Sunday, August 20, 2006

Pepper's Smile

Love her smile.

And the eyes... makes you wonder what those eyes would reveal when she looks at you.

Impish or innocent? :-)


Having nothing better to do (actually there's a few but the T1 line went down) I trawled for a few hours.

Chanced upon Charo's blog and met Pepper.

Great artwork by Stanley Lau.

Friday, August 18, 2006

There goes my dream machine (for this year) :D

AppleInsider | Merom's thermal specs fail to impress

I've been waiting for the release of the Merom-powered MacBook Pro for several months (that's why I haven't replaced my PB G4 yet), but news like this waters down my enthusiasm.

Guess I won't be the first one to fall in line when it is announced, will probably wait for the reviews of other eager beavers before deciding to get one. :-)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

I'm Flocked

So I've uninstalled it, installed it, uninstalled it again and then re-installed it once more.

Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, but that's my litmus test if I'm a little too confused on my like/dislike of an application.  I learn its features, use it for a while and then junk it for a couple of days.  If it turns out that I can live without it then I go on with my life, if not then I reinstall the application and use it forever.  However, if I'm still confused, I do the install-uninstall cycle all over again.  Crazy.

hehe.

It just feels so weird having 4 (Four!!!) browsers in my Mac.  Sure, I do compatibility tests to ensure my web applications behave as intended in various browsers, both Firefox and Flock however use the same engine so there's really no need to test on both.  But... I still end up using Flock.

I tried using plugins that provide the same (additional) functionality that Flock provides.  They're... "ok"Sage gives me my news feeds, FlickrFox allows me to browse photostreams in a sidebar, Performancing helps me blog (and it even has more features than Flock's blogging tool) yet there's something about using Flock that makes it different.  hmm, I think that's it - User Experience

That little orange button that tells me when a Flickr contact has published a new photo (like this one and this one) satisfies my need to know what my friends are doing and at the same time saves me time by not having directly go to the site just to check it out.  And in my busy schedule it somewhat helps in reminding me too that, yes, I do have friends.  :-)  Same orange button applies to the News feeds that I subscribe to, this one reminds me that the world continually revolves outside my office walls.  ;-)

The layout and the way things are presented is also very appealing.  Take for instance the photostream topbar, compare it with FlickrFox's layout and you'd see the elegance behind Flock's design.  News feeds too - a simple enhancement of adding favico's beside the site name improved its readability.

What can I say?  I think the Flock guys got it right - specially after version 0.7.1 when Flock gave  users the option to install FireFox plugins that were not tested in Flock yet.  So now my browser provides me with a great user experience plus I get to use those cool Google plugins like Google Toolbar, Google Notebook and Web Comments.

Cool!

Now if only they'd integrate more with Google as opposed to Yahoo....

Blogged with Flock

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Goodbye Flock?

As I blogged less than 2 days ago, I discovered Flock and found it to be useful.  However, as I experimented with it more and more, I found out its usefulness for me is limited to writing and uploading blogs.  I have thought that the image upload feature would be useful but, alas, I can't use it in Multiply (though it's not Flock's fault) and FlickrExport is quite good.  So I started asking myself, why would I need a new blogging enabled web browser if there's already an extension for Firefox - I was pretty sure there's a blogging tool extension for Firefox out there somewhere.

So I went and googled for such an extension.

Tadaa!  I'm using it now.  Its from Performancing and it looks spiffy.  I'll try it for a couple more days and see how this measures up with Flock's tool.  I've seen blogs though that praise this tool.

We'll see.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Flock

Yet another browser in the market??

That was my first reaction when I heard of Flock. hmmm... I thought, If I download this, this is going to be my 3rd browser. First one is Safari, which I have kept as my Mac's default browser, next is Firefox which is what I always use (alltime favorite :) ), then there's Opera (I like it's clean interface and the way it caches the most recent webpages that you've been reading) and here comes another one... Flock.

What's that? I didn't mention IE? Forget it! It's buggy, I don't want to use it.

So why create a new browser? What's the need? Why do I need another browser to browse?

Well, apparently, it's not just for browsing!!!

Oooooh.....

The other day I was looking for a tool that I could use to easily upload pictures in Multiply and Flickr. I found a few including one that nicely integrates iPhoto with Flickr (FlickrExport) and then I started pondering about how do I easily manage all the content that I maintain in the internet (even if I haven't published anything for the last 2 years except for some mailing list posts).

Enter Flock.

It's still in Beta 1 but according to the Definitive Flock 1 Beta Review it is already very stable.

Hence, I gave in, downloaded it and I'm now using Flock to write this entry.  It looks good! 

For those who are curious, you can use Flock to post in most blogsites (as I'm doing right now), upload and maintain files in Flickr, integrate with del.ico.us, and it's got a new style in doing web searches from the browser.

Best of all, it is built on top of Firefox.

Check it out!

Blogged with Flock

Monday, August 23, 2004


Just like floating in a sea of clouds.  Posted by Hello


Hay... nakabili na rin ng mga pasalubong. Posted by Hello