Archive for the ‘Websites’ Category

88 Surefire Tips for Succeeding in College

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

OEDB has a nifty little write up that gives general tips for succeeding in college. Some of the better ones: When living in the dorm, take it all in stride. You may be required to live in a dorm your freshman year. Don’t expect much in terms of privacy, personal space, quiet time, or even […]

Overheard at College: Entertainment for All

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

For a bit of weekend fun check out overheardatcollege.com. Dude: Have you heard this song? Chick: Wow, that reminds me of that Christian bookWhat was it called? Dude: The Bible It features just random interaction heard across campuses nationwide. You might be surprsed at what some of the professors say.. Prof: When boys tease each […]

New(ish) Facebook friends game

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

This tip was submitted by reader Grant Bivens. A new (at least, I haven’t seen it before) feature on Facebook lets you play a mini quiz game with your friends interests. It asked you a question like “Which friend has The White Stripes as their favorite band”? and then gives you 40 seconds to answer. […]

Phat Campus: can they save you money on books?

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Another player in the crowded textbook website market is Phat Campus. To test the savings, I searched a book on Phat Campus and found the same one on Amazon. One thing I noticed in searching is that the selection of Phat Campus was poor compared to Amazon, although I am pretty sure that Amazon has […]

Gradefix: the ultimate task manager or a feeble attempt at riches?

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Following the recent trend of online applications for college students is Gradefix. Gradefix doesn’t aim to be an all-in-one application for students but rather aims to do one thing and do it well: be an online assignment book and task manager. The review The sign up process is fairly simple and expected. That is until […]

The best use of RSS. Period.

Friday, September 29th, 2006

I have had a few politics-related classes where the professor was a total dick. He would condescend to the students like we were all 5-year-olds. This is laregly because students, and young people in general, have a bad rap for apathy when it comes to politics and voting (some times this is deserved, some times […]

mynoteIT: the dream app we have all been waiting for?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

I have long been on the search for the ideal application for college organization. So far, we have touched on one: Stu.dicio.us. While Stu.dicio.us aimed strictly for a social note taking site, mynoteIT seems to try for more. MynoteIT is the creation of two Colorado Computer Science majors (twin brothers Alex and Justin) who began […]

Facebook + Youtube = MySchoolTube. Is it worth using?

Monday, September 25th, 2006

In light of last week’s post about the abysmal failure that is YouTube’s college section, I was sent an email by the creator of MySchoolTube, a site that users the Facebook API to group uploaded video by college. After signing in with your Facebook account (if you don’t have one you can still use the […]

YouTube attempts to grab college market. Does it succeed?

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Given the success of other “Web 2.0” applications in the college market, YouTube decided to take a piece of the pie for itself. But how does its college section stack up and what makes it different from the rest of the site? The Review The first thing we have to do is sign up by […]

You Tube University: the world’s largest textbook

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Cheesy post ahead The Internet has opened up a whole new way of learning, we no longer have to delve in to the depths of the library to research a off the wall fact. With the advent of user submitted content, we also don’t have to “ask around” for advice as much anymore. Sites like […]

My Dreap App: No Uber

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

A while back I posted on an application I dreamed up.  Commenter Quazie suggested I submit the application to My Dream App.  I did, but sadly I did not make the finals. If only there was another way… [tags]My Dream App[/tags]

Facebook: changes “here to stay”

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

According to today’s Wall Street Journal the changes to Facebook are “here to stay”. Furthermore, the company seems to have no regret in pissing off most of its user base. In the article, Facebook spokeswoman Melanie Deitch is quoted as saying, “I don’t believe there’s a privacy issue here” I think Facebook has lost touch […]

The ULTIMATE Facebook guide

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

I am currently sitting in Temple’s TECH center. As I gaze around to see what peers are checking on their computers, I would say 50% of them are browsing Facebook. Ah, Facebook every college students best friend/worst enemy. I have noticed that around the web there is a lot of scattered information about this beast […]

Possible Facebook explotation – putting a hit counter in your notes

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

The following post is by Eric Negendank. It was his discovery and his alone. How to add a free and easy hit counter to your Facebook Notes: This is an easy little trick to add a counter to a Facebook Note. Although this was a lot more powerful when your notes were displayed in full […]

What happens when rich old people give college advice.

