So cool, I originally had one in the previous post but the site design made it look lousy and the RSS feed version didn't include the enclosure links so I 86'd it. Even in the example below I had to make the browser extra tall just so you could tell there was a site there to browse. This isn't Bitty browser's fault, obviously, the Mystifyingly Glad site isn't designed for small screens. The Bitty Browser site shows a number of fine examples of sites that are very usable in the embedded format.
After creating Montage-a-google, several people wrote to me suggesting I make a game based on the same technology. Montage-a-google is a simple web app that uses Google's image search to generate a large gridded montage of images based on keywords (search terms) entered by the user. Guess-the-google reverses this process by picking the keywords for you, the player must then guess what keyword made up the image - it's surprisingly addictive.
Nifty interactive demo from a company that creates those call center robo-voices we've all come to know and love/loathe. Enter up to 250 characters and select the voice you'd like to hear read your text (everything from Brit accents to Valley girls) and either stream or download the result. So cool...
The Rasterbator is a web service which creates huge rasterized pictures out of relatively small image files. The pictures can be assembled into extremely cool looking posters up to 5 meters in size! Enter the gallery to see what the images look like.
Here's a long forgotten block of Memory Lane I'd thought had been torn down long ago. The computer magazines of my youth achived for posterity - Antic, STart, Creative Computing and more - they have a couple of hundred full text issues up so far.
to collect and celebrate personal memories of all integrated circuit-based consumer products from the electronics revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. Share your original stories related to the golden age of consumer electronics, and together we'll demonstrate why there has never been another era abounding more originality, excitement and SOUL!!!
I just spent way too much happy time at Nerd Watch.
What is the Memespread Project? I am conducting an experiment about the spread of memes and information flow on the Internet. By analyzing where a link has been injected into the blogspace and then watching the ensuing hits to that site, the temporal and spatial spread of this piece of information can be measured.
"With normal Google searching, there are many web pages that you may never have a chance to see. So BananaSlug throws in a random word from a category of your choice. This results in pages you probably overlooked. They all have your search term in them, but the added twist gives you something new every time!"
Give me a break. If Google had hidden its intentions of scanning your email to help produce relevant ads then that would be something to complain about. The service hasn't even launched yet and the self-serving, self appointed privacy watchdogs are already foaming at the mouth about something Googles been totally upfront about.
Gmail is offering a service that needs to be paid for - targeted ads is how they will pay for it - for you. You don't have to sign up and if you do you certainly don't have to use it for any sensitive correspondence. Grow up people!
Two typically moronic quotes:
The enthusiastic response to Gmail probably is being driven by the chance to get so much e-mail storage space for free, said Chris Hoofnagle, associate director for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
What a brilliant observation!
"It's not a great deal. Individuals would be throwing away the protections of their communications for a few dollars," Hoofnagle said. "We don't see this as any different than letting a company listen in on your phone conversations and letting the Postal Service open your mail."
Yeah, a free gig of storage supported by ads for products and services I might actually be interested in. What a lousy deal. The only lousy thing here is the absurd analogy.
There is one aspect of the privacy groups concern that may be valid - Google says that "...residual copies of e-mail may remain on our systems, even after you have deleted them from your mailbox or after the termination of your account". Still, hardly reason enough to start comparing Google to "Big Brother" and all the other anti-establishment clichés that are being trotted out. (Soon I imagine we'll hear Gmail described as a "quagmire" - Google's "Vietnam".)