Scratchpad

I’m for sure not the only one to (try to) work this way, but to have a good follow up on my RSS I scan all posts a few times a day and put the interesting url’s in my ‘scratchpad’ folder so I can easily read the details in the evening. And there I create a problem, because this folder is really outgrowing itself whereas I haven’t had time to read through the last 50 posts. So if any of you have a good idea or practical tip how you solve this ‘to blog about’ folder, shoot… I’m interested.

Civic

Honda is doing a great job polishing up it’s Civic brand. The model lost its cool the last few years but with the launch of the latest Civic, you really get that cool feeling again (certainly worth a look for the Seat guys). This spot is quite long but it looks good, wondering if those sounds are for real actually. Enjoy!

Francorchamps

This weekend the racing season kicked off again. The Rallye of Monte Carlo is classically the first race of the World Rallye Chamionship, and within a few weeks also the F1, DTM, … will start. Although I think the WRC is not going to be so interesting this year.  With 4 major car manufacturers out of the game (like the PSA group) it’s becoming more and more of a private teams event and that’s not the way to go. Probably when the F1 season starts of in 2 months, the racing season will become interesting. There you see all private teams have been sold (Sauber to BMW, Mindardi to RedBull, …) and they’ve changed back some of last year’s rules that didn’t really work. One minor element to it is the fact that Francorchamps will probably not stay on the calendar for 2006 due to some organisational issues, and will only be back on the map in 2007. That’s bad. Not only is it the most beautiful track in the world, it’s the one closest to me so that’s were I usually go see. Well then maybe I’ll just need to wait for TOCA/DTM Race Driver 3 for my Xbox and race Francorchamps myself. Anyway, looking forward to some great racing this year, watching or playing.

You cannot be serious

Just had a great discussion on advertising. The ad that started it was the one were they use John McEnroe to promote a new car. It’s a funny tv commercial and I guess most of you will remember, they air it quite a lot these days. Also the way they use McEnroe is pretty cool, but to come to the point: it’s a bad commercial. And that was what the discussion was about, because we didn’t agree on that. But clearly I think that even how funny it might be, it still remains a bad commercial. Do you remember what car it’s for? Most people don’t so … bad it is.

Don’t remember the commercial at all? There you go: “You cannot be serious”

FeedXS

Just found out about this interesting new service. You can create your own RSS feed, without the need of having your own website or blog. The coolest thing is that you can feed the RSS feed through MSN Messenger. You just sign up to the service, add a special buddy (bot) to your buddy list and every time you send a message to this buddy (like in a normal IM conversation) this becomes a post in your RSS feed. Not really usefull for website nor blog owners, but it opens up RSS for the big audience and that’s just way to cool… let’s hope this actually results in some cool feeds.

I’m a step further in my RSS reader quest by the way and I might just have found the the RSS reader I was looking for. The one I’m using now is called RSS Bandit and it sure looks like it’s all I need. Will let you know if that feeling stays or not.

RSS Readers

I’m struggling a bit with RSS these days. I have tried several RSS readers, but still haven’t found the reader that does the job like I want it to. The reader that did the best job so far was Attensa. It’s a free plug-in to Outlook, presenting the RSS in a nice way so it was easy to read all threads. While in Outlook, it was also automatically included in my Windows desktop search, nice. Another cool fact was the RSS detection button for IE so the signup process for RSS feeds couldn’t be easier. It is however not stable enough. From time to time it made my Outlook go crazy and I don’t like that.

So what to do? I looked at other services – and yes I prefer an installed software that’s free to use – namely FeedReader, SharpReader, … nothing special really. They do the trick in presenting the feeds, but reading is no fun, there are no options, etc. Another one I tried was Newzie, that actually had enough options, but you should see them colors… incredible, made me go crazy reading RSS. And then there’s Pluck, nice but too many questions ask before you can actually use it. I don’t want to log on when I read the news I want, that just makes me feel someone’s watching over my shoulders.

Yes I also use Live.com and even the RSS tab in MSN Messenger to follow up on some RSS, but that’s only for the 5-10 most important feeds, not the whole bunch. So if any of you have a good free RSS software you think will solve my problem, just let me know… otherwise I’ll have to wait until Outlook 12 to do the trick.

Gosh

Almost 1 full week since my last post, about 40 sites/articles on my scratchpad that I need to blog about and a headache from yesterday’s party… But I’m back – at least I hope I am – so here we go again.

I was in London last week, and even though it was a pretty fancy hotel, there was not decent internet access available in the room. I hoped to get wireless, i got nothing at all. Internet was available but it just didn’t work, so I called the hotel service desk and they sent someone to my room. Yihaa, problems soon to be over, but oh my gosh… the only thing that this person did was to see if I had connected the network plug right to my pc… so far for technical support.

Still I managed to check out those 2 cool new services I discovered lately – and which I wrote about earlier also – namely Newsvine & Pandora. I’m not using Newsvine as I should for my own writing, but I read a lot of the wire and the vine and I must say, they really did a great job: interesting concept, user friendly, cool options, … it’s all there. And then there’s Pandora. Really cool, and so think all the people I sent it through :-). Anyway, if you want to try out Newsvine, I will be more than happy to share an invitation with you.

Pandora’s Musicbox

This is actually a really cool online music experience. Create your account with Pandora and start creating your own music stations. How does it work? You create a station and start adding artists or songs to it that you really like, from then on you will be able to listen to it and it will mix your artists and add a bunch of music to it that is very related to what you’ve entered. Especially the way how add music to the list, and how it relates to the artists you entered is really good. Start discovering a lot of cool music today and signup. Thx to Matth for flagging this service!