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How sustainable are you?

Make Me Sustainable from Download Squad on Vimeo. You know you should go green, you want to make a difference but, how? It's not easy, few things worth doing are. Make Me Sustainable takes an interesting approach to the green problem by giving you a way to track your own impact, and the impact of your influence. Christina caught up with the guys from Make Me Sustainable during South By...

Download Squad Week in Review

Been so busy trying to decide whether or not to drop out of the presidential race that you haven't had time to keep up on the week's technology news? Worry not dear reader, we've got you covered. Here are some of our favorite articles from the past week. Download Squad does April Fools In case you didn't notice, we had a few articles on April 1st that were a bit... factually challenged. We had a...

Download Squad talks Data Portability at SXSW

Download Squad talks to Chris Saad of Dataportability.org from Download Squad on Vimeo. We've written about the DataPortability Project before (we even linked to a video explaining the concept) but at SXSWi 2008 we were lucky enough to talk about the project with co-founder and chairperson, Chris Saad. The project is still in the early stages of development, but the premise is powerful and...

Being "radool" with Gary Vaynerchuk

Untitled from Download Squad on Vimeo. At SXSWi 2008 we had the pleasure of speaking with Gary Vaynerchuk, wine connoisseur and host of Wine Library TV's daily videocast. Gary, who is truly one of the most dynamic individuals we have ever met, spoke with us about the importance of loving your community, the power of online video and the essence of "radool." ...

SXSWi 2008: Freshbooks

SXSWi 2008: Freshbooks talks to Download Squad from Download Squad on Vimeo. We've written about Freshbooks -- the online invoicing system -- before and have been big fans of their approach and service. We were even more impressed upon meeting Saul and Sunir, two of Freshbook's team members, at SXSWi 2008. Grant talked to Saul and Sunir about the service, the importance of community and...

Talking OpenSocial with Google's Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks talks Open Social with Download Squad's Christina Warren from Download Squad on Vimeo. With all the buzz around OpenSocial, it's easy to get lost in hype. While we were at SXSW we caught up with Kevin Marks, a man with more techno-credibility than you can shake a stick at. He's currently working on OpenSocial for Google, and he's got a lot to say about the concepts behind...

OpenSocial Bonanza

Yahoo!, MySpace and Google announced the creation of the OpenSocial Foundation today. The foundation is a non-profit entity aimed at ensuring "...open and transparent governance of the OpenSocial specifications and intellectual property." On the final day of SXSW Interactive 2008, we were lucky enough to sit down with Kevin Marks from Google's OpenSocial project. Kevin broke down what OpenSocial...

SXSW 2008: Guy Kawasaki interview

SXSW 2008: Guy Kawasaki talks to Download Squad from Download Squad on Vimeo. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Guy Kawasaki about his latest venture, Alltop.com. We wrote about Alltop last month and were really impressed with the service and the interface. Guy goes into more detail about how categories and top sites are chosen, the role Twitter has played in the...

SXSW iF! Trade Show Floor

SXSW is a junction of film, music and interactive folks with the iF! trade show floor reflecting that eclectic mix. We found a healthy smattering of music booths, some film schools and lots of web app companies. Big booths included Sony, Mapquest, Opera, Yahoo and O'Reilly while smaller booths from Axiom, Kyte and AIM provided a smorgasbord of interactive wares. You can see the full list on the...

SXSW Day Four

Day four and we've lost track of which hurt more, our livers or our feet. After yesterday's Facebook keynote revolt, we planned on a day of exceptional interviews and kept our tightly packed schedules close at hand. As they often warn, life is what happens when you're making other plans. We did manage to hook up with the folks at Twine for a fantastic interview which really explained what's...

SXSWi Day Three

Oh day three, where the point values are doubled and the hangover is permanent. If you decided to skip SXSWi this year, joining the hip kids who claimed it was "too commercial" and "too over-hyped", shame on you. The only thing too commercial were the panels and, frankly, no one goes to those anyway. So far today we've caught up with the guys from Bloxes, which although not a tech product is...

"Beacon Sucks" sums up SXSWi Facebook keynote

While Grant and I been having a great time at SXSWi, meeting lots of great people and learning about really cool services, Sunday's keynote/interview with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was definitely a low-light. I would write up a humorous transcript of what actually happened, but someone else already did (and frankly, better than anything I could have achieved). Suffice to say, the most apt...

Connect with your community with SezWho

One of the more difficult aspects of reading websites with an active reader or user community is separating the useful comments from, well, the cruft. Oftentimes the really interesting an useful content can get buried or lost under than a ton of "me too" replies. This is where the new comment plugin system, SezWho comes into play. SezWho, as their site states, "is a distributed context, rating...

SXSW 2008 Schwag Unboxing

Schwag. We has some. Tradeshows are universally loved for their goody bags loaded with tons of stuff you'll have to find room for in your suitcase. If you couldn't make it to SXSW, at least you can live vicariously through our own personal schwag unboxing. We've painstakingly created a mess in the hallway of the convention center, just for your amusement. Don't you love us? If you did make it...

SXSWi 2008 Day 1

Download Squad is happily attending SXSW Interactive 2008. While grabbing our press badges this morning, we took some time to take some pictures of the Austin Convention Center as attendees checked-in at the registration booths and workers busily set-up spaces. As the convention kicks off, we'll be taking more pictures of booths, panels and more. Take a look at our gallery and don't forget to...