Phillip Smith

Pneumonia is good for something

After a couple of weeks of fighting off pneumonia -- antibiotics, inhaler, and all -- I'm finally feeling like I'm getting back on my feet. Though I never feel very productive when I'm sick -- I did have time to jot down a few Web sites of recent note:

Total accident that I stumbled on Fog Creek Copilot: Wow! What a great little subscription-based application for remote desktop assistance. Works on Windows or Macintosh computers. It looks simple to set-up, and the price is right.

I think that OpenCongress caught everyone's attention recently. Yet another great "Politics 2.0" project from the Sunlight Foundation. OpenCongress brings together official government data with news and blog coverage to give you the real story behind each bill.

stikkit just stuck for me during a little Web 2.0 application search. This is a crazy little Web-baed productivity application that David Wheeler -- the lead Bricolage developer -- is involved in.

Of course Brad -- my fun-loving BSD friend -- pointed me to the BSD Network CLI. It's one of the most interesting "themes" for Wordpress that I've come across. The world of Web 2.0 never ceases to amaze me. Basically, this is a command-line interface for reading a blog via a Web browser. Type "help" to get a list of available commands.

I can't remember where I first saw One Percent for the Planet -- but it seems to be catching on. One Percent for the Planet is an alliance of companies that recognize the true cost of doing business and donate 1% of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide.

Adam tipped me off to CheatNeutral -- a good satirical campaign about carbon offsetting. And Colan Schwartz tipped me to RetailMeNot in SILC.

So, there you go: being sick is totally boring. ;-)


Hi, I'm Phillip Smith, a veteran digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener. If you enjoyed reading this, find me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated.


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