Well I am logged into calendar.google.com pretty basic but free. You will be able to create multiple calendars of which you can make them private or share it. The one thing is obvious Google wants you to stay logged in. If you do then when appointments are near it will put up a pop up on your screen. Nice start. [calendar.google.com]
RSS feeds available I found the RSS feed, you have to dig around to find it, go to the left hand side click the down arrow by your name, and you will see calendar settings click that and you will be presented with a private feed URL if your application supports ical you can link in with that as well.
This weekend I had a conversation with someone that is in really bad bandwidth trouble. He is eating up about 3 TB a month, and has very little money. He said he was going to go to with dreamhost because they have some pretty awesome bandwidth deals. I always get leary when I hear of any service provider offering bandwidth at the levels they are, at the price they are. Anyone have any feedback on them, so I can give advise to this person in need.
Since we have been adding servers here at Geek News Central, I have been wanting to make sure that we have some things in place in case we blow a hard-drive or have a hacker incident etc. First thing was to move DNS services off all of our servers and onto a professional DNS Service.
I was introduced to Nettica by Tim who has done, server and design work for me. What impressed me was the price, 100 domains, $50.00 a year and a smoking web based interface. They are not a fly bu night company they have their servers in multi-tiered hosting facilities and spread out as near as I can tell in 5 different places in the country.
They also have a service call FailSafe which will watch our groups of servers and if one of them goes down will route the traffic to a backup. Thus we are now in the process of mirroring all of the critical domains so that if we do go down for a hardware failure we will be able to come back online within a 15 minute window.
It will be a couple of weeks before we are done doing all of the migrating and have the mirrors in place and it is a significant investment but at this point we cannot afford to go down. We have even went so far as to have a server pre-configured to step in and become a new mirror if needed.
We will be testing the failure and recovery pieces here in the coming weeks but will let you know in advance when it is going to happen. Check out Nettica yourself.
I am not sure how long this site is going to last but it is a pretty good hack. [www.houserdesign.com/flickr]
I received a e-mail tonight about a new site launch and although it is not uncommon for this to happen, the post I had read minutes before on Robert Scobles site made me scratch my head. Looks like two sites do the same thing here is the info I received.
“FeedYes.com gives rss feeds to websites which do not supply regular feeds. Just type in the URL of any page on the web, and FeedYes.com generates a valid feed in less than a minute. All generated feeds can be read in your rss reader. One click adding to most readers.”
Looks tried a couple of sites that did not have a RSS feed and the results were actually pretty good. Now go look at their site [www.feedyes.com] and then go look at the site [Robert] is posting about, very weird indeed.
There are more details about Live.com, it’s 1am here in Hawaii and my wife is wondering why I am saying wow so much. [Read/Write Web]
A re-worked Microsoft Search engine is being preliminarily released as I type this. This is the start of Microsoft attempting to make the long climb to compete with Google.
First look and this is indeed a impressive upgrade, and I have been playing with it for about 20 minutes and man it’s fast, and although the search results are quite different than what I see at Google you can see Microsoft has rolled the dice and put some serious Web 2.0 components on this page. The Site works out of the chute with Firefox as well [www.live.com]
More news Sources [Seattlepi.com]
First of all I have not sent a e-mail to anyone on Hotmail in a very long time. I am sure there are a lot of people that use it, but e-mail was always going missing and I personally find the interface horrible. Seems the Inventor of Hotmail did not like his interface very much either, as he has invested 5 million of his own dollars to build a toolbar that simply downloads the e-mail from Hotmail when the machine is idle.
I am not sure about you, but I receive and respond to e-mail today almost as fast as come in, sometime e-mail can be like a instant message conversations. From the point of view functionality I think the tool bar is pretty stupid. The second function piece adds some blogging tools, or actually it’s more a site annotation tool. What looks like has happened here is that the developer figured out part way into development is that he had a looser and had to add some functions to it in order for people to get excited about it.
What blows me away is he has had 50 programmers working on this thing. I tell you what give me 50 programmers 90 days and 5 million dollars and I will create a family of services that will cause people to sit up and notice.
Very good evidence that Gmail will be adding e-mail and integrating with a service called Evite this was from examination of the source code of Gmail. The Voicemail feature is a interesting one and if implemented correctly could really change the landscape of some of the existing services out there.
I spent about a hour exploring edgeio last night in the very late evening hours, and must say that I am impressed. The concept is beyond simple, the next time you have something to sell don’t go to ebay and sell it and pay all kinds of ridiculous fees, use your pre-established website to sell or offer services via edgeio for free. Here is how it works the next time you have a service to offer or something to sell, post a weblog entry with the details, then tag the article with the word “listing”. The edgeio site will be on the lookout on various weblog search services for the tag “listing” and as soon as it sees it edgeio will automatically aggregate the post and classify the listing in a category.
You can also force the service to index your website, you can claim your websites and add info to your profile including your flickr, linkedin accounts and others to establish who you are etc..
Personally I have a pile of stuff I would like to sell, but don’t have time for ebay or craigslist, but I do have time to go and post something on my own website helps build my brand, and keeps me from paying all of these little fees associated with some of the auction services out there.
Very powerful and I look forward to the edgeio official launch. [edgeio]