Bloglines

One of my colleagues asked me what news aggregator I used and if I saved time by subscribing to specific RSS feeds. I wish there was a feature in Bloglines that would help answer the question because I’ve lost track of the number of hours I’ve saved as a result of using Bloglines. Furthermore, the ability to save and search through previous subscriptions constantly helps me find things that I would have lost in the traditional browser.

From the Ask.com description, Bloglines is a free online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio. Bloglines tracks the information you�re interested in, retrieves new stuff as it happens, and organizes everything for you on your own personal web news page.

If you’re looking for a news aggregator I would definitely recommend Bloglines, although My Yahoo!, MSN’s Start, Newsgator, FeedDemon, Google Personal and RSS Bandit are just some of the various programs or services that can help with RSS feed subscription and reading.

Defining Moment (Lyrics)

Defining Moment by Newsong

There comes a time in every heart
A time of real decision
When we reach the point of choosing how we will live our lives
All our hopes, all our dreams will rise up from that moment
The moment we surrender and choose to follow Christ
He’s been waiting all our lives to hear us say
I am yours, Lord, take my hand and lead the way

Chorus:

When you believe he’s all you need
That will be your defining moment
As you live your life walking in his light
Trusting him completely
That will be, that will be your defining moment

All I have, all I am is resting in his promise
The promise that he’ll make me everything that I should be
I will live, I will die, for the cause he’s set before me
To take this love inside my heart for all the world to see
All of heaven celebrates when they hear someone say
I am yours, Lord, take my hand and lead the way

Bridge:

His amazing grace is such a mystery,
How in an instant it can make your life complete

Service Lockin

Jason Calcanis has started a thread titled The Official Meta Lockin Shame and Short-term Solution List describing how various service providers do not provide an easy way to export your data. With e-mail services such as Hotmail or GMail, functions to import addresses are provided. However, when it comes to getting these addresses out of Hotmail or GMail you literally need to pay the company to export your data. For example, Hotmail has recently begun introducing services such as Outlook Live as a way to synchronize contacts with Outlook or as an alternative if you were really that desperate you could sign up for the MSN service just to use Intellisync. So with all these issues how do you decide which service provider to choose? Do you go with GMail because of it’s slick interface and constant onshoot of new features or do you stick with the old player on the block and hope that they’re still willing to compete with all these other service providers? As David Worthington reports, Microsoft is testing a new Hotmail interface. Considering that Hotmail has been around for 10 years and has racked up over 200 million users expect this testing to be one that could drag on until all kinks have been ironed out.

The North American Solar Challenge

Messiah College just finished the 2005 Solar Splash – an annual solar boat racing and design competition. Unfortunately, this year they will not be participating in the American Solar Challenge – the annual solar car racing and design competition. Nevertheless, I’m hoping at least one of the teams blog about the race. While at Messiah, this was definitely one of the most all round activities I had participated in, competitive not only on the race course but also in terms of the application of technology and real-world in every sense of the word. From scouting for sponsors and developing marketing material, to working with the heads-up display and memories of lots and lots of all-nighters. Every one of those days was devoted to the cause of helping develop a car that would run on solar power. If you get a chance, I urge you to stop by and show your support for a local university’s racing car, especially considering that gas prices aren’t showing any signs of decrease.

Autodriveaway

Has anyone used Autodriveaway or a similar service to drive a car between two destinations? Autodriveaway offers a cheap service to transport vehicles by pairing a driver with a vehicle that needs to be transported between locations.

In this request I’m trying to see if it’s worth going through the process required to be accepted as a qualified driver as opposed to just renting a car from one of the umpteen car rentals.