delicio.us 2.0 -OMG they’re PURE genius!

So I read on techcrunch.com that delicio.us 2.0 launched. Apparently the new site is: 1. faster 2. easier to learn with an 3. updated, simpler interface. Awesome!
I took a trip over to the site, and indeed the UI is updated and simple. But something about it looked VAAAAAUGELY familiar. And it hit me.

Delicious

Chris Pirillo‘s iphone app site

Aside from the obvious differences -header image, tags, and search fields.
Look at the similarities:

1. Both sites have tabbed pages
2. Both site have user votes
3. Both have unique log-ins AND free to sign up! :)

Delicious 2.0 launched its preview site in September… 2007. That’s almost nine months ago. A whole human being is developed in nine months!

It took Chris 5 minutes to build his site, on http://slinkset.com. And um, Chris’ site is made specifically for the.. iPhone. The layout is the way it is, so it’s easy to navigate from mobile Safari…..

It took Delicious this long to well… launch that?

Then I realized: Delicious could be PURE genius. With the redesign, they don’t need two style sheets!! They just need that ONE site for easy iPhone access. They might have something, and be TOTALLY ahead of the game! HA

What do you think of the redesign? Do you use Delicious? If not, what bookmarking site do YOU use?

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Hey, Cuil. Got glasses?

So FriendFeed, has been buzzing about Cuil, a new search engine founded by two ex-Google employees, and some random guy. Cuil claims to have more than 120 billion pages in the index. Apparently, that’s “three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.”

Wow. That’s a pretty bold statement.

I had no interest in Cuil, yet – since the site’s still brand new, but after reading the above? Curiosity got the best of me. I reach the site, and put it through my extreeeeemely reliable QA (quality assurance) test.

I punch in my search:
Cuil
The results:

=O Blasphemy!
Kevin Bacon, the actor, has nothing to do with ilovebacon dot com, a site dedicated to bacon, the food. WHY is his picture next to the top result?

FAIL

Thank goodness I can tell Bacon (the actor) apart from bacon (the food). I would’ve been screwed if I were doing research on the Tuamotu archipelago, or needed to know what the IUPAC nomenclature was, or had to find a PLU number, STAT -since I don’t know anything about the above. And isn’t that why I would be um, searching? On an uhhhh… search engine?? To find answers on topics I know nothing about???

Until Cuil can accurately differentiate the actor from a piece of meat, I am staying FAR away. Why it’s getting all this attention is beyond me.

Have you tried it? What do you think? Did you run into any bizarre search results? Share!

Thank you, Everyone – but Seriously, What am I Even Doing Here?

Tomorrow is PixelBits’ one week anniversary, and all I can say is wow, what a week.

Everyone on FriendFeed is supportive, encouraging, and even kind enough to visit this blog and leave comments. Thank you everyone, you really don’t know how much it means to me :) Two extended thank yous to Louis Gray and Chris Pirillo for re-sharing mine, and the other FriendFeeders’ items. You two do so much for the FriendFeed community, and it feels… good to be included. I’ve just started blogging, and the both of you have already given me so much direction -not with what you say, but with what you do. So thank you so much.

With that said, I am having my very first identity crisis.

And it’s on the Internet. Go figure.
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Back to the old Facebook – YES PLEASE

UPDATE: September 21st, 2011
If you want to go back to the Facebook pre September 21, 2011, change the language of the site to anything BUT English US. You can put it in British English (English UK).
Hope that helps.
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The day after Facebook rolled out its redesign, I made a great discovery.


before

then by clicking that link on the upper right hand corner

ta-daaaaaaaa!
after clicking that link on the upper right corner

+1 to Facebook for providing options.
I prefer the former. You?

Anyone speak Bolivian around here? This CAN’T be real…

Weather information board from the Bolivian Meteorological Institute.

That dangling rock in front of the sign?
Determines the weather condition, according to the text.

The rock is wet – It is raining
The rock is dry – It is dry
The rock is covered in light – It’s sunny
The rock is in the shade – It’s cloudy
The rock is shaking – Earthquake
The rock isn’t there – Hurricane
You can can’t see the rock – It’s night time
You can see the rock – It’s day time

Are you EFin kidding me? I refuse to believe it until further proof.
Anyone read and speak Bolivian?

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Adobe AIR: Deleting Locally Stored Encrypted Data

The main advantage to Windows for me, is that I am familiar with maintenance. I go straight into registry files, poke, shift, and delete stuff – confident my actions will not interfere with my PC’s innards. I know Windows. OS X is a whoooole different story. Everything is so simple, but that’s what scares me. The simplicity.

Call me paranoid, but because of my past experiences with Windows, 3rd party native apps freak me out, since I’m don’t know what’s going into where… and the biggest problem? I am an OS X moron.

So looking into 3rd party publishing tools for Twitter was confusing. All of the apps I use (personal and professionally) are web based. I do not have a need for Silverlight or Adobe Air, so I had to learn about those app before deciding on a Twitter app, since most Twitter apps require AIR or Silverlight. See? Confusing.

Long story short, I decided on Twhirl, since it came so highly recommended, installed AIR and Twhirl, then uninstalled immediately after running them for 30minutes. I am one of those that keeps separate windows to a minimum and accustomed to only a few windows: my browsers (Firefox, Safari, nightly build), documents, and Adium. Plus it slowed down my computer and it was just too busy. (for me).

So when it came to uninstalling Twhirl and AIR, I wondered if there were any files both apps plugged or hid locally. Especially since the data is encrypted and uses KeyChain to store data from the application to user. Digging through my hard drive did nothing for me, not to mention all the questions: Dragging and dropping apps don’t really make all the files… disappear. Do they? Can it truly be that simple? It seems too good to be true; and the questions go on and on. (Hmmm, note to self: learn OS X.)

So I did the next best thing. Googled.

Well lo and behold, turns out I was correct. Adobe Air doesn’t automatically delete files.

From their site:

deleting Adobe Air encrypted files
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“The encrypted local store may perform more slowly if the stored data exceeds 10MB.

When you uninstall an AIR application, the uninstaller does not delete data stored in the encrypted local store.

Encrypted local store data is put in a subdirectory of the user’s application data directory; the subdirectory path is Adobe/AIR/ELS/ followed by the application ID.” via Adobe’s site

And there you have it, folks.

Do any of you use Adobe Air? Am I missing out on good apps? Do you use Twhirl or another client?