Using Furl for almost a year.

Furl logoI’ve been using Furl for almost a year now. In fact it was Jul 23, 2004 at 23:13:58 GMT that I ‘furled’ my very first furl: Furl – How to Save. Using it on a daily basis, I collected some 500+ interesting, funny, need-to-know, nice-to-know or what-else public links. Not much compared to others, but still a respectable number nonetheless. 🙂

So what have I been hamstering this past year? Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

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Google Earth :-/

In a totally non-webdev way I’ve let my blog down for a ‘couple o’ days’. Why? That damn Google Earth virus caught me…

Google Earth BetaI advise, anyone with some time on their hands, not to install the damn thing. First there was Google Maps. Before that, Google acquired Keyhole. Now they give you this piece of crap that let’s you zoom into ANY part of the world and, if you want, whirl around it. 🙁 (For the 7th time this day, is it drawback or plain nausea?)

Alternatives:

For the junkies: http://www.googleearthhacks.com/

Google Toolbar for Firefox

Google has released an official beta, what isn’t beta from Google these days, of their toolbar for Firefox. Previously this was only available for IE-users. Get the toolbar at: http://toolbar.google.com/firefox/

Furthermore they’ve released two more extensions:

FeedBurner’s Link Splicer

People viewing my feed will be relieved as of today. I will no longer use the FeedBurner ‘Link Splice’ option, which added my Furl into the main sites webfeed.

Why? I was getting fed up by the constant ‘there’s a new item’ notice in Bloglines and FeedDemon. Also, I don’t see an added value merging feeds together. 🙂

So, if you want to keep up-to-date with what’s happening at ThinkLemon and already were subscribed to the main feed. You’ll have to do NOTHING. How’s that for a change?

For those who didn’t already or want to keep the Furl. Here’s how (click on the desired link):
ThinkLemon updates: http://www.thinklemon.com/feed/ (Add to Bloglines, My Yahoo!, My MSN or add with feed-protocol)
My Furl updates: http://www.furl.net/members/cvdlinden/rss.xml (Add to Bloglines, My Yahoo!, My MSN or add with feed-protocol)

MediaWiki and Google Sitemaps

As I could not find an extension or script specifically for MediaWiki that would automatically deploy a Google Sitemap, I thought, why not build one myself? And in the process try and learn some PHP on the way.

So here’s my result: http://www.thinklemon.com/wiki/sitemap.xml.php

It’s submitted to Google as of yet. Let’s see what it’ll do. …

To Watch: Microsoft to Add Ordered List support in RSS?

Microsoft has a history of inventing proprietary things. So when I found this announcement on C|Net I was a bit sceptical at first.

What’s the deal? It appears Microsoft will announce an extension to RSS (2.0?) today at Gnomedex for a better support of ordered lists in feeditems. Big deal! Everybody is putting lists in their feeds already. Why need an extension?

Here’s the catch. Dave Winer has posted about it on his blog on wednessday and he was somewhat impressed. So maybe there might be something interesting in the Microsoft offer? We’ll see today.

(via The RSS Weblog)

BTW: Maybe we’ll see a glimpse of the upcoming IE 7 today when Microsoft reveal their plans today?
BTW2: Maybe Winers interest is fueled by his Instant Outliner?

Tabbed browsing in IE is here

Well, you’ll have to download and install the MSN Search Toolbar first. But this is the official Microsoft add-on to IE that does make the browsing experience tabbed right now. No longer do you have to wait for IE7. Plus you get the added bonus of desktopsearch, auto form fill and a popupblocker. And it’s not even XP Servicepack 2 only.

Ok, there are other 3rd party tools available to make IE tabbed and the first reviews aren’t that nice. Why don’t you install it now and tell me what you think. I’ll try it later. 😉