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The How to Split an Atom blog has reviewed the beta version of Digg monitoring and notification tool, Notifir. If you're a power user/commenter on Digg, some of the features sound interesting. The review picks a few holes in the software but says:

"Currently, Notifir provides a dashboard of stories that you have submitted to Digg in the last 24 hours. It can tell you who Dugg it and gives you a platform from which to submit additional articles. I think the most interesting thing that it has going for it is that it provides a list of articles from “commonly promoted sources” and lets you submit these stories with a click of a button. For power users in the making, this can save you quite a bit of surfing time."

Participants in the Notifir beta can vote on which features should be developed, which is cool. And if you read the comments you'll also see the Notifir founder responds to some of the critical points of the review. Nice to see them responding to community feedback.

How To Review Notifir


MPAA 1: IsoHunt 0. Major bit torrent and P2P index site IsoHunt has announced that it has disabled US users from accessing its trackers, due to legal pressure being applied by American movie industry group, the MPAA. This announcement went up on IsoHunt's site yesterday:

"As of earlier today, we have disabled access from users in the US to our trackers, until further notice. This goes for ALL trackers (torrentbox, podtropolis) we run. This is due to the US's hostility towards P2P technologies, and we feel with our current lawsuit brought by the MPAA, we can no longer ensure your security and privacy in the US. So, if you're outside the US, you may notice less peers. We encourage you to add other public, unhampered trackers to torrents you post, in addition to Torrentbox and Podtropolis's trackers."

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.


Blogger Dumb Little Man says that being ambidextrous with the mouse can increase your brain power:

By switching the side of your mouse-pad you will force yourself to use your non-dominant hand. This, in turn, will stimulate the neural connections between the right and left hemispheres on your brain. Scientific research confirmed that people that use both hands equally have 10% more nerve fibers joining the two sides of the brain.

Mousing "goofy" can also help you stop RSI. Here's how to train yourself to mouse with the other hand.

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain Power


If the newest version of your freeware application doesn't seem to work and the official web site does not archive older versions, OldApps.com might save the day. OldApps.com archives many previous releases of popular programs for such emergencies. The site is very much like the previously mentioned OldVersion, but it appears to include a slightly larger number of applications. For example, OldVersion doesn't have old versions of Adium X but OldApps.com has many versions available. Definitely a handy resource to have bookmarked.



Store-bought playdough is stinky and dries out really quickly - but you can get around that with Instructables' easy recipe for homemade, non-toxic playdough. This is an easy recipe that you can customise with your own colours; plus, it's easily rejuvenated if it gets a little dry with just a little water kneaded in.

How to Make Playdough (Play-doh)


Webapp TwitterNotes separates notes to yourself from all the other chatter on Twitter. Simply log on to Twitter and type a note to yourself prefixed by the + sign, and check TwitterNotes to retrieve it later. Organise your TwitterNotes with tags by surrounding tag words in the tweet with asterisks, or listing tags at the end of the tweet. For people who love and live on Twitter, this a great way to separate notes to self from other status messages and conversation. If you're looking for a scheduled solution or a way to get consistent reminders, you can try the Twitter timer or Remember the Milk. Otherwise, TwitterNotes should do wonders for those who might be, ahem, tweeting during class or a business meeting.



Earlier today we told you about how to defer emails to avoid embarrassment. It reminded me of a tip I've been meaning to post about avoiding premature sending of emails - and this one doesn't require any additional software. It just needs you to use the "Save as Draft" function in Thunderbird. I've started using "Save as Draft" for a few reasons.

*I know I'm going to be writing the in stages, or wanting to edit or add things before it's finished and ready to go. Saving the draft allows me to save my work in case my email client or computer crashes, or I later mistakenly close my email client without saving the email I'm working on. *When viewing your list of draft emails in the Draft folder in Thunderbird, the "Send" button is dropped off the toolbar so you can't send the email accidentally just by having it selected in the list - you need to hit "Edit draft" in order to open up the email and keep working. *The other good thing about the Draft function is that when you hit "Save" you have a choice between "Save as draft" or "Save as template". Go the template option if you're crafting an email which you're likely to be able to reuse. It will be saved in a new "Template" folder below the "Drafts" folder in your email folders.

Note - I'm sure that Outlook 2007 has similar functionality but I haven't yet installed it as I'm wedded to Thunderbird. Feel free to leave comments about similar functions for other email clients.


