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Free poster from PosterXXL

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Did I tell you that I love Trigami? ;-) Three weeks ago I got an almost free wallpaper from JuicyWalls and today I got a totally free poster from PosterXXL. PosterXXL even paid the shipping costs. Thanks!

You can still win the wallpaper from JuicyWalls by the way. At the moment, Xenon is the only one who attended the contest so far. Just leave your comment on this page and you’re in the game.

The picture I sent to PosterXXL for the poster print is my photo of a Hydrangea Hortensia. It was printed in 80 x 60 cm and looks really great. I wanted to start a contest for this one too but my sweetheart told me she wants to keep the poster for ourselves because it looks too good to give it away. Bad luck for you folks, sorry! ;-) But you can easily get your own free 40 x 30 cm poster:

Free 40 x 30 poster from PosterXXL

The generous folks from PosterXXL gave me a link especially for you my dear reader where you can order a free 40 x 30 poster. You just have to pay the shipping costs (EUR 5,90) to get the poster. Click here to get your (almost) free poster!

parcel from PosterXXL

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packaged Poster

Poster 80x60 by ZZZ and PosterXXL

Poster 80x60 by ZZZ and PosterXXL

JuicyWalls: printed wallpapers

Recently I joined a sampling campaing (via Trigami) for a printed wallpaper. I got a EUR 50,- gift coupon to try the service and ordered a wallpaper for exactly this amount. :mrgreen: Unfortunately I had to pay the shipping costs. :evil:

JuicyWalls

At JuicyWalls, you can order printed wallpapers and canvas of your favourite images. You can either choose one of several pictures from JuicyWalls or you can upload your own images to have them printed. I uploaded one of my recent viZZZual-pictures to see how it works.

Win the wallpaper

I’m giving away the real wallpaper of my fly on a window to one of my dear readers. Just leave a comment below this post before November 30th 2008 to attend the raffle. I’m shipping the wallpaper worldwide.

JuicyWalls - wallpaper print

JuicyWalls - wallpaper print

JuicyWalls - wallpaper print

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JuicyWalls - wallpaper print

JuicyWalls - wallpaper print

JuicyWalls - wallpaper print

JuicyWalls - wallpaper print

SanDisk sansa e260 4GB

The SanDisk sansa e260 (@Amazon.com | @Amazon.de) is a small but great MP3 player with the functionality to show videos, play music (MP3,WMA, WAV) and has a built in microphone to record your voice memos.

Package of the SanDisk sansa e260

SanDisk Sansa e260 package

Content of the SanDisk sansa e260 package:

Content of SanDisk Sansa e260 package

SanDisk sansa e260, sansa slipcover, sansa headphones, USB 2.0 cable (for transfering music and videos and to charge the player) (left to right)

Content of SanDisk Sansa e260 package

The manual, software CD and a gift coupon for50 free music downloads:

Content of SanDisk Sansa e260 package

Neck strap, SanDisk sansa e260 on slipcover, headphones, USB 2.0 cable (left to right)

Content of SanDisk Sansa e260 package

Neck strap

SanDisk Sansa e260 backstrap

sansa headphones

SanDisk Sansa e260 headphones

USB 2.0 cable

SanDisk Sansa e260 USB 2.0 cable

SanDisk sansa e260 4GB on slipcover

SanDisk Sansa e260 4GB on slipcover

SanDisk sansa e260 4GB in slipcover

SanDisk Sansa e260 4GB slipcover

Plan your trip to Europe with visiteurope.com

[Trigami-Review]

Did you ever think of doing a trip to Europe? Did you ever wonder how to get all the information needed? Don’t just think about it and don’t wonder any longer. The answers are right under your nose: visiteurope.com

Visiteurope.com is the official international portal for European travel information presented by the European Travel Commission (an association of 37 national tourist offices from Austria to United Kingdom).

Visiteurope.com features all information needed to plan your trip to Europe, to make it a success and to make sure it will be fun.

visiteurope.com

Some of the numerous features of visiteurope.com:

  • Interactive map of Europe
  • Eventcalendar and infos about top events in Europe (festivals etc.)
  • Facts and background info about every European country and the main cities
  • Info about how to travel
  • Accommodation
  • Links to the official tourist information websites of every European country
  • Flight search engine
  • Currency converter
  • Travel planner tool
  • Weather forecast
  • Other useful info
  • The features in detail:

    Interactive map of Europe

    The map of Europe on visiteurope.com gives the first time traveller a quick overview of Europe. No more, no less. It does not feature very much detail about every country but it’s a start. If you’ve never been to Europe and if you don’t now very much about the local geography, this map of Europe will get you started. If you are really planning a trip, buy a detailled map at your local bookstore.

    visiteurope.com - Austria - Thumbnail

    Eventcalendar and infos about top events in Europe (festivals etc.)

