Thursday, January 31, 2008

More Options ▼ (Javascript Goodness)

iBlackle More Options InterfaceiBlackle finally mimics the iGoogle 'More ▼' interface. I must say, those iGoogle interface developers are pretty good, but their wizardy will not escape the fangs of iBlackle code parody implemented in javascript.
So for all the fans of iGoogle, and of course for the rest of iBlackle fans (weeeee!), behold the 'More Options ▼ ' interface to make your iLife much sleekier!

A Hundred Green Tips!

The Green Tips now reaches a hundred-fold! If you havent noticed the 'iBlackle Green Tips' yet, well they're personally-written ecofriendly tips by your humble iBlackle Developer.
I painstakingly compile them as I go along with my journey into becoming an earth-friendly inhabitant of this planet.
These tips appear (via AJAX) at the bottom of the iBlackle logo. For any fellow developer who's curious about the backend/middle-tier technology behind it, well its Zoho Creator! Thank you very much Zoho for providing an awesome AJAx service! The only thing I'm not happy about is that you keep on resetting my ticket (w/c disables my AJAX) so it's really cumbersome for me to get a new ticket twice a month. I'm hopeful that things will get better, because now i'm planning to convert The iBlackle Green Tips into a widget!!!

Push Button Eco-Friendliness

I do not know how effective this gadget is but, if I will be given a free sampler, I would definitely give rave reviews (har-har) to this eco-button thingie. The question remains how fast it "wakes up" your PC from the "eco-mode" state. They say "instantly" on their website, but its all relative to me.
In the meantime, I will stick to my nifty technique of setting my Windows XP desktop to "Stand By" mode and turning off my monitor when I go out for lunch. To me, its just a glorified "Push Button" version of my tedious technique above.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

iBlackle is Now on

GreenMaven has just included iBlackle in their roster of ecofriendly websites. Gee, thanks GreenMaven!
Well, of course greenmaven will be one of the priority sites in the iblackle search engine. See for yourself in iBlackle's Configuration.

iBlackle Search Engine Configurations

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

iBlackle is now Open Source for Collaboration!

Happy New Year Planet Earth! I am greeting our Planet with open arms! That's right! Open! iBlackle is now OPEN for Collaboration! Anyone can add their ecofriendly websites to be emphasized in iBlackle's search results!
Here's how it works: When you volunteer to add your site(s) to iBlackle's database, your website(s) will be given priority by iBlackle's spiders and emphasized in the search results.
So if you like to join, please go to this page and click on the "Volunteer to contribute" link. Then you will be taken to a series of pages to complete your profile as a contributor to iBlackle. If you do not have a Google account, you will be prompted to get one.
But please take note that only Green Ecofriendly websites will be allowed to be included in iBlackle's priority list.
I will be reviewing the sites often to check the integrity of the list. I will also be adding sites that I feel is worthy to be included on iBlackle's priority list, and I will personally delete non-relevant websites! Basically, the only thing I ask is for contributors to put in sites that are truly ecological, and support environmental issues or must aim to save the planet. If you feel shy to contribute and just want to add your site or suggest new ones, just send them via this contact page and I will add them to the list.
This improvement will morph iBlackle into a "General Purpose Search Engine with an Ecological Vent". It means that iBlackle will still provide relevant results when queried with general keywords (since it uses Google's General Search Engine) but whenever someone searches for terms which are environmental or ecological, iBlackle will return results that are more focused on ecological issues as influenced by the volunteer community of iBlackle. The ecological sites of the active green community will be given priority in the search results.
In essence, iBlackle will morph into a community-based, human-powered, collaborative search engine on ecological topics, while remaining as a general purpose "re-packaged" google search engine.
So go ahead. Volunteer now! Add your favorite green websites to iBlackle!