Category Archives: Web

Call from Samuel Jackson


Karla woke up this morning to a call from Samuel Jackson, asking her to go watch Snakes on a Plane.  What a brilliant idea!  VariTalk has a service that lets you customize the message with your friend’s name, phone number and some other personal information.  Then it calls your friend with your number on the caller ID and plays a recording with their name and everything.  Oh, you can send a message to the same number twice by putting a “1” on the beginning of the number.

Now, go send this to all your friends


Google Checkout and eBay

Google Checkout

Last week, Google announced it’s Google Checkout service, direct competition to PayPal, and eBay has already banned it???  PayPal is really a good service, but it needs some good competition to improve.  Hopefully, there will be enough demand for Google Checkout (or some other competition) that will force eBay to loosen it’s grip on payment processing.  Google has added the ability to track all orders purchased using the Google Checkout service in one place.  So, you can use one simple web page instead of jumping between all of the different merchants.  I’m already happy with the way Gmail discovers tracking numbers in order confirmation pages, so I can’t wait to see how their Checkout service works.

Sweetest forum on the web

Vanilla 1 

I’ve been following the development of Mark O’Sullivan’s cool new discussion forum for the past six months.  Vanilla, “the sweetest forum on the web”, is a really amazing forum application that uses some smooth Web 2.0 AJAX and a clean user interface.  I think it’s great to see a well-done, standards-compliant forum that’s easy to install, configure and use.  He’s really taken what I love about forums and stripped out all the crap, like the focus on statistics and clunky interfaces.  You can see it running by visiting the Lussumo Community, the forum for Vanilla users.

Zillow is awesome!

Wow!  Zillow is great!  We used in conjunction with our local tax appraisor’s website when we were house hunting and I’m shocked with much information Zillow gets about a property.  It actually puts a price tag on every house in the neighborhood, not the appraisal value, but an estimated market price.

They also have a cool page that shows some famous houses.  Anyways, the site speaks for itself.  Go there now and enter your address to see the value of every house in your neighborhood.