Del.icio.us Now Delicious.com – Revamped and New Look

31 07 2008

Delicious, the very popular social bookmarking website has officially replaced their old site (Del.icio.us) to Delicious.com – an extremely attractive site that’s also much faster due to the new backend. I personally didn’t care very much for the original Delicious but I can’t say I ever gave it much of a try. With this new design and speed boost, I decided t give it a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to use and I never figured sharing bookmarks could be so handy. Within a couple of minutes I ended up with the picture you see above – 29 bookmarks and 19 tabs. Very little effort required. Below is the post from the Delicious.com Blog.

“Over the past few days we’ve been transitioning Delicious over to our new platform, quietly starting with RSS feeds and APIs. Today we’re taking the final step and flipping the switch on the new web site: delicious.com.
The new Delicious is just like the old del.icio.us, only faster, easier to learn, and hopefully more delightful to use and to look at.  Here are the main changes:
Speed: We’ve moved to a new infrastructure that makes every page faster. This new platform will enable us to keep up with traffic growth while ensuring Delicious is responsive and reliable. You may not have noticed, but the old back-end was getting creaky under the load of five million users.
Search: We’ve completely overhauled our search engine to make it faster and more powerful. Searches used to take ages to return results; now they’re very quick. The new search engine is also smarter, and more social: you can search within one of your tags, another user’s public bookmarks, or your social network. Now it’s easier to take advantage of the expertise and interests of your friends, not to mention the Delicious community at large.

Design: Finally, we’ve updated the user interface to improve usability and add a few often-requested features (such as selectable detail levels and alphabetical sorting of bookmarks). Our goal has been to keep the new design similar in spirit to the old one, so all of you veterans should be able to jump in without any confusion. At the same time, we’re hoping that newcomers to Delicious will find it easier to learn.  Check out the What’s New page for an overview of the changes, or watch this animation that sums it up nicely:

So why did we switch to delicious.com?  We’ve seen a zillion different confusions and misspellings of “del.icio.us” over the years (for example, “de.licio.us”, “del.icio.us.com”, and “del.licio.us”), so moving to delicious.com will make it easier for people to find the site and share it with their friends.  Of course the old del.icio.us domain and all its URLs will continue to work.  Also note that the domain change requires a new login cookie, which is why everyone has to log in again.
It has taken us a while to get here, and we really appreciate all the patience and support you’ve shown us. Now that our new platform is in place we expect to release new features more quickly. Please check out the new site and then head over to our new discussion forum to let us know what you think and what you’d like to see next.  We’ll be listening.

We’ll also be posting to the blog soon to share some details about decisions we made and lessons we learned during the development and design process.

The Delicious Team”

Happy bookmarking! 😀

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Installer.app Almost Ready for Release [Firmware 2.0]

24 07 2008

The RiP Dev team today announced the imminent arrival of their fourth version of Installer.app. This version will be able to be used with the recently released 2.0 firmware for iPod touches and iPhones. From what Gizmodo is reporting, the new version will contain multi-threading “meaning everything doesn’t come to a halt while your sources are being updated” and support for package dependencies. By the looks of the screenshots posted on the RiP Dev Blog, they are looking to match the style of the App Store. It also appears to look less cluttered than before. The proposed released date for the app is sometime in the next week.





Zenbe Review [Part One – iPhone & iPod touch]

24 07 2008

While browsing through the iPhone and iPod touch App Store, I found an application called “Zenbe”. Figuring I was just going to open it just to end up deleting it from my system minutes later, I didn’t give it much hope. Once the application finished downloading, I opened it up to find a beautifully clean interface that offers many more options than the other simple to-do applications. When you first start it up, you must create a free Zenbe account which you can input in the Zenbe Settings, under Settings.

The beautiful feature about this application is for one, because you now have a Zenbe account, you can sync anything you do on the Zenbe Lists in your iPhone or iPod touch to the web version, which is accessible on any computer with Internet access.

Another killer feature of Zenbe is that you can create multiple lists instead of a single To-Do list (e.g. Things to Buy, Places to Eat, Things to Blog On, To-Do, etc.) Also, once a list is created, you are able to share it with others so they can check off possibly completed items themselves and add more of their own. A great example of this would be having a shared grocery list between two people, so if one of them were to pick something up off  of the list, the other would see it and know not to buy it as well. Lists are also organizable by moving them up and down as you would with an On-The -Go playlist, and are just as easy to delete by swiping.

