Trying out new web apps

I’m giv­ing Rojo a spin right now.

I trans­fered all my feeds from Blog­lines yes­ter­day and, after an ini­tial feel­ing that the app was bloat­ed, I must say I quite like it. The tag­ging is well-imple­ment­ed, and for some rea­son I feel I can scan my new sto­ries much faster here than in Blog­lines. The only glar­ing ommis­sion is a notifier!

I’ve also signed up for 30 Box­es, and have been play­ing with the real­ly cool nat­ur­al lan­guage event input sys­tem. Once you get used to the forced AM / PM syn­tax, it’s quite nice. The only thing I’m miss­ing here is a way to import an iCal export (.ics).

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The first dig­i­tal music down­load ser­vice that gets it right, in my opin­ion, is Warp Records Bleep.

I dis­cov­ered it through Chris Heat­cote’s blog (thanks Chris) and decid­ed to give it a go. Sign­ing up is pain­less, brows­ing through the music works rea­son­ably well (although they could take a few hints from ser­vices like Odeo when it comes to inter­face design) and buy­ing an album is easy, you can even use Pay­Pal, so no look­ing around for your cred­it card. Best of all is the fact that the files are plain mp3s with­out DRM. Love­ly. Give them a try!

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