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Thursday, March 19
Stuff I've Found: w/c 16th of March, 2008

Every so often I just go exploring across the Web. One link leads to another, and after a while you find yourself truly ensconsed in a marvellously diverse selection of web pages.

I hate closing browser tabs too, so sometimes I have these pages open for weeks, months at a time (or saved across sessions!) I thought I'd start jotting some of them down on my blog for others to peruse and enjoy, so here goes.


Wondered what all the police call-sign codes mean? Disabled-World.com has the lowdown, along with some other info about PB scanners and links to similar sites.

Nick Crowe put together a rolling radio station called Police Radio a while ago, and you can listen to the shows on his web site.

Irational.org has a really cool mashup - the guy has an FM receiver hooked up to an Icecast server in his house in London, and from the web site you can control which web site it's tuned to... If you like roaming the FM bands to see what's being broadcast, you might enjoy this.

Dandelion Radio is an internet radio station "inspired by John Peel", and it fairly lives up to that reputation. There's an incredibly diverse roster of DJs and music styles on the station - if you enjoyed John Peel's show, you'll love just tuning in over the web and listening for hours on end.

Yes, there are such things as Magic Buttons. Read this story from the legendary Jargon File and marvel and geek humour.

Bitty Browser is a quite useful mini-browser - I can think of several useful applications for it, from testing content rendering on small screens to embedding a browser within another web page. What can you come up with?

For web designers, making pages degrade gracefully for being printed is of paramount importance - and with some intelligent CSS design, it can be remarkably painless to do. Envisionic and ALA(A List Apart) have the skinny on this.

Finally for now, Font Frenzy is a free application which indexes your installed fonts - insanely useful for designers picking out typefaces, and also has some useful features for paring down your font installations to speed up Windows boot times.

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Sunday, March 2
My fave links in the week of a day that shouldn't exist

(A very convoluted way of saying 'the week containing February the 29th'). Has your girl proposed to you yet?

Links of interest for the week with a day that shouldn't exist

(29th of January).

The Dangerous Ground Project has a very clever web site illustrating the difficulty millions face on a daily basis with unexploded landmines. Apparently, it takes just 1 to clear one square metre of land, which does raise an interesting question - do you really need that spare 10?

Need some Barbarian Repellent or Time Freezy Hyper Slush? You need the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, now open in Los Angeles. (their strapline is "Whenever you are, we're already then."

Oh, and (smug mode on) proof that even Apple doesn't always come up smelling of roses, no matter how powerful and well-oiled their marketing department is. A classic case of marketing leading technical decision-making? I think so. But what am I on about? Oh, only the fact that Apple promised that by the end of February, there'd be 1,000 movies to rent on iTUnes Movie Rentals by the end of February (and 100 HD movies)... And as of the first of march, they had just 399 movies available, and 91 HD movies. Oops.

If you're making a press release (because I know that my readership is mostly comprised of new media entrepreneurs ;) why don't you flip things around a bit, and release your news through a more modular, easily-bloggable Social Media Press Release template?

Finally, the independent AV Comparatives has comprehensive ratings and benchmarks of all the popular antivirus solutions available on the market (with historical results, too) - very useful if you're shopping around for the best AV solution for your systems.

Until next week, namaste!

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Friday, February 22
My favourite links this week (22/02/2008)

My links for the week:

flac-113 "...was written to allow users to convert their FLAC archive
from previous versions of FLAC to the latest version. The script was
written when 1.1.3 was released, thus the name, but can be used for any
version of FLAC."

Full instructions and links to download (with other utilities) too - start your surfing from //www.synthetic-soul.co.uk/files/flac-113.txt.

They're, their, there! Get it right!

Been looking for a clear explanation of the various types of RAID array? The AC&NC 'RAID.edu' pages should help demystify the whole RAID process - it even has moving pictures (oooo).

File2HD can rip files from sites, including in-page players that don't always let you download the tracks (including MySpace). Enjoy it while it lasts.

If you like martial arts, then you might want to seek out the Chinese made-for-TV miniseries called 'State of Divinity'. The first episode's available on Joox.

Recommended LAME encoder settings, anybody? Always handy to have around.

Have a good weekend :)

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