Wednesday 19 December 2007
Catflap Mag has already been garnering some great recommendations - most notably in The Telegraph (a hot pick), The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Why is it named Catflap - well it means stuffing the ball in the corner of the net where the goalie can't get to it - as in "Rooney's put it right through the Catflap."
Regular features include the Catflap Chinwag - this week we talk to star of The Royle Family, Ricky Tomlinson, about his love of the sport, and next week we interview star of Gavin and Stacey Mathew Horne, who talks about his love of Spurs and Kylie. Other features include:
* Ground Control to Major Tom, - a unique big budget blockbuster competition involving a cat falling from space onto a variety of British football Stadia.
* 2 Become 1 - a morphing item wherein we use our technology to fuse two seemingly disparate things - such as Alex Ferguson and a Highland terrier.
* Catflap Doghouse - People in trouble in the news each week.
On a sports tip, the company that create Catflap (Made Up Media) also produce a rugby site, and a golf site http://www.ScrumOfTheEarth.com and http://www.InGolfWeTrust.com
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If you are looking for an all singing all dancing media player which will play just about any file format and you want it to be open source, then look no further than VLC: a free download available from www.videolan.org .
Long known to the web wise, VLC is the ultimate multimedia application. So, what is so special about this player?
Well it can chew up and spit out just about any sort of media file: MPEG, DivX, OGG, DVD - in fact it would be quicker to list the file formats it does not support.
The technology is open source and is constantly being updated by developers in 20 different countries.
There are also different versions of VLC for pretty much every operating system around. All your multimedia problems solved with a quick download and it is free
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Watching films will never be the same again.
If you would like a website reviewed on the late show at Abbey FM then just email all the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 22 November 2007
If you want to know more about your favorite song then head over to www.songfacts.com to find ot why it might have been written and what its trying to say. With hundreds of entries listed, you can find out who the “egg man” was in the Beatles “I am the Walrus” and how “Definitely Maybe” helped form “Oasis”If you would like a website to be reviewed on Abbey FMs late show then please get in touch by email to email@example.com
Monday 19 November 2007
This is a download for you iPod users. Check out www.yamipod.com . I know a lot of people that get very frustrated when using iTunes with their iPods, there are a lot of programs on the web that are written to make life easy for users - and this is one of them.
Yamipod is a terrific little program that for my money is exactly what the internet is all about.
It is a small freeware program written by someone who had an idea and then when it worked, distributed it. You download it onto your PC, Mac or Linux machine and run it - it automatically senses your iPod and gives you a listing of the tracks on your machine.
The screens are well laid out and easy to understand and you just drag and drop your music files into the Windows Explorer-like front end.
The program does not have to be installed when you run it, it is loaded directly into memory and works right away. I know someone who runs it from their iPod, enabling them to swap files on any machine. Simple, effective - and free.
Thursday 15 November 2007
www.free-codecs.com is dedicated to the little bits of software that translate your audio and video files into something your computer can use.
Called codecs, they allow something like Windows Media Player or whatever software you use to listen or watch with, to read new files. Basically, if you have a file that you want to play and you cannot - you come here.
For example the XP codec pack has just about all a Windows XP user would need to play audio and video from the web. There is a
And if you want to learn more there is a guides section that explains some of the finer points of codecs. Including "What codecs should I use?" article that tells you how to go about finding the right piece of software to play your audio or video file.
Just about all of them are free and - according to the site - have been scanned for spyware and viruses
Wednesday 14 November 2007
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If you’re fascinated by court cases, trials, crime and punishment then www.oldbaileyonline.org is the website for you. Here you can check out historical cases in great detail and search more than 100,000 criminal trials that took place between 1674 and 1834, as well as transcripts which can be searched by subject, date, punishment and verdict. It gives an extraordinary insight into the lives of ordinary people, and is both educational and absorbing.
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Over the years there have been some classic TV game shows so welcome to We Dig TV, at www.wedigtv.com . Its a collection of completely interactive versions of popular game shows.
They are all official versions of the original shows and most include footage specially shot for the site.
