Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Droopy Creates Instant Servers for Large File Trading

Windows/Mac/Linux: Droopy is a Python script that creates a miniature, one-shot web server that lets anyone upload files through a web page straight to your computer, no matter the size.

Instead of using traditional file-sharing methods like FTP or even Dropbox (which requires an account), Droopy lets people upload large files without hassle through their web browser. The file is saved directly onto your machine in a chosen folder. Unlike other web-based file-sharing services, like YouSendIt, it does not require the additional step of downloading the file.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Learning in an Open World : John Connell: The Blog

He has the speakers:

Grainne Conole, Peter Scott, Chris Pegler, Frank Rennie, Simon Buckingham Shum, Laura Dewis, Patrick McAndrew, George Siemens, Tony Hirst, Linda Wilks, Elton Barker, Steve Swithenby, Anne Faulkner, Doug Clow, Lesley-Anne Long, Joe Smith.

He has the topics:

  • Open Content: Cloudworks, iTunesU, SCORE
  • Open Learning: SocialLearn, OpenLearn, OLNet
  • Open Teaching: Creating open courses, Digital Humanities, Open CETL
  • Open Access: iSpot, the OU in Africa, Researching the environment in the open

And he manages to squeeze in Jimmy Wales too for a closing talk.

He is Martin Weller, who has pulled together an officially awesome agenda for this year’s Open University conference, on 22nd and 23rd June.

And the best bit? The whole thing will be run online, using Elluminate, and all are welcome to attend. But there is a maximum number for each session – so you can register to attend on Cloudworks.

What are you waiting for?

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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Kevin Grandia: Shocking NASA Image: Never-Seen-Before Southeast Oil Slick Arm

A startling new image released by NASA today shows a massive column of oil extending out Southeast towards the open ocean.

This column has not been visible in any satellite photos taken so far and will no doubt change the estimated extent of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

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Perform OCR with Google Docs - Turn Scanned Images Into Editable Documents

Perform OCR with Google Docs – Turn Images Into Editable Documents

Google Docs can now perform OCR on digital images. You can upload an image containing typewritten or printed text (like a fax document or a scanned newspaper clipping) to your Google Docs account and it will turn that image into editable text.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

10 Awesome Vintage Video Games You Can Play Online

10 Awesome Vintage Video Games You Can Play Online

There’s something about an old video game that does a body good. The 16-color graphics, the 8-bit sound — something about it conjures memories of simpler times, when joysticks seemed larger because our hands were still small, and a dollar seemed like a heck of a lot more money than it does right now.

Allow us to take you on a vintage voyage with a time machine of links, if you will. Here are ten computer and arcade games we all know and love that you can now play online and free of charge. If you’re of a certain age, you probably played these games while waiting for your mom to finish grocery shopping. Or they might have been on your very first video game console. We hope you remember them fondly and enjoy playing them again.

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Nachofoto Is Not Your Average Image Search Engine

Quick Pitch: Nachofoto is a real-time image search engine with a focus on trending topics and rising search terms.

Genius Idea: Nachofoto is designed to return the most relevant and recent images for rising search terms, as determined by Google Insights for Search, Google Trends, AOL Hot Searches and Yahoo Buzz.

The site functions just like the search engines you’re already familiar with, but is much more convenient for searches related to widely discussed topics. So a search for “Miss USA” will return images of the newly crowned winner, Rima Fakih, instead of a barrage of older photos that aren’t relevant to yesterday’s pageant.

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Identity Finder Searches Out All the Sensitive Data on Your Computer - Security - Lifehacker

Identity Finder Searches Out All the Sensitive Data on Your Computer

Identity Finder Searches Out All the Sensitive Data on Your ComputerWindows: Free utility Identity Finder scans your hard drive looking for sensitive information, like credit card numbers and passwords.

Similar to previously mentioned Sensitive Number Finder, Identity Finder searches your Windows user folder, including files and browser data, for possible credit card numbers or passwords, and then lets you know so you can do something about it. The program also has a few options for dealing with that data, like "shredding" the file (which will make it unrecoverable), encrypting the file, or quarantining it.

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Unshake Makes Blurry Photos Passable - Photos - Lifehacker

Unshake Makes Blurry Photos Passable

Unshake Makes Blurry Photos PassableSometimes, you just have to take a picture of what's in front of you but you're stuck with low light and a cellphone camera. Free utility Unshake makes those photos somewhat presentable by toning down the blur.

You can't truly make a blurry photo clear (the only thing you can do is breathe like a sniper when you first take the photo), but you can at least salvage some of it with this handy program. Unshake can really make your photos passable, but it takes a bit of tweaking. There are a number of settings that you'll have to play around with to find the right balance—the wrong combination can produce super etched-looking photos—but with a bit of patience, you can probably turn a trash-bound jpeg into a photo worthy of at least showing your friends.

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Monday, 17 May 2010

Autodesk Education Community Offer Free Products for Students

Access over 25 free* downloads of the same design software used by professionals worldwide.

Now you can push the boundaries of design with Autodesk® software. Download the same, full version software that over 9 million designers, engineers and digital artists are using at 100 percent of Fortune 100 companies in over 183 countries around the world. Experience the newest editions of 2D and 3D products, such as Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya®, and AutoCAD®.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Clean Up Your Photo Collection with Free Tools - Organizing - Lifehacker

You've taken digital pictures for years across multiple systems and camera upgrades, and now your collection is a mess. These free tools and techniques will fix your photos' metadata, weed out duplicates, reorganize folders, and otherwise whip your digital photos into shape.

The aim here is to provide fixes for the common problems that plague photo collections, no matter what kind of photo organizer you're using, or what kind of data your digital camera provides. After this de-duping, meta-tagging, folder-fixing shape-up, you should be in a good place to keep your photos organized with whatever methods or tools you choose.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Free Audio Editor Strips Audio from YouTube and Video Files - Audio Editing - Lifehacker

Windows: An update to Free Audio Editor doesn't change its simple mission, but the newest version is chock full of extra-helpful features. The application downloads YouTube videos, and then strips audio from those FLVs and other video files.

By entering a URL, you can strip audio from YouTube videos online. It downloads the YouTube video in FLV, then strips the audio from the FLV file. Free Audio Encoder will also strip audio from normal videos, such as those in AVI format.

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

BatchGeo - Make google maps using many addresses / coordinates

Have locations in a spreadsheet? Well try this free and unique tool to...
  • Map them using Google Maps
  • Post it on your Web site
  • Create a store locator
  • Get coordinates, print maps, and more!

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