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Jan 2006
del.icio.us - Social Bookmarks
del.icio.us
Early in 2005 I read an InfoWorld article about Social Bookmarking that caught my attention. Having not heard of this computer term prior, it interested me. As it turns out Social Bookmarking allows anyone to share Internet Bookmarks with a keyword tagging mechanism that allows easy searching amongst systems. Sure you could use Yahoo, Google, and/or other Search Engines but del.icio.us is different. If I had to categorize it I'd say it's sort-of a Peer-to-Peer Bookmark manager allowing you to customize your links to your personal liking. One advantage is access from any computer with Internet access.

del.icio.us (acquired by Yahoo) is a social bookmarks manager Web site. There are many out there I've recently learned and this comparison document may help you identify the differences and features. I will primarily be writing from the del.icio.us mindset, although many aspects are similar. Del.icio.us allows you to easily discover links or to post links to your personal collection of links, categorize those link resources with keywords/tags, share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others. You may even tag certain links semi-private, for only you to view or find these. To start I recommend looking over the help pages, you can learn quickly from this information.

There are several ways you can search del.icio.us resources and many available browser tools specialized for it's use and assist in a plethora of del.icio.us tasks (as well as other
Social Bookmark servers.) I'll discuss Plug-ins later after we introduce the remaining basics (who, where, what, when, & why).

What: is del.icio.us or Social Bookmarking? Well if you didn't get it from my explanation above here's the Help pages '
about del.icio.us'. I think I've covered 'who' already... (Hello - it's for YOU, me, anyone with Internet access).
'Where': Hold on Hoss! Before running off without the rest of the basics you can learn a lot from why you'd want to use del.icio.us. Why would you want to use del.icio.us, you ask? Well first off, I can only lead you to it, I can't make you use it, but you may find it useful to share your favorite Web sites/resources and use this as a tool to discover new resources.
Example let's dive in and take a look at my del.icio.us member account, at (http://del.icio.us/macdillon). You'll learn my interests, and see my tagged keywords. I'm interested in Accessible Web development, Web standards, Casscading Style Sheets (CSS) technology, Macintosh computers, Motorcycles, guitar, and fun, amongst other tags. These tags help me to recall resources I chose to save and share. If any of these Tags interest you, feel free to explore.

ok, now let's cover Where... The
http://del.icio.us home page allows you to register for your own sub-account and begin creating, sharing, and categorizing your favorite tags and bookmarks. I recommend you surf a while to learn more and explore this new territory. The links below should be a helpful nudge into discovering the world of Delicious Social Bookmarks:

Popular:
Popular Tags are the current popular Tag from all users in the del.icio.us server systems.
Trendalicious: a near real-time view of Web site popularity trends. Also check out the Delicious tip of the day, Graph Del.icio.us: A map to others linking to users, Absolutely Del.icio.us - A Complete Tool Collection, and Delicious Help pages.

How do you search?

You can search for any keyword tag from the official delicious search form available at: del.icio.us/search/.

Last but certainly not least, I encourage the use of the free
FireFox browser and Thunderbird E-mail software over all others for there advanced open standards compliance and features. If you use either of these there are plenty of Plug-in's to assist with easier Tagging and Bookmarking. I suggest reviewing the Absolutely Del.icio.us - Complete Tool Collection to learn more about Delicious and available Plug-In's for many various applications besides FireFox and Thunderbird.

I hope this gets you socializing...

Update: added July 2006 -- This is a bit excessive but a trend could be: mobilicio.us -
http://mobilicio.us/www/. Access you Delicious Bookmarks via your Web enabled Cell phone or PDA.

Enjoy the ride!
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Seal Care Guide 1.0
What makes seals fail, and how can you improve their life? I’ve found the main culprit to seal life has always been dirt. So the real question is how does one prevent dirt from entering the seal. Read full article from MX-Tech...
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Free 411 Info
Cell phone companies are charging $1.00
or more for 411 telephone information calls, and you don't have to pay that.
Instead, when you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial
1 800 FREE 411
or
1-800-373-3411
without incurring a charge at all, well except for the minutes required to make the call on a cell phone other wise it's currently a free 411 telephone directory service.

PS. My favorite free Web Telephone directory service is "
http://www.switchboard.com"; Note the reverse telephone number lookup option. A handy tool sometimes when you have a number with no name... Winking

This free 411 service and AMSA's 411 service (by John Middleton are purely coincidental and in no way associated with one another... Duh! Winking
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Announcing AMSA's New Blog
OK AMSAers a bit of vacation over the holidays have allowed me to finally dabble into setting up a Blog. If you are not familiar with what a Blog is, let's just introduce you right now... A Blog is short for Weblog. A Weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site.

I intend to link to written articles for archival purposes and allow friendly commenting on these articles on various subject matters. This will be experimental for a while until we gain a better understanding and capabilities. As always, hang on and enjoy the ride.... now gas it!
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How To: Set Up Your Bike
Dirt Rider Magazine - How To: Set Up Your Bike
From spokes to sag, the basics of setting up your new—or used—bike.
http://dirtrider.com/tech/141_0411_set_up/
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