Favored Freeware: Delivery Status

Can’t wait for your packages to arrive? Don’t waste your time checking the site constantly, just open [Delivery Status] and enter your order number or tracking number. The status will update automatically for you, and even count down the days! It also works with Growl to give you pop-up messages, email notifications, and more, whenever your package status changes. If you have more than one order, just open another copy of the widget so you can keep an eye on them all at once!

Pros: Delivery Status is a free Dashboard widget which allows you to track multiple shipments from all major shipping companies and several online retailers.

Cons: None significant.

Blogroll Dive: 4/26/07

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan discovered a video which explains RSS “in plain English.”
  • Khaled discussed Google’s aesthetics.
  • Michael discussed the upcoming book, The Making of Star Wars.
  • And, Tom re-branded his blog, citing a new focus on social media.
Music Noteworthy

Presenting: Music Program Notes!

I am proud to present Music Program Notes, an exciting new resource for ensemble directors, music educators, students, and anyone else with a general interest in music history!

Program notes are short paragraphs or essays providing details about a composition and its composer, and can usually be found in a program accompanying the performance of the composition. They often provide historical notes about the time period, the composer’s thoughts behind the composition, and sometimes a critic’s interpretation in order to establish a setting or capture the audience’s imagination.

Several program note resources exist today, both online and in print. These resources; however, are typically designed for one genre, one ensemble type, or contributed to by one author. Music Program Notes is a free, volunteer-powered, collaborative database of program notes for all genres and ensemble types, and anyone is welcome to contribute or use the program notes in our database for any non-commercial or educational purpose.

Music Program Notes opened silently to 7 select individuals on March 30th. In the 23 days since then, we have accumulated program notes for 68 compositions and are anticipating rapid growth now that the database is open to the public.

Update: Music Program notes has moved and is now titled Program Notes.

Favored Freeware: Widget Update

Widget Update is a free Dashboard Widget that can automatically check for updates to the all the other widgets that you have installed. It supports Apple’s software directory,, MacUpdate and Version Tracker. It will present you with a tidy link list of all the updates found, enabling you to read release-notes and download the the updates quickly and painlessly.

Pros: Widget Update is a much-needed widget, with a simple and easy-to-use interface, which checks for available updates to your Dashboard widgets.

Cons: None significant.

Blogroll Dive: 4/17/07

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Khaled discovered a custom theme for Google Reader.
  • Jim released his third WordPress theme.
  • Joen discussed the recently proposed “Blogger’s Code of Conduct”.
  • And, Tom discussed the importance of choosing Fairtrade coffee.