internet


Anyone who has used Craigslist a couple times eventually realizes that for all it’s awesomeness, it does have some limitations.  Such as: hey, I want to look outside of my area.  Craigslist makes this really hard.

Enter CrazedList.org.
CrazedList is some dude in a basement who got fed up with this limitation and hacked together a way to search multiple CraigsLists at once.  Brilliant.

I love it.  Now I can search the entire South for a good 1st Gen 4Runner V6 without having to hit different sites.  And, it doesn’t hurt Craigslist either, since they are still getting those page views.  So everyone wins.

Thanks CrazedList dude!

http://crazedlist.org/index.cgi

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those boys are tight!

song chart memes
more graph humor and song chart memes

Oh wow, how nerdly is that title? I never thought I would be enamored with a site dedicated to graphs and charts. But this one is a real time-killer: graphJam. Kind of a mash-up of lolcats and power-point. Well, it is run by the lolcats aka I can has cheezburger folks, so go figure.

It was talked about in this month’s Wired, so you know it’s got to be good.

As the resident computer dude to a lot of people, I get questions about how to do stuff, like:

Hey Teddy –
I want to set up a website like you did for Fletch but I’m not seeing how you did – can you help a sister out? What steps did you take to get everything up and running?
Thanks man –
S

Here’s my response:

Easy peasy.

  1. Signed up for a blog at blogger.com. I also have several of my own on WordPress which I like a little better. Find a template you like and go!
  2. Signed up for flickr to host the photos.
  3. Blog away! Flickr has a “blog this photo” button that allows you load directly to your blog. Or you can import photos into WordPress (and likely blogger)

That is the most basic way to set-up a site. There’s a lot more you can do to take it to the next level

  1. Get your own domain name: I use godaddy.com. They are pretty good, priced well, and easy to use. you can register and host with them. Once you get the name you can a)follow directions on wordPress on how to ‘redirect the url’ to your new URL. carsyoulike.com is a wordPress site that is simply redirected to my own URL. your site is really living on wordPress this way. or you can b) set it up through godaddy to completely host everything and just use godaddy’s wordPress module to import in your blog. more flexibility, but more work.
  2. Learn a little HTML and CSS and you can design it how ever you like.
  3. Create a couple with Drupal, a Content Management System (CMS). Been playing with it at work.

There you go.  Have any questions, just ask!

Quick Ted poll:

Is Ted: A) organized or B) lazy?

The answer may shock you. It’s C) Awesome.

Well when it comes to the Internet, I am all of the above, thanks to a little site called Protopage.

Protopage

Protopage is, in their words: “… your own personal page, which you can access from any computer or mobile phone. Use it to read your own selection of news and blogs, keep to-do lists, sticky notes, and much more”.

Protopage is, in my words: “how I can be organized, lazy and awesome. ”

It works like this. Protopage is comprised of Widgets. A Widget is a chunk of code that does something. In this case, Widgets can be a collection of links, RSS feeds, photos, videos or any number of pre-made things, like weather reports, clocks, bible verses and cute sayings. Whatever you need, it’s probably there. You can rearrange the Widgets as you wish, and have them pull whatever data you want.

So how does this make me A), B) and C)? Take a look at a public page I put together to see what I mean:http://protopage.com/mehugtree#web/main

It makes me A) organized because it’s one central place where I put all the things that use online with some regularity. I have a list of links (“Links Panel”) I hit everyday, and news I read daily (“more news”).

It allows me to be B) lazy because through the magic of RSS feeds I only visit the website when the RSS feed shows that there is something that interests me. Like the “I’m Peepin” Widget is a collection of RSS feeds from Craigslist showing cars/trucks I’m keeping an eye out for- you never know when I’ll need another 4Runner!.

It allows me to be C) Awesome because, well, um, I don’t know. Maybe because it’s an easy way to share all the stuff that I’m doing? Like some videos and Photos.

So it’s pretty cool.

And it just got cooler. Now all these links/feeds that I gathered over the years are available on my iPhone! Yeah, and other phones as well. Whatever. Go read up on Protopage Mobile.

I recommend creating your Protopage from a regular ole computer first, then when you’re all set, hit it up with your phone to see what you got: protopage.com/mobile.