For example Deal or No Deal includes over 1000 different pieces of flash video to take into account all the permutations of boxes and the amounts you can have remaining at any point.
You are even grilled by the hosts of the
Now some things to watch out for - first, do not be put off by the terrible twosome who welcome you to the site. They are the most dreadful part of the experience - click straight past them to the network guide.
It is here that you choose your game and you can switch from one game to another at any time.
Secondly, just as the games are close to TV quality, so are the adverts. The games actually go to commercial breaks halfway through. Okay, fair enough, the website has to make money somehow, and the breaks are in keeping with the style of the site.
Thirdly, when you start a game, you can choose to play it for fun, free, or you can choose to pay. The only advantage paying gives is that you do not see the ads, and you stand a very small chance of winning some of the money that other players have paid.
The creators of the website say they do not take any of the money players pay. It is all redistributed amongst the top 10 players of the month.
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Mondays website review of the day
www.riddles-online.com claims to be the best online riddles website. Whether you are looking for easy or difficult puzzles, this site has simply hundreds to choose from. All the riddles are classified to make it easy to find exactly the type you are looking for, be it logic riddles, animal riddles, maths riddles or whatever. And they all have solutions as well so you wont leave feeling frustrated.
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British site www.constantcomedy.com does exactly what it says in the URL - streaming comedy videos by both professionals and amateurs in a kind of never ending talent contest.
No need to sign up to view, but if you do, you get to vote off videos you do not like and if enough people agree with you the performer gets the axe and the next funny man or woman takes centre screen.
You can choose the videos you think you will like by category on the left-hand side or just browse through them in the video section.
Again - signing up means you can upload your own funny video for people to watch and vote on.
If you like your laughs stand-up style this is the site for you - and while there are some absolutely tragic performances - it is not hard to find some truly funny people
Tuesday 30 October 2007
Monday 29 October 2007
www.bootdisk.com is a great resource for people that want to get ever so slightly technical with their PC.
It has features and guides on tuning up your PC and links to other sites with even more information.
But this place is a must if you need to boot up your PC from a floppy disk, say if you have had a disk crash or wanted to format a hard disk or simply not boot via Windows.
You download any of the files from the site and you run the file and it writes a floppy disk that you can boot your PC from.
And if you are into developing that skill there are sections on creating boot CDs and even showing you how to boot up using a USB stick.
The site is aimed at techies so take a friend if you are scared by naked bits and bytes
Thursday 25 October 2007
Now, Google Street View is definitely a glimpse into the future of what we can expect from mapping apps a few years down the line - but as you might expect, Google's nemesis Microsoft have a few tricks of their own up their sleeve.
Microsoft's live maps uses aerial images shot from an angle and from nearer the earth's surface to supplement its core satellite maps. So, whereas a satellite map gives you a rather flat view, the other aerial images add real dimension to the image, and shows off incredible detail in images.
And if you are prepared to download a dedicated application rather than simply browsing, you get treated to the piece de resistance - the 3D view. Once installed, you will find buildings in some locations faithfully modelled in three dimensions to provide a truly breathtaking experience.
In this sense I think it trumps Google Earth's attempt at the same 3D modelling features. Having said that, as a truly useful application for finding locations like restaurants, hotels and the like, Google Earth wins hands-down
Monday 22 October 2007
Well, you need www.fileinfo.net , it is a massive list of file extensions along with the name of software that can read it.
So if you are confronted with, say a .uue file extension, you go to the .uue entry and find out not only what kind of file it is but what software you need to make it work.
The site also lists files by their role - so for example if you have trouble telling your .ini file from your .idx file - this is the place to go.
Wednesday 17 October 2007
Over the past couple of years, Google Earth has made headlines by giving us a stunning birds-eye view of our planet from satellite images. But getting down to human-eye level has not really been catered for.
One issue is its notworth trying this site if you have a slow connection because the photos will take an age to update. Nevertheless, if you have got a blistering connection, you have simply got to check this out, even if you have got no practical use for it.
Tuesday 16 October 2007
www.cutepdf.com is a site that the writer lets you turn your usual documents into more secure and reliable PDF documents really easily.
