One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure: 10 Websites For Swapping Your Stuff

One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure: 10 Websites For Swapping Your Stuff

We learn all about making swaps from our childhood. Remember when you used to negotiate a trade for baseball cards or any other collector’s items? Heck, we used to swap lunches sometimes — almost nothing was off limits. But when you grow up, that all changes for some reason. What’s mine is mine, what’s your is yours. We go to great lengths in today’s culture to make sure people know just how much *stuff* we accumulate, unwilling to share it. Here’s where the Internet is helping to disrupt culture, at least in some corners of the world. Perhaps it is the economy, perhaps it is the new generation. Perhaps it is the “green” machine that’s making all of notice things like the fact that the average American throws out 68 pounds of clothing each and every year according to Good Housekeeping Magazine. 10 years…that’s 680 lbs of unnecessary death to clothing. 20 years. . . 30 years . . . And it doesn’t apply to just clothes! The Internet has taken the friction out of making swaps or just plainly giving usable things away for someone else to enjoy it. Here’s a bunch of websites including some Good Housekeeping highlighted in their recent November 2010 issue which you can explore so that those DVDs, you know, the ones you bought in the 90′s…the ones you can admit that you’ll *never* watch again, can be exchanged for a shiny new DVD movie you can watch an upcoming weekend (especially since the Blockbuster store has gone R.I.P.!). Got a book? Exchange it! Got some baby toys or clothes? Swap it! Here’s...

Technology That’s Fit For A King (Sized Bed)

Technology is a good thing, right? Hey, I believe that technology should serve the master, not the other way around. Yes, we all get frustrated when seeing how, say, Microsoft Windows or other really bad examples of technology are launched into the world out there. But there are times — albeit rare moments in time — when we are simply awed by how technology is put into place. Sometimes you just have to sit back and respect it for what it is.  I mean, when you just sit back and think, “why didn’t I think of that?!”  or better yet when you instantly just know for sure what you want for Christmas next year. Case in point — check out the product in this video below where it really takes the title of “KING” (sized bed)… Yup, that’s a 50″ plasma HDTV lift custom fitted to a king-size bed. QUESTION: WHAT OTHER EXAMPLES OF TECHNOLOGY CAN YOU THINK OF THAT FUNCTION SOLELY TO SERVE THE...
How To Download YouTube Videos

How To Download YouTube Videos

Sometimes you need a video clip that’s available online for offline use – like using it as an example for a class or workshop. Other times, you may want to be able to play it offline for your own review at a later time when it’s more convenient for you, or when you know you won’ t have internet access (like on a plane). There’s definitely a bunch of sites available now that let you download videos from YouTube and other video sharing sites out there. Usually all you have to do is copy/paste the video page URL from Youtube, MetaCafe or other video site into the form on the video download site and you’re all set to go. But once in awhile, your favorite Youtube video grabber site can’t download the video file.  That’s when you have to go looking for other options. Other than Kisstube and Vixy, I found another favorite that seems to work for me . . . SaveVid.com works just the same.  This site does give a couple of download options including flv format, mp4 as well as HD video which YouTube presents sometimes. SaveVid.com also shares some of the videos that others have used the site to download so you can get a sense of what people are watching and downloading. Do you have any other favorite sites to download videos from online video platforms?  Please add them in the comments...