17 November 2008

Yue Miao Athletics Carnival

A mere 3 months after the Olympic Games, sports mania found its way to Western Shanghai for an athletics carnival at the Yue Miao School. It was a grey old Saturday afternoon, but you wouldn’t know it from the festive atmosphere of the school yard. Students families and various volunteers, came together to watch the students participate in running, basketball, …

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14 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever.Vol. 28

Now I bought a house a few months ago – I know, I know, house price crash blah blah – so I’m currently blocking out all news related to house prices thank you very much. However during the (long) search for our perfect home we went completely online and the best of these sites was globrix. This site is a …

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14 November 2008

Good News in Bad Times

Omniture is one of the largest analytics providers world wide, and in the 3rd Quarter of 2008, despite doom and gloom around the business world, it announced revenue of $77.8 million, which was a 108% increase on the same time last year (unfortunately, overall they incurred a net loss). Anyway, regardless of the net loss, the point is, that their …

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13 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.27

I am going to keep this simple. Three favourites sites eh? OK, here we go.. Actually no, I am going to do my least favourite sites first: Sporting Life – slow and not so good on my blackberry – but I still use it every day! Wikipedia – killed debate. HolyMoly – guilty pleasure, used to be anyway. So here …

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13 November 2008

Web 2.0 – 5 years on…

Web 2.0 is 5 years old. Well, not yet, the concept is probably a wee bit older than the term "web 2.0" which first apparently arose from a brainstorming session between O’Reilly and MediaLive International.By my calculations the big-bad-hype version of web 2.0 is 5 years old TODAY. The concept of "web 2.0" wasn’t even remotely new when it became …

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13 November 2008

Google launches videochat

Google launched their voice and video applications on Gmail and Gtalk on 11 November, making the next best thing to actual in person face to face conversation easily available to everyone with a computer and a webcam. And it’s free! Google promises it’s really quick and easy to sign up, so why not get Google live videochat right now?Users can …

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12 November 2008

Google tracks outbreak of virus

Google today released information about a new project that could revolutionise the way our health services monitor and survey the outbreak of diseases within a given population. The Google.org site is specifically designed to track the spread of the infectious disease influenza, (what is more commonly known to you and me as the flu,) and produces its results by tracking …

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12 November 2008

Microsoft’s new search strategy

In a move that can be likened to Barack Obama asking George W Bush for political guidance, Microsoft has turned to one its former foes, Sun Micro Systems for marketing advice. The exact details of the arrangement is to be published soon but early indications are that Sun will promote a Microsoft toolbar which has built in Microsoft Live Search …

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12 November 2008

Browser Stats

I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I am becoming increasing frustrated with having to test web sites in IE6 Surely it is time to call it a day and banish it to browser heaven? The latest browser usage stats from w3schools show it is on a steady decline and now Chrome has been up for a couple …

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12 November 2008

Google Local Postcode Lookup

Looking for local results Well it’s new to me! I don’t often do searches that require a local solution but searching for ‘car rental’ today I noticed a nice wee offering from Google – is this new or have I been living in cave for a few months? See the box so you can type in Town or Postcode? Nice. …

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