Once you have installed the programme, the option to save or print any web page or document as a PDF just appears in your printer list.
That is it really. There are no adverts foisted on you, no weird watermarks splurged across the pages.
And it is free because they hope that you like it so much you will eventually pay for their advanced version. But - of course - you do not have to
Saturday 6 October 2007
Midomi lets you search for music with your voice. Plug in a microphone, sing a bit, and this site will search in its database and hopefully, name that tune. Visit www.midomi.com
I tested out the system with a Carpenters song and amazingly, Midomi got it right first time.
Instead of matching my rendition of "Close to you" with Karen Carpenter's version, it was matched with recordings by other Midomi users, who all seemed to go flat in the same places as me! I had no idea that bad singers were that predictable.
You can also build an online profile, hook up with fans of the same kinds of music, and rate or comment on each other's songs.
Like all social networks, Midomi works on the strength of its users. So the more people sing into it, the more we will all get out of it and - believe me - this site is has only just begun
Thursday 27 September 2007
Downloading the 3D Mailbox application at www.3dmailbox.com reveals a whole new way to look at your e-mails.
There is a free version of the software to download and once it has been setup you will find you have been transported to a virtual
When you receive an e-mail the avatars appear at the entrance to the hotel's pool. Your spam manager acts a gatekeeper, only allowing through genuine messages to lounge by the pool.
Spam is dispatched to the beach, where they are represented as overweight tourists. Hitting delete results in the spam taking a deadly swim in shark infested waters.
Meanwhile your unread e-mails perform lengths in the pool. Read e-mails tan themselves on the sun loungers.
The outbox shows your avatars enjoying a drink, and if there are any e-mails which your spam manager is unsure about you will find them skating around in the hotel's ice ring.
The developers are currently working on other locations around the world, which will be available to subscribers soon.
Essentially this app is like a real beach holiday: after a few days it can get boring soaking up the rays. This is also processor heavy software so beware if you do not have a high-end PC.
Wednesday 26 September 2007
This site bills itself as the people's atlas. You do not have to register if you want to check out other people's maps and see what they have said about a place.
There are good tips for travelling with kids or if you want to find a night club that is popular with locals rather than tourists.
However, you have to register if you would like to add your map and places of interest. Registration is quick and easy and you do not have to type out a lot of information about yourself.
To create a map, click Mapmaker, choose a location and what kind of map you are about to create and off you go.
Once you have created the tag you can add pictures from a Flickr account or directly from your PC, add links and information.
The site will tell you if somebody else also tagged the same location and if you want, you can join them
Tuesday 25 September 2007
But visit meebo.com and you can connect to them all over the web. So you can use them all at the same time without having to download all those different applications. Putting it to the test, I must admit I felt uncomfortable giving away so many passwords and usernames all in one go.
But, having said that, this is a great way to get in touch with all of your friends through one single portal, no matter what system you use. And let us not forget, it is free and it works. There are not many things you can say that about, but here is another one
Thursday 20 September 2007
Once you have uploaded an image, you can add captions and music, and then display your photos as different styles of slideshow. There are some really silly styles to choose from, like "cube". You cannot see the pictures very easily, although increasing the overall size does help.
Once you have made a slide show, you can keep it private and save it as a screensaver for your computer or share it in a variety of ways. You could allow users to comment, or cut and paste some code that will publish it on your own blog or website, facebook page or anywhere you can think of.
Despite the name, Slide.com is not just about slide shows. You can also create a Skinflix, which sounds a bit dubious but basically means you can customise videos too. Anything on YouTube can be given the Slide.com treatment and then once again you get the code to display it on your own website or social networking site.
Expect to see a lot more pimped-up videos and slide shows right across the net from now on. Whether that is a good thing, you decide
Wednesday 19 September 2007
The website maps the distribution of surnames from the 1998 electoral register and compares it with the 1881 census so you can see how surnames have moved around the country in the last century.
Tuesday 18 September 2007
A search engine can also find Chinese recipes on the web and has over 4000 indexed.
