Cooliris – Awesome Firefox add-on

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I rely on quite a few firefox add-ons for day to day use of the internet. Delicious Bookmarks, Colorzilla, Web Developer Toolbar, Firebug, Measure It — Most of my them are pretty practical. Tonight I stumbled upon an add-on that is just down right cool and I had to install it.

It’s called Cooliris, and transforms pages of images like flickr or google images into one long 3d wall of photos. It has nice smooth animation and allows you to look at all the photos without having to click next page over and over. You can also click on any image and it zooms in and downloads a higher resolution version of that image. Using your mouse wheel zooms the camera in or out so you can see either more or less of the thumbnails at once.

Its just sooo cool! Give it a try!

CO-OP now on revision 3!!!

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I was always a fan of The 1up Show. When Ziff got bought out by UGO I was pretty upset. All of the journalists that I had come to respect over the years were being scattered to the wind. The 1up Show was one thing I could look forward to each week, and now it was gone. Damn.

Luckily, Matt, Ryan, Jay and the rest formed Area 5. With donations from us, the fans, they were able to continue producing amazing weekly content. Unfortunately all of these guys were still jobless so their new show CO-OP was in just as much danger as ever of going off the “air” for good.

Well today all that has changed. CO-OP is now moving to Revision 3, which puts out some of my other favorite shows including Diggnation and The Totally Rad Show. Hopefully this means that they’ll be receiving paychecks and funding. Long live CO-OP!

Season premiere tonight!

1up Show reborn as “CO-OP”

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The guys that were previously responsible for the 1up show have just started their new site Area5 and posted the first episode of their new web show “CO-OP”. Throw them a bone and subscribe to their youtube page. The show feels a lot like the 1up show, which is great. Unfortunately, the youtube version looks pretty crappy because of compression. It looks a little better (though it suffers from some screen tearing) on vimeo, but I’d probably pay a couple bucks a month if they did an HD version.

Raffles are fun!

I watched the latest episode of Diggnation and they had a sponsor called raffstar.com. Its some website that you sign up for (free) and then take tickets for different raffles (also free). A percentage of the money they get from the advertisers on the site they donate to charity. Sounds pretty win/win. Cant hurt to give it a shot. I like free stuff!

mint.com – All your financial info. 1 place.

Last night I heard about mint.com. It allows you enter your bank information, credit card info, loans, retirement, etc boils all that data together to give you a good picture of what you’re spending on what and gives you neat graphs and such. It is really helpful knowing that I have X amount spent in my credit card and spent X last month over the course of the month. Pretty cool service and I think its something I’ll actually be using from now on.

Oh, and for those scared about security. The service is “read-only” which means that even if someone were to gain access to your mint account they wouldnt be able to change anything, but just to be safe I came up with a ridiculous password. Plus the site has a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice award, so that gives it some cred as well.

Prestige? More like… Shitige!

The saying “If its too good to be true, it probably is” generally is pretty on point. Last night I was looking for some sweet deals on the camera I want and I found one. This place called Prestige Camera (which I wont link to for reasons i’ll explain shortly) had a deal on an Olympus Evolt E-520 that comes with a high end 14-54mm Zuiko Digital lens for a suuuper low price of $693 (the body is normally around $511 and the lens is around $399 from amazon which is the best price for both that I’ve been able to find). Something about “Prestige Camera” rubbed me wrong though so I did a little snooping around.

A few simple google searches reveal tons of horror stories including several 1 star yelp reviews where the reviewers describe bait and switch, forced upselling, refusal to cancel orders, etc. I guess this place also does business under other company names, which in itself is pretty shady (A&M Photo, Broadway Photo, Cameratopia, Digital Liquidators LLC, Ghu LLC, Preferred Photo, Regal Camera, Tronicity).

It’s safe to say that I wont be buying from them, despite the “really good savings”.

Google Chrome

My first thought after hearing about Google Chrome was “why?!”. While that question still hasn’t been completely answered, being a web designer/developer I figured I should give it a shot and, begrudgingly, I kinda like it.

I couldn’t deal with there not being a home button on the top bar so I turned that, and the bookmarks bar on first thing. Once that shit was out of the way I started browsing my normal list of sites. The interface is clean and has neat little animations that slide menus in and out. I really like the overlay thing that pops up on the bottom left of the screen when you mouse over a link. And the little animation that plays when a download starts is pretty cool as well.

The best thing this browser has going for it, and something I think every other browser should now do, is to treat each tab as a separate process. If something crashes a certain web page instead of losing everything just that tab dies. It’s a pretty smart way to do things.

I doubt that Chrome will become my browser of choice (still far too reliant on firefox add-ons), but at the very least it may help push some interesting innovations to Firefox and IE.