Saturday, March 22, 2008

How To Beat Time

(And other funky tips)

 

A lot of times I find myself with little time on my hands, but enough to do something with it. So I decide to check out the blogs I usually read. If I have more time, I’ll check out others as well.

Due to the insufficient amount of time on hand, and the growing amount of favorites, it’s too much of a hassle for me to check each and every blog by clicking on Favorites.

And then there was light.

And there was Google Reader.

It is the BEST! It’s like your own personal Blog Aggregate. Hah! Take that Kuwait-Blogs-Aggregate-who-still-did-not-add-me-after-6+ months.

  1. You enter the blogs that you want, and every time someone updates a post, it will show that Blog’s name with a number between brackets next to it, telling you the number of posts you haven’t read yet.
  2. It even updates as you are reading, so no need to refresh the site or anything.
  3. Added bonus: It doesn’t need installation. Just login and get going. Can be accessed anywhere.

Oh Google guy! Marry me! Make me the most efficient (and happiest) woman alive!

Next up: Del.icio.us

It bookmarks sites, posts, articles and whatever else you find on the Internet. Before I started using this, I used to copy and paste the posts I liked, or saved pictures directly to my computer. I created folders within folders to organize all the files and photos. But with Del.icio.us, you can save them without the hassle. This is done in 2 ways:

  1. Involves installing a toolbar to your browser, and then every time you want to save something you like, you click on “Post to Del.icio.us” and then edit the details whenever you want. The toolbar is installed only on your computer.
  2. Works by copying the link and posting it to your Del.icio.us page, in which case you should always leave another browser page open to your Del.icio.us account. Useful for office computers when you can’t download anything.

Added bonus: can be accessed anywhere and there’s no risk of losing your bookmarks thru lets say a computer crash. Neat, huh?

Stay tuned for more tips from the ever so kind and generous and gorgeous This Lady.

12 comments:

:::ShoSho::: said...

I am on the Google reader but the other one is new to me..

the only thing I don't like about the reader is that it shows the deleted posts..

Baroque said...

delicious is so last year, but for added fun you can access your friends favorites, and actually see what they are delicious-ing by going to the "my networks" tab and "subscribing" to them..

google reader seems too technical...

Marzouq said...

I agree with you 100%! Google reader is a savior for organizing all your feeds! I use it for more then just normal blogs! I have been using it for a year and a half now and love it!

Del.ic.ious is just like tagging and going, sometimes I just check it out later to see what I have tagged and stored! I used to have HUGE bookmark lists in my browsers, but not anymore!

Big Pearls said...

thanks for sharing..I'll definetly try google reader

G and L said...

thanks for the tip;)

Ms. D said...

too much technology

eshda3wa said...

oOooooH

i like the sound of google reader

and back off
i want to marry google guy!

Miss A said...

Sorry ladies, I thought Google boy got married last year?!

Also, I never did understand that delicious thing - so thanks for that!!

Grey said...

In India we call it 'Timepass' ( beating time) As in conversation
Hey what you are doing?
Nothing just 'timepass'.

I am a great fan of reader, i guess since last year i have nearly 300 blogs on it.

This Lady said...

shosho: ur right. But i just use it to tell me what's new and then i'll visit that blog to read it. Because it doesnt show you the same format/layout as the blog itself.

baroque: i'm new to this latfashleeni :p

marzouq: i know its amazing! It organizes ur reading as well.

big pearls, g and I: ur welcome.

ms d: no noooo its easy!!

eshda3wa: i called it first!

miss a: break my heart why dont u :(

Grey: I know what you mean. Ur talking about 'passing time'. My title doesnt mean passing time, it means how to BEAT it, as in, getting ahead of time (so you have more time to do things).
Its a title I came up with, dont know if this phrase exists!

WendyB said...

I love Google reader, even though I hate Google the company. So you know it must be good!

FourMe said...

Google Reader is the work of the devil! Down with it I say ..