Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cry Havoc, too often, in the wrong way, and...


Storm winds batter Britain


No looking good, to be sure.

Then this arrived:


A Flood Warning has been issued for the River Wye from Hereford To Ross On Wye area. Flooding of homes and businesses is expected. Act now!

The Environment Agency advises you to act now:

- Ring Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up to date flooding information
- Stay tuned to radio and television weather, news and travel bulletins
- Keep a watch on water levels
- Move family, pets and valuables to safety
- Help neighbours
- Use sandbags or flood boards to block doors and airbricks
- Don't drive through flood water
- Be prepared to turn off gas and electricity supplies
- Find more information at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodline

Above all - be careful. The Environment Agency cannot be held responsible for any accidents, injuries, or losses, financial or otherwise, which occur as a result of this email. Forecasts cannot be guaranteed.

I don't know the best answer, but this cannot be it. Yet again, the footy field next to the river ended up waterlogged.

First time I move the family. Second time we glanced out the window. Fool me once...

Now we feel they are more making sure they can say they tried to avoid criticism rather than being sensible about helping folk make decisions. Box ticking. Target meeting. I called to suggest that this was losing value rapidly by being such a blanket alert and why not be more honest on the limits of the system and parameters. I was advised to unsubscribe.

Is there a metaphor here?

IDEA - Bus Shelter

Bus Stop Shelter – A bus shelter made of school bus parts

CATEGORY - IT/WEB TOOLS

Slightly 'off-enviro', but still pertinent to all involved, or interested in honing their online/IT skills with blogs, sites, etc.

Evolving content

Basically as I see, use or get sent 'em, I'll share.

Advertising

Spotmixer - some useful free creation bits but distribution costs

onlinebannergenerator.com - does what it says on the URL

Analysis

website-analyser.com -

Animation

moviestorm.co.uk -

goanimate.com -

Anonymity

torproject.org -


Answers

raintoday.co.uk - tin. says. does. what

Archiving


Mostly benign, and always nice to find stuff you thought had gone. But also... what is may not always have been, and the truth is out there. So have a care what you commit to the web... and then try and change, especially if it is not to add truth or further clarity. You will be caught out, Mr. Nixon.

archive.org - via makeuseof - The Wayback Machine - Browse The Internet Of Yester-Yore -
newssniffer -
uknova.com - Looks like a good resource for aired TV shows
waybackmachine -
mashable.com - download-youtube-videos-to-desktop/

Audio

Audiohijackpro - recording for Macs - costs, mind
Call recorder - Mac Skypes
Herewho - text to audio
MP3myMP3 - to record stuff you hear online
pamela - skype recording
Screaming Bee - vocal shenanigans

Bookmarking

addthis.com - also sharethis.com for promoting your site/blog (which I really need to do)
BBC - what are these?
Wikipedia - social bookmarking

del.icio.us -
digg
facebook
google
newsvine
now public
only2clicks.com - actually a bookmarking bookmarker. Looks nifty.
pageflakes
reddit
slashdot
stumbleupon
Tailrank
Twitter
TWITTER AS AN EARLY STAGE WARNING SYSTEM FOR BRANDS?
socializer
technocrati
Windows Live
Yahoo/My Yahoo

Browser

Flock - an eco-version described in Grist

Calculator & Conversion

moffsoft.com/freecalc - Windows only
google calculator -
youconvertit.com -

Databasing

blist.com - an online database

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Sources of General Wisdom

List of dictionaries -

acronymfinder.com -
dictionary.reference.com -
wikipedia -
wordia.com - Indy review

Duplicate/Redundant Files

ccleaner.com -
clonespy.com -


email

SPAM

Wikipedia - 'backskatter' - can be an issue if people or, worse, listing-systems think you are the originator. Firebird gest thousands of bounce-backs a month.

TRACING

whatismyipaddress.com -

ENVIRONMENTAL

HP - Smart web printing tool to reduce waste

Erasing


Eraser -

FACT-CHECKING

cvgadget.com - Big Brother knows who you are...

FILE CONVERSION

youconvertit.com
zamzar.com - Free!

FUN - We are allowed

bennyhillifier - !
John’s Background Switcher - Perk up your monitor background!

