Repper is an online pattern maker that, in my opinion, makes wonderful surreal, kaleidoscope-like designs.  It is free and easy-to-use, and you can export the design you’ve made into your twitter background.

The Good: For me, there are two good things about this website: one is that you actually get real, quality patterns out of it, and two, that you can make one of your better patterns your twitter background, because these designs are pretty high quality.
The Bad: The demo is, well. a demo.  It’s just a shell of the Repper Pro download, which has alot more features.  And, as a demo site, it has TONS of ads for the pro version.
The Ugly: Repper had an insanely simple and awesome user interface, second to only a real kaleidoscope.  It allows for someone with no design experience whatsoever to create a high quality image that can be printed on a mug or mousepad.
The Bottom Line: Repper is a great app that I recommend for all of you young, budding designers out there who just want to create something special.


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I think that the most undiscovered community of web apps out there are the wishlist ones. Wishlistr, Wishlings, and the one that this post is based on, Wantzit.  But I think that Wantzit is the best out of all of those,  Why?  You’ll just have to find out.

The Good: The one thing that sets Wantzit out from the rest is that you can update your wish list from anywhere in your social life.  Literally.  It lets you update the list from your facebook, twitter, delicious account, and thats only the beginning.  The bookmarklet is another way to save an item.  Just click it when you’re on the amazon or ebay page of the thing you desire, click on the bookmarklet.
The Bad: With all of the positive things that I had to say up there, I have no negative things to say down here.  The only bad thing would be that to use the facebook feature, you have to download the facebook app, and they usually intrude too much.  An easier method would be facebook integration.
The Ugly: Another negative thing about this app is that the user interface is confusing and takes a bit getting used to.  The only upside to this is that you rarely ever have to use the UI if you update from your facebook or twitter.
The Bottom Line: All in all, this is a very good site.  Despite the the ugly UI, I highly recommend this site for all ages.


Butns is an easy to use free service that enables you to add as many destinations as you like to each hyperlink on your website (or blog, forum e.g.), allowing your users to choose exactly which information they want and where they want to get it.

The Good: The user interface worked well with the site, and the “butn” worked like it was supposed to, as you can see from the above.  I think it’s cool what they’re doing to spice up links nowadays.
The Bad: All of the tasty features are only available in the paid version, and the “butns” don’t work with IE 5 or lower.
The Ugly: This webapp has a surprisingly good, simple user interface that really works well with the subject.
the Bottom Line: This web site is perfect for those people who want to spice up their website or blog with a cool little link that works.


Manageme7 is a service that provides a convenient money-making solution to students, professionals, homemakers and pretty everyone who wants help saving up a few dimes for a rainy day.  It is the money management tool that I, personally use, and it has proven very helpful to me.

The Good:  This service is terrific, easy to use, and is catered to all ages and background, rather than being catered to the working middle class, like Mint is.  The dashboard is the easiest ways to get around the site, so if you decide to bookmark the site, bookmark the dashboard.
The Bad:  I really don’t have anything negative to say about this site, other than the fact that some features are unavailable in the free version, such as scheduled transactions.
The Ugly:  All in all, the user interface was pretty good.  It was easy to get around, thanks to the menu tabs at the top, and all of the settings were easily accessible.
The Bottom Line:  All in all, Manageme7 is a very good site, and is more accessible to a larger audience.  If you’re looking for a quality money management site, this is the way to go.

Saturday Night Five: 5 Best Alternatives to iTunes

For most of us, iTunes has a iron grip on our music and other media.  But what you don’t know is that there are many other great alternatives to iTunes that are just waiting to be discovered.  So, without further ado, heres the first Sunday Five list, the 5 best alternatives to iTunes.

1. Songbird This is the mp3 manager that I use.  It has a slick user interface, and does alot with categorizing songs, making them easier to find.  One thing that I like alot is that many features, such as scrobbling, New Releases, a lyrics manager, and the 7Digital store are integrated into it.
2.  Grooveshark This is my personal favorite item on the list.  Why?  Because you can listen to unlimited music, and it’s absolutely, 100% free.  That’s right, by just logging on to a webpage and browsing, you get free unlimited songs.  The only downsides are that there are ads, and you can only view your songs online.  You can change that by signing up for a $3 a month VIP plan.
3. Rdio This is an unlimited service like Grooveshark, only this time it’s paid.  Normally, I wouldn’t pay extra for the same program that’s free, but 2 things make Rdio stand out: first, Rdio’s recommendations are user generated, not by machines.  And second of all, Rdio is available on you mobile device, making music on the go a cinch.  Note: It is currently in invite-only registration, so you can either wait for the real version to come out, or put your email in and hope for the best.
4. Amarok I’m surprised that no one has heard of this one.  I used Amarok for a while, and the user interface impressed me, but one thing was lacking: features.  The only good feature on it was the song recommendation feature, and even that seemed lacking.  But if you are looking for a bare-bones media player with a good UI, then download it.
5. Banshee If you’re a linux user, your probably very familiar with the Banshee music player, but this new version is not the old one you know.  Banshee got a huge revamp, and is now available for Mac.  Somenew features included in this update are: music recommendations, and synchronization with iPhone and Android.  Banshee is a solid music player, and I recommend it to anyone who has a Mac.


VisualSport is a service that allows you to enrich your sports experience through the sharing of custom and interactive visualizations.  It allows for fantasy integration and an intuitive comments section.

The Good: Very good method of info visualization, it turned the most mundane world cup facts into something visually soothing to look at.
The Bad: This website only supports soccer, and I would like to see more sports in the future.
The Ugly: The design interface was pretty good, but the one design feature that really popped out at me were the infographics that visualized the data in the comparing players feature.  I have really no negative things to say in the design category.
The Bottom Line:  I think that this is a superb website, and if you are a soccer fan, you should definitely check it out here.