Archive for September, 2008

I know the Google’s Chrome has recently made a well applauded public entrance to already configured terrain of web browsing market and was then quickly hailed as the future of the web browsing, but I still think the browser technology innovation doesn’t quite end there.

The flat screen, structured way of navigating and browsing the internet has long been challenged with extra creativity and dimensions of a whole new level. Some of these browsers are so much worthy of our celebration, that I decided to include few in this post.

1. Navigaya Beta – a browser with multitudes of innovative elements, it is the ultimate browser that you get completely immersed into. With its sensual, sleek design and the subtle background music this browser has really stolen my heart from the very first instance. Without spoiling it any further, I have the demo here.

2. CoolIris – as the name suggest, this is a browser that allows you to experience the most amazing multidimensional internet browsing you could ever have. CoolIris is an integrated browser through which you can watch and organise all your social media assets and profiles. Build as a simple add-on application, you can easily download this browser as part of your Firefox extention.

3. 3B – another 3D inspired browser that has been existing for a while. Unlike other 3D browsers, 3B is based on unification of virtual world and a browser. The result is quite interesting as the browser looks a bit like a cross between virtual rooms and social browsing.


The culture analysts at Wired posted a great piece about the evolution of emoticons, a simple text expressions that existed long before the World Wide Web itself. I’d never known who exactly invented it, but it turns out that it was Scott Fahlman, an innocent computer scientist at Carnegie-Mellon University, who first proposed using typographical smiley faces to make the collective life at the campus bit more cheery, back in 1982.

But what is more significant Wired says has happened to internet language is that, not only emoticons has become a part of our daily internet communication but it has also become an icon on its own right that it has outgrown the internet and has been capitalised upon in every ways.

While emoticons are still very much thrown into nearly every emails I write (emails often asking people for favours), other keyboard languages has sprung up to shake up the Queen’s English grammer that even proper linguists can’t keep up with it. These languages are  LOL Speaking! and L33t Speaking. The former is a type of language popularised by the LolCat phenomenon and often fetishised by people who thinks their cats are clever or funnier that they are. As for the latter, Leet Speaking has been mysteriously used by die hard gamers and the internet wizards. Leet or l33t language involves using numbers to replace certain letters (mostly vowels) such as A = 4 or E = 3, to create words like d00d, n00b and l4m3r. See the result in the video below.

I just love looking at these new icons of social media in cocktails. The collection is called Cheers: a free set of 12 “social” glasses and it was designed by Helen Gkizi at Webtoolkit4me, and they’re all downloadable. I mean this is a funtastic way of showing your loyalities to your favourite social media tools. I personally like the Yahoo one, Cin Cin!