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Time for some geekery

Seems like it's about time for a report from the geek side. I'm on vacation for a couple of days and have been enjoying the balmy just-above-freezing sunshine from the comfort of my sofa, while playing on the internet in between very productive writing sessions.

If you're on a Windows computer and you don't yet use Chrome as your main browser...well, why not? Chrome is made of win, and the only things that don't support it well are boring work-related web apps like the trouble-ticket system that haunts my days at the office.

Lately, Google has introduced Chrome extensions, and I've found two or three of them that I love.

Cooliris (apparently already an iPhone app) aggregates pictures and videos from a given location and makes them look like this (supposing that you, like me, have a fixation on smoke fractals and J2 manips):
Cooliris printscreen

It's a 3D wall o' pix that you can zoom around, in and out, up and down. And no next-paging, so if, sayforexample, you entered "Jensen Ackles" in the Google Images search option, there would be an endless wall of Jensen pix floating around for you to breeze through. (This is a totally random, hypothetical example which I have not spent an hour testing.)

Feedly assembles your blog and Twitter feeds into an attractive magazine-cover-like page that, let me tell you, makes keeping up with your flist and other blogs even more fun that it already is.

Feedly is well designed and intuitive. It automatically loaded my Google Reader feeds, and let me set up my LJ flist in just a few minutes.

(I just marked everything "read", so now I have to wait for you guys to post some updates so you can see how cool you all look in Feedly. I shall go to the grocery store while I wait...)

Okay, back. See how nice you all look?
Feedly printscreen

Finally, there are several Notifier extensions that unobtrusively report how much you are loved how many emails, Tweets, and Waves await you.

Chrome Extensions: my new favorite toy.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 12th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
As for "well, why not?"--I'm not a computer professional! I don't like computers! I don't like constantly having to learn new ways of doing things! I don't like worrying about how every new thing I install is going to interact with other things I had to install when I didn't particularly want them!
Dec. 12th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Well, there's that. Chrome, for what it's worth, is lovely because it's small, clean, simple and fast, and doesn't do things you don't want your browser doing.

But I have little doubt that it's part of Google's giant plot to take over the world, so...
Dec. 13th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! Very interesting stuff!
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
I read a lot of blogs, and I'm finding Feedly really valuable. I've used a couple of other feed readers, but this one makes everything so nice and accessible. I like it a lot.
Dec. 17th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
love feedly!! the way it lays out my google reader stuff is awesome!

how did you add your lj flist?
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
You'll love it even more when you add your flist.

I just opened my flist in one window, and Feedly's Add Source page in another, then started copy-pasting the http://[username].livejournal.com" into it one by one. My flist isn't huge, so it wasn't a major task, but it IS manual.

I can't believe how much easier and nicer it is to keep up with my flist this way!
Dec. 18th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
ahhh... i tried just adding my whole flist url instead of individuals! duh.

i'll be trying again :)
Dec. 18th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, sorry--didn't mean to imply that it's a "feature" of Feedly. LJ, alas, is in the lower tier of blog services these days and the friends-list concept that was so unique and cool to LJ is now pretty much what Feedly and the like do.

So I guess to get them together, you have to assemble the pieces by hand. Still, well worth the small effort.
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