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

CrunchGear has recently released a list of some “must have” back to school items. Usually with online lists, there is some debate over the contents, but this just gets nasty. CrunchGear recommends items like a nearly $200 backpack and a huge plasma TV that are obviously too expensive for any student. To this I say: […]

Lifehacker: how to buy cheap books

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Lifehacker readers pitch in on how to get cheap books. Some theories have been covered here but it basically breaks down to this: ebay.com half.com amazon.com (used) Book Burro [tags]textbooks[/tags]

Collegiate Ubiquity gets you drunk, possibly arrested

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

*wink* *wink* nudge nudge *cough* How to get a fake Id *cough* …You never saw me… [tags]Quick! Run the cops![/tags]

How to be an Internet secret agent: clean up your digital dirt!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

One of the new things I am reading everywhere is the sudden realization that the pictures you post online will one day come back to haunt you. Colleges such as the University of Virgina even have a slide show warning parents and students about online stupidity (CNN article here). While, I’ll admit I have touched […]

Facebook releases an API, and adds badges

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Facebook is beginning to realize that “poking” just isn’t as cool as it used to be, and has enlisted the help of others through the implementation on an API. Whats an API?  For the technical version visit Wikipedia.  But the basic version is that essentially anybody has access to the stuff that makes Facebook tick […]

Stu.dicio.us allows for social notetaking, is it worth using?

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Stu.dicio.us is a new AJAX driven note taking service that allows the sharing of notes between students. I decided to take Stu.dicio.us for a test drive to see if it should be added to every students toolbox. The main page is very clean and simple like any Web 2.0 page should be. While you can […]

DormDelicious rocks socks

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

As I was barely hatching the plan to write a “What to bring to college” post, Andrew over at DormDelicious had already beat me to it. DD has a three part series on what to bring, including what NOT to bring, Things You Should Split With Your Roommate and Things you might have forgotten. Also […]

Campus Dirt – how does your school stack up?

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Campus Dirt is a relatively new service offering to tell what colleges are “really” like. They accomplish this by polling current and former students and compiling their answers into polls. Although I’ve only attended one college – Temple University – I found that the poll results we’re largely on the money. There seem to be […]

Coastr – MySpace for beer

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Hello internet, its Sean. Please stop removing “e’s” to be trendy and “Web 2.0.” Thanks. Now that we have that out of the way, Coastr is social networking on the premise of cataloging beers. Beer, of course, is an essential and stereotypical college staple. The premise of Coastr is to take beer to the next […]

Insidefacebook: so well named a cute title to this post is impossible

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

I just discovered a neat little blog entitled Insidefacebook that keeps abreast of all of the recent news related to everyone’s favorite social networking site.  While the site focuses more on the business side of Facebook rather than the actual site, I think it is nice to know what exactly those crazy kids are doing […]

Who plays the most WoW?

Monday, May 29th, 2006

The WoW (Thats World of Warcraft for you n00bs) blog has a rang of what colleges play the most World of Warcraft. Where does yours rank? Mine is 172nd. [tags]World of Warcraft,WoW[/tags]

For those of us that dont have iPods…

Friday, May 26th, 2006

If you are too broke to afford a new mp3 player but still want music you like on the go, the web offers some help. However by “on the go” I really mean on a computer. So if your stuck at an internship, or at your summer job doing office work and you really need […]

Get apple stuff on the cheap!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Apple has a program that offers discounts to students buying Apple products (this includes the iPod). Link here. [tags]Apple, iPod, discount[/tags]

You have no excuse for sitting on your bum – How to get a summer job

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

The Wall Street Journal ran an article detailing that summer job prospects are on the rise. “Landing a summer job, long a rite of passage for teens and college students, became more difficult in recent years, as young people had to compete for jobs with older, more-experienced workers in a weaker employment market. Now, as […]

What doesn’t sell / what to buy: Confessions from an eBay store worker – Part 2

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Part One: Beginer’s Guide Part Two: What doesn’t sell / what to buy Part Three: Your tips Part Four: Later this week Okay, we already know how to sell things on eBay, but that is only half the battle. People come into the store skipping along merrily thinking of the gold mine they have in […]

A beginner’s guide to eBay: Confessions from an eBay store worker – Part 1

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

EDIT: I “full proofed” the spelling Part One: Beginer’s Guide Part Two: What doesn’t sell / what to buy Part Three: Your tips Part Four: Later this week It was fall semester, I had exactly $0 to my name, and I was all out of meals for the week. I needed some cash, fast. So […]

RSS feeds, share yours.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Rss feeds (What’s an RSS Feed?) are the latest and greatest ways of keeping up with any kind of information. Ever since I started subscribing to feeds I am constantly on the lookout for new and interesting sites. So here is a peak at some of my favorite feeds. Ask MetaFilter – A question and […]

Free alternatives for expensive programs – Never buy software again.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

It’s no secret, the average college student cannot afford common PC programs:

Windows – Home Edition: $100
Norton Anti-Virus: $70
Microsoft Office: $329.99
Macromedia Dreamweaver: $376.99

