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Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Fri 29th Apr '05 10:35AM
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Gullible.info 8/10
http://www.gullible.info/

A collection of random facts, with new ones added everyday.
Possibly they're all true, possibly they're all lies.
Some would say the title of the webpage is a clue, but I say, "I don't know."
   

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Fri 29th Apr '05 10:37AM
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ten by ten 5/10
http://www.tenbyten.org/10x10.html

This is a news aggregate viewer that tries to represent the top stories in terms of pictures. It searches the top news stories for common words and then selects the picture used to represent it. This can lead to one picture being used multiple times.

Generally this site is just more interesting to look at than useful for seeing the news on.
   

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Fri 29th Apr '05 10:40AM
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Tiny url 10/10
http://www.tinyurl.com

Takes a long link, and gives you a short link you can use instead.

Very useful!
   

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Wed 22nd Jun '05 9:29AM
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Being batman 8/10
http://www.forbes.com/business/2005/06/20/cx_de_batmanslide.html?thisSpeed=6000

Ever wanted to be Batman? This site not only tells you how, but it also tells you how much it would cost! How cool is that?

However, be warned, it uses an annoying slideshow that changes the pages for you. You have some control, but it really adds nothing but irritation.
   

Spanners*
Misses his big brother :(
Thu 21st Jul '05 11:33AM
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7th Apr '03
Zombocom 8/10
http://www.zombo.com

Anything is possible at Zombocom. The only limit is yourself.
    

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Tue 2nd Aug '05 8:23PM
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arms 5/10
http://dura.cell.free.fr/home/swf/arms12.swf

Arms, and a ball. It's a little random, but vaguely amusing...
   

Spanners*
Misses his big brother :(
Tue 2nd Aug '05 10:11PM
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7th Apr '03
Rubiks Cube 8/10
http://dura.cell.free.fr/home/swf/evilcube.swf

Funky flash version of the classic. Also controlled by Astronauts.
    

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Mon 8th Aug '05 9:24PM
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modern living 7/10
http://www.hoogerbrugge.com/ml.html
Random animations of the weird kind...
   

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Thu 3rd Nov '05 8:05PM
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The blue ball machine 8/10
http://blueballfixed.ytmnd.com/

Can't... stop... watching...
   

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Wed 4th Jan '06 9:51AM
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Wooly Thinking 8/10
http://www.woolythinking.com/

One of those great little webpages with a number of interesting/addictive/bloody annoying puzzle games to play.

Archipelago - after a ship wreck you find youself stuck on a series of small islands and have to escape. The puzzles are scattered all over, and often don't really have much of an explanation - or make it clear if you've even solved them correctly, but if you use the hints page it's all good.

Return to the Archipelago - the follow up. Bigger, with more worlds, but slightly easier problems to work out - even if the actual solutions are a little bit more difficult!

The Dark Room - Solve puzzles to escape the Dark Room.

The Dark Complex - The follow up to the Dark Room. Deliberately made harder, it's a lot more fun! And very easy to get completely lost in. Until you work out the map anyway.
   

Amanshu*
Giggity Giggity goo
Mon 26th Jun '06 11:24AM
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the ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny 10/10
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/285267 (noisy)

One of those great animations that you go back to every now and again to have another look at - even though nothing's changed.

"This is the ultimate showdown
of ultimate destiny.
Good guys, bad guys and explosions
(as far as the eye can see).
And only one will survive,
I wonder who it will be?
This is the ultimate showdown
of ultimate destiny."

Genius!
   

Mrsham
I lost my toes in a game of blackjack
Tue 20th Mar '07 5:52PM
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5th Jan '07
poisson-rouge 7/10
http://www.poissonrouge.com/

Will bring out the small French child in everyone. Useful for when your brain stops working and you need to do something extremely simple and colourful for a few minutes. I think bits of it only work in IE unfortunately.

EDIT: on reflection decided I like it better than 5 so upped its marks.
Second opinion by Amanshu on 15th Feb '08 7/10
You know it's bad enough wasting my day playing puzzle games, but this is just ridiculous. I'm having a great time hiding bugs in leaves...
 Average Rating 7

Diziet
optical moose
Tue 20th Mar '07 10:39PM
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20th Jul '05
tv cream 11/10
many classic tv shows you'd forgotten about and many other things besides (the feature on 'schools and colleges' daytime tv is spot on)...

http://tv.cream.org/


Mrsham
I lost my toes in a game of blackjack
Thu 29th Mar '07 7:45AM
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cheddarvision 10/10
Watch cheese mature, live.

http://www.cheddarvision.tv

Quote from the radio: "It's a very fine cheese, but it's not really ... moving much is it?"