    The eventcalendar features a rather nice search function to check out what’s going on in the countries you want to visit at the time you are visiting. From sport events over health activities to culture events, it has it all.

    Facts and background info about every European country and the main cities

    The most important facts about every European country are featured on visiteurope.com. Size, population, language, currency, infos about the main cities, best activities and so on. Additionally there’s a link to the official tourist office website where you can get even more info.

    Info about how to travel

    Ever wondered what’s the best way to travel Europe? Of course it also depends on your preferences but visiteurope.com helps you to decide. Do you want to go by bus, by train, by plane, by ship or do you want to rent a car? All info to get you started is here.

    Accommodation

    You don’t know where to stay in Europe? Here you can get all infos about hotels and bed & breakfast. Search and book your accommodation online via visiteurope.com.

    Links to the official tourist information websites of every European country

    You can find a list of all National Tourist Offices at the end of each page. Every national website features even more detailled infos about the particular country. And it’s great that every website (including visiteurope.com) is featured in different languages (english, french, spanish …).

    Flight search engine

    Visiteurope.com features a practical flight search engine. Just enter the city of departure, your destination and the day you want to travel and here you go.

    Currency converter

    You know what a currency converter does, don’t you? ;-) I just have to say that this one features every major currency of the world.

    Travel planner tool

    I really like the travel planner tool. This is a great idea. You answer a few questions about your travel and the travel planner tool pops up some ideas, events and countries that comply with your input.

    Some of the questions:

    • Whom will you travel with? (Single, group …)
    • Which kind of accommodation do you prefer?
    • Your travel budget
    • In which season will you travel?
    • [...]

    Weather forcast

    Weather forecasts for every European country.

    Other useful info

    Airports, backpacking, bank & public holidays, climate, electricity, languages, drinking restrictions, food & drink, internet access, mobile phones, public transportation, shooping, speed limits and many, many more infos.

    Conclusion

    Visiteurope.com has it all. Infos about every European country and everything the first time tourist will be interested in. It’s not an in-depth tourist guide for every country but it gets you started. For more info it links to the official tourist information websites of the particular country. The first time traveller to Europe will find everything he needs on visiteurope.com. Give it a try you will be surprised by all the features! :)

    How to win a 15000 dollar trip from dodo.com

    [Trigami-Review]

    Online communities spring up like mushrooms nowadays so it becomes more and more difficult to start one by yourself and compete against the dozens or hundreds of other communities out there.

    dodo.com

    The clever folks at dodo.com do not (yet) try to compete with big general communities like MySpace, Facebook, Friendster or studiVZ. They try to get their slice of the cake by entering the travelling niche.

    dodo.com

    Win 15,000 dollars to spend on travelling

    The team behind dodo.com is developing their plattform since about nine months and decided that it’s time to go in Open Beta recently. To get the ball rolling and to encourage people to sign up and join the community they are doing a big contest with an incredible value of EUR 10,000 (USD 15,000).

    The prize is a trip around the world:

    The trip around the world can be organized from us or by yourself, as long as it does not exceed the value of €10,000 ($15,000).

    What do have to do to win the contest and start your big trip? It’s pretty easy. Collect lots (“points”) by performing the following activities:

    1. sign up at dodo.com
    2. enter travel tipps
    3. enter travelogues (travel “diary”)
    4. upload your travel photos
    5. upload your travel videos
    6. invite friends
    7. set a link to dodo.com from your website

    You get lots for each activity. Signing up for example gets you started with 2 lots, uploading a video earns 1 lot, setting a homepage link to dodo.com is worth 5 lots and so on. The more lots you have, the bigger your chance to win the trip around the world. The contest ends on 31st December 2008. The sooner you start the better. So jump at the chance and enter the contest now!

    How does dodo.com work?

    dodo.com is an online community specialized in us folks who like to travel and who like to share our experience, photos, videos and so on with likeminded people.

    I like the idea. But how does it work? Let’s put it into practice!

