The M Disc and Top Google Chrome Extensions

 

Did you see this story on a new tech that has the potential to store your data for 1000’s of years? Here’s the news from CNET:

On traditional optical disks, information is “burned” into the disc by creating light or bleached spots where the data is the contrast between light and dark spots. However, the dark spots fade over time, due to natural processes, making the information slowly disappear.

With the M-disk, however, a new technology engraves data permanently, much like when you carve something on a surface of stone. As long as the disk is not exposed to extreme conditions, it should last for a long time, even thousands of years.

It’s backward compatible but will require a new reader.

Before we get to the extensions we also talk about the new class action lawsuit filed in CA. From DigitalMediaWire:

The suit names HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster Inc. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by consumer rights class-action law firm Hagens Berman.

Among its primary claims, the suit contends that these companies banded together to protect themselves against Amazon’s Kindle e-reader and Amazon’s discounted pricing structure, in order to prevent consumers from expecting lower prices for all e-books.

I wonder how far this will go and what it means for the future of publishing. I still think we are 5 – 10 years away before all these industries really start to innovate.

My Top Chrome Extensions

Now let’s move onto the top Google extensions. While there are 30 or 40 I could probably mention I wanted to keep the list short…

  • Hover Zoom – Awesome, zoom photo’s all over the web, it rocks and you will never browse the web the same.
  • Aviary Screen Capture – Capture your screen, edit, modify, crop, and save. Another must have.
  • Google Related – I just installed this yesterday but I’m starting to love it. It gives you related content based on the current site your on. It’s perfect for discovering new blogs or websites.
  • MeasureIt – Measure stuff on the web
  • TinEye – Have you ever wondered if that image exists somewhere else? Maybe you want to find out where you can buy it or you just want to see the other versions available on the web. TinEye is a reverse image search that’s invaluable.
  • RSS Subscription Extension – Easily subscribe to RSS found on any website
  • Rapportive – get the dibs and social accounts on people who send you email
  • Wisestamp – fully socially connected email signatures

Those are some of my top extensions for Google Chrome.

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