links for 2008-10-06

  • All of these are companies that didn't spend quite enough time considering how their online names might appear – and be misread…
  • Social bookmarking is a powerful tool in promoting a website. But going through all of those social bookmarking sites is very time-consuming and downloading all toolbars is madness! That's where comes in, the free service designed to reduce the time and effort needed to socially bookmark a website.
  • When Carrie Fisher says she’s seen it all, she isn’t kidding. Born into Tinseltown royalty (the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), she achieved instant celebrity in the ’70s as a certain be-bunned princess in the original “Star Wars” films. She’s been romantically linked with the likes of Paul Simon and Dan Aykroyd, penned four novels and is one of Hollywood’s top script doctors. But Fisher’s also spent much of her life battling drug addiction and bipolar disorder, and has seen more than her share of loss and heartache. She’s channeled it all, good and bad, into “Wishful Drinking,” an autobiographical one-woman show that comes to the BU Theatre starting Wednesday, courtesy of the Huntington Theatre Company. Calling from Washington, D.C., Fisher dished about mental illness, creativity, fame and why it’s OK if she never lives down that infamous metal bikini.
  • LifeLines records are stored in GEDCOM format; you organize, edit and maintain your data in this format. GEDCOM is a standard that defines a file format for moving genealogical data between computer systems. LifeLines has adopted this format for structuring the records in its databases. This approach provides a structured yet flexible method for storing all the data you wish to record. There are few restrictions on the format, amount or type of information you may store in a LifeLines database. GEDCOM is defined at two levels. At the syntactic level GEDCOM is a simple set of rules for organizing and structuring data into records, with no concern about the types of records, types or formats of information in the records, or the relationships between records.
  • Brains and charm are fine, but a real guy needs to know how to do real stuff. After months of debate among PM’s expert editors, here’s our lineup of essential skills, broken down in 10 categories for the competent man—plus 20 tools you need to own. Did we leave anything out—or included a skill you don’t think is worthy? Sound off in our chat, then take PM’s interactive DIY quiz to see how you measure up—and pick up the new issue of Popular Mechanics for the instructions!
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