Web 2.0 Sites:
- Loopnote - An easy and fun way to create alerts that others can subscribe to
- Spresent - Create and edit high-quality Flash presentations online
- UrbanFonts - A collection of free and commercial fonts and dingbats for download.
- The FyberSearch Network - Consists of the following five distinct search engines
- Wesabe - Take control of your money to reach your financial goals
- LabPixies - Your source for some of the coolest gadgets and widgets on the Web
- Gotuit - A new class of on-demand video products
- Snap - Lets your visitors see where a link goes before they click on it
- PalTalk -Find people talking about any subject live with voice and video
- Geesee - Add chat to your blog or website for free
Freeware Feature of the Week: Neti - This is a peer-to-peer search engine and bookmark sharing program.
Wallpaper of the Week: Christmas Balls
The Week in Geek News:
- Red 5 Studios wants to bring Web 2.0 to games - VentureBeat
- Microsoft releases XNA Studio Express - GameSpot
- Community websites take wiki path - BBC News
- IBM and Yahoo in search partnership - ElectricNews
- Massive security breach at UCLA - Register
- Apple iTunes Sales Take a Nose Dive - DailyTech
- StumbleUpon offers auto discovery of online videos - Yahoo! News
- Virtually Addicted - BusinessWeek
- Microsoft Seeks to Unleash the Robots - MSNBC
- Lessons from the UCLA Hack Attack - TIME
Flickr Image of the Week: by Cyril Saulnier
Top Blog Picks:
Article of the Week: New video game theory - Vail Daily
Art Site of the Week: 9 to 5 Paintings - 9 to 5 paintings are a visual representation of your daily computing routines.
Video of the Week: Transforming a 2D image into 3D - Researchers of Carnegie Mellon University have taught a computer to recognize and transform a single 2D image to a 3D model, wait for it... automatically!
Geek Tip: - Once used by older versions of Windows to provide a more complete shortcut with information needed to run an application, PIF files are generally only used in the modern era to spread a virus. Always remember that you should never open one, even if the email appears to come from a trusted source. This is because most virus writers use your address book to identify the sender, specifically to trick you into opening the attachment.
That wraps it up! You can find an archive of past articles here. Keep the links coming, everyone! My thanks goes out to Michael for submitting this weeks Geek Tip. Do you know of a great site that's worth sharing? Do you have any comments or suggestions? Click Discuss this Article below to post your comment in the forums or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.