Stacy's Weekly Mashup: Pipes, Imbee, Talkr, FreeMind, MSNBC's Top Games...

Got a click-happy finger? Stacy serves up another mashup of links to the hottest Web stuff for your clicking enjoyment! Get linked to popular Web 2.0 sites, blogs, news, tips multi-media and more!
Published: Mar 29, 2007
Author: Stacy Reed

Web 2.0 Sites:

  • MindMeister - A collaborative online mind mapping tool
  • Pipes - An interactive feed aggregator and manipulator
  • imbee - The first secure social networking and blogging destination for kids
  • VoiceThread - Make audio and text comments presentations so that an entire group's story can be told in one place
  • Talkr - A nifty voice chat widget for blogs, websites, and even email
  • Blummy - A free tool for quick access to your favorite web services via your bookmark toolbar
  • LetterPop - Make startlingly creative newsletters in minutes without installing any software
  • Gickr - Create an animated GIF in seconds from Flickr images or your own uploaded images
  • Rounded Cornr - Generate HTML/CSS code and images for rounded corners
  • Raise Capital - An online community where entrepreneurs can showcase their business ideas and capital needs to investors

Freeware Feature of the Week: FreeMind - A premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. A mind map and is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure, classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making.

Wallpaper of the Week: Flames Red & Black

The Week in Geek News:

Flickr Image of the Week: by Bobesh

Article of the Week: Top 5 games that help you get into character - MSNBC

Art Site of the Week: Draw Over - A fun collaborative drawing game

Video of the Week: A New Way to Multiply

Geek Tip: Does Vista Really Need 4GB of RAM? - This week's geek tip comes from Windows Secrets Newsletter, Issue 101 in which Fred Langa addressed an article published by Computerworld that suggests Microsoft Vista will require 4BG to run. Fred explains the details of this issue and concludes that Vista will run optimally with no performance loss if the computer does have 4GB of RAM but it's certainly not necessary:

" So, does Vista really need 4GB? No. Vista will run in a limited way with as little as 512MB. It will run passingly with 1GB, and fairly well with 2GB. But, if you're looking to get as much out of Vista as it has to offer, then yes, you need 4GB of RAM."
Read more here!

Thanks for dropping in for another Weekly Mashup! You can find an archive of past Web 2.0 articles here. Keep the links coming, everyone! My thanks goes out to all the web developers who have been suggesting their sites to me via email. You know who you are, and you know your software rocks! If you know of a great site that's worth sharing, or if you have any comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you! Click Discuss this Article below to post your comment in the forums or send an email to sreed@tucows.com

About Stacy Reed

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.

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