Recently we told you about the struggling musician's toolkit, a roundup of useful websites for musicians. I asked for some tips on good sites for Australian musos, and Jamie McDonald from Liveband came back with his Top 5:

Bandmanager This site almost makes we want to grab a guitar and hit the road! Bandmanager gives musicians a way of coordinating gigs, rehearsals and touring online without having to spend a day making phone calls, and sending emails. It also has a great band web-site builder so you can hit the road and keep the business side of things going without having to spend hours in front of a computer. Even if you are not in a band, I’m thinking this could be good for organising the family to be in the one spot at the one time for Christmas!

Usync A great tool to help bands pay the bills. This Aussie site was created by some very experienced musos from Sydney to help artists build and connect with their fan base. You can create a “backstage” area for fans to not only let them know what you are up to, but sell your music and merch. I noticed today that there is even a Sony BMG artist using these guys, so they are just going from strength to strength

AIR Ok, a bit of a boring name – the Australian Independent Record label Association – but if you were writing a list of what is going to help you make it as a muso, after writing down “work harder at my music than every other muso I know” I would write down “join AIR”. No point wasting your time making mistakes that others have already made when you could be gigging. This site is a great resource for anyone in the industry or wanting to be in the industry and I find myself on it at least once or twice a week to make sure Liveband is going in the right direction

Lefsetz Letter Bob Lefsetz has been around the music biz for years and has got plenty to say about it. You mightn’t always agree with what he has to say, but he knows his stuff and at the very least the Lefsetz Letter is a good read. At its best you will get to know which way the industry is turning, be the next big thing, make a fortune and retire to a tropical island! The island could be a little crowded though because a huge number of people in the industry worldwide read the Lefsetz Letter.

Sonicbids This nifty site makes it really easy for bands and promoters to link up without sending constant press-kits through the mail. A lot of the festivals in the US are solely using Sonicbids for artist submissions. Takes a lot of the licking and sticking press kit envelopes out of the equation while giving you a very professional electronic press kit to put you out and about.

Thanks for the tips, Jamie!


If you've ever wished for more hours in the day, you'll want to read self-help site Lifehack.org's list of tips for making the most of the time you've got. The first step is to cut out stuff that is making unnecessary inroads on your time, for example, too much TV. Second step: make the most of your "gap time", otherwise known as the minutes/hours between meaningful activities. Thirdly, prioritise what needs to be done and do it. None of this is exactly rocket science, but I can use all the time management advice I can get (and I'm pretty sure you're with me, right?). If you know a good time tip that you don't see on this list, please share in the comments.

21 Ways to Add More Hours to the Day


Windows only: Define and switch between custom keyboard layouts with the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, a freeware download from Microsoft. Let's say, for example, you type a lot of accented letters or you're thinking about switching to a Dvorak keyboard layout; with the Keyboard Layout Creator, you can keep your traditional Qwerty keyboard, but quickly toggle to your new custom layout at any time using the Caps Lock button (most of us hardly use it anyway). When you're done with the alternate layout, just toggle Caps Lock again and you're back to your main layout. The software can be a little tough to wrap your head around, so take a look at this US/German template after you install KLC to get an idea of how it works. Thanks xeen!

The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator


In a welcome but long-overdue change, you can now edit the layout of your iGoogle tabs directly from the edit menu to display anywhere from one to four columns with varying widths. (Of course, the one-column option gives you the equivalent layout of no columns.) In order to edit your tab layout, select the tab and choose the "Edit this tab" option from the drop-down.

Edit iGoogle Tab Layout


Avoid overweight luggage charges next time you've filled your bag with souvenirs with the New Digital Scale. You can easily weigh your luggage on a regular bathroom scale to ensure that you're under the airline limit, but after you've gone on a trip, packing your souvenirs for the return fight is where you're most likely to get burned—and chances are you won't have a bathroom scale handy. The New Digital Scale attaches to the handle of your luggage; you then lift the scale until it beeps and displays the weight of your suitcase. The New Digital Scale costs $US25 and weighs only 8 oz (225g). AU - looks like they do ship to Australia but strangely when I checked the international shipping fee scale, Australia wasn't listed. It costs $US27 to ship to NZ though - so finding a local supplier might be an idea!

Digital Scale


While most reputable companies make it easy to unsubscribe from their email list, those same companies make it as much of a pain as possible to unsubscribe from their paper catalogue. Sick of watching my recycling bin fill up with unopened catalogues, and haunted by the thought of all that wasted paper, postage and petrol, I set out this weekend to start unsubscribing from catalogue mailings that I'm not sure I ever opted into to begin with.