WebWasher ad-blocking software updated to version 3.3

My favorite ad-blocking software, WebWasher (free for individual and noncommercial use), recently updated to version 3.3. This new version greatly improves the popup-blocking functions, and adds a nice new “configuration-free” mode that makes it even easier to install. WebWasher is by far the best of the free ad-blocking products I’ve used, and is definitely worthwhile for folks are annoyed by incessant pop-up and banner ads.

eZ Publish: an intriguing CMS

I’ve been looking a bit at eZ publish, a longtime player in the open-source CMS world. eZ Publish is about to go to version 3.0, which looks like a major leap forward in the state of the art. Their Web site says:

“eZ publish 3 is a professional PHP application framework with advanced CMS (content management system) functionality. As a CMS it’s most notable feature is its revolutionary, fully customizable and extendable content model. This is also what makes it suitable as a platform for general PHP development, allowing you to develop professional Internet applications fast. ”

The idea of freely-definable content objects is a big plus for me — this is almost looking like a php openACS, but with a lower barrier to entry.

New Stats Package from CrystalTech

Our favorite Web hosting provider, CrystalTech, has just rolled out a brand new Web stats package — SmarterStats Network Edition. They had been so dissatisfied with their previous stats packages (both MediaHouse LiveStats and WebTrends) that they went out and bought their own company so they could control development!

The fruits of their efforts are beginning to ripen — SmarterStats has some very impressive features, including the ability to show the query strings passed to a dynamic page — this really helps database-driven sites like ONE/Northwest’s.

We should think about putting together a set of “best practices” for configuring and using this powerful but complex tool.

Semantic Web and Lazy Web

Gideon just blogged the influential “Semantic Web” ariticle. One interesting project that has created a “Semantic Web” search interface is The Lazy Web, a Web site designed around “the ideaThe idea that if you wait long enough, someone will implement that wacky idea you had… (or already has!)”

Backflip: a handy way to store bookmarks online

Like many people, I often wish I could access my Web bookmarks when I’m not at my desk, or that I could easily share my bookmarks with colleagues. My friend Beth Kanter just steered me towards Backflip which does exactly that. It lets you easily add bookmarks to an online database, and optionally, to make chunks of your bookmarks publicly available. It’s very slick, and I think I’ll find it very useful.

Phoenix — a nice, fast Mozilla-based browser

Phoenix is a great little browser. It’s based on Mozilla, but is much faster because it jettisons the add-on email, HTML editor, chat modules, and focuses exclusively on a fast, feature-rich browsing environment. And because it uses the core Mozilla code, it will keep pace with Mozilla’s impressive development. Definitely worth checking out as an IE alternative.