Solution Watch » Side Notes Solution Watch surveys the bleeding-edge of the productivity world, reviewing and providing in-depth walkthroughs of today's best services all day and every day. Tue, 09 Oct 2007 04:33:36 +0000 en hourly 1 VideoJug Relaunches Mon, 04 Jun 2007 15:14:20 +0000 Brian Benzinger VideoJug, a how-to video sharing site previously reviewed on Solution Watch, relaunched their website today with a fresh new design and new “Ask the Expert” video content.

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unFortunate – Cookies not included. Fri, 04 May 2007 18:20:44 +0000 Brian Benzinger Our company, Parallel, just launched a fun little project that we’ve been working on called, unFortunate. It’s the only place where you can view, create, share, and print your own fortunes. Check it out!

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Virb Social Network Launched Wed, 07 Mar 2007 18:08:18 +0000 Brian Benzinger Just a quick note that Virb, a new social network that’s got me excited, has launched today. I was accepted into the private beta a couple months ago and its really come a long way. It’s beautifully designed, has great iTunes integration, and has got a little bit of everything in there. Perhaps what I like most is how customizable the profiles are. Be sure to check it out!

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swfIR: SWF Image Replacement Tue, 27 Feb 2007 07:38:11 +0000 Brian Benzinger swfIR is a new Flash replacement technique that replaces and adds visual effects to images on the fly using simple JavaScript. It’s similar to the the popular Flash text replacement technique, sIFR. You can, without physically editing an image, set borders, shadows, alpha transparencies, blurring, rotation and more to any image on your website. Pretty neat! (via Mike Davidson)

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BitTorrent Entertainment Network Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:11:52 +0000 Brian Benzinger BitTorrent launched their new digital media download store today in attempts to legalize the BitTorrent process and to, of course, make money. The new site allows users to download and rent movies, television shows, music, and games through the BitTorrent client at a price. Prices aren’t too high, but will BitTorrent users actually pay? More on the new BitTorrent at VentureBeat.

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Bubbleprice – Venture Capital Valuations Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:36:11 +0000 Brian Benzinger Check out Bubbleprice and find out how much investment capital your next product can get you! My product offering a folksonomised rails-based office application got me $3,070,080 in startup capital! (Yes, this site is just a joke created by the same guy behind 8apps.)

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Netvibes Universal Widget API Thu, 22 Feb 2007 03:14:05 +0000 Brian Benzinger Last week I side noted an article with Netvibes on Widget Economy. In the article, Tariq Krim brought up his plans for a universal widget API. You can now find a mailing list for this: Netvibes Universal Widget API. (via)

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Tappity – Personalized Mobile Start Page Thu, 22 Feb 2007 02:57:07 +0000 Brian Benzinger I just tested a new personalized mobile start page service called Tappity. It’s pretty nice actually! I don’t use the internet on my phone too often, but it’s pretty handy. You add your favorite search engines and sites to it so you can view them all on one mobile friendly page. Well designed web interface, too.

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Soocial – Contact Management Thu, 22 Feb 2007 02:38:07 +0000 Brian Benzinger Soocial is software that lets you use your contacts anywhere you need them. It’s a system that synchronizes your contacts between your mobile, pda, home pc, work pc, and third party applications.” – Haven’t seen it yet as it’s invite only, but sounds interesting. Can’t help but think though, don’t we already have enough contact management solutions?

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Free Rider – Draw a track and bike on it Tue, 20 Feb 2007 04:02:35 +0000 Brian Benzinger What do you get when you combine the freedom of Line Rider and the physics of Elasto Mania? Free Rider, a new flash-based game where you can draw your own track and then ride a bike on it. It even implemented a simple save feature that lets you copy your maps data and send it to friends (wish Line Rider had that!). Try not to kill too much of your free time :-).

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