Saturday, 2 January 2010
Therefore, its with a sad heart that I have to announce that there will not be a daily website review anymore but any good websites I come across will be posted here periodically. Please dont expect a post every day.
A big thank you to all contributors and thanks for all the comments. If you want to promote your own site then go ahead and leave comments to this post with the web address to it
Thursday, 31 December 2009
www.fly.com claims to search every airline and a range of online travel agents to find the cheapest economy and premium fares, and then lets you refine the results to suit your requirements. You can use sliders to specify your desired take-off and landing times and trip duration, select alternative airports that may cost less to fly from, and view available flights in three different formats: summary, list and matrix.
This customisable approach is far preferable to scrolling through pages of results while the site's minimalist layout is a pleasure to use.
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
www.storyvault.com encourages people to record and share their friends' and families' memories of events in their lives, be they of personal or historical significance.
You can already watch interviews with World War II veterans and the last Titanic survivor, and easily upload your own. The smart-looking site also features a family-tree builder and has a strong sense of community, letting you rate and comment on other users' content (unless they mark it as private). StoryVault is a great idea and the execution is superb.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Formerly called BBC Heritage, The BBC Story has been launched to provide an immersive online guide to the Beeb in the context of British history since 1922 (when the corporation was founded). Notable features include a scrolling History of Innovation timeline that displays key events by year; a Great Moments section highlighting important anniversaries; and the ability to browse and post photos, videos and recollections in the fascinating Memoryshare area.
There's loads to enjoy here, all presented in the BBC's reliably concise but comprehensive style. Complete with photo galleries, video tours and audio clips, this is nostalgia at its best.
The website address you need is www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc
Monday, 28 December 2009
Getting your car serviced or repaired can prove stressful and expensive, particularly if you're dealing with an unscrupulous garage.
Servicing Stop aims to take the pain out of the process by letting you arrange everything online with one of its 750 garages across the UK.
The site will collect and return your vehicle for free, clean it once the work is done and, for an extra £39, carry out an MOT.
Complemented by a friendly design, Servicing Stop couldn't be simpler to use, from its speedy booking form to the clear pricing information. It even offers reminders for when your next service is due. Save yourself time, hassle and money and get your motor running here.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
There is something slightly disturbing about launching a website to find that the food of the day is proudly announced as cabbage.
What I've found is that it really is incredibly good for you, as explained on this site.
As well as recipes and ideas involving the so-called superfoods - which are said to keep you fit and healthy - you can visit the food adviser for tips on how to improve your intake and work towards living a healthier lifestyle.
Saturday, 26 December 2009
www.wozzon.com lets you search for a specific event or performer or browse the extensive entertainment categories. These span everything from film, music and dance to pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions, with WoZZon's simple and spacious layout delivering results in a clear and speedy manner. But this isn't just a plain listings resource; rather it's a community to which you can contribute venue and event information, reviews and ratings.
Friday, 25 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
www.futureme.org The concept is brilliantly simple - you just write a letter to yourself, add your email address and set a date for delivery and futureme.org will take care of the rest.
Don't forget to make the mail private if you don't want the world to read it - and talking of which, this is a really intriguing way to spend a few minutes.
Click the link to View Public Entries and you can scroll through some of the letters old and new which, although anonymous, have been made public by their authors.
It is a fascinating look at culture and attitudes - seeing what different people think are the important things to tell themselves today, tomorrow. If you get what I mean.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
From casting on to casting off, and everything that comes in between, these tutorials are clear and unfussy
Navigation is also nice and straight forward, with expanding menu tabs at the top of the page to let you quickly leap between sections.
You will also find plenty of free patterns you can knit, once you have mastered enough of the art of needle waggling to tackle some creations.
Sign up for free membership and you can join in the forum activity too, perhaps sharing some of your own design ideas with this knit-crazy community.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
The chords section boasts over 1,000 chords and inversions, and the interactive interface lets you actually strum them so you can get a feel for how it sounds - which could be a real boost if you are writing a catchy love song.
Click the My Chords link and hit save on the guitar to add a chord to your personal selection, which can then be played back in a loop - another useful composing tool.
There is a similar section on guitar scales, which will not only help you to learn but could also provide inspiration for a new style of music. And of course what guitar resource would be complete without a handy little tuner - so you need never play a bum note again.
Monday, 21 December 2009
The content is written with a North American audience in mind - so the statistics and figures will not necessarily be relevant to where you live, and the Healthcare locator certainly will not be.
But there is one feature of this website that I found really interesting and wanted to share with the world - the virtual body.
Split into four key parts this interactive display allows you to tour the human body in several ways. There are stills with information panels, animated models, and even some narrated tours, which will help you reach a fuller understanding of how your body works.
Nice to navigate and clearly illustrated and labelled, this should prove a useful study guide as well.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Well-organised menus offer easy access to advice for both children and adults on topics ranging from cyberbullying to bullying in sport.
News stories and case studies sit comfortably alongside tips and social-media tools, which let you connect with Bullying UK on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
These compensate for the lack of discussion forums, as do the blog and an interactive help tool called The Oracle.
The site also provides information about the charity's work and lets you donate money to this worthy cause online.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
GigLocator, a site that keeps you in the loop about upcoming gigs, looks impressively slick on the surface but currently lacks the substance to stand out. The idea is to provide a one-stop shop for live music fans.
You can search by gig, artist, genre or location and buy tickets from third-party links. However, several links we clicked on didn't work, and some sections seem incomplete.
On the plus side, GigLocator has such handy features as letting you add concert dates to your calendar, invite friends, find out who is attending and share details on social-networking sites. But, at the moment, it's not quite music to our ears.
Friday, 18 December 2009
www.giveamonkey.com covers everything from choosing the perfect venue and sending out invitations to both researching and suggesting gift ideas.
