Drop.io: The New Web Service You Didn’t Even Know You Wanted

Drop.io

Drop.io is a not necessarily a new website, but it’s new to you. Drop.io is a DEAD SIMPLE (I love/hate that term) file

sharing site on it’s face. But if you dig deeper Drop.io is quite possibly the most useful site I’ve stumbled upon in recent history.

Drop.io allows users to create drops to place files, links, posts, images, or anything else digital. To create a drop you can create your own moniker or it will assign a random one to you. You do not need to register or enter an email address to create a drop, and there is no limit on the number of drops you can create (as far as I’ve seen). I can’t stress the no registering part enough. You can start sharing files within seconds with no registration. Even better you can set the drop expiration date, so if you only need it for a day, it will be gone tomorrow.  You do not need to set permissions or settings (unless you want to, then you may set an administrator password for the drop for more advanced features).

In addition to all that awesomeness Drop.io has several other features to make it even more awesome. With any drop you are assigned a free conference line, voicemail box,  or fax drop. You can upload files via email (i.e. attachments). You can embed an upload form to any blog or website, to keep your drop hidden. You can upload audio to the drop and Drop.io will make it an automatic podcast for you with enclosure tags and an iTunes link. The voicemail feature assigns you a telephone number and an extension, you can call it and leave a message, which you can then download as an mp3, email, or embed in a website.

I am going on and on here, but there is tremendous wealth to all the features Drop.io has to offer. Best of all of this is… it’s free.  100 MBs per drop, but you can upgrade that if you are willing to dish out some dough.

Check out this video for more.

I love the internet.

Sketchcast

Sketchcast debuted last September, but I’m not sure I posted about it.

It allows you to record sketches in real time and then show them off. You can embed them as well. It’s easier to draw with a graphics pad rather than a mouse.

Stop Using Internet Explorer 6!

So, Internet Explorer 7 came out months ago. But a scary percentage of people still use IE6. They have it install on the computers here at my workplace. A group of people have started a website dedicated to upgrading peoples browsers so that compatibility is easier to achieve.

From Techcrunch:

“Which is why a group of them have created SaveTheDevelopers.org, an organization dedicated to making the Web a better place for developers (and thus for users as well). Web developers can grab a piece of code to put on their Websites which will detect if a visitor is using an outmoded browser (IE6, cough). When the offending browser is detected, a pop-down window will appear (assuming those aren’t blocked) which will direct the user to a page where they can upgrade to IE7, or the latest version of Firefox or Safari.”

Spread the message. I’ve just installed this website with the script. By the way this website looks like crap when viewed in IE6 anyway.

Hulu

Hulu, the joint venture from NBC Universal and Fox to show created content online for free just opened up to the public not too long ago. So if you miss one of your favorite NBC or Fox shows, and don’t have DVR check them out.

You can even embed full episodes on the web. Like this:

Facebook is the new Google?

This is the general opinion in the media: Facebook is the new Google. I’m not quite sure if I agree with this. The company is valuated at 14 billion dollars. Do they generate that much revenue? And how is the Facebook of today different than the MySpace of yesteryear, or the Friendster from years ago.

You may now discuss.

Newsvine

Newsvine.com is a website dedicated to the world of news. What differs from this site and others is that it aggregates news from the Associated Press, and combines that with user submitted news events and opinions. The site also has social aspects such as groups and friends to share news stories with and then discuss them. The site is very open for discussing current topics, and sharing your opinion.


The site boasts several features with a very nice design. The site also asks that users follow a code of honor for submitting news stories.

Newsvine Code Of Honor:

  1. Above all else, respect others. If you see disrespectful behavior, report it, rather than further inflaming the situation.
  2. Before you write, seed, or comment, ask yourself if your contribution increases the strength and virtue of the community.
  3. Newsvine is for collaborative discovery and discussion of the news, not self-promotion. Posting full articles which also appear on your blog is acceptable but seeding your own stuff is not.
  4. Keep your headlines accurate and free of sensationalistic language. For instance, if you’re writing a satirical piece, please follow the form: “Satire: [Headline]”; if you’re seeding a story about a rumor, “Rumor: Yahoo to Buy ___” is appropriate whereas “Yahoo Buys ___” or “WTF! Oh my God!” are not.
  5. Although full internationalization is important to Newsvine, please keep all articles and seeds in English until the system can properly sort multiple languages.
  6. Keep Newsvine tidy by tagging for accuracy rather than for readership, editing headlines and lead-ins to be compact and descriptive, and seeding as close to the original source as possible.

Among everything else, you can customize the homepage to suit your news interests. If you like keeping up on the news, I definitely suggest you check this site out.