BuzzBadge: March 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

Buzzing Free Dating Site

When it first started, dating sites requires members to subscribe and pay monthly. However, the competition becomes stiff, making new startups have no choice but to give free entry.

One of the very successful online dating site is PlentyOfFish, which the owner started it off from home, one person, and grew it to a big business, earning him hundreds of thousands of advertisement revenue every month.

Another will be JustSayHi, similar to Plentyoffish, it is also a free online dating site, but looks more professional, organized and eye catching.

Time to check them out for yourself.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Buzzing Elance

Are you a:
1) Webmaster
2) Graphic Designer
3) Writer
4) Business Consultant
5) Programmer?

If yes, you can make some extra cash for yourself by sourcing projects on Elance is a freelancer website where people post their jobs to get freelancers to finish them. If you have what they need, you can bid on the projects and make some money.

Elance is probably the largest site of its kind, with the most numbers of freelance writers providing their services. Of course, it works the other way round too. If you need help with softwares, graphic designs and the like, you can buy their service there.

Elance adopts a feedback rating system similar to Ebay. After every transaction, service buyer will rate the provider and vice versa. So, it is safe to transact with those who have a high rating.

When it comes to paying your provider, you can have your payment escrowed by Elance. In this case, you will pay Elance. Once you receive your deliverables, you will notify Elance to release the payment to the provider. This will minimize most fraud.

Looking for a way to make more money? Or you need some jobs done? Elance is your solution.

BuzzBadge to MailBigFiles

You want to attach a file but your mail service tells you "Your file is too big". What can you do?

YouSendIt can help you send your blog files to anyone in the world with an email address. You can send a file up to 100MB in size.

Alternatively, you can use MailBigFiles. The interface is simple and it allows you to send any file up to the size of 512MB, which is 5 times more than YouSendIt!

Gmail is good enough to handle most of my attachments. But if I cannot make it work, I usually use YouSendIt, until I found out MailBigFiles recently. It is always good to have another great service under my belt.

BuzzBadge to Make A Feed

Blog usually comes with an RSS feed. What if you have a website? Or you have a few pages you want to have feed on? Similar to PonyFish, Make A Feed can generate a feed for you in an instant.

How can you use a feed?
1) You want to trace the changes of a blog, but the blog do not have an RSS feed.
2) You want to track new lyrics added to a lyrics directory, but again, it does not have a feed address.
3) You want to track the changes to Terms of Service of a company, such as Google Adsense.
4) You want to track an announcement board.
5) You want to get all the updates in your RSS reader.

I am sure there are more ways to use a feed. I found using feed to track Terms and Conditions pages most useful, since we normally do not check those pages frequently after we agreed on them.

BuzzBadge to MakeAFeed!

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Buzzing Orlando Vacation

If you are looking for a great place to spend Christmas, Spring Break, or even your summer break, you can think about Orlando. It is the only place in the World have 52 theme parks, pretty long beaches within a short 40 minute drive, and outstanding resorts and vacation homes to stay in for less than most other popular destination places. They are all in Orlando!

Yes, Disney World is Orlando's biggest draw, but that is not all. Trying to find a comprehensive Disney World packages is not hard at all. You can do it with

OrlandoVacation specializes in, apparently, Orlando vacation. You can plan your vacation with them and get a rough estimate on the cost involved and the fun you can have. You can customize your vacation with them.

On your next trip to Orlando, call up toll-free at 1-800-641-4008, or pay their website a visit.

BuzzBadge to SketchSwap

Draw one and you get one free! Yes, that's what SketchSwap is all about.

You are presented with a blank page, you can draw whatever you want onto the board. Once finished, you click on "Submit Drawing", you will then get a drawing sketched by someone else, at random.

I did a Sketch for BuzzBadge:
You can say I am really bad at drawing...hehe...

And I click on submit, this is the swap I get:

Well sketch! I don't know who sketched this, but if you happen to read this blog, please let me know :)

BuzzBadge to SketchSwap!

If you are good at creating sketches, you might also want to check out a previous BuzzBadge winner, The Scribbler.

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Fold a shirt, we all know how, until you see it with your eyes!

Here is the video:

It is a japanese way of folding a shirt, and it is so fast and efficient. You really need to get a shirt and try it after watching. It is quite easy and amazing!

BuzzBadge to The Scribbler

I stumbled upon the Scribbler. At first glance, it was an empty page with an instruction asking you to simply draw some lines. After some experiments, it impresses me. The scribbler can turn a simply picture like this:
Into this:

You just need to draw the lines, click on done, and then start scribbling and you will have this picture. I am not good at drawing, so, don't laugh :P

I then realize you can also scribble with colors, so, this is my creation:

I know there are people very artistic who can use the Scribbler very well. If you happen to create something impressive, kindly leave a comment with the picture.

Today's BuzzBadge goes to The Scribbler!


A trip to Walt Disney can be fun. It gets better when you can search for lowest priced tickets online! Here comes, giving you special price on many Walt Disney World Tickets.

