• The Top Three Things I Discovered Today

    by  • April 16, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples

    MetheExploraIf you’ve watched the Discovery channel, you may have seen me out in the wilderness, exploring the far ends of the Internet to bring you back stories and useful tips. I’ve struggled through heavy over-coded jungles of HTML and battled javascript with my bare hands. If Discovery doesn’t have a show about my adventures, shame on them!

    Anyway, without further ado, here are the Top Three Things I Discovered Today!

    First stop… Microsoft. Yes, I know. I’ve heard it all before. But occasionally they do something right, like Windows 7 or the thing I discovered this morning: SkyDrive. It’s a service of Windows Live, so you do have to sign up for that. But SkyDrive gives you 25 gigabytes of free online storage!

    I can’t help it, being a man, I forget stuff. Usually stuff my wife has told me to do, which leads to all sorts of trouble. I’ve tried writing notes to myself, but I lose most of them. Especially the ones about things my wife has told me to do. So, along comes Remember the Milk, a web services devoted to helping me remember my to do list. I can get reminders through email and on my cell phone. Which is the same way my wife reminds me of things!

    Years ago, I used to fall asleep to music. Then I started buying CDs with an hour of recorded nature sounds: You know the ones, with the sound of the surf at the beach or a jungle at night. But during this morning’s voyages, I discovered Rainy Mood. The website streams a thirty-minute loop of a heavy rain storm. Just the thing to help me drift off to sleep or drown out the drone of the office when I’m on deadline!

    I don’t make this stuff up folks: it comes to me in a box made out of mud and straw. So go out there and enjoy the internet. Just make sure your anti-virus is up to date and don’t fall for any spam, hoaxes or Trojan horses!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.