Thursday, August 31, 2006

The record store is dead

Tower records have filed for bankruptcy blaming the downloader’s. I think it's more an appalling retail experience stuck in 90s - I've found it's just not worth the bother going into that type of store. There’s simply a total lack of any attempt to help you navigate to what's good. Tower Records Files For Bankruptcy - CBS News

Wikipedia considering restrictions

BBC News
Wikipedia is considering introducing a form of prior restraint on edits.
"Since Mr Siegenthaler Sr was neither controversial enough to merit consistent attention, or interested enough in what happened online to bother to Google himself regularly, his biography simply sat there unremarked, although we have no way of knowing how many school essays mention his entirely fabricated involvement in the assassination of Robert and John Kennedy."

Found by Chris Park


Many of you might know this one already but some of you might not, there is an excellent little bit of Sync software out there and guess what it's free! Guess what else... Microsoft make it :) No doubt there are others out there, I for one have used another that needs no install (and so is useful for bringing about on a keydrive), but this one is the current favourite.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Test sites on OS X browsers

1. Enter URL 2. Choose browser window width 3. Select quality of output 4. Click View It returns an image of the page requested within the browser chosen. Free test in Safari. Pay for others on a per-day subscription model. Found by Rob

Thursday, August 17, 2006

How MS Word should look

Innovative packaging.

Music licencing - quick start

Have published notes from a recent presentation from Warner Chappell on music copyright.
Will help you get a quick idea of what you need to consider when using music for presentations, events etc.

Simple Flash Video Player

Script as used by YouTube, Nintendo and others. Source code also available.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Logos 2.0 style

Flickr set

Interactive Bar

More technology to confuse beer swillers iBar - intelligent surface system - interactive bar: Info


If you would like to surf the web while pretending to work, try out the Work Friendly proxy. Type in a URL and the site turns the page into a word-like browser, adding an emergency 'boss' button to boot. workFRIENDLY - BETA

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Brand 2.0

Ted Nelson on branding 2.0 - why don't customers care anymore? 50 minutes of talking head might make you skim the digest instead FutureMonitor™ Webcast

Super Serif Brothers

Who needs images, colour and sound for games? Super Serif Brothers

Video Game Stats
Western-centric data on US hardware and software. Also info on Japan.
PS2 still rules the roost on hardware.
But it's an N64 game that comes in second on units sold 95-04!

Clutter Magazine - Issue 08

Now available with all the other magazines in the corner by the scanner on the 3rd floor.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Ooh, a fun Flash 3d interface

If you like that sort of thing

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Survey Monkey and Opera browser

I'm a big fan of Survey Monkey the tool we use for online surveys, but even I have to admit that it's a real pain editing a large survey. Shadi nearly went insane on the LDA survey. The answer is the opera browser. Opera is currently the fastest browser at executing JavaScript. (Geeks - look at this script speed test table) Survey Monkey is JavaScript intensive, so using Opera makes editing forms less like walking through treacle. I'd highly recommend you install Opera, if only to use with Survey Monkey

Users are funnier than you think...

Turn your laptop in a TV / PVR

I've been looking for cheap / easy way to turn my laptop into TV / PVR (Personal Video Recorder) and finally it's arrived. With an electronic program guide etc, plug this into into the USB and watch / record digital tele. Price $99! Elgato Systems

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Amazon Mechanical Turk

I can't quite believe this isn't a hoax. But Amazon is now offering a virtual sweat shop for boring repetitive tasks that require a bit of human intelligence. It even has an API! I read about a guy who had used this to pay people to draw sheep, and then sold the sheep drawings as hand made 'one-offs'. Amazon Mechanical Turk - Welcome

Monday, August 07, 2006

Friday, August 04, 2006

Stroke It - Go on, ya will ya will ya will

Nice little productivity tool. Sits in the system tray and does what it says on the box. No tweaking is necessary to get a lot out of it as you can see from the default gestures here.

OK Go - Excellent video on YouTube

8 treadmills. 4 men. 1 take. This video is a masterpiece of coreography.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

TED Talks podcast

TED Talks podcast
Originally uploaded by hobart65.
TED is legendary ‘invite only’ conference attended by the digirati of the globe. It's always been one of my life's ambitions to go – it’s reputed to have immensely costly conference freebies. They are now releasing some of the talks as podcasts. The latest video cast released is by the guy who did the multi-touch user interface that was popular a couple of months ago on Youtube

Half Wasted

Thanks to the power of the internet, advertising is becoming less wasteful and its value more measurable.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Javascript Showdown: Speeds of Opera 9, IE6, and Firefox 1.5

How fast is your favorite browser's Javascript engine? After creating a Javascript benchmark tool and testing Opera 9.0, MSIE 6.0, and Firefox 1.5, you might be surprised to see which one came out on top...way on top.

From Digg

Gamers vs Avatars

Great online gallery of gamers alongside the avatars that they use to represent themselves. Bilder-Galerie

Windows Video Conversions

Built on the shoulders of the OpenSource video manipulation giants its a (kinda quirky) GUI that makes life a little bit easier.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Flash painting thing

There's quite a few of these types of things around, this one's good because you can replay your painting. For example, here's a robot I painted earlier - don't be disheartened by my immense painting skills, not everyone can be this good:

Ewan - Voiceover Artist - Glittering Debut

Ewan Ferrier debuts in his new role as "the voice of Enterprise IG", adding gravitas and panache to a demonstration of technological wizardry.