testing, testing again

Now I’m testing Flock’s Flickr tool (say that ten times fast). Using the browser’s blog authoring tool, it is possible to pull up one’s (or anyone’s) photos on Flickr. The pictures can then be dragged-and-dropped into a blog post. I’ll choose to post one of my dog in his Halloween costume. I give you Darth Mao:

darth mao

Interesting to note that the search box in Flock defaults to Yahoo! Could they be poising themselves for a buy-out already? Other options in the search box are google, amazon, ebay, technorati, and wikipedia.

Speaking of wikipedia, tonight the Periodicals librarian beat me to the punch answering a reference question about the usage of a word. She found an answer on wikipedia while I was walking to the dictionary. I tell ya, give’em an inch… ;) She was pleased and so was I.

One more thought about Flock, or the concept of a highly personalized browser in general. Let’s say, like I have, that I set up my browser to interact with my Flickr account, blogs, del.icio.us bookmarks, and maybe things like RSS feeds and email. I’m sure other things might pop up too like calendar and netflix widgets. This is fine and dandy when I’m on my own machine, but what happens when I’m using a computer at a friend’s house? I won’t have access to my information powerhouse browser, and in fact, I might be invading his space by using a browser with all of his details. Perhaps when this stuff matures, browsers will have a login process to present you with all of your personal goodness and all of the conversations your web applications are having with each other. Right now, though, this seems like a terrifying prospect. Would you give Internet Explorer all of your usernames and passwords *for storage on the web?* Heck no.

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  1. I have tinkered with having portable Firefox on a USB stick do the job of moving from computer to computer, but there are problems –
    1. It’s PC only, and I run a mac at home
    2. Many computers don’t have USB or don’t allow sticks
    3. Web cafes are too locked down, so no good when travelling

    This is why I’m in favour of being able to host such services on your own site, or to at least be able to export from social services. But then again, many places won’t let you get into addresses with port numbers (eg site.com:2988 whatever which is used for webmail, cpanel etc) so there goes that idea too.

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