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August 20, 2007  6:06 PM

WikiScanner: How Googlebombing Virgil led to radical transparency for Wikipedia editing everywhere



Posted by: GuyPardon
academics, applications, collaboration, community, controversy, cool, free, hacks, humor, innovation, interesting, Internet, programming, search engine, Silicon Valley, tool, tracking, useful, Web applications, wiki

Sometime this past summer, future CalTech grad student (and self-styled"disruptive technologist") Virgil Griffith decided that he wanted to see if he could elevate his personal home page to the top of search results for "

August 15, 2007  2:13 PM

Got a minute? Create (or edit) a solar system at Galaxiki.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AJAX, applications, blog, community, cool, creativity, free, fun, interesting, Internet, participation, science, visual, Web 2.0, wiki

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. ~ Carl Sagan

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July 23, 2007  11:24 AM

News rivers: Dave Winer makes mobile feed browsing brilliantly easy



Posted by: GuyPardon
aggregator, buzzword, cool, feeds, free, hacks, information, Internet, lifehack, Mobile, RSS, Technology, tool, trend, XML

Dave Winer, generally considered the father of RSS, has been playing with different ways of organizing, aggregating and displaying feeds for years.


July 13, 2007  1:09 PM

The Library Lookup Project: Use bookmarklets to reserve library books discovered on Amazon.com



Posted by: GuyPardon
academics, books, cool, downloads, education, free, howto, interesting, learning, resource, tool, Web applications

Merlin Mann, author of the brilliant organization and productivity blog 43 folders, recently resurfaced an "old"


July 11, 2007  9:15 AM

The White Stripes raise the bar on cool, from ocean to permafrost



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
blogging, buzz, cool, forum, free, fun, messaging, social networking, texting, video, YouTube

Hard to believe, but the White Stripes are playing my sleepy little home town, Charlottetown, PEI. It would be hard to believe, that is, if I didn't know about their Canadian tour, ocean to permafrost.

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June 11, 2007  12:38 PM

Google search field hacks



Posted by: GuyPardon
cheatsheet, cool, ebooks, education, free, Google, hacks, howto, Internet, listings, search, search engine, tool, useful

I'll admit it: I'm a frequent Googler. I Google from the office, when I need to research new terms for WhatIs. I Google from home, when I need information about events, people, tide charts or news. These days, I'm Googling from the car and train as well, enabled by the handheld attached to my belt...


June 5, 2007  9:39 AM

FireGPG: Encrypt, decrypt, sign and verify your gmail



Posted by: GuyPardon
downloads, email, free, freeware, Internet, messaging, open source, privacy, Security, software, useful

I've been using different online freemail ever since I left the comfort of my collegiate email account. Hotmail and Yahoo were the default options back in the mid-90s when I graduated and, for many years, despite the increasing spam, I stuck with them. When .Mac...


May 29, 2007  3:31 PM

Open educational resources (OER): Creating an online education commons worldwide



Posted by: GuyPardon
academics, books, Class, courses, ebooks, education, free, Internet, listings, public domain, resource, useful

Every now and then, I'm lucky enough to meet one of our readers in person, outside of comment sections, forums, email, IM or other virtual interactions. It's always a pleasure to get such direct feedback. When I asked what she liked (and didn't like) about this blog, she mentioned that she...


May 16, 2007  5:43 PM

Workrave: The (micro)pause that refreshes



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
applications, free, lifehack, Linux

The other day I had one of those lightbulb moments. I'd been working for several hours and had just come across an exciting idea. The kind of idea that makes me leap from my office chair and run downstairs to tell my husband... Except that, well, although my brain sent the leap instruction, my body...


May 10, 2007  10:29 AM

The Encyclopedia Of Life: An individual Web page for every species of life on Earth



Posted by: GuyPardon
academics, cool, crowdsourcing, education, free, information, innovation, interesting, learning, mashup, participation, resource, science, visual, wiki

Can you imagine a comprehensive, illustrated encyclopedia that documented and described every living species known to humankind? If scientists succeed in a new, boldly conceived project, such a dream might become reality. Meet the Encyclopedia of Life (


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