For example, with Magic Your Way Ticket, you customize and select the ticket option that best suit your budget and preferences. The best part of purchasing your Disney discount tickets with in advance is that you can walk right through the turnstiles into the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks- no waiting in admission lines!

Adult 3 Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper with Water Park Fun and More Ticket starts from $277.63 only. It gives:

ADULT (Ages 10 and above): 3 Days of Unlimited Access to the 4 main Disney Theme Parks:
Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios & Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park with the ability to go from park to park as often as you want on the same day. Expires 14 days after the first day of use
PLUS your choice of 3 admissions the following parks:
* Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island
* Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
* Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
** Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex
*** DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park
Expires 14 days after the first day of use. *Valid only on event days; some events may require separate admission. **Prize play games not included.

If you were to plan a trip to Walt Disney, give a check on You might find something you want.

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Need to check time zones? Here's your solution:

What you need to do is just move your cursors across the map, the time will show on the top bar, telling you the exact time in the zone.

It is able to locate where you are, show your time, and then relatively show the time of the zones you are pointing. I have never seen such an interactive and beautiful time zone checker.

It will also tell you whether the zone is WAT, MET, CST or EST. If you are a frequent traveller, this website will be very useful to you.
Today's BuzzBadge goes to

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BuzzBadge to Movie-A-Minute

Your friends are talking about a movie you have not watched. You are pretty left out as you cannot join the discussion. The solution is here.

Movie-A-Minute has over 100 movies that are one-minute short.

Let's face it. There's a lot of movies out there and very little time to watch them in. Well sit back and relax, because your troubles are solved! We here at Movie-A-Minute have come up with a solution. We've taken several classic and contemporary movies and extracted the important stuff, cutting out all the filler. (You'd be surprised how much filler there is sometimes.) With our ultra-condensed versions of your favorite films, you can experience whole movies in just one minute! As an added bonus, Movie-A-Minute protects against torture by bad movies -- if you don't have to sit through them, well, you don't have to sit through them.

Go to the site, search for the movie your friends are talking about and within a minute, you are an expert.

The only cons about this site is that it has only a handful of movies. If it can include almost all recent movies, then it will be 2 thumbs up.

BuzzBadge to Movie-A-Minute!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Buzzing Airline Credit Cards

Are you a frequent flyer looking for great bargain? You should check out Airline Credit Cards, a portal managed by It features more than 10 types of airline miles credit cards. Other than discounts and exclusive offers, you can also save up those miles and exchange for free rides.

For example, Citibank's Aadvantage gives you:

  • Earn 12,500 AAdvantage® bonus miles after your first purchase with the card*
  • NO ANNUAL FEE for 12 months!*
  • Earn 1 American Airlines AAdvantage mile for every $1 you spend on eligible purchases - up to 60,000 miles per year*
  • No blackout dates for AAdvantage award travel on American Airlines, American Eagle & AmericanConnection® carriers*
  • AAdvantage miles may never expire*
  • Redeem AAdvantage miles with over 25 of the world’s top airlines, major car rental companies and hundreds of luxurious hotels worldwide
Give the huge selection of cards a visit and see if any of those fit your travel habit. Who knows you can fly for free!

BuzzBadge to Bifaloo

Bifaloo, the temporary boredom relief, has something more than curing your boredom. I surf the site, and liked this, it is called MindWarp:

You can see the circles are rotating. I wonder why our eyes are so easily tricked by something static. Other than this Mind Warp, Bifaloo has another 16 or so illusions.

Other than these, Bifaloo also features:

Well, it really cures my boredom. BuzzBadge to Bifaloo!

WordPress And Themes

Blogger has always been easy to use. However, if you need more functionality, such as the ability to categorize your blog posts, adding pages to your blog, you can always use Wordpress, the standalone version. You need to register a domain and buy some hosting spaces for this purpose.

You can download the latest version of Wordpress here.

I like Wordpress for its functionality, flexibility and expandability. There are many plugins you can use. In fact, you can almost find all the plugins you need.

Other than the plugins, it is easy as well to install and change themes for your blog. You can get the themes here.

Talking about themes, SmashingMagazine has a long list of 83 Most Beautiful Wordpress Themes.

Buying Real Estate In Orlando

Orlando has always been a place to stay. Orlando welcomes more visitors each year than the population of California – over 43.3 million (2000 statistics), which makes Orlando the number one tourist destination in the world.

Most tourists stay in one of 100,000 hotel rooms across Orlando and visit 7 major theme parks. The current population of Orlando is approximately 185,000 and the Metro-Orlando population is over 1,500,000. Orlando continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Florida as well as the United States.

Thinking of buying Orlando Luxury Real Estate? Exclusive Buyer Agency Office, Buyers Broker of Florida is ready to help you. They specialize in relocation, have the widest selection of homes, able to advice on 6 counties, and most importantly, they represent only the buyers, never the sellers.

