del.icio.us was awesome. It was my first introduction to truly social software. It was my first introduction to tags and folksonomy vs. taxonomy – which blew my tiny mind.
And it was useful. Immediately, quickly, crazy useful. You could find the stuff you had seen! You didn’t have to be on the computer you had originally seen things on! You could bubble up lists of things you were interested in! I was struck with love.
Then Yahoo bought it and did the thing that Yahoo does to promising and interesting websites. It starves and kills them. So delicious is now getting bought by AVOS.
The New Thing
I’ve moved on and Trunkly looks like the best replacement so far. It is free, they will import all of your delicious bookmarks, scrape your twitter and facebook feeds, and one of the first things they built was a way to get your stuff back out of the site. I always like to have an exit strategy. I suggest trunkly as a delicious migration. The developers are really responsive and they have the freedom right now to do new and surprising improvements.
Not a small benefit: It is EARLY and short names on trunkly are available. So I was able to get http://trunk.ly/mk
Finally, the Point
The trunkly submit bookmark form is a bit crap though. I fixed it. See:
You need the Firefox browser and the excellent Greasemonkey addon. Got those installed?
Great – now click here to install Autosuggest Tagging for Trunkly.
. You can always see the source or file bugs on it at the UserScripts.org page.
Nate Whitten wrote in with a suggestion for Better Berkeley Webcasts. He wants to save all of the files to check them out later. He’s using a download manager like Down Them All , but Berkeley’s files are named poorly, so he doesn’t know which one to watch first.
Even better, he sent in the fix for it – he’s numbered the download links.
You should download it from me, or over on the UserScripts.Org page. As always, you’ll need Firefox and Greasemonkey.
- my favorite, you should check it out (back)
The group of misfits I grew up with has turned out pretty well.
One of them, Robb Willer was my debate partner for a while. He’s gone on to be a professor at Berkeley. Robb won the Golden Apple award for being an awesome teacher. How awesome? Robb’s got intellectual groupies!
Berkeley put up Robb’s lectures under a Creative Commons license, so you can download them if you want and distribute them. Of course, Berkeley hasn’t given people any links to download the lectures. A bit lame if you ask me. Also, the way they’ve presented the lectures is terrible. Clicking anywhere on the page during playback makes the video close! That won’t do. I whipped up a quick fix.
- Install the excellent greasemonkey firefox addon.
- Install my Better Berkely script to fix the webcast page.
Done. Now the video is fixed. When I get a free moment I’ll update the script to provide download links to all of the lectures, because what use is a creative commons license when you can’t get the media‽ Now the videos are available for download as well.