Things every geek should know

Whenever I meet geeks for the first time, I tend to run through a list
of tools I think they should try out. Here’s a partial list:

  • *Blogs*: Not just for writing about what you had for lunch. Blogs

    are great for personal knowledge management (keep your own
    learning notebook). Run your own with WordPress or host it on
    WordPress.com, Blogger, or Schtuff.

  • *Blog aggregator*: An absolute must if you read many blogs. I like Bloglines because of
    folders.
  • *Wikis*: Excellent for quick notes and websites, particularly
    when people need to collaborate. Make one on Schtuff or
    set up your own with Pmwiki or Mediawiki.
  • *Social bookmarking*: Not only is tagging a great way to organize your personal bookmarks, but
    you can discover interesting sites and people through social bookmarking. Most of the early adopters seem to be on del.icio.us, but I think Myweb 2.0 is more promising because it has better search. CiteULike is great for academics.

I’ve got more lists around here. For example, I go through a different set when talking to a Web 2.0 person…

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Stock photography

http://www.indexstock.com is an online stock photography service.
Check out
the guidelines. I think this is a good service for us to look into.
Besides, we need to tag photos and cross-reference them with model
releases anyway.

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File transfers: Xdrive

Xdrive looks like a promising way to
transfer files between clients. It’s an additional USD 9.95 a month
for 5 GB. If I can find a cheaper mail/web host that still lets me do
PHP hacking, then we can move off ipowerweb next year.

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