‘Tis the season, and this year there are many choices for the geeks out there. Rather than list all the stuff, below are a number of links that you can check out for yourself.
For the gadget nut, one of my favorite sites is:
They have a wish list for him and a list for her. (come on ladies, find that inner geek that’s inside of you!!)
For the iPod fanatics, you have to see the annual gift guide from iLounge This .pdf download not has a ton of product information, it also gives great review and talks about the technology available along with tips for your iPods.
For the hard core techie, there is Chris Pirillo’s 50 Geek Gift Ideas.
Tags: gifts, engadget, chris pirillo, ilounge, wish list
It is rather simple to create Podcasts. You simply record a conversation. That conversation could be in person, over the phone, or in many cases over Skype.
Where it becomes difficult is processing the recording. As anyone who has tried to post a podcast in its raw state, it can be very difficult to follow due to the varying volumes of voices. There are 2 tools out there that can help with this process.
One of of the most popular open source products is Audacity. This is a complete recording studio for Windows, Mac or Linux. It is available for download here.
A new product is out in Beta called the Levelator from Gigavox Media. It is simpler, yet more complex. Audacity will level the volumes, but does it in real time as it is playing the track. Levelator creates a map of the full track first, then applies some algorithmsÂ to level the volumes.
Tags: podcast, netcast, Audacity, Levelator, skype
I recently came across a great mouse pad. Yes I know, this is hardly a gadget or high up on the technology ladder. But when something like this works, if just feels right. The mouse pad is by Microthin in the US. It is called WOWPAD. It is a very think piece of plastic, with a tacky bottom. The surface works great for 2 reasons. It is very smooth, so the mouse glides across the surface with very little force. Plus the texture picks up the movements of a laser mouse much quicker than other pads.
Other benefits of the pad. It is washable…when was the last time you washed your mousepad? And the best thing about it is that you can tack it into a magazine page the same way you would put in a brochure.
So you may be wondering what these Digg This buttons are on my blogs. Digg.com is a web site that has become hugely popular over the last 6 months. How it works, is people post news stories, then people vote or ‘digg it’. The stories with the most Diggs usually is including in their weekly podcast. From a blogging perspective, this can drive a lot of traffic. When you hit the Digg button next to my posting, you are casting a vote for the post. It will get posted on the Digg site, where others will see it. If they Digg it as well you will see the counter go up. All of this will drive more traffic to my blog.(if you want to add the Digg buttons to your blog, check out http://ottodestruct.com/wpstuff/diggImplementor.zip )
So Digg away…
What is this at the bottom of all the posts?
Looking back on my post about Web 2.0. I talked about the social aspect of the new Web. There are several sites that now share or link to blog posts. On some sites users vote on the top story. On others it is posted as news articles. The end goal is to build traffic to your blog.
So try clicking on one of the icons below.
Tags: co.mments, del.icio.us, digg, furl, newsvine, rawsugar, reddit, myYahoo
Â I received my Valley Schwag package today! What is Valley Schwag?
Â In Silicon Valley, home of the startup; companies hand out Schwag tomarket their brand. T-shirts, caps, pens, stickers and whatever else they can think of. For those of us non-Valley types, we can now have access to that same Schwag. Valley Schwag will send you a monthly Schwag package for $15 a month. They promise at lease one t-shirt per month, plus other Schwag.Â I first leaned about Valley Schwag on the Techcrunch blog. They have been amazingly successful. Their first month, they sent out 60 packages. This month they sent out 1500. Yes, I admit, it is really for the true geeks out there. But hey, that’s what this blog is all about.
I received the email confirmation that I was accepted by Blogburst. Blogburst is a publishing/syndication service. They syndicate many blogs to newspapers across the US such as The Washington Post and the Houston Chronicle. When a post is used, you get a byline added in the publication. So I’m asking everyone for help. Send me post topics. Some of the upcoming posts I’m working on: Building traffic for your Blog Opinions on downloading music Staying organized with MS Outlook Do you have a Terabyte at home? So what technology do you want to know about? Click on the Comment link below and let me know.