I've been playing around with a pretty cool service this afternoon called SeeToo. It's targeted toward people who want to share a private video with someone else but don't want the rest of the world to see it or for it to sit on some server farm out of their control. Unlike other services that have played around with the idea of multiple users watching the same video at the same time (see Lycos Mix, YouTube Streams, and Meebo's rooms) SeeToo handles video links like one-time conference sessions. You can only get in if the video … Read more
Featured on this week's Real Deal podcast: Synchronizing two computers. If you want to know how to keep yourself sane if you regularly use more than one PC, tune into this show for a rundown of my tips on how to keep files, bookmarks, and e-mail synchronized over the Web.
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Now this, friends, is one invention worth crowing about: a self-cleaning fish tank. It's something that practically every parent must endure at some point, when a child brings home that first goldfish from the school carnival.
Unlike standard aquariums, the "biOrb" has a special ceramic system that "provides a massive home for filter bacteria," according to its U.K. distributor, Reef One. The only maintenance required is a regular changing of the cartridge in the aquarium's built-in filter.
Back in 2005, CNET reviewed Orb, a software package that promised to let users access media files located on their home PC and stream them to any other broadband-connected computer and even some mobile devices. Orb scored a 7.0--"very good"--and that was that--except that Orb has offered some pretty compelling upgrades in the meantime.
Since our original review, the company has rolled out Orb 2.0 (fall 2006), which is essentially a Web 2.0 version of the product. You still run a small server applet on your home PC that catalogs and streams your media files--video, audio, and photos--but you can now access all of these files via a single Web page (available at mycast.orb.com). It's a user-customizable, AJAX-based page that's similar to the personalized home page that you can make at Google, Yahoo, Live.com, and elsewhere. In addition to keeping links to your home PC media files (or any other documents you choose to make accessible), Orb 2.0 lets you add pretty much any RSS-based resource from the Web. In addition to a variety of pre-fab options available (news, weather, sports, stock quotes, and the like), I was able to add several blog and news feeds, plus an array of my friends' Flickr, Twitter, and Jaiku feeds. In other words, you're able to mix your own "local" media with pretty much anything you can find online. Orb even supports Google Gadgets; I was able to include a Google Maps applet and even a decent game of Pac-Man.
It's not out of its beta stages yet, but the Nintendo Wii version of the Opera Web browser already has some gamers getting very creative. Using the Orb streaming media program, a Wii user managed to stream video from his PC to his Wii. Orb is a program that turns computers into streaming media servers, so users can access their movies and music through any compatible Web browser.
Though originally intended for streaming media to portable devices such as laptops, PDAs, and cell phones, this Wii compatibility presents some fun, new opportunities. Much like the Xbox 360's Windows … Read more
Sometimes, the techy arts-and-crafts picks that Make magazine's blog talks about are just too cool to pass up. I never did get around to obtaining a paint mixer to build a Mark Foley Halloween decoration, but now I'm inspired to build myself a GloGlobe, which Make recently featured. It's constructed out of a Styrofoam ball with a battery, an LED, and some electronic bits shoved inside. The blog recommends it for Dune junkies who want to create their own Holtzman effect, but personally, I think they would make amazing party decorations. Too bad I didn't know … Read more