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Web utility URL Split creates single URLs that direct users to up to seven different web sites. For example, clicking this link five times will direct you to five of my recent Hack Attack Features in the order I linked them (one, two, three, four, and five). The site is built on an interesting idea, but in practice it could use some work—in particular, one would expect to be able to continue following the link chain from each link location (through some sort of proxy hosting). As is you have to continue opening the same link in a new tab until you see that it repeats, which really just causes more ambiguity than it's worth. If it worked as I suggested, though, URL Split could be a nice tool for sharing simple link tours or step-by-steps.

URL Split


Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Choose to download, open or view PDFs as HTML on a case-by-case basis with the PDF Download Firefox extension. After you've installed it, clicking a PDF link will pop up the PDF Download dialog, where you can choose your preferred action. It's not for everyone, but if you regularly deal with PDFs and you want more granular control over how Firefox manages them, PDF Download is a great add-on.

PDF Download

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Runner Baron VC says things he learned while running apply to life in general:

Focus on Small Victories, the War will Follow: If you're going to stick to a program you need to know your limits. The classic "good pain" versus "bad pain" is one. If you don't listen to your body right (and that includes being too lenient) you make mistakes.


Popular web-based instant messaging service Meebo now supports file transfer, meaning you can share files with your contacts over Meebo IM on the web—whether your contacts are using Meebo or not. You'll need to have registered with Meebo (a free and painless process) in order to send files from their web interface, but anyone can receive files. Unreliable IM file transfer has always plagued me, so I'm happy to report that my transfer tests with Meebo went swimmingly.

release 31: file transfer is here at last!