Software Sunday

Please excuse the alliteration. I’ve been playing around on my computer today and tried out (or at least tried “for real this time”) some new software that I think is work mentioning..

The first is Pidgin, which is not a brand new IM client, but instead the newest version of the ever popular GAIM IM client. It seems that the GAIM folks were sued by AOL (oh come on) and decided to change the name instead of fight it. At any rate, they seem to have also used the opportunity to release a product that is rather substantially different (and better) from any previous version of GAIM. Try it out.. it’s probably better than whatever other IM client you’re using…

The next thing is SongBird Media Player. SongBird is a media player built on top of Mozilla Firefox. Really. Instead of just trying to be an “OSS iTunes” (which is does very well), its focus is that it will catalog ALL of the media you consume, whether it be your iTunes, your MP3 collection, your favorite Internet radio station, or even your favorite music or video website. You can use it to “play the web”. Neat huh? It’s still in development (the official 1.0 public release is expected sometime this year), but you can go check it out and see where online media is going. Seriously, ditch Winamp already!

While I was surfing around on the SongBird website, I also ran across a similarly named (and just as interesting) project, also based on Mozilla, called Flock. Flock is sort-of a replacement for Mozilla Firefox. More specifically though, its Firefox “modded” to be WAY more useful on Social Networking sites (like WordPress blogs like this one, or like Flickr). It has a builtin Flickr photobar, builtin blog posting clients (which I am actually using to post this entry now!) and many other enhancements to make the “Social Web” easier and more fun to traverse. If you are a blogger or Myspace-er or Flickr-er, you really ought to try this out…

So that’s what I’ve been playing with in my “spare time”, in between working, and working on my new my new record. Ahh, the Internet…

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