Get me a screen shot of that site

I was googling around today for a utility to make Web screen shots for a project I’m currently working on and stumbled across Nathan Moinvaziri’s wonderful WebShot (for Win XP). The latest version is 1.31 and it came out on Jan. 7, 2007.
I was looking for something that would do screen captures of Web pages and this does just that — and for free (donation requested and deserved). It captures the entire page, including the part not visible on the screen (yes, lots of other programs do this).
The program includes two programs: a regular GUI version and a command line version. I wrote a little perl script to run the command line verison, calling several sites up to get screen grabs and saving the images with a date and time naming convention so I can keep track of when the grabs were done.
This rules!
I had a question about the program and Moinvaziri, who lives in Arizona, did answer me within a couple hours. A big wow for a free product.
I noticed has done several other interesting programs. He also blogs on programming and TV. and has some beautiful photos on his site.
But what I liked best was this quote:

I’ve been programming for a long time.
I am 23 years old.

Hey, try his programs!
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Wonderful Sunday for a jog

The Comcast Slowsky turtlesGreat day in Knoxville Sunday. Sunny, windy and warm (in the mid-60s).
Went jogging at my favorite greenway and did 7.75 miles in 1:20:48 (156 average heart rate bpm). Yep, that’s Slowsky; I usually don’t jog/walk that long — or far.
It was good. Lots of folks and dogs out. Only two problems: it was phewy on the sewer plant side cause of the rain, I guess, and the strong wind broke a big limb that hit me in the shoulder while was I was on the river side of the course (sort of surprised me).
For the week, I’ve gone 15.75 miles jogging or on the elliptical. Including non-cardio, I exercised 3:04 hours and burned 2670 calories.
At my pace, maybe I ought to sign up with Jason Calacanis’ highly public Fatblogging campaign. He’s got a domain name,, mapped to his blog, where he’s been spending a good bit of time tracking his exercise and diet regimes, and trading tips on programs, diets and equipment.
I was listening to some good stuff to keep me moving: Michael Power’s Prodigal Son. Fav track: Lay Down the Hooch (sample clip).
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Are the wires dead meat?

It wouldn’t be news to say Jeff Jarvis is one of the most interesting people talking — and writing — about media.
Last week he proposed a new rule for newspapers: “Cover what you do best. Link to the rest.”
it’s a great concept — disruptive as hell.
Jarvis didn’t hone in on what this might do to wire services. But if I were AP, I’d be worried. If widely adopted, this makes the reason for having the Associated Press wires move from a “must have” to a “nice to have.”
And we all know what happens in budgets to “nice to haves.”
But the result could indeed be very good journalism. This is way beyond linking out, which Jarvis observes newspapers are becoming more comfortable with.
If aggregating news from other sources was the primary means of getting news from elsewhere, reputation becomes huge. And a site’s usefulness to its users would be even more pivotal than it is today. National news might not be just what’s on the wires.
Partial models are there — even with a bunch of flaws — in Digg, Netscape and Reddit, which are more mass media than niche. A story without national interest is unlikely to make the front page of these sites unless it’s been gamed there.
This would allow newspapers to focus on covering their core communities like no others can.
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