Beneful: Fighting Back

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I was surprised, but pleased to see a full page ad in today’s Sunday New York Times from Beneful that is fighting back against the seemingly unfounded lawsuits that have been filed against them.

They’ve done a nice job with a video that’s part of the larger advertising and informational campaign. It has a nice human feel to it.

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Best Canned Tuna? My Tuna Taste Test

Since last week when I had a particularly miserable can of Bumble Bee tuna, I’ve been wondering: What’s the best canned tuna?

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Best Canned Tuna?

Today, I organized myself a little tuna taste test to find out. Here’s a recap of the findings.

Canned Tuna Brands Tested

I bought all the brands available at our local store – all except Bumble Bee. In all cases, I bought 5 oz cans of solid white tuna in water (except I made a mistake with one which was in olive oil).

Here are the brands

  • Pastene (the one in olive oil)
  • Starkist
  • Genova Tonno
  • Ace of Diamonds
  • Chicken of the Sea
  • Geisha

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UnHub.com Review: Simple Profile Bar Creates One-Stop Personal Page

For the last few weeks, I’ve been using a new tool from UnHub.com.¬†UnHub.com provides a very simple, clean way to organize your online presence.

UnHub.com Home Page
UnHub.com Home Page

It works by creating a personal profile bar that links to all your web pages – your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook profile, your Twitter account, your blog, your Amazon or Yelp reviews, etc. Creating these links is extremely simple and fast – takes 5 minutes.

Then they give you a unique personal url — www.unhub.com/your-name — that you can pass along to friends, use in your social media profiles, include in your email signature, etc. Through this one webpage, you and your contacts can quickly find all your social media profiles, blogs, etc.

Once you set up your account, visitors to your UnHub page will see a very simple strip at the top of the browser. This toolbar strip is a persistent navigation tool containing links to all your web pages. In a way, it works like the bookmarks toolbar in your browser – except that it is works inside the browser window and is accessible to anyone anywhere.

Visitors can click on any link in your toolbar and get to the page. They can also browse through each website in a completely normal fashion — with the UnHub toolbar remaining fixed at the top of the page.

I’ve been looking for something like this for a while – a way to consolidate in one place all the many webpages about me or by me. I’d like to do it through LinkedIn, but they limit outbound links to just 3 – and I have way more things than that that I’d like to link to.

I’ve tried several other sites and found them too complicated or otherwise lacking. Many of them are trying to do too much — trying aggregrate things across sites or otherwise adding functionality and, in doing so, they become their own source of work and effort.

UnHub.com avoids all that and goes for the simple, clean solution. It seems just right to me. It accomplishes the goal while being a snap to set up and dead simple to use.

Check out my UnHub page here – John Kenney on UnHub.com

My UnHub.com review verdict: 2 thumbs up!

Doodle.com Review: Schedule group get togethers easily

Found this very handy online tool that makes it easy for small groups to schedule meeting times. Avoids lengthy back and forths via email.

Doodle.com Screenshot (click to enlarge in most browsers)

We used it to plan drinks with a few colleagues from Coba/Granitar and a friend from Sloan will be using soon to schedule a dinner.

Doodle.com

Doodle couldn’t be simpler to use. Nobody needs to register to use it – though registering is easy and that’s what I did as the meeting organizer.

To set up an event, you simply give the event a name, then pick a series of possible dates and/or times – as many as you want.

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