Category Archives: Wild Imaginings

We’ve broken the 6000 mark

While I wasn’t looking, this blog went to over 6000 readers – now more than my long running videoconference blog.

Thanks for being here. I promise to write a little more often than I have in the last month!

Happy Festive Season

If you have the time – see my dancing wishes here. Otherwise:

New Look

I suddenly became tired of the old look so I’ve updated it – the blog not me! This one’s a bit cleaner & fresher I think. Hope you find it easy to read.

Even More Twitter Tools

I won’t go on about it – but Mashable have added even more Twitter tools to their list. (From 60 to 140+)

Check them out.

Podcast your blog – text to speech service

Text to speech programs have been around for ages, but they’re generally quite ‘robotic’ sounding & they never quite get the pronunciation of those difficult words right.

Odiogo is a free online service that has the best quality I’ve found to date. You just enter your blog URL, get a piece of code & add it to your blog. I’ve just set it up in the top right of the sidebar.

If you click through you have the option of signing up for a feed, or you can just listen to the posts there on the page.

Email yourself in the future

Who do you hope (or fear) you will someday become? What would you like to say to that person in 5, 10 or 30 years?

FutureMe is a nifty little website that allows you to do just that. You enter your email address, write something pithy and then choose what date you want the email to be sent to you. You can make your email private – which means it sits quietly in cyberspace awaiting delivery to you & only you. Or you can make it public – but anonymous. These entries are available for reading on the website. It’s an interesting insight into human nature & how many of the same issues face us all 🙂

They’ve even put a collection of public entries into a book you can buy on amazon: Dear Future Me.

BumpTop 3D Desktop

BumpTop is a pretty amazing new way to look at, and use, your desktop. According to the creators:

Bumptop is a fresh and engaging new way to interact with your computer desktop. You can pile and toss documents like on a real desk. Break free from the rigid and mechanical style of standard point-and-click desktops. Interact by pushing, pulling and piling documents with elegant, self revealing gestures.

It works more like a real desk – well mine looks like this one anyway! So maybe it would be a great solution for me.

It’s still in development phase but you can read about it on the BumpTop website and while you’re there join the mailing list for release information. But I think it’s best if you watch a video. Start with this demonstration by one of the co-creators at TED – go to video.

Then you might want to watch the YouTube one below which is a bit more in-depth.