Monday 17 September 2007
www.orature.com is a site created by the former for the latter. Its about people teaching people how to do stuff. So next time you want to know anything then this is the place to go
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This site will then email the object of your affections asking you their crushes, which will then be emailed back to you. And its all done anonymously so they’ll never know it was you
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And if you are not from this planet, you can find out what was happening in the sky or on Mars on the same day.
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Hold on... Dont get pervy. Its got your attention but its not what you are thinking.
These days everyone is talking g about carbon footprints, but how do you know the size of yours? At www.footprint.wwf.org.uk you can find out. It only takes a few minutes to measure it and all you have to do is answer a few questions about your diet, travel habits and pets - all of which contribute to CO2 emissions
Monday 13 August 2007
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Page By Page Books at www.pagebypagebooks.com is the equivalent of an online library of classic literature.
The site makes use of books on which the copyright has expired so they can be shared and read online for free.
The site lacks a search engine so to check out which books are available click "View all Authors" or check "See book list by Title" option.
From here just browse through the available books and authors alphabetically.
Most public domain book sites force you to download the whole book at once on one page or in extremely large chunks, this can make reading them or finding a lost place kind of tedious.
In contrast, this site loads a single page of text at a time making it much easier to read. If you do not fancy reading an entire book in one sitting simply bookmark it using your search engine and then open from the bookmarked page when you fancy dipping into the story again.
The site design itself is simple and uncluttered and it is fairly easy to track down interesting titles. At the moment there are only a couple of hundred books on the site but the number of available titles is increasing all the time
Wednesday 8 August 2007
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www.How.com is a fairly big "How to" site offering "How to" guides on a wide variety of subject matter. While the sites claim of showing you how to do just about everything is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, it does have 35,000 "How to" guides for a staggering amount of different things.
The site is organised by subjects: cars, personal care and style, that kind of thing. There is also a search option if you are looking for something specific fast.
Once a category and specific guide has been selected the "How to" itself is revealed. Each guide carries a difficulty rating and is separated into easy to follow steps. After following the "How to", the guide ends with tips and warnings.
While the tips can be useful, some of the warning advice can be a tad hysterical.
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Now the world can be a pretty harsh place and sometimes it is nice to take a break and spend some time on a site which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.
Put your thoughts to one side and banish the blues, Cute Overload is a site that is guaranteed to make you go "Ahhhhh".
This is a corner of the web which is unrelentingly cute.
Basically this site consists of hundreds of photos and videos of adorable and cuddly critters.
The site is separated into categories including baby birds, kittens and puppies. All of the categories have one thing in common - fluffy little animals with huge eyes staring into digital cameras eliciting "oohs" and "ahhhs" from anybody that glances at them.
Users can add their own photos or videos in the Got Cute section of the homepage.
And that is basically it, a sweet site which offers a quick pick-me-up. A word of warning though, spend too long surfing and you will discover there really is such a thing as cute overload.
Check it out at www.cuteoverload.com
The Animation World Network is a huge source of information about cartoons, animated movies and the animation industry itself. This is a site which is useful for professionals and students alike.
The homepage includes the latest news about the animation business, from which movies are breaking box office records to the winners and losers at animation festivals all over the world.
For the amateur animator the resource section includes a database of animation schools and courses across the globe.
A visit to the Student Corner reveals articles and tips from industry greats, including traditional drawing tutorials and advice on how to master 3D graphics packages like Maya.
For those that are serious about pursuing a career in animation the resource section also includes the animation industry database. Here you will find global listings for everything from where to get hold of materials and equipment to production companies that specialise in animation. Find out more at www.awn.com
Tuesday 17 July 2007
wikiHow currently contains 21,869 articles written, edited, and maintained primarily by volunteers. Please join us by writing on a topic not yet covered or editing a page that someone else has started.
Check it all out at www.wikihow.com
To make the site in any way useful, you will have to fill out the free registration form, which gives you the option of weekly email alerts of the cheapest fuel. But of course you can do this directly from the site. Simply plug in your postcode and voila, within seconds a guide appears to the cheapest petrol in your area.
You will be amazed at the differences in price even within a 10-mile radius of home, and over a year the savings can seriously add up.
