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Entries from June 30th, 2006

Microsoft demographic predictor

June 30th, 2006 Comments Off on Microsoft demographic predictor

Microsoft (who are working hard to challenge Google in the search marketplace) have just released a beta ‘demographic predictor’. Enter a URL or search term and it will return the demographics of the users who serach or visit this URL. The ‘official’ purpose of this is to allow advertisers to better target their advertising. (courtesy […]


BumpTop virtual 3D desktop

June 23rd, 2006 1 Comment

This is simply amazing. A totally new way to manage your files and utilise your desktop space. Watch the video here:


Microsoft & Creative Commons

June 22nd, 2006 Comments Off on Microsoft & Creative Commons

Direct from Mike Madison’s blog Microsoft Corp. and Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that offers flexible copyright licenses for creative works, have teamed up to release a copyright licensing tool that enables the easy addition of Creative Commons licensing information for works in popular Microsoft® Office applications. The copyright licensing tool will be available free […]


Pitchfork’s YouTube music video selections

June 20th, 2006 1 Comment

Ahhhh . . . . . collective ‘intelligence’. YouTube provides the ideal place to put music videos. And Pitchfork has done a nice job of linking to what they consider are the ‘best 100’. They’ve excluded videos that were on the Directors Label series, so its the ‘best 100’ videos ever minus the top 20 […]


Who will own museum content?

June 20th, 2006 Comments Off on Who will own museum content?

Angelina Russo put me on to this interesting short think piece from The Art Newspaper Oct 2005. Whatever solutions are preferred, the landscape looks like this: museums will ultimately embrace file-sharing, and overcome their fear of loss of authority. Curatorial scholarship will likely find its way near the top of the information pyramid, but is […]


S60 Nokia series as web server

June 17th, 2006 Comments Off on S60 Nokia series as web server

O’Reilly on the recent open source release of Racoon – a web server for the Nokia phones that run the S60 series o/s. The potential applications are quite exciting – even the factory-included remote camera operation is pretty nifty. Now I’m just waiting for my new phone to be ordered so we can start testing […]


Watch the World Cup in ASCII

June 16th, 2006 Comments Off on Watch the World Cup in ASCII

This is one for all you unix nerds. If you love your soccer/football and ASCII graphics, you’re going to love this. Just type this into your favourite shell terminal 10 mins before a World Cup match and voila! watch the entire game LIVE in glorious ASCII: “telnet 2006”


South Korea as broadband testbed / social networking update

June 16th, 2006 Comments Off on South Korea as broadband testbed / social networking update

Two excellent articles on South Korea following on from other pieces around the traps. O’Reilly’s piece summarises a range of positions and posts on the way South Korea is a ‘working laboratory’ for broadband services, and how usage patterns, trends and services of the future can be seen in a fully fledged working environment. Fred […]


Etsy – online shopping for 2.0 nerds…and craft enthusiasts.

June 10th, 2006 Comments Off on Etsy – online shopping for 2.0 nerds…and craft enthusiasts.

I came across this amazing site that lets you buy and sell “all things handmade”. But before you say “big deal, it’s just another online store”, take a closer look. There are a few clever search tools that allow you to find what you are looking for in a totally unique way. You can find […]