Here are some alternatives if you happen to be buying a brand spanking new computer but dont want to pony up the greenbacks. Or if you have been eyeing up some new software, you may want to consider these alternatives:

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Want a job with your degree? Too bad.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

A great post at iwillteachyoutoberich.com outlines why – if you want a job – college is the wrong place to be. “But one of the stupidest things I heard thrown around was the question of which major would help get a job. It went something like this: “All the econ majors get jobs in consulting, […]

Google launches calendar

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Google has just luanched their long rumored calendar program.  While it doesn’t yet link to gmail, the future looks promising. Go poke around at www.google.com/calendar [tags]Google, Calendar, Google Calendar, CL2[/tags]

250 More ways to get around having a site blocked.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Econsultant.com has a nice list of 250 proxies. Similar to one of my older posts, you can uses these sites and services to circumvent any security features your college may have. via digg.com [tags]proxy[/tags]

Why you should learn HTML, and how to do it – for free

Monday, April 10th, 2006

As you can see by the layout of this site, I’m no HTML guru. However I do know my way around HTML code, and aside from validating my geekness knowing HTML can prove to be a positive influence on your career. How? Say there was a universal language that every body in the world spoke. […]

Speeding up your computer

Friday, April 7th, 2006

If your computer’s start up sound seems to come later and later everytime you boot up, USA Today has a nice little article about how to expedite the start up process. LINK [tags]USA Today, start up[/tags]

Never have to check your professor’s web site EVER.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

If you have a whole slew of professors that insist on having you check their personal web site feedyes.com has your back. They will make any website into an RSS feed and ping you once it has been updated. That way you won’t let checking up on the new posted readings “slip your mind.” [tags]feedyes, […]

$69 Plane tickets

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Air Tram has a student stand by program that allows college students to buy plane tickets for $69.  There are a few catches, such as only domestic flights and a carry-on only policy.  But if you ever want to get anywhere for just a weekend, take a look. AIR TRAM

Does your school block facebook? Here’s how to beat it.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Commenter Jana on the Facebook Hack post asked if she could get around her school blocking facebook. If your school blocks a certain site, use Google’s translate feature to get around it. Go to there and “Translate” the site from german to english.  Of course the site will remain the same but the URL is […]

How to find any database ever

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

One of my classes has introduced me to a cool new research aid – Complete Planet. Complete planet allows you to search just about any database you can imagine. From the location of dead celebrities to the political contribution of everyone in your zip code Complete Planet can be a useful tool. [tags]Complete Planet, shadowweb,database[/tags]

Hacking MySpace

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

One of the more popular posts on CollegeV2 is the hacking facebook post about greasemonkey scripts that can be used on facebook. I’ve done some searching and below are some scripts that help the overall MySpace experience. Keep in mind, you will first need to install Firefox and then Greasemonkey, the guide to do that […]

The Facebook cops got me!

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

I had a fake facebook alias named “Facebook whore” that I used to friend as many random people as possable, my little social expirament. I go to log in one day and I’m told it was shut down. So I do what the facebook nazis say. The following is the email exchange that came after: […]

The next keyboard wont feature the QWERTY layout

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

In my surfing I’ve come across a cool idea about how to improve typing efficiency- change the keyboard. Apparently a professor with the last name Dvorak (nothing to do with the Tech TV guy) came up with a better keyboard layout. This site shows the benefits of the dvorak keyboard and how to switch to […]

Get the most out of iTunes playlists

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

This post describes how to optimize you Itues.  Shows how to new and old songs while maximizing all “tags” you can put on your songs. Sorry for the lack of a real update, Economics is the devil. [tags]iTunes, playlist[/tags]

Fitday – a nerds way to lose weight

Monday, March 13th, 2006

While many will doubt the exsistence of the freshman 15 all I ask you is this: Did you look at your high school classmates when you got home from spring break? That’s what I thought. Fitday.com offers a nice helping hand when it comes to losing weight (or getting buff). Simply input the food you […]

Pimp my iPod – how your iPod could be so much better

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Now that spring break is over we should get back to business, and that business is 7 ways to use you iPod other than music. I know some sites have similar lists but include useless tips like “stand on it to make you taller”. Gee thanks. Below are just a few useful (or distracting) things […]

The most entertaing askMeFi thread ever.

