Archives for August 2009

Track Your Money with Mint.com

Almost all banks give you access to online banking, so Mint.com isn’t a novelty in that regard. But what makes it unique is the extra tools that it offers.

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How to budget with Mint.com ..

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View graphs of your spending

See your spending

Tools to help you reduce your debt

Access it anywhere, choose what you’d like to have texted to your phone; there is also an iPhone app…

Mint.com is completely secure: no money gets moved around; they use the same security as banks.

It’s free and easy to use.

Revisiting Open Source

j0430817 Any regular reader of Modern Media Mom has surely noticed that I have an affinity for Open Source software (OSS) and applications. After all, when people join together, ideas can come flooding out, thereby increasing the chance for a quality product.

I’ve written about several Open Source sites on MMM, and have also come across more sites that keep up-to-date listings of Open Source sites in development.

One such site is Open Source Living. Not only does the site keep a current list of OSS, but it is a community built around the idea of collaboration and member involvement. The types of OSS are broken into relevant categories and each OSS can be reviewed by users. Unfortunately, the sites ‘sourced’ section isn’t being updated regularly, but the listing of OSS is quite thorough, and the forums seem to be relatively active.

Damicon’s List of Open Source Software is another great listing of OSS. They also readily admit “Open source is not for everyone (but neither is Windows). DAMICON simply wants to help you to make an informed decision.”

Sound off: What OSS have you tried? If you haven’t tried it, what are your reasons?

Site Highlight: Culinary Snapshot

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Are you a foodie? A photographer? Or maybe you just like looking at photos of good food (raising my hand). Culinary Snapshot is a new site, founded by Kristen of Dine and Dish and its purpose is to highlight the work of others, who, like herself, love photographing food.

There is a form to use for submitting your photos, and once received they are reviewed for approval.

Truly, this is a unique and fabulous site to look over. The photos are fabulous and there are technical details for each, so anyone wanting to know “how’d they do that” can find out.

Just started is a segment called “Through My Lens”. Each person participating will prepare the same recipe and photograph it. Photos are to be submitted by a deadline and then posted to see how each photographer interpreted the recipe through their lens.

I’ve fallen in love with this site. I enjoy good photography and good food and Culinary Snapshot features both.

Twitter Hit by Denial-of-Service Attack

twitterIn what appears to be a Denial-of-Service Attack against Twitter, even the infamous “Fail Whale” is not visible to users attempting to access the micro-blogging site.

According to wiki-pedia, a “denial of service attack” is when hackers saturate a site with traffic to the point that it either slows or crashes the system.

“One common method of attack involves saturating the target (victim) machine with external communications requests, such that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered effectively unavailable. In general terms, DoS attacks are implemented by either forcing the targeted computer(s) to reset, or consuming its resources so that it can no longer provide its intended service or obstructing the communication media between the intended users and the victim so that they can no longer communicate adequately.”

Twitter is, obviously, looking for the source cause and is attempting to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

UPDATED: 12:24pm EST – Twitter is up and running again. Things appear to be a bit slow, so be patient, as they are “continuing to defend against and recover from this attack,” according to their latest status update.