This next review I’m about to do is for the website “Box.net”.   This web 2.0 tool is brand new to me, I don’t know much about it.  At first glance, it says “Share, manage, and access, all your business content online.”   So to me this looks like an alternative to buying some storage space for your online files if you were to create your own website from scratch.  For example, I know an FTP storage means that you got to buy a lot of storage space, and this Box.net might be a great alternative, although I’m sure it doesn’t give you as much space as an FTP would.

So, I just created an account and it automatically signed me in and let me create a folder to upload some files to.  It gave me the choice of public or private folder…which means I can let other people upload my files to the folder?  That is pretty interesting, and I like that idea.   I chose to keep it private for now, just to check things out and get accustomed to how it works.  Ok, so basically I’m going to use this for uploading images and files to store online so I can access them from other PC’s when I’m not at my @Home PC.   This is a useful tool, and there’s a lot of similar websites such as photobucket, or imageshack, but I don’t think they are as intricate as this Box.net tool.  It seems like the other websites I listed are for solely pictures whereas Box.net supports all files.  Another interesting thing to note is that it allows you the option to “+Create a Webpage”…so they have an online document editor as well.

Link to Box.net

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This week I have a new review for you!  Google Earth.   This is the first time I’ve used this tool, so I’ll tell you what I know.  I’ve used google maps before, but I haven’t used Google Earth.   Google Earth is not online, you have to download it and run it from your computer as a program.  It’s very cool, one of the very first things I did was type in “Caribbean” and it took me to a “birds eye view” of the Caribbean islands.   It’s a neat tool.   I don’t see much every day use for this tool, and I really wanted to check out this OTHER tool called “Google Voice”, but it’s currently “beta only” and I had to sign-up for an invitation… so I might get a chance to use the beta, but not right now.   Anyways, like I said, I don’t see much every day use for Google Earth, but none the less it’s VERY cool and pretty straightforward (easy to use) and you can kind of roam around whichever city (Tokyo, perhaps?) or continent (Africa?) that you’d like to view.   I think it would be very useful if you were going to go on a vacation somewhere, you could type in the place and look to where you would be visiting before you get there.  Another cool feature that I learned is google street view, which, if it is available, will take you into a 3D 360º view of the street…to check out how this feature works just type in “Times Square, New York” and it gives a pretty clear picture.  I can definitely see google earth evolving as a useful tool in a professional setting such as a business in the future.  Pretty cool.

Link to Google Earth

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“With JayCut you can create your own movies and slideshows, so called mixes. It is simple to do and free of charge, alone or together with friends. Finally, you can export the creative masterpiece to YouTube, your computer or your blog.”

Within the first couple minutes of getting familiar with JayCut, I was able to sign-up easily, and quickly uploaded a profile pic.  I also included a few details such as my age, my location, and my “about me”.   Once those first basic steps were out of the way, I headed on to the real meat and potatoes of the website—the video editing!    I clicked on “create movie”, and low and behold, a fully-functional video editor appeared on the screen.  It looked very easy to use and right away I imagined a whole slew of abstract thoughts that I could creatively merge together to create a very intricate and well-designed video with all the customization tools available to use with JayCut.  I’m sure people use this web tool to edit videos for their Youtube channels or video blogs.  It seems like a simple way to do that without any expensive software (e.g. “Sony Vegas” $79.99 on Amazon).  The only problem I have with this particular tool is that without an extremely powerful machine, using an online tool for video editing is not going to be as smooth as I’d like.  In other words, there will be some lag especially since dealing with videos means dealing with lot’s of MB and GB worth of data.  I’d want this multimedia tool to be able to showcase my expansive knowledge of computers and video editing.   Privacy settings are the same as with most other websites, and I’d definitely want a password to keep my videos from being tampered with.  One other thing I learned about this tool is that it has “presets” – or videos that are “built-in” that they allow you to incorporate into your video editing timeline.

Link to JayCut

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“Phixr is an online photo editor, a free photo editor or picture editor that lives within your web browser.”

I was going to go with the website “Tumblr”, but since I’m already familiar with it, I selected to review the photo tool Phixr. I chose phixr because the description seemed interesting, it also seemed like a photo tool I could get some use out of.

On first impression—It’s very easy to use. It’s almost like an online browser-version of Photoshop. People use it to edit photos, like adding text, flipping the image vertically or horizontally, speech bubbles, brightness, scale, crop, color effects, etc. You could use it both professionally and personally. I think if you edited a photo you could make it look much nicer with this tool, improving the quality or pop of the image…maybe for a website you’re making or an ePortfolio. You can protect your privacy by using a username and strong password combination. One other thing I learned is that after finishing the editing of a photo you can upload it to a variety of image hosting websites straight from Phixr. It may just be one web tool that’s somewhat underrated.

Link to Phixr

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interfacelift

Hey all

Are you sick and tired of the same old Windows wallpaper background that’s on your PC?  Or maybe you’d just like to switch things up a bit in regards to how your desktop looks?  Check out InterfaceLIFT.com!

InterfaceLIFT provides “High-resolution widescreen wallpapers, desktop icons, and themes for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux.”

This is seriously—honestly, by far – my favorite website for wallpapers.  Lots of high quality backgrounds to choose from.  If you can’t find one you like, I don’t know what to tell ya!   For the best effect, make sure to choose the correct resolution and select “Center” when setting an image as your desktop background.

Link: here

Cheers

Dan

Web 2.0 Origami

First of all, everyone is familiar with the basic Web 2.0 tools such as Youtube (Upload & share video), Facebook (Student communities), and Digg (Social bookmarking). I think Wikis are definitely an important and well-integrated part of Web 2.0. In the past, people had to go to libraries and scramble through various books to get information on a subject, but now-a-days with the introduction of “Web 2.0″, a lot of that information (e.g. “How to Properly Cut Your Fingernails” or “Movies Nicholas Cage has Been In“) is located directly on the internet via these things called “Wikis” and can be accessed from your personal computer.

Secondly, Wikis are incredibly useful for quick access to a wide variety information, seeing that anyone can sign up and add information to a Wiki. Now, you might be thinking that the information on a wiki isn’t reliable, or that it isn’t always from a credible source, so to speak. However, the majority of information contributed by users is surprisingly very accurate. In fact, most wiki’s are well maintained by a moderator or administrator of the website.

Written by: Dan Zajac

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TubeRadio.FM is definitely one of the most dazzling Web 2.0 tools I’ve ran across so far. I can see myself using tuberadio.fm a lot — in fact, it’s already got a special spot in my favorites. Right on my Bookmarks Toolbar (the toolbar above the browser tabs in Firefox web browser).

For those of you who have a loose handle on what tuberadio.fm actually is, let me fill you in.

They describe themselves as “The internet video jukebox powered by the largest online music catalog, Youtube. Free music video streaming, lyrics, and artist biographies.”  So, basically it looks like a modified “iTunes”, but every song you search for is directly taken from youtube.com and played within the website’s frame.

What’s really spectacular about tuberadio is that you can search for a specific artist, i.e. “Jack Johnson”, and it will proceed to give you a whole discography of his CD’s and his album art — which as you have probably concluded by now, is available to “+Add” to a created playlist that is all customizable by you.  It’s very easy to use and the best part is it’s free.

TubeRadio.fm’s “Player” has one of the best catagorization of youtube music I’ve seen so far, and it’s great for listening to music while working on homework.  It has all the basic features you would expect — shuffle, mute, repeat, etc… A Web 2.0 tool worth checking out in my opinion.

Link to TubeRadio.fm Here

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