Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Mother of All Freebies - OpenServing

On December 11, 2006 Wikia Inc launched Openserving.com which gives away free hosting services and much more.

The service allows you to register now but you will have to wait for the customer support to notify you when your account is ready to use.

The six pillars of Wikia’s OpenServing offering are: FREE software, FREE bandwidth, FREE storage, FREE computing power, FREE content over the Internet, and GIVING AWAY 100% of the ad inventory and revenue to bloggers and website owners who partner with Wikia. By tapping Wikia’s OpenServing utility, anyone can set up and maintain their own collaborative content project for news and opinions for free.

The service is like a blog and a forum combined because you can collaborate with others on the topic of your website. This is like a yahoogroup on steroids. and combine that with free storage and you have got a winner in your hands.

There is a similar service on wetpaint.com and I've also checked it out and there seems to be a good community there and the featured websites are really helpful and interesting.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Psiphon - access blocked sites

What is psiphon?

psiphon is a censorship circumvention solution that allows users to access blocked sites in countries where the Internet is censored. psiphon turns a regular home computer into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages anywhere.

psiphon operates through networks of trust. There are psiphon providers who install and administer a psiphon server (psiphonode) in an uncensored country, and psiphon users (psiphonites) who login and access the server from a country that censors the Internet.

How does psiphon work?

psiphon acts as a "web proxy" for authenticated psiphonites, retrieving requested web pages and displaying them in a user's browser. psiphon uses a secure, encrypted connection to receive web requests from the psiphonite to the psiphonode who then transports the results back to the psiphonite. There is no connection between the psiphonite and the requested website, as psiphon transparently proxies the request through the psiphonode's computer allowing the psiphonite to browse blocked websites seamlessly.

Read more about psiphon and what it can do.