Site of the Week #14

September 17, 2008 at 11:48 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the Week #14
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Just a really quick “Site of the Week” entry here as I get back into the swing of things now that summer is over.

This week I’d like to shine a little light on

Functionally it is about the same as Tiny Url and other sites like it. What sets it apart is that it is an open source implementation. Should you be so inclined you could download the source code and set up your own. Even the UR1 database is available.

So Check it out.


Site of the week #13

July 11, 2008 at 20:07 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the week #13
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Do you like Science Fiction? Do you enjoy Podcasts? Are you looking for podcasts that aren’t just the hosts blabbing for 40 minutes and never reaching a point? Have I got a treat for you.

The site is called “Escape pod” and is located at:   (for those that are hesitant about clicking links)

I think they do a fine Job of describing themselves when they say:

Escape Pod is the world’s first audio science fiction magazine. Hosted by Stephen Eley, each week Escape Pod delivers science fiction and fantasy short stories from today’s best authors, read by a team of talented narrators.

The website currently looks like it is being re-worked a bit but don’t that that shake you, try a few of the podcasts and see for yourself. Short intro, and then right into the story. That’s the way I like my podcasts. All substance with just a bit of added flavour.

Try it for yourself and I think you’ll find that “Escape Pod” is worth adding to your favourite podcatcher.

Site of the week #12

July 6, 2008 at 10:11 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the week #12
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Wow, 12 weeks already, that was a fast 3 month.

This week’s site of the week is the home of some of my favourite netcasts.

It’s is where Leo Laporte hosts many netcasts, ranging from the technical, to the fun and entertaining. Most are Technology/Net centric but they are definitely geared to the average listener so you won’t be sitting there wondering what they are talking about. With 15 netcasts to choose from there is probably something for everyone.

There is now a sister site where you can watch Leo and friends doing the netcasts live.


Site of the Week #10

June 7, 2008 at 15:39 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the Week #10
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Well this weeks “Site of the Week” is a small but useful site.. It has saved me frustration many times by answering one simple question “is twitter down isn’t fancy. it’s not big, it doesn’t make french toast.. but when your twitter gadget seems stuck and you not sure why it sure is nice to have a site like this.


Site of the Week #9

May 18, 2008 at 09:59 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the Week #9
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I know I missed the site of the week last week. Sorry about that. The site of the week for this week is another Twitter related site.

the site is:


Twistori is a site that watches Twitter posts for ones containing one of five key word, Love, hate, think, believe, feel. and then print them out. So if you are watching the “Love” list you see a continuous list of people talking about things they love. The site is very engrossing is a strange voyeuristic kind of way.

It is definitely worth a few minutes to check it out and I blelieve that it will make int into may peoples bookmarks.

Site of the Week #8

May 3, 2008 at 11:52 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the Week #8
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Bored? Slow day at the office? At the library but don’t feel like studying? Well then this weeks site of the week is for you. It is a wonderful site with a plethora of online flash based games to play. No sign up necessary.

you can find it at:

Go, play, enjoy

Site of the Week #7

April 26, 2008 at 14:54 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the Week #7
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This weeks site of the week is a Video conferencing site. It isn’t the most feature rich but it does have strong appeal for other reasons.

The site is:

MeBeam allows you to video conference with up to 11 of your friends (12 people total) in a extremely easy way. The things about it I like most are the lack of sign up and the total ease of use.

To start a conference all you have to do is to go to and supply a room name. That will create the room and take you to it. To invite you friends just send then the URL of the room from the address bar. It’s that simple. The video quality is good and the voice didn’t get lagged in the tests that I did. (however I didn’t get a chance to try it with a full 12 people)

so give a try.. There’s no sign-up needed. just good video fun.

Site of the Week #6

April 19, 2008 at 09:33 | Posted in site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the Week #6
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This weeks site of the week is actually a bit of a combination of sites, but they are at least closely related sites.

The main Site of the week for this week is Twitter. To most of my readers is probably not new, or at least it wont be something that they haven’t heard of.

So, Why Twitter? Well I finally had the time to actually check it out this week. I must admit that before actually taking the time to try it out I was leaning towards the “Really?, Why?” camp. However, with actually trying it out I can certainly see what the buzz is about.

I think it is important to mention that it it not Twitter alone that makes it what it is, but how Twitter interacts with other applications. There are browser plug-ins for Twitter like TwitterFox. There are cool Twitter related websites like TwitterVision. There are Twittering applications of every make and flavour.

In my opinion it is this openness to integrate with other application that is a large part of what makes twitter what it is. With so many twittering options it is very simple to stay in touch

Twitter also has some unsung features like the “track” option which lets you track tweets containing a certain name or word. This is very useful for staying tuned into what is going on with a certain subject.

I would also like to point out that Twitter’s sign-up is one of the least invasive I’ve seen and their Terms of Service and privacy policy are both exceedingly reasonable. (One of the main reasons I do not have a FaceBook or MySpace account is due to the overly invasive sign-up pages and the less then amiable Privacy policies they have)

So as I usually say, Go, check it out for yourself. But in this case, don’t just check out spend a little time checking out all the cool things that work with Twitter, and some of the features of Twitter like “track”

Site of the Week #5

April 12, 2008 at 14:20 | Posted in Cool, Privacy/Security, site of the week, Tech, Vod/Pod casts | Comments Off on Site of the Week #5
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This weeks site of the week is an Old favourite of mine for many reasons. It is

even though it may appear at first glance to be a site geared to the Techie crowd, it is actually very useful to the average home users. In particular the “Shields Up” section is in my opinion the de facto standard way to run a quick test of your firewall and router (Yes, I know that more testing is in order for SOHO or other mission critical machines). For the average home user it gives a quick way to see where holes then need to patch are, explains why they should be patched and offers suggestion on how to do so.

There is also a plethora of useful utilities on the site, and the “Security Now” podcast is one of my favourites.

The site is well worth the short few minutes it takes to explore and should IMHO be in everyone’s bookmarks.

Site of the Week #3

March 31, 2008 at 22:40 | Posted in Cool, Privacy/Security, site of the week, Tech | Comments Off on Site of the Week #3
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Sorry about this being a little late.. It was a busy weekend.

This weeks site of the week is:

Virustotal is a truly excellent site and free service that lets you submit a file to be scanned by all the major anti-virus scanners. It is fantastic if you get a questionable e-mail attachment or download that you want to check before opening. They allow submission by HTTP, HTTPS, or e-mail.

Having virustotal in your bookmarks is well worth it.


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