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Since my last post, I’ve just become really bizi and haven’t had much time for blogging let alone anything else. In a way i guess thats good, coz then u can accumulate lots of stuff to talk about, and yeah I have quite a few links to share but that can wait.

Basically its just been work work work for the last few weeks, and then the winter makes u feel super lazy…. I hate the cold. Apart from work there have been invitations for get togethers, and a few opportunities to spend some time with my family (the major reason for going cold shoulder to the net)…

I came across an article today from alt search engines, urging web users not to use any of the 5 popular search engines on Tuesday…. i.e. Google, Ask, Yahoo, MSN or AOL! If ur a google addict like me… i hear u asking WHAT??? How will i survive???? well they have a very comprehensive list of Alternate Search Engines, of which 100 are listed here

Try it, as they say on their page, “It’s only one day. It’s only one day. It’s only…

Here’s something else related to search engines, ever wanted to search multiple search engines at the same time? we already had Search.com  but say hello to Sputtr easy to use, and it goes through more search engines at the same time- so u get more results….

i guess thats all for now…gtg… later….

Recently there has been an outburst of various popular email companies upgrading or adding to their services. I guess it had started with the all new Yahoo! Mail, and then the announcement of the integrated web messenger & rss within the yahoo mail interface.

Then came the new Hotmail now known as Windows Live Mail, and with it all comparisons of Hotmail with Gmail such as this one. Yesterday Yahoo! announced unlimited space for their inbox, however that doesnt compare with the lesser known, Gawab which offer free unlimited attachments.

However leaving all of these behind, arrives Orgoo! Yes, wierd name but hey the promos seem great and I am sure Many people will be turning to Orgoo soon….

Why? because this Ajax based web client (that comes with an outlook style appearance) integrates instant messaging from all of the major IM providers directly into the interface as well as email from popular web based services such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail! At the moment however they are still in their beta stage, and u can sign up for an invitation!

Lately I’ve become addicted to RSS… I decided to do a quick note of what i think of the 2 most common readers, Google Reader and Bloglines. Let me start with Bloglines.

As soon as i signed up for a Bloglines account, I went to the ‘Quick Pick Subscriptions’ sections, and ticked a few of the options available under various topics clicked on ‘Subscribe to my selections’ and then i received an error message, something to the effect that my selection could not be processed. However I did manage to add a few subscriptions manually. I later found out that they were experiencing some technical glitches… hence the error messages. I noticed that, the interface is very cluttered and not very user friendly. Another thing i didn’t like was that if I click on a feed, it will immediately mark all items as read unless you check the ‘keep new’ box.

Its not like there was nothing i liked about Bloglines, I really like some features:

  • The search feature (because its useful and Google Reader does not have a search)
  • The clippings feature
  • The blog feature. However, it would have been better if instead of publishing to the Bloglines blog, one was able to publish to an external Blog App of choice, e.g. WordPress.
  • Bloglines is Web Based!!! -easy access from anywhere.

Ok… Lets move on to Google Reader

Let me start by mentioning that the new interface is still in the ‘Labs’ so a few things might not be up to the mark, but i really think that Google Reader IS THE BEST web based RSS reader available. It has everything multiple viewing options, keyboard shortcuts, integrated podcast/mp3 player, auto sorting and tags to name a few. The interface is clean, neat and organised. The only thing missing from this is a Search option, that is desperately needed. If you add a few scripts from Greasemonkey, your in for an RSS treat! If u already use another RSS reader, its easy to import (and export) your OPML file directly into Google Reader…

Both these RSS readers are leaders in their own right, and that is exactly why the two are neck and neck at the top of web based readers. I suppose it does boil down to popularity and user taste in the end. Personally i don’t see myself moving away from Google Reader in the near future, but I think if Bloglines just works on their Layout a bit, I might be tempted to make the switch!….