There is a lot of useful motoring info too, and the site is keen to big up its environmentally-friendly credentials, with some useful green tips on everything from car shares to emerging petrol-replacing technologies. www.petrolprices.com is the address you need
Thursday 12 July 2007
Discussing Embarrasing health problems is n ot always an easy task and some people I talk to on the radio change their names or disguise their voices so with that in mind I found this website which may be of help.
Ever had a health question you have always been too embarrassed to ask? There has always been an assortment of places to ask on the web but this site offers a social networking twist.
TauMed is an online health community where you can ask questions, share information and give advice and support to others. You can also browse similar queries by clicking on a particular community, such as Allergies or Eye Problems. Check it Out at www.taumed.com
The topics are pretty comprehensive and are helpfully divided into simple and easily definable sections. It also includes a helpful pregnancy area, where you can sign up to a weekly newsletter charting your baby's growth.
TauMed is not just a user-driven site. Each answer is screened by medical professionals, which makes it much safer than many of the alternatives.
To ask a question you have to register, which also gives you the option of setting up a profile in the My Health Space section, where you can socialise with other members.
At the moment, most questions only get one or two responses, but that could change. TauMed is still in beta but says it is the fastest growing health community on the web.
Wednesday 11 July 2007
If you would like to animate your own cartoons, write your own video games or even create interactive artworks, but cannot be bothered with all of that complicated coding business this next site could be for you. Check out www.scratch.mit.edu
Scratch is the brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) media lab. It is a set of tools designed to be used by people without computer programming skills - that is most of us then.
It makes use of a graphical interface which allows the user to build a sequence with building blocks. These are dragged, dropped then linked together, a little bit like multimedia Lego. Images can be selected from an existing library or imported from your hard drive.
Once imported, a number of action blocks can be assigned to the image. These blocks are assigned commands like "move" or "play drum", and the blocks can then simply be stacked together to create an animation.
Once your masterpiece is complete it can be uploaded to the Scratch site for other users to check out. Scratch's inspiration comes from Hip-Hop DJs, who take a bit of this and a bit of that to create something new.
While the site is primarily aimed at younger users, it is still a lot of fun for grown-ups with a creative streak.
Tuesday 10 July 2007
Fear not though as www.gardenadvice.co.uk has plenty of expert advice to help you achieve a green space to be proud of.
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Monday nights website review of the day is all about TV Game shows.
If you love TV Game shows then you might want to save this site til you get home. Because www.wedigtv.com is ! Whether you want to beat bully in Bullseye, have a ‘p’ please Bob in Blockbusters or another consonant from Carol, these online game shows will keep you occupied – or unpopular with your boss – for hours
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And don’t forget about testicular cancer which is the most common form of cancer in men aged between 15 and 45
Log onto www.everyman-campaign.org to make sure you know what to look out for.
Monday 25 June 2007
Ever wanted to find someone on the web? Maybe someone you know or maybe someone who shares your interests? Wink is one of the most straightforward ways to search for others on the 'net then try www.wink.com
There are just three boxes to refine a basic search, using a name, interest or hobby, and location. The site searches all of the profiles on several of the most popular social networking sites like Bebo and MySpace as well as general pages from the web, which is a lot of people.
If your initial search needs refining the "more search options" link allows you to specify a gender, whether the person is single or not, and widen or tighten the geographical net around the location.
Thursday 21 June 2007
Fortunately www.shinyshiny.tv has set out to rectify the imbalance, providing a gadget guide just for girls. But don’t be put off by the pretty pink pages, because the site has a comprehensive range of advice on all kinds of gadgets including reviews sent in by other women.
Tuesday 19 June 2007
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www.NetDoctor.co.uk is a collaboration between committed doctors, health care professionals, information specialists and patients who believe that medical practice should be based on quality-assessed information and, wherever possible, on the basis of the principles of evidence-based medicine.
Over 250 of the
Well worth a visit and its absolutely free.
The DISCLAIMER: This website is in no way a substitute for you talking to your own Doctor as each patient may have different symptoms and it is in no way a substitute for the 999 emergency service.
