Several pieces of technology are making my life a more joyful little place to be these days.
First, the re-discovery of a variety of fun little features on my beloved Firefox browser has been quite nice. The “live bookmarks” feature is really cool — I now can review all of NPR’s political headlines, all of the big stories from the New York Times, and all the headlines on IMDB’s shameful celebrity news page without browsing anywhere. There they are! Right in my links bar, one click to see them all, another click to visit them. I’ve had the standard BBC headline bookmark for a while, but these new ones just rock. The other feature I love is the ability to plug in additional search engines to the top Google search box. Now I’ve got Wikipedia and IMDB ready to be searched wherever I go. Very handy.
TiVo is still a fun little toy. I’m watching some shows over the summer that I missed during the year, starting with “Lost,” “Veronica Mars,” and “Numb3rs.” I started watching “The Gilmore Girls,” too, but there were too many episodes running at different times, and that one’s already out on DVD. I am enjoying all of the other shows so far, but haven’t seen more than 2 episodes of any of them. I wish that TiVo included episode numbers in its descriptions, but, oh well. Can’t have everything.
What else? Well, the addition of podcasts to the new update of iTunes has been a godsend. Up ’til now, I tried to get podcasts on to my iPod, but it was kind of clunky and difficult. Now I tell it that every time I plug iSis in, I want a fresh copy of the movie review radio show, the book review radio show, and the political news radio show, and it just downloads them and copies them over. Brilliant! Even my local newspaper now offers podcasts of its news; tomorrow I may try listening to this at work (not with headphones, though — I think I’ll plug the iPod into the speakers).
And finally, LJ. Tags are interesting. Both of my downloaded clients — the new fix for Semagic, which is waaaay better than it used to be, on my PC; and the XJournal client for the Mac — support tags. So far I’m adding them as I go, but not doing much backwards tagging.
I’m a little computer-related product endorser tonight. Yay me.