Blogito, Ergo Sum !

Sunday, February 27, 2005

R es es'd

A realisation struck me last evening and on thinking it through it dawned on me that slowly but subtly and surely my Internet usage habit is / has undergone a drastic change and in great measure this is due to the proliferation of RSS/XML syndication feeds

Today, my entire window the web is Bloglines, a neat and nifty web-based RSS feedreader which I have been using for an year now. I guess I have I have about 200 odd feeds configured in it (of which not all are read on a daily basis - I have a Favorites folder of about 25 feeds that I catch up with daily, the rest when possible). In almost all cases I have stopped visiting the various web sites like News.com or Economictimes.com etc. Since these sites provide RSS Feeds, I just add these to my Bloglines list and then most of my interaction with the content is through Bloglines. Add to this a list of good blogs that I catch up regularly with (Emergic.org, Jeremy Zawodny's blog, Om Malik on Broadband, Paidcontent.org) ... I have little or no reason on most days to surf any other site other than through Bloglines !

Further, being a great fan and user of Firefox, the uber-cool browser from the Mozilla guys, I use their Livelines extension to add new feeds that I come across directly to Bloglines straight from the Firefox interface. I have also gotten very used to the Bookmarks toolbar of Firefox wherein I have my most frequently visited sites lined up (things like Gmail, Sify.com, Bloglines, My Photoblog as well as nifty Javascript hacks aka Bookmarklets that let me add pages to del.icio.us without any hassles). I have never been the kind of user who would use Browser bookmarks or Address bar history to go to sites that I have already visited

The entire ritual of exploring new sites is almost fully through del.icio.us wherein I have subscribed to the RSS feeds of the tags of my interest (Broadband, Firefox etc) and through the del.icio.us Popular links feed

By all means, today, I can manage most of my browser related activity without the Address bar !!! (worst case I have the integrated Google search box in Firefox) - thanks to Bloglines and del.icio.us

With the recent acquisition of Bloglines by Ask Jeeves I only hope that they dont screw things up at Bloglines and make me start my search for the perfect RSS reader again ...

Friday, February 25, 2005

The Blogger's block

Is Blogging a natural daily / regular habit or is it obsession that people knowingly or unknowingly get into ? I don't know for sure, but all I do know is that I am not one of those daily ritual bloggers. There are moments when I get the enthu to key in something and many that I just done feel like it. Posting to my PhotoBlog however is a totally different trip and something that I manage to do with a decent degree of regularity

Anyways, the work week for me has been mad & bad. To start off my only subordinate, an arsehole that he is quit within a month of joining, just as I was wondering if I should extend his probation because I had issues with his competence and then work, work and lots of work ... And top it all a good for nothing boss ! Man, things can certainly get better than this !

Phew ... Hope the next week is better :-)

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Firefox tips & tricks

Here's a very useful page with a bunch of Firefox tips & tricks that I stumbled upon

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Tags + AdSense = ?

Steve Rubel says :

As tagging takes off, the next step will be for all of these sites to monetize this content by launching contextual advertising programs, perhaps powered by Google Adsense. This will give the marketer new ways to reach engaged consumers by sponsoring tags across one or more sites that carry folksonomies. I call this 'Tagtextual Advertising' and it's a coming

Wow ! That is a fascinating concept. On one hand we have a truly democratic people chosen way of categorising data and a set of audience seeking exactly that. This would be AdSense on steroids, wonder if one can get more targeted ads that that !

Micro Persuasion

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Nick Bradbury: FeedDemon 1.5 is here!

Gonna be downloading the Trial version now ! Looks good enough to shell out close to 1500 bucks

Lemme see ... Integration with Bloglines is a clincher for me

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Life is ...

Life is ... a Photograph waiting to be composed !

Saturday, February 05, 2005


VT again ... can never get my heart's content of this wonder of architecture !

Friday, February 04, 2005

Narain Karthikeyan, F1, the Indian Amby & the dark underbelly of Western civlisation !!!

Well ! Had to blog this because I still dont get what the author is trying to say ... On one hand he seems to be liking the fact that there is going to be an Indian in an F1 car this year & on the hand seems to equate this with some kind of an Indian need to be / look / act westernised and says that this (read westernisation) is not always good (Penang circuit & deforestation being case in point)

Well ! yeah okay !!! fine !

The Australian


Another case of Frame within a frame within a ...

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Wow stuff ! Would be right up there along with the likes of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

[minstrels] Madhushala