Have you been thinking about buying a Kindle? Amazon’s wireless reading device is gaining in popularity. Right now, you can get $50 off of the price by using a code from the Oprah Winfrey show. All you have to do is enter the promotional code OPRAHWINFREY during the checkout process at Amazon.com to receive the discount.

Code for $50 off the price of Kindle: OPRAHWINFREY

This offer is valid through November 1, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. PST. So act fast if you are thinking about getting one of these for yourself or as a gift for the holidays.

Sites that I found interesting for October 28th 2008 through October 29th 2008:

  • PATCH WINDOWS NOW! – Exploit published for Windows worm hole – Reliable exploit code for the remote code execution vulnerability patched with Microsoft's MS08-067 update has been posted to the Internet, prompting a new "patch immediately" advisory from the company.
    If you aren't set up to auto update, run windows update now.
  • Unbloq » A Writer's Block Tool for Everyone – Writer's block happens. Whether you're contributing to the Internet, writing a paper, or creating a literary work, this inescapable phenomenon is always lurking in the corners of your mind waiting to taunt you with it's existence. Stepping away from your work, taking a breather and grabbing a tea or water can help, but sometimes all it takes is a picture, a word, a small quote, or a short paragraph to flip the switch inside you back on.

    Unbloq was developed with this in mind.

  • How to Engage People on Twitter: Replies, Direct Messages & ReTweets – Video to help you understand Twitter: Replies, Direct Messages & ReTweets

Do you use LinkedIn? In contrast to Twitter and Facebook, for me, LinkedIn is keeping track of people I really know or have worked with. Guy Kawasaki has put together this 10 slide deck to give you some power tips for LinkedIn. If you are looking for work or researching companies there are some great ideas in here. Slideshow below:

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So you are tired of tripping over that tread mill in your bedroom? You know, that thing holding your laundry or dry cleaning. Give it away? Yeah…but it was kind of expensive. Maybe you can make a couple bucks on it? What are your options? The venerable Craigslist has been around for a long time and you are sure to sell it quickly. The only problem is, Craigslist and the like have become hang outs for scammers.

Enter Sell Stuff at Work! It is a brand new site, handy URL too www.sellstuffatwork.com.  The man behind the idea for the site, B.J. Schone, was tired of transactions gong sour on Craigslist. Hopes are that people who know each other or at least have their workplace in common are much more apt to treat each other better. 

You sign up for the site with your work email address. You can also set up a secondary address but the work address is the one used to parse who works with who. Additionally, you get a verification email to the work address to be sure you really are a widget cranker at Acme Inc….or where ever.

Give it a try and tell your coworkers to sign up too. For a limited time, you’ll get a $5 Amazon gift card if you are the first at your company to sign up.

Go now…that treadmill isn’t going to sell itself.

Sites that I found interesting for October 23rd 2008 through October 24th 2008:

Sites that I found interesting for October 16th 2008 through October 22nd 2008:

Whether you just bought a new Vista machine or rebuilt your current one, you need a list of the software you had installed. Everyone has their own unique blend of software they just have to have on a machine to make it truly their own. I have been carefully crafting Windows based machines for a long time so I thought I would publish the list of software that I use. You can build a very functional machine and not spend a dime beyond the original purchase price. I do have some commercial software listed here that some people will tell me has free alternatives. I know, I have tried them. The stuff I spend money on just works or saves me a ton of time on configuration because it is the best in its class.

So here is the TecLifeWeb Blend. I’ll try to keep it updated. You’ll find links to all the software so you can build download and blend your own.