Thursday 14 June 2007
Here you will find extensive wine notes, producer profiles and lots of guides and advice. And if you have a burning question about wine, then the wine doctor is on hand to help you resolve your issues.
Monday 11 June 2007
June 11th is when National Glaucoma action week gets underway but if you thought this condition only affected people with existing eye conditions then you’d be wrong.
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged where it leaves the eye. This means that the condition can lead to blindness, so its vital to take care of your eyes.
Regular eye tests are the best way of monitoring your eye health but to find out more about glaucoma then visit www.glaucoma-association.com
Tuesday 5 June 2007
Hopefully it will jog a few memories of the buses that were in Barrow with the drivers sat at the front smoke drifting from the cab meeting with the smoke drifting from the back of the bus into the "no smoking section".
How things have changed the old blue and cream Corporation Vehicles, the great battle of Barrow Buses, Ribble Mini Link everywhere, free buses, blocking in of buses at stops then The Transport Giant Stagecoach taking over and peace reigned whether it be for better or worse you all have your views.
Hopefully people will be able to come forward with the history of the Trams and buses in Barrow, routes, fleet lists etc so please take a look at http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/barrowtg
Friday 1 June 2007
Everyone feels some nostalgia for the TV programmes that they watched when they were young so at this site they bring back to you what TV was like in the 1950s. Check it out at www.whirligig-tv.co.uk
Its an introduction to British TV in the 1950s featuring not only early balack and white programmes but text cards, the BBC clock and major milestones in the ay TV has affected our lives. You can read about and even view snippets of old nostalgic TV. I checked the site out and within 5 minutes I was addicted to it.
Thursday 31 May 2007
Russell Thomson is one of Barrows Characters and is known by most of the locals as a legend in the town as he is seem all over the place at various times of day and night and is always walking someones dog. He now has a website up at www.myspace.com/russ_dog_walker which was put together by someone for him.
The website mentions the dogs that he walks and mentions the recent photo shoot that he did for charity as well as a whole host of things to do with dogs.
Tuesday 29 May 2007
www.guitarshredshow.com is the home of Mr Fastfinger, a mystical master axeman and magic carpet owner who likes to share his guitar techniques with anyone who visits the site.
On the home page, clicking the plectrum by "Exploding Guitar" will launch an introduction and a blinding solo, but the real fun is to be had behind the
Each letter of the keyboard is mapped to a guitar riff and you can string them together by pressing one key after another. The result can be really rather fun.
And if you want to play the riffs yourself you can print out the tablature and have a go at learning them yourself.
Monday 28 May 2007
www.cumbriacoastalway.co.uk Was created to give walkers and visitors alike a pictorial description of the
You can also find some other miscellaneous local walks on this website as well as the Barrow Ramblers Walks. ThE website is constantly being updated with new walks. You can send your comments or suggestions to the Webmaster
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Tuesday 22 May 2007
Ever wondered what time it is in another part of the world or needed to know in case you need to contact someone then try www.timeanddate.com It not only tells the time but can do a host of other things connected with dates, calendars and time. Go check it out and see what I mean
A new search engine called Webfetch works by combining the results from several popular search engines as well as more specialist ones such as Kelkoo. Check it out at www.webfetch.co.uk
You can also personalize the Webfetch interface and search through video, audio, images and news.
On the subject of search engines you may want to search yahoo and google at the same time. Check out www.gahooyoogle.com . It’s a great idea and seems to work well.
There are also other search engines that search other engines if you get what I mean. One I`ve been using for years is www.dogpile.com
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Head straight for the utility room, where you can read tips like , How to keep your shower cubicle sparkling by using car wax. The site offers the kind of advice you might have got from your grandma. There are lists of practical tips from visitors to the site plus an A-Z of quick, simple solutions
Friday 11 May 2007
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Monday 7 May 2007
If you fancy seeing wacky gadgets that even wackier people have invented then take a look at www.tinyurl.com/yt5vu8From loo roll dispensers with built in iPods to the USB bottom cooler, it’s all on here. The site lists the top 10 funniest gadgets with some very surprising entries
Friday 4 May 2007
Send voice messages in outlook or outlook express. This is a free plugin available at www.waxmail.biz that lets you attach voice recordings to your emails. Install the software, then click on NEW to begin a new email. Record what you want to say then send the message as normal. The attached audio can be played using any media player.
