Saturday, July 16, 2005

Hmmm, something for free. Is there some fine print here. Will have to check. Here's what the site says "With VoipBuster you can call anywhere in the world at the lowest rates possible. And best of all, you can call all your online friends PLUS several popular destinations for free. Just download VoipBuster, install and register the program and start calling!" The VoipBuster!

Looking for free tunes - no I mean real free tunes that the artists say are actually free. Well look no further for a search engine because here it is. CommonTunes - a community directory of freely available music

An interesting service to use when you need to send a monster size file but you know it will crash the server you are sending to. This temporarily uploads the file to a server and sends the link to the receiver to download it from there. YouSendIt | Email large files quickly, securely, and easily!

Having a portal on what's popular is always neat. It saves lots of digging and introduces you to new things you would normally not find. Here is a neat application that allows people to share their favorite bookmarks. The cool thing is that you can get a ranking of the most popular bookmarks and thus figure out what's new and up and coming. Check it out.

Supposedly a different type of image searching tool that doesn't just rely on spiders like Google Images. Worth a try I guess. Pixsy - find unique photos the other search engines miss

Fun and games using the google image engine. Yup, this game gives you snippets of multiple images and you try to guess the keyword that's common to all of them. Addictive yes! Guess-the-google

I don't know about you but I always can't find a font to use when laying out a project. Now what was the name of that bloody thing? Sound familiar. Well try this tool. You can visually select clues and the tool will find the fonts. Check it out. TypeNavigator

Think you are an animator? As taken from this site "Flipbook! is an interactive Flash application that allows people to draw simple animations, save them to a gallery and share them with other people via e-mail." FLIPBOOK!

Very cool. Build your own projection TV for $200 US using an old Overhead projector. This I've got to seriously try. DIY Projector

Here's another source for seemless geographic data. Check it out from USGA. Seamless Data Distribution Delivery provides free online data with NED,SRTM,Landsat,maps,orthoimagery,elevation and more.

As taken from their website "GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you. GeoURL is listing 181,697 sites." GeoURL (2.0)

Hmmm, photos meets GPS co-ordinates. This could get a bit out of hand but heck lets see where it goes. People take the photos they are sharing on Flickr and attach geocoding to them to put them on a US map (only US map at the moment). Check it out. Mappr! Where It's At.

Remember how cool I said Google Earth was. Well, here is another version of it from NASA. I'm on dialup at the moment so not going to download the 180 Mb program right now but it's on my list. The features look similar but definitely worth a look. It's open source and thus free. Hopefully one can get some extra free features that Google is now asking folks to pay for. NASA World Wind

Monday, July 04, 2005

This software is wicked cool!!! So your out hiking and you reach the top of the world and you say "Gee I wish I could somehow take a photo that would capture this I'm-on-top-of-the-world feeling. Well, go ahead and snap off 40 digital shots in all directions. Now upload the photos to your computer and run autostitch. It will literally in under a minute figure out how to put all of the photos together to greate a giant panoramic type shot. Unbelievable - I didn't believe it until I tried it myself. Great job guys at UBC. AutoStitch

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Tired of getting bloody spam!!! I was this morning so after looking around I found this free open source prefilter app. It can pre-filter your mail before it gets to your email program and tag it with a **SPAM** subject header on any questionable messages. Looks good so far but it will take awhile for me to train it. Has an optional bayesian filter plugin as well for extra tough filtering. SpamPal