Expert Buyer Representation
As a unique Exclusive Buyer Agency Office, Buyers Broker of Florida only and always represents the best interest of the homebuyer, never the seller. As full time Buyer Agents they understand contracts, house values, options, negotiations, 1031's, creative thinking, and will do their absolute best to negotiate the most favorable terms only for you the buyer.

Real Estate offices that also list seller properties for sale cannot always represent buyers. Would you hire an attorney that would represent you only part of the time? Or one that dabbles in everything and specializes in nothing? Of course not! You need a friendly partner who knows what they are doing that you can always trust all the time.

Duties only for Buyer, never sellers
Exclusive Buyers Agents owe buyers the fiduciary duties of 100% Loyalty (always on your side), 100% Confidentiality (keep private your personal/financial information) and 100% disclosure (tell you everything).

I guess if you are looking for real estate within Orlando, try Orlando-BuyersAgent.

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If you are looking for a place to hand about, make new friends, write some blog entries, show off some videos, is the place to be.

Dada has recently launched a revenue sharing model for its members. However, they only accepts US and Canada's citizens. Members successfully accepted into the program will earn a share of revenue from Google Adsense ads displayed on their personal pages.

Talking about Revenue Sharing, BlogFeast is a good place too. You can register a blog at BlogFeast, enter your Google Adsense Client ID into their system, and start making a generous 90% revenue share! They keep only 10% and you earn 90%. It is the most generous site so far.

Back to Dada, one of the feature that amazes me is its friend finder. By just changing the criteria you want, the friends are ajaxedly loaded on the left panel. This is the first time I see Ajax being used on friend finder, it is impressive.

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CSS is getting popular. In the past, most websites' layouts are structured using tables. Now, you can see many websites are pure CSS.

Here is a very good source if you want to learn CSS. It is It teaches about:

  1. Chapter 1 - Introduction to CSS
  2. Chapter 2 - CSS Syntax
  3. Chapter 3 - CSS Classes
  4. Chapter 4 - CSS IDs
  5. Chapter 5 - CSS Divisions
  6. Chapter 6 - CSS Spans
  7. Chapter 7 - CSS Margins
  8. Chapter 8 - CSS Padding
  9. Chapter 9 - CSS Text
  10. Chapter 10 - CSS Fonts
  11. Chapter 11 - CSS Anchors, links and pseudo classes
  12. Chapter 12 - CSS Backgrounds
  13. Chapter 13 - CSS Borders
  14. Chapter 14 - CSS Lists
  15. Chapter 15 - CSS Width and Height
  16. Chapter 16 - CSS Classification
  17. Chapter 17 - CSS Position
  18. Chapter 18 - CSS Pseudo Elements
They are the basic of CSS, but more than enough for you to design a webpage. Of course if you want to learn more on how you can play with CSS and expand its possibility, learn from CSSPlay.

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Buzzing has recently revamped their website layout. Now it is more eye pleasing. They also feature "book a resort" panel from which you can search for accommodation for your travel. is the leader in all-inclusive travel experience, now with promotions of up to 50% savings, in conjunction with the new launch of their website. Some of the new features are:

• Compelling visual images & virtual tours
• In-depth information on the destinations including amenities & recreational activities
• Thorough information on accommodations with detailed room options
• All-Inclusive vacations sorted by vacation style and related preferences
• Resort ratings from travelers who have experienced the resort first-hand
• Hot Deals and much more…

More pictures and visual aides are added on most of the pages. Stories, guides and content are personalized as well.

If you are looking for a Relaxing Vacation, you can visit or call toll-free at 1-888-205-3315.

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BuzzBadge to Godchecker

This is really an interesting idea. How in a world can someone think of such a niche. Godchecker, encyclopedia of Gods.

" We have more Gods than you can shake a stick at. Godchecker's Mythology Encyclopedia currently features over 2,850 deities.

Browse the pantheons of the world, explore ancient myths, and discover Gods of everything from Fertility to Fluff with the fully searchable Holy Database Of All Known Gods."

It features many Gods, from African Gods to Oceanic Gods, you can almost find any information on the God you want to check.

It also has a timeline on the Gods shown in the picture to the left. That is the timeline for Mayan Gods.

Check it out and you will be amazed at how little we understand Gods.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Would You Pay To Read A Blog?

Scott at Blog Herald and Darren at recently discussed the viability of a blog to adopt a paid business model, in which blog readers have to pay to read the blogs.

The answer from me: Yes and no.

1) If the blog is so extraordinary
2) If the blog offers something that is more valuable than the money paid
3) If there is a reason to hide the content from general public, so those who paid earn an edge over the others
4) If it is exclusive
5) If paying for the blog gives me a social status

1) There are too many free content on the internet
2) Blog charging for content will no longer be a popular blog
3) It is better giving content for free to get popularity, and then monetize on the popularity

On such a competitive landscape where free content far outweighs demand, it will be hard to implement such a model.

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