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Enviropedia is a good place for those of you that are interested in climate change but are a bit weak on the science. Take a look at www.enviropedia.org.uk
The site itself looks a bit worthy, which I suppose it is, but this is important stuff we are talking about, so it is allowed to look worthy.
Clicking on Contents does exactly what you would expect and introduces you to a world of well written essays on subjects from acid rain to Ozone depletion. As you would expect each essay has links within it explaining words and concepts.
Each subject has a page explaining its subject and is refreshingly clear of the hectoring tone that so many of these kinds of sites have.
Across the top of the page are more headings giving further information on related subjects, including the ubiquitous kids section. Aimed at four to 11-year-olds it has downloadable information sheets for teachers or anyone interested.
While making this kind of information available is only good, I really wonder whether today's kids are going to be wooed by cheap and cheerful Word clip art. All the same this resource is a must for environmental demystification.
Monday 30 April 2007
Check out www.shootgardening.co.uk
It has all the basic stuff but also shows some interesting lateral thinking in that it also has a piece on how to keep fit when you are gardening.
The inspirational gardens section makes a fascinating read even if you are not a gardener, with pictures and ideas on how to make your green space even greener.
There are regularly updated hints and tips on the site and if you register they will email you specific information on how to look after your garden.
All of this is free but if you are a UK gardener and want to pay money you can and they will send you even more information. This is a great place to go if you are interested in plants but I suggest you stay away if you only have a window box
Thursday 26 April 2007
www.weatherpixie.com is the best named site I have seen in ages It grabs weather data from around the world and feeds it into a little cartoon character.
You point to the part of the world where you want to see the weather from, pick a character and then the character automatically dresses according to the temperature of the place you are looking at.
A feature I love is the world weather selector. You click on a map of the world and it tells you to what the weather and time is there - perfect for just browsing the world on a rainy day.
There is code you can use to embed your weather pixie on your site if you wish and if you feel so inclined you can even have the character sitting on your desktop - you have to switch active desktop on and the instructions on how to do that are on the site. It may not be too ground breaking but it is fun!
Wednesday 25 April 2007
Monday 23 April 2007
Friday 20 April 2007
Monday 16 April 2007
www.fileinfo.net is a site that is a little more technical but very helpful for those of you stuck with files on your computer that you cannot identify.
It is a resource that lists the last three letters of a file - known as a file extension - and explains what they are, or do.
So if someone sends you a file with an extension you do not recognise you type it into this site and it will give you a chance to find out what software you need to use or play it.
There is a very useful page explaining the different formats used by MP3 players and what software will play them.
Thursday 12 April 2007
Tuesday 10 April 2007
Now, if you are the kind of person who cannot resist shouting out "the butler did it!" at moviegoers outside a theatre, then this site will be right up your street.
www.themoviespoiler.com gives you a brief synopses for a fair few major
Heres where you get your chance to re-live those great years of musical memories and you are invited to email me your favorite memorable month and year and listen out at 11pm Monday-Thursdays as we count down the top 20 singles from the year you chose.
Email your chosen date together with your name and any other comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01229 808 222 and leave your details on my voicebank
Monday 9 April 2007
If the internet is a gateway to the world, then webcams are the windows of the world - allowing you to glimpse the everyday happenings in the most remote locations, all from the comfort of your computer.
www.earthcam.com is a site that celebrates the webcam craze, gathering together links to some of the best and most interesting feeds the world over - all just a click or two away.
The site itself is relatively basic in design, laid out magazine style with various lists and sections clickable from the opening page.
But as most webcam feeds are found buried away in obscure sections of their host website, EarthCam does a great job of just placing them all within reach after just a click or two of your mouse.
Check out the Top 10 section, which apparently changes quite often. You will find street scenes and beach scenes, and even some small furry animals.