GENERAL


BBC Click - Most of what you see here.... probably
Times - Austerity chic software
posti.ca - sticky notes you can add files too

GOOGLE PACKS

For PC -
For Mac -

GPS -
caution - Beware the traitor in your pocket

buddyway.com -

free tracking via mobile


GRAPHICS

sumopaint.com -

HTML

ibdguy.com/makehtml - Generates HTML code. So useful. I've popped a link over on the right


IMAGES

everystockphoto.com -
Flikr -
stock.xchng -

MAILING

Wabmail - Get a list of all the e-mail addresses in your address book

MAPPING/TRACKING/NAVIGATION

192.com -
discovery earth -
specifically to help track the state of the Earth
getmapping -
google earth -
n2yo.com -
tracks satellites. How cool is that?
openstreetmap.org - FREE wiki
overmap.com -
schmap.com -
Windows Live Maps -

MEASUREMENT

General

rough-equivalents.com - How many Albert Halls do we fill with waste again?

MEMOS

evernote.com - Hat tip @bricksandbread

Site

SiteMeter Widget -


NETWORKING

Spaceo.us - social collaboration software
Twitter - Defined on Wikipedia

ORGANISING -

rainlendar
reminderfox
sunbird

PAGE CAPTURE

screenjelly.com
- NEW -


Macs have 'Grab' - much awesomeness.

For PCs:

Bugshooting -
Screen Grab Pro -
SnagIT - Costs!
websnapshot -

For Browsers

Fireshot -


PASSWORDS

Times - Software that remembers your passwords - I'll list 'em one day!

PC-Tools

Responding Heads - (WIN) - Responding Heads enables you to launch programs, commands and actions via voice commands spoken into your PC microphone.

PDF

Red Ferret - 30 Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat + 1
Make Use OF - Grant PDF Print Power To Your Website Visitors
pdftoword.com - Could be very useful! Note it is beta at time of posting
pdfvue.com -

PHOTO EDITTING

splashup.com -
Gimp -
Image Composite Editor - Windows only

PHOTO SOURCING

alamy.com -
fotolia.com -
istockphoto.com -

PHOTO ORGANISING

Google Picasa -
Multiply -

PICTURE EDITTING

alpoy.com - for avatars!
pagepainter.com - Test and adjust colors on your own web page layout without leaving the browser.
pixlr.com -

PLAGIARISM -

copyscape.com -

PRESENTATION

280slides.com - a free PowerPoint

PRINTING

touchnote.com - Not quite as eco as an 'e', maybe but it is also FSC

QUIZ (not doing 'em.. making 'em)

proprofs.com/quiz-school -

REGISTRATION

bugmenot.com - Tricky one this, as Junkk.com requires registration! But we do have good reasons. Thing is, ours is opt-in, so you say whether you want to get the newsletter etc. This looks useful for the catch-all database trawl.

REMINDER

resnooze.com - No more than the same thing on your calendar (Google does me), but fun

REMOTE ACCESS

LogMeIn -

REMOTE WORKING

mojopac.com -

RFID

violet.net -

RSS -
What is RSS?, Wikipedia

BBC - The feed factory - helpful intro... I need it!
makeuseof.com - How to Monitor Websites that don’t have RSS Feeds

When I dig 'em out from other posts! (Click RSS link below for now)

Q&A

WikiAnswers

REMINDERS

dontforgetyourtoothbrush.com -

SEARCH -

Google Desktop -
cuil.com -

SEO

Daily Blog Tips - 50 Tips to Speed Up Your Website

Daily Writing Tips - How to Write an SEO Article - Part 1
Daily Writing Tips - How to Write an SEO Article - Part 2

ukbusinessform - 10 Top Tips to Make Your Website Search Engine Friendly - Free Guide, but you do swap your details and get a plug for the sponsor. 'Ain't no such thing as a free...'

