Blogs are undoubtedly one of the hottest web publishing formats there is. With both the numbers of bloggers and blog applications increasing every day, picking the right blogging tool that suits your taste can be both confusing and frustrating. So, as a blogger, before starting the fun of expressing yourself by posting folksy squabbles (ranging from personal to political), you have to outstrip things like selecting, installing or configuring your blogging environment. What makes this step so hassling is simply the long array of available options.

Online Journal Review has published an interesting article and also a rather useful comparison chart that compares some of the renowned blogging tools available. It also provided an article to help you find the blogging tool that complements you and your taste. Read the rest of this entry »

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Goowy – The Web OS

March 17, 2006

When FutureSplash Animator became Macromedia Flash 1.0, everyone was amazed with its animating capabilities and amazing features. Macromedia Flash came a lot way since then but, the ubiquity of flash, which being one of the aspects that made flash such an immensely powerful platform, led to loads of “skip intro” buttons. These days you will see loads of annoying and bandwidth consuming flash ads in various sites. So, flash, being regarded as the future of the web at the beginning, had to cope with the accusation of degrading web surfing experience. Having said that, it’s also very much apparent that the above aspects are one of those rare few shortcomings that flash seems to have, as numerous impressively powerful applications have been built using the rich power of flash with creativity running wild. Some of these applications are so impressive that they can easily claim that they are working leveraging the full potential of flash. One such application is Goowy.

Goowy is one of those many applications that are taking advantage of the full power of flash. Goowy started as an email client but has since expanded into a full fledged virtual desktop suite. Read the rest of this entry »

Meebo rocks!

March 14, 2006

I felt kind of criminal for not adding certain few sites in my preferred list of web 2.0 applications as those were just a mare few out of the huge list of sites I came to fancy. Well, we are talking about the next generation of web after all! With desktop like web applications being released with fresh concepts, each with its own fresh set of amazing features; it’s enigmatic to choose one over another one. But Meebo undoubtedly stands out as an application with unparalleled set of features.

It doesn’t take rocket scientists to produce a great idea and Meebo is an awesome example of that. Meebo is basically an AJAX-based chat client that allows you to use all of your favorites such as AIM, Google Talk, Jabber, ICQ, and more. If you have used Gaim that you’ll probably know what I’m talking about here. I have been using this awesome web 2.0 application for a few weeks now and I’m getting more and more impressed with each and every day I use it. A great aqua-like interface with no occurrence of refreshing while dragging IM windows or your friends’ information is one the many amazing features that impressed me. The chatting platform is also great and is simply an ideal choice for those individuals who are not allowed to install or use chat clients on office computers. You can even set messages away and leave your browser window open! Meebo does all this without using any technology such as Java, which is simply an amazing asset.

The thing I personally found most useful about Meebo is the painless login process. With courtesy to my pathetically slow LAN connection, troubles while logging in to the IM clients has became some sort of a cliché. And not to mention the numerous times when I got disconnected while being in the middle of a conversation. So far I didn’t have any kind of problems with Meebo, including those. Its simply awesome and a must check out! Spread the word!