Tuesday 30 June 2009
Download it from here www.gomlab.com/eng/
It can often play incomplete or damaged AVI files by using special algorithms that skip the damaged frames.
The software gives you one-click access to the control panel to tweak your playback settings - I especially like the Easy Browser option for searching your PC for files to play.
Monday 29 June 2009
But if you don’t know where to start, take a look at walkit.com. This excellent online route-planning site for pedestrians lets you type in any two points in a British city and you’ll get a walking route map.
Each route also includes an estimate of the number of calories the walker will burn, a journey time and the amount of carbon saved by not travelling by taxi, car or bus.
Sunday 28 June 2009
"Windows should be kept shaded and closed when the temperature is hotter outside than inside.
"People with respiratory problems should stay inside during the hottest part of the day," a DoH spokesman said.
Other advice in the government's heatwave plan includes to drink cold drinks like water or fruit juice regularly and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
Help the Aged and Age Concern welcomed the advice.
A spokesman said: "Older people, especially those on medication, can often find coping with the heat particularly difficult."
More info here www.dh.gov.uk/en/News/Recentstories/DH_101575
and also here
Saturday 27 June 2009
There are web sites, images, videos, games and a whole lot more - all dressed up in a colourful and child-friendly interface.
The software contains certain reporting tools so parents can see what their children have been up to - more tools are available in a paid-for account version.
Friday 26 June 2009
This ‘virtual clubhouse’ gives you several ways to interact with other members, who include such famous names as Will Carling and Austin Healey.
As well as commenting on people’s profiles, you can create and join groups, upload photos and videos, chat in the forums and post short Twitter-like updates called ‘sledges’.
Happily, all these features fit together seamlessly and the site has a fun and friendly feel, with lots of content and discussions to browse.
Highlights range from a compilation of Welsh tries to a thread about man-bags.
Thursday 25 June 2009
The site aims to remove the ‘mystique of Omega’ while explaining its many health benefits. There are also case studies to support its claims and a team of experts is on hand to answer your queries by email or phone.
Wednesday 24 June 2009
You can browse and submit reviews of bingo websites, chat about bingo-related topics in the forums, and read all the latest bingo news stories. Bingo Hideout gives you £100 worth of free bingo bonuses when you sign up, as well as access to competitions and special offers.
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Monday 22 June 2009
There’s also an online store, which sells a wide range of pet products and offers free delivery on orders over £29.99. But it’s the community aspect that justifies Pet Club UK’s name – register for free to share photos of their pets, chat in the many forums and get discounts on every purchase.
I particularly like the site’s simple, colourful design, whose background changes to show a different animal every time you click a tab.
Sunday 21 June 2009
I love the organic sound effect that accompanies the visuals. And having the birth and death rates pointed out in such an obvious way really was quite shocking to me.
It indicates an exploding population, with the continuous counter on the site showing births going up at twice the rate of deaths. Given global concerns about CO2 emissions, the figure underneath those is somewhat worrying too.
You can find out the details for individual countries by hovering the mouse over them.
The aim of this site is to raise awareness of environmental issues. You can find out at the bottom of the site about the data's origin and how you can make a difference to the planet.
Saturday 20 June 2009
This site tells you the exact time the sun rises and falls today and where to go to see it in all its glory. There’s also a gallery of stunning photographs taken at the summer solstice at Stonehenge over the past five years.
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The fun part comes from the ability to highlight specific elements that you like or dislike in a person’s style - from hair, clothes and makeup to teeth and tattoos - and post comments on his or her page.
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Friday 12 June 2009
With a mountain of films, photos and oral histories, it could take almost another 100 years to trawl through all the content on this website. Delve into the oral histories to learn more about the lives of the filmmakers, but most of all make sure you watch some of the brilliant wildlife footage from yesteryear.
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Wednesday 10 June 2009
Unlike a traditional raffle, where a random number is drawn, here the lowest unique number is declared the winner. Every time you play you are rewarded with a voucher, which could be for a discount on your next purchase at certain high street retailers, or even a product itself.
The results of each raffle are posted on the site as soon as the winner has been confirmed.
Tuesday 9 June 2009
They contain many of the UK’s most breathtaking landscapes. There are 14 to chose from and www.nationalparks.gov.uk could help you decide which is your favourite.
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Thursday 4 June 2009
If the prospect of ghosts and gods sounds like hogwash, head for www.the-brights.net. There you’ll find a movement of like-minded people who believe in nothing but science and evolution. So if you’re an atheist, humanist, or just a skeptic, check it out.
Wednesday 3 June 2009
From the very opening page the design is delicious. There are plenty of mouth-watering illustrations, and with a menubar across the top it is a real dream to navigate.
Check out the recipes drop-down menu first for the staples, then why not sift for ideas under baking ideas. Here you will find suggestions for particular occasions, such as morning coffee treats and winter warmers.
All the recipes are really easy to follow, with step-by-step instructions and plenty of pictures to illustrate.
And because cakes are not traditionally considered a healthy food, if you want to know all about nutrition then browse through the sections under health.
Tuesday 2 June 2009
First of all, I love the design of the site. It has impact without being over-dramatic and it loads really quickly, especially the video on the opening page, which is well worth a look for any teenager who is new to online communities.
Parents should be aware that it is very frank and open about the potential dangers, so make sure you are around to offer support if they are disturbed by it. But perhaps better they be disturbed by the potential than fall into any traps.
Laid out in easily accessible chunks, covering all sorts of subjects like mobiles, podcasting, chatting and the like, the site teaches that the internet can be great fun, but also teaches children to recognise the signs of grooming and abuse. And if they should come across trouble, there is an easy way to seek support and report an abuser to the UK police - just use the Report Abuse tab at the top. Here you will also find sections aimed at parents and teachers.
All in all, a very good website.
Monday 1 June 2009
Regions covered at the moment are Ireland, the UK, Thailand, Sweden and Turkey. Just click on the relevant button to enter the country-specific site.
Once inside the site, everything is very self-explanatory and nicely designed. There are games, study tools and plenty for the teacher and parent too. Scan the tabs across the top with your mouse pointer to reveal dropdown menus, and explore in your own time.