SITE ZIPPER

spidersoft.com -
Webcopier - Mac
Webzip -

SOCIAL NETWORKING

ping.fm - aggregator - as tested here

SOFTWARE

Make Use Of - Free Open Source Counterparts of Windows Software
zoho.com -
Make Use Of - 100 FREE ONLINE ALTERNATIVES TO POPULAR OFFICE APPS

Alternative to Microsoft Office
Open Office - NEW
IBM Lotus Symphony -

Alternative to Internet Explorer
Firefox 3 -

Alternative to (almost) every other Instant Messenger
Pidgin -

Alternative to Adobe Photoshop and other image editing software
Gimp -

oldversion.com

Other alternatives to popular applications
Open Source Windows -


Stickiness
- Definition from About.com

SOUND EFFECTS

instantrimshot - made me laugh
soundsnap.com -

STORAGE/BACK-UP

Carbonite - paid
dashwire.com - for mobile data - FREE
drop.io -
filemail - paid
Mozy - paid
Outlook Express Backup Version 6.5 - FREE

STORAGE/SHARING

badongo.com -
fileden.com -
filedropper.com -
filefactory.com -
fileqube.com -
fumpr.com - for images. No idea how you find 'em again, but it's free.
drop.io -
mediafire.com -
myfreefilehosting.com -
pando - via makeuseof - large file storage
Ringo - images & video
s4ve.as -
weefolio - beta

SURVEY

survey monkey -

TELECOM

Saynoto0870.com

TELEPROMPTING

cueprompter -
DIY Teleprompter - Now that's playing my song!

TEMPLATES -

floorplanner.com - does what it says on the ti... URL... free
nutsnbits.com - Graph paper
onesimplemove.com - Lists for moving house
sweethome3d.eu -

TOOLBAR -

Google for FireFox -

TRACKING

brightkite.com -

TRAFFIC

eta.co.uk/aggregator -
highways.gov.uk/traffic/ -

TRANSLITERATION/TRANSLATION

Blogger - here! At least, into Indian sub-continent languages
babelfish -
babelfish -
freetranslation -
meglobe.com - instant messaging/instant translation

TROUBLESHOOTING


bug.gd - Looks a worthy fix resource
downforeveryoneorjustme.com - a URL availability checker. Neat!
Ask Jack - He's worked for me!
Ask Rick - well, if you have to ask...:) I wonder if techno fixes have political slants?
MakeUseOf - The PC Repair Toolkit in your Pocket: Boot CD on a USB Stick

TYPEFACES

Fontstock -
fontstruct.fontshop.com - Design your own! How fun is that?
designm - 50+ Fonts for Big, Bold Headlines

TYPING

makeuseof.com - The Best Free Apps to Help you start Touch Typing - Too late for old two fingers me!

URL SHORTENERS

bit.ly -
editurl -
is.gd -
metamark -
shorturl -
tiny -


VALUATION

business-opportunities.biz - how-much-is-your-blog-worth
myblogvalue.com - Requires a lot of data, which may make it more accurate

VIDEO


Animoto - Looks fun
avidemux.sourceforge.net - a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. Available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows
Camtasia - made just for screen recording rather than just still grabs. It's not free
but there's a 30 day trial on their website.
Blinkxx - Brand Republic - Blinkx launches online TV and film platform
fixmyvideo - Paid for correction service
hulu.com - archive tv footage. Currently US only
irfanview - image viewer/converter
kwout - screen grabs
miglia - for Macs
Photo morpher - from Real. £14.99 at time of writing. Looks a hoot.
picreflect.com - More fun manipulation
snag it - Video capture off PC. Costs. Free trial
Free-Video-Flip-and-Rotate - Does what it says on the tin.
picshadow.com - drop shadow tool
tubemogul - a posting service to upload your videos
YouTube -
Downloading (via a blog) - NEW - Type "download youtube" into google for a selection of websites you can download with. Just enter the youtube URL and it will download a .FLV file for you. Then go to www.download.com and search for "FLV to AVI" to get a file
converter - there are plenty of free ones. Convert the file you've downloaded and it will now be an AVI movie playable on most computers You can also find converters that change it into other formats like MPG4, Quicktime etc - depending on what format you need.

Reuters - YouTube helps video creators track viewership
mashable.com - download-youtube-videos-to-desktop/
youripper -

VIDEOCONFERENCING - Wikipedia

Skype -

VIRTUAL MEETING

Second Life - a rather amazing world. See my lovely missus play concerts without leaving home (go to news>calendar). Well worth it, and an interesting insight into lots of folk meeting up without burning travel miles.

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT/AIDS

webanywhere -

VOICE 2 TEXT

spinvox.com -


WEATHER

Times - An online guide to weather

WEB 2.0

knol - from Google, what's the (do no) harm? At least you can weigh this against this:
Wikipedia

WIDGETS


NMA - Widgets

WORD PROCESSING

theultimatesteal - legal, kosher... but you need to be a student