Thursday, March 15, 2007

Lesser-Known Side Projects...

Human beings only use about 5% of their brain power. Likewise, as many of us use websites like Google and Wikipedia on a regular basis, there is actually an entire schmorgesboard of services from these websites that people never seem to use. Here is a starter's guide to exploring some of those those under-utilized services.

  • Google - Check out dozens of additional Google services besides simple search, including more experimental ones at Google Labs. Some notables include Calendar, Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Instant Messenger, and Blog software. Most tantalizing though has to be "Google Ride Finder" for finding a taxi, limousine or shuttle using real time position of vehicles.

  • Wikipedia - the online encyclopedia has begun other projects based on user-generated content, including WikiNews which reports news stories through contributors from around the world who write news articles collaboratively, as well as Wikiversity which is dedicated to learning materials and learning communities.

  • Mozilla - The organization that created the Firefox web browser has more software up its sleeve. Among them, Thunderbird is an email client akin to Microsoft Outlook, Sunbird is a cross-platform Calendar application, and SeaMonkey, a web browser, advanced e-mail client, newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editor all-in-one.

Happy hunting.


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