I love the fresh and funky feel of the site, which makes full use of the web - from Google maps and online stores to social networks and bookmarking tools - to ensure your party goes with a bang. You can choose to keep your event details private or share them with the community, and let attendees share photos, videos and comments.
Free and very easy to use, Giveamonkey deserves three big cheers.
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Finding the perfect image to use can be tricky - you may get best results from using the option to take a picture with your webcam if you have one installed.
Your face should be dead straight on to the camera, and have no hair or other obstruction across your face. Once you have an image inserted, tweak the size and position.
Each era can be fine tuned using the controls beneath the picture to get the best overall result, and is accompanied by music from the era and a smattering of information about fashion and trends on the right.
When you find an image you want to share you can post it directly to Facebook, save it to your computer, or use the share link to post it to a URL that you can share with whoever you want.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Earth TV transmits streaming video feeds from 70 cameras across five continents, creating a window for visitors to travel the width and breadth of the world from the comfort of their own homes.
The quality of these feeds is exceptional, and unlike the usual fixed camera viewpoint, Earth TV can motion control each camera to capture the very best of the action.
Each destination feed is complimented with information and fascinating facts, maps and local weather reports - with a relaxing music track running throughout.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
This property-search engine lets you hunt for houses and flats for sale or rent using keywords and phrases – for example “large garden in Barrow In Furness” – rather than checkboxes and drop-down menus.
Searches are impressively speedy and results provided in order of relevance, although you can sort them by price and date first advertised.
The site scours all the main property websites and many lesser-known names, including related-search suggestions, a map and a photo in each result, although some entries currently lack images.
Monday, 14 December 2009
The homepage now features the most popular promotions of the moment, as voted by users, as well as staff picks and recently-added offers.
A tidier layout and improved search facility make finding deals from specific stores and brands much faster, as do keyword tags that show you what other people are looking for.
Sign up for free to receive email alerts about new codes, share deals you’ve found and contribute to Savoo.co.uk’s burgeoning
Sunday, 13 December 2009
www.watzatsong.com as the name suggests is all about putting names and artists to the tunes that are flying around in our heads.
Once registered, just record a snip of the song that has you stumped (whether you choose to sing it yourself or record it from wherever you heard it, the choice is yours) and wait for the suggestions to come rolling in.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
A full search will be more thorough but will take a good deal longer, then just click to find out what the internet thinks.
The site will look for mentions of the term in either a positive, negative or indifferent light - giving you an approximation of the internet's feelings on the subject.
You will get a percentage breakdown of positive, negative and neutral sentiment.
Friday, 11 December 2009
It is similar in functionality to Photoshop Express with all of the basic features you would expect - such as brightness and contrast, hue and saturation, crop and rotate.
This is a lightweight, effective and free application - and the package itself is Flash based so requires no installation. Just open up the website, click the link to begin creating and dive straight in.
When you have finished, simply save your work onto your own computer - no registration is needed.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Registration is free and you get one gigabyte of space to upload your portfolio. Artists can stream audio and video and even make live broadcasts to their fans.
If you are not an artist yourself there is plenty to be gained by visiting these pages. You can browse all the content by category, offering support and enc
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
It's such a fantastic idea it’s a wonder that nobody thought of it before.
Simply search for artist, song or album, hit ‘compare prices’ to find the best deal and then click through to make your purchase.
An embedded music player provides a preview of each track, and you can also watch related videos, read customer reviews and get details of upcoming concerts.
CompareDownload.com has a clean, user-friendly interface, organised by genre, and scours big-name music merchants including iTunes, Amazon and 7digital to save you time and money. And if you need to listen something to your cheap tunes on, you can compare the prices of MP3 players, hi-fis and audio docks.
Monday, 7 December 2009
The site has relaunched with a fresh look and further ways to win and waste cash.
The boring brown design of old has been replaced by a bright blue and pink colour scheme, which gives the site a fun, modern feel.
The site now offers a broad choice of bingo games across its chat rooms, with some cards available for as little as 5p each and ‘free’ sessions open to players who have at least £30 in their accounts. Kiss My Bingo offers various incentives to sign up, including a £10 bonus when you deposit your first £10, but it lacks the community feel of some of its rivals.
The website can be found at http://www.kissmybingo.com
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Instead of products being sent out by post, everything this site sells is delivered directly to your Desktop. A wide range of programs are available for both PC and Mac, including titles from Avanquest, Magix and ZoneAlarm. Because there are no boxes, postal costs or overheads involved, you can buy most software for around 10 per cent less than the recommended retail price, although Amazon is slightly cheaper. Products are helpfully accompanied by screen shots, reviews and detailed specifications.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Take a look at www.reviewcentre.com
After 10 years of amassing consumer opinions, Review Centre was starting to look a bit creaky. Now the popular site has been spruced up and is slicker, quicker and easier to use.
Draped in regal purple and blue, the revamped layout makes finding product and service reviews a doddle, be it through browsing the tidied-up category menus, clicking keyword tags or using the search box. The community aspect of the site is more prominent, with the best member opinions flagged on the homepage, and the presentation of reviews has also been significantly improved. With further features to be added soon, including video reviews, Review Centre deserves a five-star rating.
Friday, 4 December 2009
Findababysitter.com features a ‘geo-coded’ search facility that shows you at a glance how far away each candidate lives from your home.
This is handy for when you need to hire a suitable person in a hurry, while you can also search by qualifications, experience and language.
Findababysitter.com couldn’t be simpler to use and lets you save your searches, as well as providing helpful articles and advice.
The site charges parents £10 per month for unlimited access, but child carers seeking employment can post their details for free.
Thursday, 3 December 2009
If you prefer you can join a game in progress rather than hosting one yourself. Registering with the site will give you a little more functionality.