelte sein 10 Betas of the Year in einer demokratischen Abstimmung.

Museum of Modern Betas MOMB (free pims blog)

Well worth checking out! Lots of beta sites listed and categorized, even the ones that are not active yet.


Web 2.0 (ryan lehky)

I found a pretty cool list of 100 Web 2.0 sites

29 May 2007

Google Reader Productivity

One of the overlooked productivity features in Google Reader are those little trash can icons in your personal Reading trends (home -> trends -> Reading trends). Just hit unsubscribe for the feeds which consumed most of your time and make room for an extra hour each day.

25 May 2007


Not as cute as Asirra but an excellent example of how to get microtasks distributed done: reCAPTCHA [was http://recaptcha.net/] (stop spam. read books)

About 60 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. In each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Individually, that’s not a lot of time, but in aggregate these little puzzles consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? reCAPTCHA does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into “reading” books.

Brilliant idea: reCAPTCHA mashes up the shortcomings of OCR software when digitizing books and the shortcomings of the web when fighting bots and spam. It extracts value from CAPTCHA systems by sending 2 distorted words: one of them not read correctly by the OCR tool, the other one already known. If the user has the known one right it is assumed the other one is right too.

19 May 2007

Wiki Clock

This is the Wiki Clock ]was http://pageoftext.com/wikiclock] — a clock that runs on Wiki technology!
Please update this page with the correct current time (UTC).

29 April 2007


Google announces Authors@Google (informal talks with authors centering on their recently published books):

We’re delighted to share our digital library of events with you, and will continue adding to it. We hope you’ll bookmark this page and check back often.

I’m no fan of the checklist approach to measure usability (RSS, API, Microformats, good, no RSS, no API, no Microformats, lame) – but they obviously put some effort into this, and they obviously will update this series regularly, and they obviously do want interested folks to stay in the loop, so why not throw in a feed for the updates and eliminate the need to check back often?

Check out RSS in plain English for why this would be useful.

25 April 2007

Next Action Balls 16

current snapshot of my next action balls basket

Holy crab, the last entry in the Next Action Balls series was written 8 month ago.

Basically back to paper. Paper rules.

26 March 2007

Unobviously Obvious

Google has a very weak incentive to “support” content of quality. Put another way, Google’s incentive to “support” content creators diminishes in quality.

Think about this intuitively: the more crap there is, the more stuff you have to wade through – the happier Google is (at least in the short run).

Let me put this even more succinctly. Google doesn’t care about absolute levels of quality – it only cares about relative levels of quality. And the more media it indexes, the stronger this dilution of incentives gets.

Umair Haque

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