A Picture Everyday is a cool little Facebook app that lets you take a photo of yourself each day with your web-cam. Check it out if you have a built-in iSight or USB web-cam.
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I’ve been playing around with the beta version of Joost for the past few weeks. If you haven’t heard already, Joost is a “new way of watching TV on the internet.” You can choose from over a dozen channels and pretty much watch TV completely free from your computer. It’s definately a cool concept, and there’s no surprise that Joost has been receiving plenty of hype from the media and Internets. But there’s only one problem: Joost sucks.
The biggest flaw with Joost is the content. Honestly, who wants to watch National Geographics and GameStar TV. And if you like sports, you’re stuck with Indy racing, soccer, and some crappy extreme sports channel. They’ve also thrown in big names like MTV and Comedy Central for good measure, but you only get the reject programs like Laguna Beach (wtf?) and Stella.
There are also problems with the actual software. I’m currently running on a 6 month old Macbook with plenty of RAM. When I fire up Joost, I feel like my laptop is about to explode. So don’t even think about running any other application if you have Joost open. Although I’ve upgraded to the latest version of Joost, I’m still experiencing random delays and crashes. Not good at all.
But enough bitching and moaning from me. Joost is currently invite-only, and I’ve got a few invites left. If you want to see what the hype is all about, leave a comment and I’ll send out invites on a first come first serve basis.
Update: You can manually invite yourself to the Joost beta here. Joost also came out with a new software upgrade today, which crashes your computer even more. Folks, it still sucks. If you want a real Internet TV solution, get yourself a Slingbox. I’ve had mine for over a week and it seriously kicks ass.
Today, I attended the Web 2.0 Expo at the Moscone Convention Center in SF. In a nutshell, it was a gathering of online companies – many with dumb names – trying to promote their latest and greatest by luring you in with free t-shirts, candy, and beer. I visited a ton of booths (and got a ton of t-shirts) but usually walked away feeling bored and unimpressed. However, one company by the name of Cambrian House did catch my attention.
Cambrian House dubs themselves as the “home of crowdsourcing”. Crowdsourcing is a term used to describe getting something done using the collective effort of a large group of people usually over the Internet. For example, if I have an idea for a business, I would post it on Cambrian House and find other users to critique, collaborate, and eventually form the business with. The lady at the booth described it as an easy way to get your ideas out in the air and see how people respond. If people like it, you can potentially search within the community to find those who fit the skill-sets needed to execute the idea (partners, programmers, designers, etc.).
To test the effectiveness of Cambrian House, I’ve decided to share an idea that has been brewing in my head for months. I’ve guarded this idea with secrecy and have told only a handful of trusted friends. So here it is folks: Carbon Dating Service. Let me know what you think.
For the past year, I’ve been listening to music mainly on my laptop speakers. The sound quality is pretty crappy, but that’s what you get when you’re too lazy (and broke) to buy a decent set of speakers. But now that I am less-broke thanks to a new job, it’s time for a long due upgrade.
I’ve looked at a bunch of speaker systems and have narrowed it down to the Apple iPod HiFi, which will go nicely with my laptop and an Airport Express. After obsessing over the Hifi on the Apple site for a couple days, I began my search for cheaper deals elsewhere. There are the usual 2 or 3 websites that I visit, but earlier tonight I received a request on ReviewMe to review a new bargain-hunting website called Dealighted.
Here’s the gist: Dealighted is a site that helps you find coupons, freebies, and other deals online. They basically scan for bargains on other sites like Slickdeals, Fatwallet, and Anandtech and repost it on their homepage. Dealighted also has a shopping search engine that shows you prices for a product at different stores, along with any deals or coupons that might be available.
Here are Dealighted’s results for the Apple Hifi:
Wow! Look at the savings! But wait, let’s see what Froogle gives me:
Hmm.. notice the similarities? To be fair, I played around their site for about 20 minutes trying to find other items, but my final verdict is that Dealighted brings nothing new to the table. If I wanted to use a site like Froogle, I’d just use Froogle. Aggregating deals and coupons from other websites is interesting, but chances are that I’ve probably searched those places already (I did).
However, Dealighted isn’t completely worthless. By requesting a review on Fresh Fodder, they had to pony up $100, half of which goes to me and the purchase of my Apple iPod HiFi. Thanks Dealighted!
Attention all Bay Area lawyers and Internet geeks, LawYours is a free event for you to mingle with up-and-coming entrepreneurs and top Silicon Valley law firms. The event will take place on the evening of May 10, 2007 in Palo Alto, California. Michael Arrington from TechCrunch will be speaking as well. More info available at Entrepreneur27 and geekwhat.
Getting Real is a book written by the folks at 37signals. In their own words, it’s about discovering a “smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web-based application.” You can buy the PDF for $19, the paperback for $29, or if you’re a cheapo like me, read the book for free via their site.