  • AVG Anti-Virus
  • Firefox – Best web browser and the following add-ons
    • GreaseMonkey Add-on
    • Double Click Relinker Script – Script I wrote to prevent your click from being hijacked by Double Click
    • Google Secure – Make sure Gmail and other Google services are accessed by https
    • Old Bar – Cleans up the way the URL Bar (aka Awesome Bar) presents results. Makes it more like Firefox 2.
    • IE Tab – Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Firefox
    • Better GMail 2 – Add useful extra features and skins to Gmail, like hierarchical labels, macros, signatures, file attachment icons, and more.
    • Shareaholic – Lets you post links to all kinds of social sites include del.icio.us, digg, facebook, etc.
    • Tab Mix Plus – tabs on steroids and a whole lot more
    • Video DownloadHelper – for downloading clips from YouTube and elsewhere
    • Foxmarks – Foxmarks is a free add-on for your Firefox browser that syncs and backs up your bookmarks and passwords across multiple computers and more.
  • Silverlight (this also checks what version is installed to be sure it is up to date)
  • Flash
  • 7-zip – MUCH better and faster than the native unzipping tool
  • Foxit PDF reader (light weight and very fast)
  • CuteFDF Writer (Printer driver to print to PDF)
  • OpenOffice (Open Source MS Office alternative)
  • ISORecorder – Create CD/DVD from ISO images. No need for Nero or others
  • VLC (Cross-platform media player and streaming server)
  • Picasa (Google’s photo organizing software)
  • Java – You also get Java with Open Office so no need to download separately.
  • Dropbox – Sync files between your machines

Codec Setup
Install these 2 and follow my instructions an you’ll be able to play any video file type in Vista Media Center or Windows Media Player

Commercial Software

Optional

  • Virtual Box – Virtual Box is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.
  • EAC-Exact Audio Copy – follow download link on the left hand side (Setup Instructions)
  • AutoIT3 – Scripting Tool
  • Daemon Tools – For mounting iso images as virtual optical drives. People are getting best results with version is 4.12.3. Especially with blu-ray ISOs.
  • The Levelator – For audio recordings. Levelate a wav file before you compress to mp3 or other. Good for podcasters.

Don’t forget to set these things up
VPN
Network Printers
Fix the tabs in Firefox – not needed as much if you use the tabmixplus plugin.
10 Tweaks to Vista

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Sites that I found interesting for October 16th 2008

  • SanDisk Releases $20 slotMusic Player, Dozens of SD Card Albums – The tracks are 320Kbps, DRM-free MP3 files, the SD cards are reusable and the screenless slotMusic players costs next to nothing. Major label albums are priced at a competitive $15, and can be played without the need for transfer from a computer, though you can load other SD cards with up to 16GB of music and play them, too.
  • First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 1 officially released – The beta includes Mozilla's new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which uses tracing optimization to deliver a massive performance boost that makes it faster than Google Chrome's V8 engine. Although it still falls short of Apple's recent Squirrelfish Extreme project, the Mozilla developers say that TraceMonkey still leaves plenty of room for additional optimization.
  • 10 interesting Google products you don’t know about – Google has so many different products that it becomes pretty hard to keep track of them over time. Some are worth being reminded of, though, because there are several useful Google products that are flying below the radar, unknown to the vast majority of users out there.
  • Flickr Guide: How to Do Everything with Flickr

Sites that I found interesting for October 15th 2008

  • LG BD300: Blu-ray and Netflix in one box – The LG BD300 is "Netflix Internet Streaming Ready," which means it's capable of playing movies, TV shows, and other videos available via Netflix's Watch Now service.
  • Getting the Best from Your Loudspeakers – Because loudspeakers interact with the acoustics of the room in which they are used, optimizing their positions within that room pays major dividends. Inexpensive speakers, optimally set up, may well outperform more expensive models just plonked down willy-nilly.
  • Firefox 3.1 beta 1 – an overview of features for web developers – Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 is out and with it comes a huge pile of new features for developers. While those of you who follow Mozilla’s web-tech blog might know about some of them we thought that with the release of the first beta of 3.1 that it would be good to try to summarize just some of the bigger features for web developers that are part of this beta.
  • Microsoft aiming to deliver Vista SP2 before Windows 7 – The Windows team is readying second service packs for Vista – and for its server complement, Windows Server 2008 – and is aiming to deliver these SP2s before it releases Windows 7.