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Ridiculous Site of the Day: Bacolicio.us (or Oprah with Bacon)

baconOkay, I’m adding fuel to the fire and throwing some bacon on top of it. (It’s my late breakfast, and very possibly the worst post to date on this site.)

Crazy, ridiculous, (add your own adjective here) site of the day is http://bacolicio.us with a dot us instead of a dot com. And no www required, why let a few extra letters stand between you and your bacon.

Bacolicio.us allows you to serve up your favorite web site — or any web site — with a serving of bacon on top.

To use bacolicio.us with your favorite site, just type http://bacolicio.us/ and then type the full address of your favorite site after the last slash, and don’t use any spaces.

So here are what some sites look like with bacon on top:

googleGoogle: http://bacolicio.us/http://www.google.com

Oprah Winfrey: http://bacolicio.us/http://www.oprah.com/ Mmmm! tasty!

starwarsStar Wars: http://bacolicio.us/http://www.starwars.com The dark side is better with bacon.

Skylarking: http://bacolicio.us/http://www.skylarknetworks.com/blog Do birds eat bacon?

whitehouseThe White House: http://bacolicio.us/http://www.whitehouse.gov Can’t reform Wall Street and save the economy on an empty stomach.

New York Times: http://bacolicio.us/http://www.nytimes.com/ This’ll be great on Sunday mornings at the breakfast nook.

Late Entry: Bacolicio.us with bacon: http://bacolicio.us/http://bacolicio.us

If you don’t believe it, or if you need a helping of bacon, just go to http://bacolicio.us and try it out yourself. It’s not fattening and it won’t clog your arteries.

Thanks to caroliiine and dens on Twitter for bringing home the bacon.  Skylarking thanks you!

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For all you Bloglines users out there, you can find Skylarking among the feeds there. I’m spreading my wings and broadening the horizons as it were. I setup a blog there called “Skylarking’s Notes” where I’ll track some items’ I find on the web, much as I do here. the URL/web address is http://www.bloglines.com/blog/skylarking.

For those of you unfamiliar with Bloglines, here is a description, slihtly revised, from the site:

What is Bloglines?

Bloglines is a FREE online service that helps you subscribe to and manage web information, such as news feeds, blogs 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.

How Does Bloglines Work?

Bloglines is a “news aggregator.” Many online information sources, including web sites, blogs and news services, now broadcast their content to the web in so-called “syndicated feeds” or “news feeds” with new technologies like Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and ATOM. News aggregator software and services collect those syndicated feeds and present them to end users in a variety of ways.

Bloglines is a server-based aggregation system. This means that we run and manage all of the software and technologies necessary to collect the syndicated feeds from tens of millions of online information sources on our own computer servers and databases, and deliver that amazing content to you as a free, easy-to use online service.

After you join Bloglines you simply search for the content you are interested in and identify the feeds you want to track. Once you “subscribe” to those feeds (a single-click maneuver in most cases), Bloglines will constantly check those feeds for changes or additions and direct new information onto your Bloglines personal page.

How is Bloglines different from other news readers and aggregators?

  1. We’re free. Others charge a one time or monthly fee.
  2. We’re a web-based service you can use from any computer or appliance with a web browser. Others are desktop-bound software applications.
  3. Nobody offers all the features we do.
  4. We were the first, we are the largest and fastest growing.

How Much Does Bloglines Cost?

Nothing. Zip. Nada. Bloglines is completely free.

I hope you’ll look me up when you get there.  Again, the URL over there is bloglines.com/blog/skylarking.

Cuil: The New Search Tool

Cuil's logo

Cuil's logo

A new search engine site launched recently: Cuil (pronounced ‘Cool’ from the Old Irish word for ‘knowledge’). The new site experienced some much ballyhooed problems, some due to a huge rush of traffic to see and tryout the new search tool, and some ‘problems’ where users didn’t get the results they expected.

And that’s the whole point.  It’s not Google; it’s cool, er, Cuil; and its all about knowledge.

What sets Cuil apart is it focus, it’s appearance, and the absence of ads.

Just The Facts

If you’re looking for information, real solid information uncluttered by poor writing and unproven facts, then Cuil is a great place to start looking.  Many people today might rush to Wikipedia.org to find information, but if you’re in the know, you know that Wikipedia’s articles aren’t necessarily fact because anyone, and I mean anyone, can write in Wikipedia.

Google Results

Google Results

Go to Google and search for information on any subject, and a Wikipedia article will probably pop up in the first 5 rows. Not so at Cuil. Is that bad?  Is that wrong? No! Because Cuil knows that Wikipedia’s articles can be more opinion than fact.  The potential for misinformation at Wikipedia has harmed the grade point average of many student’s of all ages.

For example: I did a search for “New Jersey” at both Cuil and Google.  Google listed Wikipedia’s entry at number 2, but it didn’t even show on the first two pages at Cuil.  Check out the pictures attahced.

Another thing you’ll notice about Cuil’s results: They look great, and they’re loaded with good information before you even think to click a link. Cuil displays about twice as much text from the target site, and displays it in a highly readable fashion.

By default, Cuil uses a three column layout, but you can switch to a two column view in the lower right hand corner of the screen.  Again, the two or three column view puts more information on your screen so less page scrolling is needed.  (You’d be surprised to know how many people never scroll, and how many don’t even know they can.)

Cuil Results

Cuil Results

Check out the attached pictures for a closer look at Cuil’s layout and design.

Another thing you’ll notice with their results. Look, ma! No ads!  Go to either Google, Yahoo!, or Windows Live! and conduct a search, and some where you’re going to find ads.  Ads can be great if you are out to shop, but I don’t know many people who turn to ads as a substitute for an education. Do you?

Once again, the absence of ads tells you that Cuil is all about information and knowledge. If you’re shopping or searching for opinions, go to the other guys, but if you want solid information, Cuil will take care of you.

As an aside, you might remember the time, all those years ago, when many of us starting turning to Google instead of Yahoo.  We went there because there was no clutter. We went there because there was good information. If that’s still important to you, as it is for me, you may find yourself turning to Cuil for knowledge.

If anyone has a question, please email them to me using the Contact link, or, if it relates to today’s message, please use the Comment and Question link below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.