Thursday, April 27, 2006

bag o' links

The worst products of 2006
PC Mag lists them
Google releases Sketch-Up for free
The pro version will cost $495
Scott McNealy steps down as CEO of Sun
Jonathan Schwarz takes over the helm.
BBC reveals online revamp
A quarter of 16 to 34 year olds watch no BBC programming at all.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Friday linkdump

Vista failures
MS not delivering on promises
PC Linux MiniMe released
Cut down live cd version
Xubuntu beta release
xfce desktop
Damn Small Linux with extra packages

A Tour of Micrsoft's Mac Lab

150 Mac Minis

Apple makes 8 year old girl cry

Via Arstechnica

Amazing photographs of rainbow

I thought I'd seen my share of amazing rainbow photographs until I saw this one.

read more | digg story

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sesame Street video clips

One big page of links to dozens of Sesame Street video clips

famous sounds

Famous Sounds has lots of samples of synths, bass, drums and more.

Easter egg hunting in Linux

Jonathan Carter has a list of Easter Eggs in open source software.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Big data update for Google Maps

Via Ogle Earth

  • large data move for Digital Globe's coverage of Western Europe (!!)

  • Paris, France - GeoInfo 5/2004

  • Amsterdam, Assen, Houten, The Hague, Zeist, Wassenaar, Waterland - AeroData 2005

  • Livingston County, New York - NYGIS 2005

  • Columbia County, Orange, Rockland, Westchester,Sullivan, Ulster, Herkimer County, New York - NYGIS 2004

  • Herkimer County, New York - NYGIS 2003

  • Lawrence, Kansas - Digital Globe 4/2005, 1/2006 (a bit snowy)

  • Google Earth Community layer March 24th update, improved presentation

  • Antweb added to Community Showcase

  • World placenames, borders, and island names - Europa Tech.

  • Alternative language placenames (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English) - Europa Tech.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tuesday linkfest

Rails resources
Extensive linkfest on Ruby and Rails
Looking ahead: Ubuntu 6.06
A preview of the next release with screenshots
Top 10 best designed blogs
U.S. religious affiliation maps
Via Boing Boing
Tornado images
From a Nashville website
Venus south pole images released
The Venus Express probe takes the first ever images of the Venusian south pole.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Riding the Rails
Ruby ruby ruby
Fascinating series of world maps from Sheffield University
A small project with Og
Database abstraction using the Og library for Ruby
Static pages on Rails
How favcol uses Rails cacheing
Red paper clip guy gets one year in Phoenix offer
Yahoo! Maps! go! 1! Metre! Resolution! For! Continental! USA!
catching up with Google Maps
The shuttle fleet at 25
Old and going nowhere.

Google Calendar now live

Google Calendar is now live

It's a bit slow at the moment.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Google Maps Bournemouth

The seaside town of Bournemouth in England, is now in hi-res on Google Maps

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

DSL plus pendrive equals portable paradise reviews Damn Small Linux


ABC to offer programmes online
Full versions of Lost and other shows will be available online from April 30th - but commericials will be included.
Sam's mailbox pictures
Mailboxes from around the world.
The dot EU landrush fiasco
Lots of dodgy registrars.
Gravity powered air travel
A pollution free idea for air travel that is damn interesting.
Traffic micro simulator
Traffic flow simulator. Java required.

Monday, April 10, 2006


James Gosling : Scripting Flamewar
The Rise of Ruby on Rails
Are you sure you want to be mainstream?
Mark Pilgrim is blogging again
Diet Soda + Mentos geyser

Kubuntu in trouble? has been taken down, due to a lack of response from Canonical to Kubuntu developer queries.

"Since Canonical ignores all our personal and partly financial engagement until now we have to assume that Canonical is not willing to make Kubuntu a "1st class distribution"."

"Unless all the requests made by Andreas Muller are answered till 15.04.2006 will shut down including its forum and mailing lists
Amu will stop developing Kubuntu
there will be no booth at LinuxTag
To clarify the seriousness of the situation, will be offline for one week beginning as from monday, 10.04.2006"

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Why IT and Users hate each other

"This reveals one of IT peoples' worst behavioral traits. They assume that because users don't understand IT, they must be stupid. It's a fatal flaw because generally, IT people are very smart. It's harder to major in computer science than marketing. But some math majors aren't interested in IT. They get their MBA's instead. They're smart. And it really frustrates them that they can't be smart about IT."

Read it all here on CIO dot com.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


if you are American, today's date is 04-05-06, a date we wont see for another 1000 years.

In the UK is today's date 05-04-06, so we'll have to wait until next month for our 456

Is Dapper Drake the one?

Tux Magazine talks about the forthcoming Dapper Drake release of Kubuntu.

Ubuntu Certification announced

(Boston, USA: April 4, 2006) – The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, and Canonical Ltd, sponsor of the award-winning Ubuntu operating system, jointly announced the development of a certification exam for the Ubuntu distribution. This certification exam will enable qualified candidates to demonstrate specific expertise in the professional use of Ubuntu. The certification exam will be launched at Johannesburg, South Africa, May 16 - 19, 2006.

More here

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Malware scourge

Microsoft says that recovery from malware is becoming impossible - security expert recommends automated systems of wiping and re-installing.

Ha ha ha ha......