All of the information put on your Zenbe application is also accessible through their site here. I just wish that they would make some sort of widget or Adobe AIR application so I could see it on my desktop. Other than that, no problems whatsoever – flawless.

Stay tuned for part two of my Zenbe review, which will cover the web application portion.





WordPress For iPhone

22 07 2008

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Early today, WordPress released their brand new iPhone and iPod touch app into the App Store. As of right now, I can tell to covers basically every blogging function in WordPress and places it in this great package. The option to preview a post is a great feature that I wouldn’t have expected to been implemented in the initial release, but non-the-less it was brought to us.
The only function I would like to see added as of right now would be the addition of blog stats like the ones on their website (and obviously you can’t view the graphs in Mobile Safari because of the lack of Flash).
Overall, this is a very nicely designed app and am excited to test it out further on the near future.

Note: This entire post was written through the WordPress app.





Highlight Items in Grid View of Stacks

17 07 2008

In OS X Leopard, we have something called a “stack”. Basically, this is just a quick, accessible way to specific folders in the dock. Within this there are a couple view options including a list or grid. In the grid view, you are greeted with a plethora of chaotic info thrown at you (assuming you have a large amount of files in that folder) and its hard to find the exact thing you want.

Apple has included a highlight feature that works when you use either the arrow keys or press command and the letter the item begins with. To turn on this feature permanently to use with your mouse, all that is required is to open up the OS X Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and type the following italic words: (note they are two separate lines)

defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean yes

killall Dock

That’s all there is to it. Check out your stacks and see the newly-added highlight feature in grid view.

To undo this feature just type the same commands as above in the terminal and replace “yes” with “no”

[Via TUAW]





1Password Review

9 07 2008

[OS X only] I purchased my copy of 1Password back during Macheist II and have fallen in love ever since. For those who don’t know, 1Password is a manager for web passwords, but with many more capabilities than one might expect. Firstly, it integrates into almost any modern browser, placing an icon at the top for easy access to all web passwords. Another neat feature of 1Password is that it will also store “identities” containing your name, occupation, address, email, etc. to make filling in forms online as easy as clicking a mouse button. It also contains a built-in password generator with a slew of options from the number of characters (from 1 to 50) to the ratio of digits to symbols. Also, (as though that weren’t enough) you are able to place all of your credit card information in a “wallet”. Not only can you put your credit cards in there, but also items such as memberships, passports, Social Security Numbers, iTunes accounts and much more.  Finally, you are also able to create “secure notes” which house any information that you would like to be kept confidential.

Not too long ago, Agile Web Solutions, the makers of 1Password, implemented a similar option for the iPhone and iPod touch which prompts a dialogue box overlaying the current web site, asking for the master password and the options available for the site. I found this feature helpful but not entirely as great of a solution as the one for desktop computers. But once again, 1Password has found out how to create a brilliant workaround – thanks to the iPhone and iPod touch SDK and the AppStore. The plan, according to Agile Web Solutions’ David Teare, is to create their own browser with 1Password built in. They were forced to do that because Apple has disallowed any modifications to their own applications. According to Teare, they’re including some “cool features” that will “make users not want to use Safari directly anyway.” Sounds good to me.

Last but not least, the 1Password team has just released a new feature to their killer application (like there weren’t enough features already) entitled “Bookmarks”. This opens up a well designed HUD panel that contains all of your passwords and with a simple click, directs you to the web site and logs you in. Also, it includes a search bar at the top for easy finding of all of your passwords.

Also to note: It protects against phishing sites by alerting you that you have never entered information on that site before. Also, their customer support is well beyond my expectations, replying to my email within the hour.





Segway CTO Joining Apple

7 07 2008

According to Engadget, via the SegwayChat forums, Doug Field, Chief Technology Officer at Segway, is joining the ranks of Apple as VP of product design. The odd thing in this entire situation is a quote given by Steve Jobs about the Segway in its pre-production stage:

“I think it sucks,” said Jobs, “Its shape is not innovative, it’s not elegant, and it doesn’t feel anthropomorphic.”

Interesting…








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