A better way than “Remaindered Links” ?

There’s no justice using “Remaindered Links“. I’m simply saying that there’s got to be a better way to capture the essence of web sites we’ve travelled and loved than to simply archive it as a textual description of links. How is this different than looking at our history menu in our web browsers? Perhaps it’s the ability to categorize and search our links… but I like to window shop, and since browsing is an essential part of the web experience, why not come up with a way to automatically capture the web pages in question with a thumbnail and text summary of the sites? After all, the “richer” the information, the easier it is to find.

Here’s my first attempt to do just that. Using the thumbnails of web sites in Omniweb (the most serious web browser I’ve ever used) and Mac OS X’s SummaryService engine, I parsed my human readable text into a word count literally comparable to the thumbnails of sites I visited (text summary set as low as 5% of full text):

Secure wireless email on Mac OS X
If you’re concerned about strangers having open access to your usernames and passwords, and all the email you send and receive while connected to a public wireless network — whether you use a Mac or not — you’ll want to read this.
…Just as easily as someone could sit near you in a quiet cafe or library and overhear your entire verbal conversation with another person, so could they “listen in” on all the usernames, passwords, and messages passing to and from your computer.
…The last thing you may want to change is to have the tunnel you just configured automatically connect each time you open SSHTM.
…Note: If you didn’t select “Auto connect” in the tunnel’s options, you’ll need to click this start button to create the tunnel each time you open SSHTM.
…This one small extra step of launching SSHTM (allowing the tunnel to be created) is the only extra thing you need to do each time you want to connect and use Mail.

Machined Aluminum Hard Case For My Shuffle – PHOTOS INSIDE!
…I love it and use it more than my 4th Gen 40GB. I couldn’t find any Shuffle hard cases available yet, but I wanted to protect it so I just made my own.
…That is very impressive and one of the nicer things that I have seen made for any iPod.
…The front and back half of the case are joined together by 4 very small screws…. The headphones come in from the top, USB from the bottom, and there is also a window on the back for the on/off/shuffle slider and battery button. It is lined on the front, back, top, bottom, and sides with black velvet.
…Now it won’t get damaged by the other random things I seem to collect in my pocket throughout the day!
…I want to see how you made for control toggle of the back.
…if you have a powerbook, how you can hook it up without usb cable?… but if I were you, I don’t want to carry usb extension cable all the time.

DIY Blackout Cloth Screen > 54″?
I like how it came out and and how the picture looks, but the screen is too small!
… I can comfortably place the projector about 18″ from the screen, and the celings are 10″.
…Or would I be better off going with the painter “owens corning house insulation” foam sheets (4×8, tongue and groove) as seen in one of the other threads?
…The screen needs to be light so I can either take it down (it will be hanging from the ceiling) after each use, or i can fold it up and hook it to the ceiling (like a drop-ceiling tile)..
…I recently found a link on this forum to 110-inch wide blackout cloth at http://www.eztheater.com/products.htm.

Meet the John Motsons of online gaming
Graham is one of a growing number of people who provide play-by-play commentary and analysis of online games and he uses his catchphrase for the most outrageous moments of skill.
…The games are played at a frenetic pace, making real sports such as football and rugby look like petanque, and often it can be difficult to follow the intense action.
…A Counter Strike game can take place in an Italian village or in a train station, and each map is often composed of many different levels and multiple strategic points.
…”A player is constantly having to think on his/her feet, there are no time-outs, there are no penalties, it’s a player’s skill both mentally and physically that will determine who the victor is.”

Mitsubishi Launches Mini DLP PocketProjector
If you’ve always wanted a front projector that you could take with you anywhere, the upcoming PocketProjector from Mitsubishi might just be what you’ve dreamed of.
…The PocketProjector can drive 800×600 SVGA resolution through its Lumileds tri-LED DLP system, rated at over 20,000 hours of lamp life…. Heck, with a digital camera that has AV output, you can set up a virtual slide show no matter where you are – well, so long as you have a clean, flat, white surface to project onto.
…The PocketProjector will be available in July at an SRP of $699 US – not cheap certainly, but a fair price for an SVGA projector with multiple inputs, multiple portable power solutions, and that is pocketable.

The point of this is to let the computer do most of the work, because “in the machine, we trust”. Do you think that this is a viable process to build as an app? Or is this a waste of time?

6 thoughts on “A better way than “Remaindered Links” ?

  1. We’ve just launched a new kind of web browser. You said you like to “window shop”. In 3D. Its designed precisely for that – many people make quick visual judgements. It also has a new feature (currenlty in public test version) which allows you to create your own visual village of web sites you like.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, but I don’t think it fits the bill. I tried your Windows only app and discovered that it allows users to navigate the internet as if they were walking around the mall. What I need is a way to keep good web links memorable and accessible.

  3. Shannon: Thanks for asking.

    Since this is a concept, there’s no “turn-key” software solution for what I did. I’m proposing for someone to make this as the next killer app after del.icio.us 🙂

    Step-by-step:
    1) Go to your favorite web sites in tabs using Omniweb.
    2) Take a screenshot of the web site thumbnails in the tabs and crop out each web site image.
    3) For each web site, copy the web page text and paste into Textedit (Mac’s default text editor), then run summarize via file menu “Textedit > Services > Summarize”.
    4) Layout in HTML the cropped web page graphic with the summarized text.

    Painful?
    Yes. That’s why this is still an idea. If only I can find a developer to build on this and refine it together.

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