Tagged: Technology

Incredibly cool flash

Found some really cool flash over at [[http://etsy.com|Etsy]] — check out the [[http://www.etsy.com/color.php|color shop]] and the [[http://etsy.com/time_machine.php|time machine]]. This is how shopping should be!

It seems [[http://www.complexification.net/|this guy]] is behind most of the Etsy stuff.

Though I’m not a big fan of flash, I guess it //can// be put to some really good use.


After going through all the Katrina news, I was just feeling very low and I decided to donate some money as the least thing I could do. So I went to [[http://redcross.org|Redcross]] and of course, the payment site (operated by Yahoo! Store) was too busy. It took me around half and hour and several furious clicks on each link to finally get to the review and confirmation page.

Unfortunately, something seems to have borked out, because my credit card was charged //twice//. Now its a noble cause, so eventually I don’t feel bad about it, but seriously, after all these years of e-commerce, one would think that transactions are atomic, functions are idempotent, and services are generally reliable. That if I clicked a zillion times on the confirm page and the confirmation page never showed up, then I shouldn’t worry about being charged.

But unfortunately, we’re still a long way. I feel bad for feeling bad about this double charging business. :-(

Social Radio

Listening to music on Linux just reached new heights today :-) (er, for me, I mean. This thing has obviously been around for some days now)

[[http://www.last.fm/|Last.fm]] aka [[http://audioscrobbler.com|Audioscrobbler]] are introducing “social radio”. Integration with Audioscrobbler means the system can figure out your “taste” and make recommendations. This is much like Yahoo! [[http://launch.yahoo.com|Launch]], except its even better! Here are some of the highlights:

* Listen to //personalized// radio stations, even on Linux.
* Rate music and organize music by “tags”
* Listen to global tags, your personal radio station or other people’s profiles
* For a small monthly fee, you can upgrade your account for some advanced features.
* The [[http://www.last.fm/help/player/|player]] is open source, and free (the Linux version is written with Qt4, I believe)

The [[http://www.last.fm/help/faq.php|FAQ]] is very well written and really does answer most of the frequently asked questions (like how to get the player working from within Firefox)

Check out [[http://www.last.fm/user/diwakergupta/|my Last.fm page]]

This is //so// cool :-)

Google WebOS

So [[http://kottke.og]] writes about [[http://www.kottke.org/05/08/googleos-webos|the Google WebOS]]. Nice article.

If you recall, I had blogged about this in an earlier post, [[http://floatingsun.net/blog/2005/05/05/37/|the future of Google]].

Kottke.org does a good job of summarizing the recent developments (Konfabulator, GDS, Web 2.0, AJAX) and tying them all together into a big coherent picture.

I guess I should start putting in some more time into my posts :-)

Incidentally, [[http://www.cs.ucsd.edu/~vahdat/|Amin's]] thesis was on [[http://www.cs.ucsd.edu/~vahdat/papers/hpdc98.ps|WebOS]] too — the idea was close (operating system services over wide area networks), but the implementation was quite different.