    Registering at dodo.com is pretty straightforward and shortly after you find yourself in the travelling “cockpit” (“Overview”) where you can enter traveltips, create travelogues (like a diary of your travels), upload photos and videos of your travels and complete your userprofile.

    dodo.com Overview Thumbnail

    If you are interested in the experiences and travel tips of other people just surf around dodo.com, read articles of others, have a look at their photos and videos and add them to your buddy list. It’s like “friending them” in MySpace-jargon. ;-) If you want to friend me, just visit my profile at dodo.com by clicking here.

    There is a small map (powered by GoogleMaps) in the “Overview” which displays your travels as small flags. You and all people who visit your profile see where you’ve been at first glance. It’s a real nice overview. The more flags you have all over the world the cooler it is of course. But don’t cheat, be honest! :twisted:

    Register at dodo.com and enter the $ 15,000 contest by clicking HERE now! :-)

    Beta

    While testing dodo.com for this review, I stumpled on some things which should be improved at any rate. Of course the site is still in Beta and the team is continually working on improvements. So here are the things I noticed. I hope it helps.

    Assigning photos to a travelogue

    When creating a new travelogue i did not find any option to assign already uploaded photos to this travelogue. It’s possible to upload photos while creating a travelogue which are then assigned to it automatically. This is fine. But it would be nice if there would be a possibility to assign photos that have been already uploaded before. This happened to me while creating my city trip to Venice. I created the travel, uploaded the photos, created a new travelogue and now what? I would have to upload the photos again to assign them to the travelogue. :-(

    Photo mass upload

    Uploading several photos is a real pain in the ass. I uploaded 21 photos of my Venice trip and had to upload them one by one. A mass uploader is definitely a must have. There’s no way around.

    Inviting friends

    After clicking “Send” when inviting a friend the form with “Name” and “e-mail” disappears without any further notice. Did it happen? What did happen? How can I invite more friends?

    I have to click on “My Friends” again to get the form back and invite another friend. One.

    dodo.com Invite Friends

    My suggestion: Mass invitation like used in e.g. Flickr. There are several fields for several e-mail-addresses and the option to invite all friends out of your e-mail address-book. And please add a confirmation message like “thanks, your friends have been invited”.

    A friend who accepts the invitation and registers for dodo.com should be added to the buddy list automatically. This does not happen at the moment. I got the lots for sucessfully inviting someone and a message “New buddy request from user” but it would be really helpful if the person would be a friend automatically. I would not invite someone if I would not like this person to be my dodo.com-friend. ;-)

    Bugs

    As dodo.com is in Betaversion there are still some bugs. This is normal and the team behind dodo.com is working hard to fix all errors. This should keep no one from using dodo.com and entering the contest.

    dodo.com works and I’m sure it will get even better in the future. So start using it and help them to improve the system further by reporting all bugs you’ve noticed via their Problem box (can be found at the bottom of each page).

    This is what I’m going to do with all the bugs I’ve found while doing this review.

    Blog

    There’s also a blog which introduces the people behind dodo.com, their experiences and some other behind the scenes stuff. This is a great idea to connect with the dodo.com-users.

    The blog features a RSS-feed (RSS 2.0, Atom 0.3) which is a great possibility to stay up to date with the content for all tech- and blog-savvy visitors. Not so tech-savvy users won’t use this feature as RSS is not as commonly used (outside the blogosphere) as predicted some years ago.

    My suggestions to improve the blog and increase readership:

    1. Add a highly visible RSS-button (Link 1, Link 2) to your blog.
    2. Burn your feed with Feedburner, activate the e-mail-subscription for the feed and implement it into your blog in a highly visible position (e.g. like here on viZZZual.com). Use one of these e-mail-buttons.
    3. Get into a posting frequency. E.g. once a week on monday an article about the current (Beta) status: “Things are going well we have fixed 63 bugs and 3 ants. ;-) Thanks to all who reported them.” Keep people informed what’s going on, that’s the whole purpose of a blog.
    4. Register your blog at Technorati (the “blog search engine”). A lot of people with blogs are there. And some of them already wrote reviews about dodo.com. Connect your Technorati profile with them. Here’s the viZZZual.com Technorati profile for example.
    5. The list could go on … If you are interested in learning how to increase your readership and your users with your blog, subscribe to the godfather of all blogging knowledge: www.problogger.net.

    All told I think dodo.com is a great thing for all people interested in travelling. For me personally it’s an additional way to spread the word about viZZZual.com. ;-)

    I’m going to use it regularly in the future and will win the $ 15,000 contest, that’s for sure. You don’t stand a chance! :twisted:

    But you can try by entering the contest by clicking here.