Gmail Adds MP3 Player

Google has apparently added an MP3 playing feature to Gmail. So, if someone emails you an mp3 as an attachment, the little google player will come up to allow you to play the sound right from Gmail. Very neat.

You can also embed this player in your website so your visitors can listen to an audio clip right from any page. The embedded player at Gmail calls this URL to play the attached MP3:
http://mail.google.com/mail/html/audio.swf?audioUrl=MP3_URL

UPDATE: iSpider goes into more detail on how to embed the player in a website.

[Via Paul Stamatiou]

Windows Live Writer Review

Microsoft released a fresh and shiny WYSIWYG blogging tool today. It’s called Windows Live Writer. Microsoft needs to hire some new people to choose names for these new products. The name alone makes me not want to use it.

Now, the stupid name aside, the tool actually looks like it could be very useful. Paul Stamatiou has a very lengthy review, from installation to actually publishing a blog post.

Windows Live Writer is still in beta, so expect some issues if you’re going to be using it. Apparently it’ll play nicely with pretty much any blogging platform. Rather than me writing more, just go read Paul’s review.

Want more reviews? Head over to to Elliot Back’s blog or Pro Blogger.

Hezbollah Rockets Suck

Apparently the rockets possessed by Hezbollah are quite shabby, they miss their targets quite often, but that isn’t really the point of this post. This Sandmonkey poses some really great and insightful questions to people of all ethnic backgrounds concerning the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, in Lebanon.

Impressed by this point of view that I haven’t considerd before, I asked him what he would’ve thought, if a Hezbollah rocket had attacked a building in Israel, killing 55 civillians, of which 30 were children. He responded immeidtely “I would’ve thought it was great! A7san!”.

So I repeated the same question to 8 other co-workers, and the responses so far have been as follows: 7 said they would celebrate, and 2 said that such an attack would’ve been bad, but justified! Yeah! Not a single person said that the death of any civllian, on either side, is an equal tragedy. Civillians dead on our side is tragic, civillian deaths on their side cause for celebration. And if you think I am being unfair or demonizing arabs or whatever, do me a favor and try it at your work place and/or with members of your family. Conduct this little social experiment and see for yourself. The results are very interesting.

There’s an extensive list of very well thought out comments to read through too. As you can imagine, some comments are quite heated.

UPDATE:
Now, Sandmonkey has been slandered in a BBC-Arabic article. The author of the BBC article says:

The owner of the famous Sandmonkey blog, who published a Poem that encoruages Israel to flatten Hezbollah a couple of days ago, has said that Israel has encouraged a new generation of arab liberal to hate it.

The BBC article author flat out lied in his article, saying Sandmonkey published a poem encouraging Israel to flatten Hezbollah. That’s not the impression I got from the “Some slightly uncomfortable questions” post. I think that BBC author has gotten himself in more trouble than he probably knows. I think Sandmonkey is contemplating suing for libel. I hope he does.

Eucalyptus Leaf Eating Retards

Wombats don’t like to fight. Some guy in Toledo had a bunch of Wombats in an attempt to start a wombat-fighting ring. Apparently he was pretty upset when his Wombats didn’t exhibit any violent behavior:

“The bastard who sold them to me said they were vicious killers,” said Kensington. “I paid $300 bucks for a pair of eucalyptus-leaf eating retards who just stare at each other with a dull glare.”

Kensington tried many techniques to get the wombats to fight, but all they would do is “eat and breed.”

“Yeah, I tried poking ’em with sticks, yelling at ’em, and dumping acid on their heads, but nothing seemed to work,” he said. “They just sit there and stare at you, drooling and grunting.”

The animals, said Kensington, have been a bad investment, and he was “relieved” when police arrived.

“Not only will they not fight, but they dig their way out of every kennel I’ve built,” he said. “Good riddance, I say about the smelly bastards.”

Dumb ass.

Major Technorati Update

Technorati just released a new interface to the site. They haven’t just made changes to the appearance of the site however.

First, in addition to a simpler and brighter design, we’ve continued to improve our core search technologies that index new information within minutes of being posted to the Web. We listened hard to your feedback – and redesigned the search results pages to include much less intrusive (and well-marked) ads, more results above the fold, and better sorting options – including sorting by language, authority, and freshness. If you’re confused, you can get a deeper explanation of keyword results and of URL results. In addition, our link-counting mechanisms have also been dramatically improved. If you’re a blogger, you should notice that your blog is being counted much more regularly, and that your rankings and authority information is much more accurate and up-to-date.

More regular counting of inbound links is awesome! Ranking and authority updates are nice too, I never put too much weight in those numbers as they never changed very often (maybe that’s good?). They’re also trying to make it easier to discover new content, via their Discover section.

These upgrades look really great overall. They just underwent a redesign not too long ago (back in June of 2005). Wonder what we can expect next year?

Mashable has screenshots of the old Technorati versus the new Technorati.