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Mmm…wonder if it works?

hmm..interesting August 18, 2006 posted by

Web 2.0 bubble blown?

So the Kiko Web Calendar service is up for sale on eBay, eh? Is this the start of a downward spiral in the Web 2.0 mini-boom? Or just a good example of Google trashing competition in its backyard? Answers on a snarky blog, please to… [Q: What’s the first sign of a Web 2.0 site in trouble? A: A blog which hasn’t been updated for more than a month. Check it out and then tell me it ain’t true!]

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hmm..interesting August 6, 2006 posted by

Suzanne sings 2nd Life.

Hmm..Suzanne Vega has become the first major name artist to give a virtual performance on a virtual world – to whit 2nd Life. So at last, life becomes art becomes life. Will we look back at this as the beginnings of a virtual universe of art and culture? Or will we just stop asking these pompous questions? 

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hmm..interesting August 3, 2006 posted by

Thinglink codes.

Thinglink is a kind of Creative Commons barcode for anything you create. After you’ve created it, you can stick it onto your website, product or whatever you like to identify your artistry. Er..that’s it really. Neat idea. is an open database where makers can register their work for free and create labels for their products. Crafters, artists, designers, producers, and other makers can use Thinglink to identify their products and document their work. We built Thinglink for makers, because…

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Gadgets August 2, 2006 posted by

Celery. Email without the crunch.

Celery. Email without a computer. This is either genius or insane and I have no idea which. From the site blurb it appears to be a colour fax machine service which is being marketed to senior citizens as a way of keeping up with family without having to install a computer. That’s the beauty of it. As Neil Grabowsky of the company emails me to say – ‘You and I don’t need Celery – our parents and grandparents do.’ And he…

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Bookmark This! July 10, 2006 posted by


Radio4PDA. Would you like to listen to radio on your PDA? Of course you would, Mabel. Well here’s a set of listings for various international radio stations in a PDA friendly layout for search and enjoyment when you’re out and about.

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hmm..interesting July 4, 2006 posted by

Stamp of authority. Have to say, the thought of having a Ferret stamp does appeal. Just send in your digital image and get back some stamps. $1.90 per sheet of between 6 to 30 stamps depending on size. Yeah of course they’re not legal stamps for posting, they’re more for posing. Geddit?   May I stick them on letters ? On the back side, as a sealing stamp, it is legal anywhere we know of to stick stamps on letters. On…

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hmm..interesting June 28, 2006 posted by

Cops and robbers? Online auction of police seized and recovered equipment. You’ve got to admire a site which advertises Hot Pursuit Specials, haven’t you?  Today’s law enforcement agencies have property rooms full of stolen or forfeited goods. The rightful owners are not easily identified, and once property is no longer needed as evidence, it must be disposed of properly. Enter Property Room. Founded and managed by former police officers, Property Room harnesses the power of the Internet to quickly move items out…

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Free Software June 20, 2006 posted by

Of Thumbstacks and men…

Thumbstacks. Hmm…another online application, this time a Powerpoint type presentation app. OK, so it’s basic slideshow stuff, but it’s slick and fast and easy peasy to use. You’ve got to see the writing on the wall for kludgy expensive offline applications, if something as elegant and simple like this can pop up the drop of a hat. So where are we now? Online spreadsheet, word-processor, database (did we mention DabbleDB already?) and now presentation? Hmm, seems like a wrap to…

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hmm..interesting June 12, 2006 posted by


Chargebox. We’ve talked about mobile phone charging systems before on the Ferret, and we’re still not sure whether this tech service has staying power. The idea is that you use these charging lockers to power up your handset when you’re out and about and depleted. Is there a demand for this? Enough for a business plan? [Via Gizmag]  Have you ever run out of battery whilst you are away from your home and been unable to use your phone or…

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hmm..interesting June 9, 2006 posted by


TalkTrust. A private shielded phone number you can use on eBay, or other online site if you need to be contacted but don’t want to risk your real number. Interesting.  Whether you wish to grow your business selling on-line products, services or expertise or simply wish to restrict callers, you would like to talk without sharing your phone numbers. TalkTrust enables “privacy on contact” which enables worry-free talking with strangers.

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cool tech June 8, 2006 posted by

Cell phones to become web servers.

Cell phones as web servers? Hmm…that is something that could really change the face of the web in ways we can’t even imagine. Several billion volatile web sites flooding the Net would certainly add a new dimension to the game of search and seek.  Nokia has ported the Apache webserver to Symbian, in order to enable mobile phones to serve content on the World Wide Web. Many mobile phones today have more processing power than early Internet servers, suggesting that…

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hmm..interesting June 6, 2006 posted by


Airhitch. Cheap flights around the world. It looks like a cross between the old standby idea and courier flights (where you sign up as a courier and get cheaper flights around the world) but they call it ‘exploratory travel’. What’s confusing is the fact that there’s two websites with the same name. The second one sports a hyphen – Air-hitch – and a slightly nicer design. Ah well.   You may be astounded to know that on any given day, literally thousand…

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Bookmark This! May 30, 2006 posted by

Phone 2.0.

A tale of two new millennium phone services. In the geek corner, Voxalot. A free least cost routing SIP service which offers a lot of functionality wrapped up in a rather kludgy design. Of especial interest, the cheap VoIP rate for mobile calls. In the marketing corner, Talkety. Phone to phone ring back offering cheap VoIP calls without the hassle of having to set up hardware etc. Basic service, pretty package. Who will win? Why the company that comes along…

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Free Software May 24, 2006 posted by

Bubble or squeak?

Business IT Online. Free online calendar, financial modelling, contact management and business document management. Small case of deja vu looming. Last time I saw free online business applications on offer was during another…ahem….online boom in the nineties. Is history repeating? Unsustainable business plans again, or is the online advertising market solid enough nowadays to support this kind of ambitious venture? I would like to think that the bad old days are behind us and we’re now sailing in smoother, more…

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hmm..interesting May 19, 2006 posted by


Scandoo. Add-on search engine filter to protect us from nasty stuff like spyware, offensive content et al. Google with a safety fence? Interesting idea really.  Our scanning technology is installed on high speed server infrastructure around the world. We scan each and every one of your search results to see if there is anything malicious behind the links and then feed the security results back into your search page…Scandoo is designed to give you advanced warning – before you click…

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