The Blog of Tom Webster

Chronic Ranter, Reviewer, and Developer. I speak only for myself, opinions are my own.

SnapPages: Website creation for the rest of us.

  2009-04-06 21:59:00 PDT

Have you ever wanted to build a webpage without bothering to need Dreamweaver, Frontpage (also known as 'complete shit'), or an open source solution, like Kompozer? I've got the answer for you: SnapPages! This isn't a site for you hard-core hand-tweaked code people, nor is it a solution for people that need an relatively large amount of space to play with. But for everyone else just looking for a website building utility that comes with more power than the others, you've found your fit.

SnapPages makes every page a drag and drop effort. Pick the piece you want from the sidebar, drag it over, then click it and edit its options. SnapPages has an amazing amount of content to choose from and modify. If you want, you can even use the built in banner-creation utility to create modified and animated banner logos for your website.

But you don't only get to create simple pages, you can choose from themes, blogs, photo galleries, shared, public, or private calendars, or pages that only your friends can see.

Don't know exactly where to get started? Let the "Page Templates" fuel your curiosity. From profile pages to contact forms, this is pretty much as easy as it gets.

Go ahead! Give it a try! The only thing you need to be concerned about is that some of the themes require a paid membership, but the free stuff works well enough for personal pages. A great option for those looking to create a webpage for personal use, but aren't willing to grab a dedicated server or hosting plan. Sweet, simple, sexy, SnapPages brings Web Design to the average user.

Fizy! Music for the Rest of Us

  2009-03-24 15:26:00 PDT

Yet another "Web 2.0" app to write about... This time, its Fizy! Have you ever just wanted to hear one song to get it out of your head, or look up an old classic, or just play one awesome song over and over again? Well now you can... for now that is..

Fizy is a super-simple, easy-to-use search engine / music player that probably has a couple weeks to live. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea, I love the style, I love the simplicity, I love the way the songs just come up and play. Its fast, easy, and makes P2P just about useless if you only have an itching to hear a song once or twice. The advertising possibilities are endless! But then again... that's what people said about Pandora. Now I love Pandora as much as the next music junkie, but its become a lot less useful ever since the RIAA had their way with it.

I really love the direction Fizy is going, but I can't help but wonder... how long can they keep this up?

http://fizy.com/

Kerouac = Love

  2009-02-08 23:40:00 PST

"Listen: 'They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"'"
-Dean Moriarty

One of my favorite quotes of all time, and one of my favorite authors of all time. Do yourself a favor, pick up this gem, and go do some research about it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Moriarty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Road

Pipl - The People Search Engine

  2009-02-03 17:42:00 PST

By now you all know that courts make their records public for those over the magical age of 18. If you've ever received a speeding ticket, you're in a publicly accessible internet database with the charge plastered all over some webpage. But how much information is truly out there about you? And more importantly, how easily accessible is it? If you've ever googled your name, you've either been totally creeped out, or more likely, reassured. Google does a lot of things very well, the one thing they suck at is people search. I can search all day on Google for Tom Webster, and I think I'm the 18th on the list. Not bad... but most everything else in the search results are not me. Granted.. those with a more common name will be harder to search out, but Google doesn't index court records, and if they do, they don't do it very well. Pipl (pronounced "people") is more than just a public records search engine, its (as the name implies) a search engine if you're looking for one thing and one thing only: A person. Pipl searches not only court records, but they also search public government databases, tons of social networking websites, photo websites (such as flickr), LexisNexis, Amazon.com public wish lists, and many other places to grab information about a particular person. Its an absolutely amazing tool if you're an employer, and a terrifying tool if you're a person who's running from what's available in the public record. Pipl is a wonderful technical achievement for making information more easily accessable, but its also a bit unnerving. I have a FriendFeed Profile which I laughably nickname "Stalker 2.0", but its never quite revealed this much information. Again.. the less common the search term, the better results you'll get. Try it out! I'm sure you'll be digging up terrible family secrets in no time!

http://www.pipl.com

Telefon Tel Aviv

  2009-02-02 21:02:00 PST

I don't write about music much.. just because its not my field. I'm no expert and I don't pretend to be, but I do know what's good and what's bad. First off... this isn't a post about me, its a post about one of my favorite bands of all time, _Telefon Tel Aviv_, and how they can't make music anymore... Telefon Tel Aviv consisted of two main members spouting off hand-tuned electronic/ambient riffs that are just incredible... there's no other way to describe them. Sadly... one member of TTA passed away quite recently, and there's no word on what will happen to the band. Passed away **the day after their newest album was released**. The man is a badass. Regardless, TTA is fucking awesome and you should give them a listen: ~~Telefon Tel Aviv - Fahrenheit Fair Enough - Fahrenheit Fair Enough~~ ~~Telefon Tel Aviv - The Map of What is Effortless - When It Happens It Moves All By Itself~~ **Links now defunct.**
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