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

I posted about Metafilter here. But now comes the most entertaining thread ever, about cheating in college/high school.  I’m not advocating cheating in anyway, but the inguinity shown by some of these kids shows me that if America’s next generation isn’t the smartest they are by far the craftiest. Some excepts: there was a post […]

Find your professor’s old quizzes and answer keys

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

I have a professor that maintains a webpage where he posts quizzes after we have had them and the answer key, a very convenient service and I’m thankful for it. But the class is Economics and as journalism major, I suck at math. And then it occurred to me that he had to have had […]

Rate my Professor allows students to see future

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

The time to choose classes is soon upon us, and although a class fitting your time schedule is important so is the enjoyment received from the class. While in high school you could ask around to see who was a good teacher to have college is a different beast. Rate my Professor will save your […]

How to have better sex…and cook well…and be productive.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

One extremely useful site out there is Ask Metafilter. The premise is simple, someone askes a question and anyone in the metafilter community can answer. Doesn’t sound too exciting but you find yourself getting answers to the questions you may have had you whole life but never thought of asking. The questions can be ANYTHING. […]

Facebook hacks, tips, and tricks

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

EDIT: userscript.org seems to be having lots of server trouble of late. Therefore the following links may not work. Greasemonkey is a firefox extension that allows you to run scripts on the webpages that you are viewing. For example, one famous script was adding a delete button to gmail (gmail has since added a delete […]

Free TV shows on iTunes

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

In a brilliant marketing move NBC is premiering TV shows on iTunes for free in a war to garner buzz. So if you cant afford that DVD Season of another show, be the first kid to know about the new offerings. [Link] [tags]itunes, NBC[/tags]

Berkeley podcasts for free

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Berkeley has jumped on the podcast bandwagon like Stanford. Although not every course is through iTunes – it still enables RSS subscriptions. [Link] [tags]Stanford, RSS, podcast, Berkeley[/tags]

How to get the cheapest textbook

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

I know you dont need more websites and services to remember when it comes to textbooks, but I think this one is simple enough to use. www.collegei.com has a nice little compare feature. Combined with book burro, you cant loose. [tags]campusi, textbook, cheap[/tags]

Google craves our demographic

Monday, February 20th, 2006

I discovered a Google page catering specifically to college students, recommending their own products and showing how to use them. That is all fine and good, but there is just one problem: most of Google’s services are sub par. Below are Google’s suggestions and next to them are mine. G-Mail – Gmail is actually the […]

Hack your college network’s bandwidth limits

Monday, February 20th, 2006

EDIT:  Go2LIVE HAS TOTALLY GONE DOWN THE CRAPPER, SORRY GUYS  Does your school limit bandwidth (the amount of stuff you can download)? i2live has a guide on how to change your MAC address thus fooling your network that you are a whole new computer. So keep downloading those “Lost” episodes! Link [tags]collegenetwork,bandwidth,tips[/tags]

Skim this lesson on skimming

Monday, February 20th, 2006

In our low-tech tip of the day, Swarthmore has a useful guide about finding important information. Check it out [tags]swarthmore, skimming, reading[/tags]

Easy Windows hack – open your “must” programs at once

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

There is a terrific article on Lifehacker about writing batch files to easily open programs. What’s a batch file? Hell if I know. But the article details a way to have all of your must check websites (facebook, collegev2) and your must open programs (instant messenger, MS Word) all open with one button. You can […]

Be a snoop with Technorati tags

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Before I posted about using flickr to keep tabs on what’s going on at your school. Well what Flickr does for pictures, Technorati can do for text. Technorati has a feature that allows you to be alerted when ever anyone blogs a certain phrase. Here’s how: After you sign up you will be taken to […]

Dorm’d, the college podcast

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Dorm’d is a roundtable discussion of a group of students, most of the from Cal Poly, about life in dorms and college in general.  Occasionally they have interviews as well.  You can tell that most of the contributors are tech guys at heart. If you’re in High School and want a little taste of life […]

Free Stanford lectures

Friday, February 10th, 2006

In case you didnt get enough out of your oh-so-exciting classes, Stanford has placed some of its lectues and conferences online. Free lectures of a quality institution such as Stanford should help “level the playing field”. Slap a few in your iPod and make your communte/walk to class a little more useful. I highly reccomend […]

How to start investing

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

MSN money has a neat little guide on how to start investing with only $100. Will you be a millionaire overnight? No, but at least by the time you get a full-time job you’ll be savvy enough to manage your money correctly. Link [tags]howto, investing[/tags]

The power of social bookmarking

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

If you surf on public computer, you have known the frustration of trying to save interesting sites you come across. Usually you would bookmark a worthwhile web page, but when your stuck in a computer lab, that won’t be of much use.

Del.icio.us is your savior.

Flickr and stalk your school

Monday, February 6th, 2006

A useful way to keep tabs on what is going on at your school is to take advantage of Flickr tags. When users upload pictures to Flickr they have the option of writing a description of the photo as well as “tagging” it with certain words. For example, a search for images tagged “NYU” reveals […]