Corporate logos in Web 2.0 era

March 10, 2007

Funny redesign of famous logos in Web 2.0 style.


Zamzar: Free Online File Conversion

March 9, 2007

zamzar online file conversion

One of the best file conversion sites I can find on web these days!!

You use it by first uploading a document from file or from a URL. Then a powerful unseen force (I like to imagine a magical file-converting goblin, by the name of Zamzar, of course) converts the file into a compatible filetype of your choosing and sends you an e-mail when it’s ready to download. Zamzar supports a whole slew of text, image, audio, and video files, and, most importantly, it’s completely free!

It’s not hard to see the usefulness of an app like this, especially for quick, practical conversions like Word document to PDF. But the real fun is in grabbing files from sites like YouTube, which Zamzar makes even easier by providing a “Convert with Zamzar” button that you can drag onto your Firefox bookmarks toolbar.

Thank you, Zamzar, you great and mystical goblin, for expanding the file-format horizons of my world!

Zamzar


iFeedPod: Read RSS Feeds on Your iPod

March 9, 2007

iFeedPod

Imagine if you could read all of your favourite RSS feeds on your iPod? That’s possible thanks to iFeedPod, a program that collects all the news from your feeds and copies them to your iPod so you can keep track of Coolest Gadgets and your favourite blogs and read the news anywhere you want to.

The program is very simple to use, all you need to do is add the RSS feeds and in the next sync, your iPod will become your coolest news aggregator. The iFeedPod can handle either Atom or RSS feeds, and is compatible with Macs only. The new version 1.12 is Universal Binary works with Intel Macs, as well as on PowerPC Macs. The program supports any iPod that’s compatible with Notes.

If you’re constantly stuck in a traffic jam, or have to take long trips on the bus or the subway, reading RSS feeds on your iPod can be very useful indeed.

Click here to download iFeedPod 1.12 now.

Via Apple Gazette.


Say the Colors, Not the Words.

March 9, 2007

Oldie but goodie: Found at eBaum’s World.


What Not To Say in a Presentation

March 9, 2007

what not to say in a presentation

Avoiding certain phrases during a talk or presentation means you’re not making particular mistakes. Preparation and staying on track during a talk allows you to engage the audience. A bad presentation makes people bored and restless. So don’t say…

  • 1. MAKE SOME NOISE!!! Unless you’re at the MTV Music Awards this isn’t much of a crowd pleaser. The key point is this: Know Thy Audience. Your audience should dictate your style, approach, the words you use, etc. If you can’t modify your pitch to your audience you’ll turn people off quicker than you can say…
  • 2. Um… The dreaded “um” is so commonplace in our speech we often overlook it. But when you’re standing in front of a crowd, selling ‘em whatever you’re selling ‘em (and don’t be mistaken: you ARE selling) too many “ums” shows a lack of preparedness and comfort.
  • 3. Did That Make Sense? Actually, it didn’t. And on top of that, because you had to ask me I’m so disengaged at this point that I’ve started playing a game on my BlackBerry. The key here: Practice. Do it in front of a mirror. Do it in the shower. Do it in front of others. Do it in public. If you present in front of friends and family who aren’t in your field of expertise and they get it, you’ve got yourself a winner.
  • 4. What Else Can I Show You? I don’t know, you tell me, that’s why you’re standing up there on the stage and I’m sitting here eagerly in the crowd. Presentations are stories – they need a beginning, middle and end. It doesn’t matter the setting, format or style of presentation/conference/meeting. If you’re standing in front of people and telling them something, you’re spinning a story. And that means it needs all the elements of a good one.
  • 5. I Guess That’s It. Well is that the end or not? You would know better than me. Blog professionals often talk about ending strongly, and the same holds true when giving a presentation. Even saying, “That’s the end” is kind of lame – your final point (and the entire presentation arc) should make it obvious enough, and you should be able to transition instantly into the next step – be it questions, slinking off the stage, hours of clapping…

It takes practice to be a good public speaker. Don’t just find different ways to say these things.

5 phrases you never want to hear in a presentation


Secret places of the Earth

March 9, 2007

Great video showing secret places of our planet via Google Earth software.

Source


Forrest Gump 2?

March 9, 2007

Forrest Gump Gets A Sequel It’s been thirteen years since Forrest Gump first ran into theaters, and now it looks like America’s favorite chocolate loving mental deficient may be back for a sequel. Forrest Gump II isn’t a new idea, Paramount has been kicking it around since the original movie made a bajillion dollars, and in 2001 they even hired Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth to pen a sequel screenplay.

It seems that old 2001 Eric Roth screenplay is being dragged out of development hell for another look by Gump producers Steve Tisch and Wendy Finerman. Remember that the first Forrest Gump movie was based on a novel by Winston Groom. Roth’s sequel script was based on Groom’s followup novel, “Gump & Co”. “Gump & Co” takes place several years after “Forrest Gump” and finds Forrest’s shrimping business failed and Jenny dead, leaving Forrest a single unemployed father. As you’d expect, Gump still stumbles through more important historical events. In this case it’s a cavalcade of history from the 80s and 90s. He even meets Tom Hanks.

So, why didn’t Paramount make this five years ago when Roth first wrote the script? Apparently the project got bogged down in a big legal tiff between Groom, the book’s original author, and the studio. Groom claimed he wasn’t properly paid for Forrest Gump, and so refused to sell them the sequel rights to his other book. Evidently they’ve now worked it out.

The truly important question here is whether or not Tom Hanks will return. It is however likely that Gary Sinise will be back as Forrest’s battle damaged buddy Lt. Dan. If Tom can’t be talked into it, will they replace him? Word is they want this in theaters within the next couple of years, so while it’s possible, let’s hope they’re smart enough to scrap it if he’s not interested. No one does a better potty dance.