Cheese man: "Well, it's growing mould."
Anonymous on 22nd Dec '07 10/10
The cheese (he's called Wedginald apparently) is now, in fact, on the move!

http://whereswedginald.co.nz/
 Average Rating 10

Diziet
optical moose
Wed 3rd Oct '07 10:52PM
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www.thedaddy.org 10/10
a place of wonder currently experiencing a lack of input.
Second opinion by Emo Squid on 4th Oct '07 10/10
agreed. i'm having to do work and everything.
Second opinion by Spanners on 4th Oct '07 10/10
'Tis a marvellous place frequented by marvellous people. Personally I'm just finding that my new hectic job and lack of broadband at my new house are squeezing my Forum time from both ends. But I shall defeat these obstacles, worry not!
Also I wrote the url on a chalk board in the Ashton-under-lyme Ikea last night. hopefully a few happy shoppers will have spotted it
Second opinion by Amanshu on 5th Oct '07 15/10
A lack of input? Nay I say! You are just being spoilt by the fact that you can check it multiple times every day!

The highlight of my week (depressingly true) is catching up on what I've missed mid-week whilst I am netless. And this is always the first site I check.
Average Rating 11.25

General*
Windows Bob - the best!
Wed 19th Dec '07 1:54AM
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Review - BBC iPlayer Streaming Beta With Ubuntu and Firefox 4/10
As a Linux user the decision by the BBC to use proprietary Microsoft DRM for their iPlayer video downloading service came as very disappointing news. Seemingly many of the several million UK Mac and Linux users agreed with me and kicked up a fair stink over the issue. This lead to the BBC trust mandating that the iPlayer should provide support for all licence payers, not just those who run Windows.
The streaming iPlayer is the BBC's answer to the protesting OSX and Ubuntu devotees who want the freedom to catch up on last weeks Eastenders.
I will be testing it with Firefox 2 running on a fairly decrepit Ubuntu laptop to see if it offers anything for us beardy Linux users left out in the cold.
My first impression is how Mac like it all looks. I find it quite bizzare that BBC Future Media managed to come up with a platform that has the look and feel of an iPhone with an Apple referencing name which was incompatible with the Mac but I digress.
The page opens with suggested highlights you may wish to catch up on and a "Last 7 Days" button which causes a snazzy looking days of the week toolbar to fade into view. From there you can filter the content by network and time of day. The available programmes appear in a grid but unfortunately the interface truncates the title of the programme and doesn't offer the full title in a tooltip when the mouse hovers over the item. The only way to get to the full title of the content or a synopsis of the show is to click on it and open the video. There is no back button so if the content is incorrect you must start the search process again. Strangely if you click the "Last 7 Days" button once you've opened a video it opens behind the video and is effectively no use.
Once you have found your desired episode the interface is essentially a You Tube alike. On the plus side the video is 16x9 and looks relatively free from artefacts and the audio is 128Kbps which is perfectly acceptable for most purposes.
Unfortunately it has a lot to learn from the oft imitated but never bettered You Tube player. The time indication is grey on black and I find it virtually impossible to read. I could put up with the unreadable time code if it wasn't for two painful errors. Firstly the transport controls don't appear to work at all. If you attempt to move the play head it switches to a buffering icon seemingly indefinitely and secondly if you click the full screen icon it claims the feature is unavailable because my Flash player is not up to date when this is not the case. On the two programmes I attempted to watch both played to approximately half way through then faded to black and displayed the not at all helpful message "Something Went Wrong"before refusing to play further.

iPlayer is still listed as being beta software, but with a full launch planned on Christmas Eve it really should be in a better state than this by now.
As it stands the service would appear to be virtually unusable to the Firefox/Ubuntu user though I would be interested to hear what the experience of Windows users has been.

Despite all the problems I can't help thinking that more than just a conciliatory gesture to the Linux/Mac community the streaming player will prove to be the better way of accessing iPlayer content.
Throughout the history of TV the user experience has been that you get your show when you turn on the TV not the next day. If you Bit Torrent a show you have to wait, but at least then you have the option to keep it as long as you want and transfer it to your portable device/burn it to DVD as you require.
The BBC p2p service is rendered obsolete when you can easily download platform agnostic content unburdened with DRM from Pirate Bay. This method has the disadvantage of it dubious legal status, but could you imagine any court in the land punishing a licence payer for getting hold of content they were unable to watch through official channels because the content is crippled with proprietary Digital Restrictions Management.

I look forward to seeing how the service develops and matures over time but for now it simply doesn't function as it should.
    

Emo Squid
sanctus, sanctus, sanctus
Tue 5th Feb '08 10:22AM
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jguitar.com 9/10
Amazing, free online guitar resource. Need to know which chords work with a C# Hungarian Gypsy scale? Can't be arsed building them yourself? This site has the answers - in multiple voicings. Also works in a chord to scale format! Todo bien!

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