Apr 27 2009
The web browser has long been our window to the services of the Internet. But a new crop of applications allows us to circumvent the browser.
Get tired of waiting for Amazon.com to load up its 2 million cookies just to check the going price of a new DVD? This app lets you browse Amazon’s vast catalogues complete with pictures and descriptions.
Here’s an interesting one. This app, which requires you to get a free Google API key, tracks the number of search results for various queries. Sounds weird huh? Well in so doing you can track search terms, such as your name, and get an idea of who is linking to your site.
To tell you the truth, java apps like this bug me because they are slow and usually lacking in interface. However, I haven’t been able to find another eBay bid watcher that’s free. Actually, given the functionality (including the ability to “snipe” bids at the last minute), jBid could be very useful to eBay sharks.
I know last time I went over desktop apps that let you post to your blog. Here’s a similar client to access you LiveJournal. If LiveJournal is your blog of choice, you’ll want to check out these features. (if you’re using OS 9 try Phoenix.
I hope you’ll find that some of this week’s picks save you a Safari trip. If not, try back next week for more great free software.
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