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Top Ten Linux Distributions ~ Back to DistroWatch, after last week’s mention of all the Linux distributions that are available to try. Here is a breakdown of the current top ten, based on their popularity and with a screenshot of each one, together with some background and history. As I’ve said, if you burn a free live CD/DVD, you can try many risk-free on your own PC.
True-Node Astrology Tools ~ Doubtless this appears intimidating unless you are a coder or an astrophysicist. However, the author has been online for a looong time and makes all kinds of calculations available, for those intrigued by more than their horoscope. At the time of writing, I found the ephemeris tool named eph1 to be the most complete and polished entry so far…
Universal Leet Converter ~ Following last week’s introduction to Leetspeak, a representation of text that replaces the letters in a word with numbers or other characters, I was delighted to stumble on this Leet Converter. Enter the word or phrase that you wish to encode or decipher and it’ll do the hard work for you, while you are learning what usually signifies which combination.
Virtual Moon Atlas ~ Another offering from Patrick Chevalley, the software engineer behind Cartes du Ciel (SkyChart), an excellent freeware planetarium. While you are asked to make a donation if you find this program useful, it is also free and aimed at those drawn to selenography, the scientific mapping of the Moon. It has been recommended by the European Space Agency…
VirusTotal ~ Continuing to nerd out from last week, maybe you have received a suspicious file in your email and are worried about whether your antivirus program is up to the challenge? Upload it here then for testing by 32 different virus scanners and in nearly 20 different languages already. That ought to set your mind at rest…
Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool ~ For many folk with disabilities, the Internet continues to fall short of expectations. Run any webpage through this tool and spot the tweaks in design and functionality that make such a difference once you are aware of them. My links page for instance contains one error and seven warnings. Lots of sites are far worse and need focus in future…
Website Down ~ Another free online service that helps you figure out, whether you favourite website might have a problem, or if there is some issue with your internet connection or involving your service provider instead. You can bookmark the answer and easily check in future, since the status of each site updates whenever you revisit that page…
Websites Hosted on Windows NT4 ~ I am sorry to say you read correctly. Not the recently deceased Windows XP, or even its precursor Windows 2000, there are 50,000 websites in the world hosted on Windows NT 4.0 at the time of writing (2014). This OS was released in 1996 and had its last major update in 2001. Australia Post’s bill payment service is a leading exponent…
What Watch ~ I am always pleased to come across new astrology software, especially when it also happens to be free. Finding What Watch was a great experience, since I was impressed by the small modularised download, the customizable interface and the chance to plot Black Moon Lilith, Quaoar and Sedna on each chart directly too.
Who Still Uses Windows XP? ~ This follows Microsoft’s recent and repeated announcements, regarding support for their venerable Windows XP ending on April 8, 2014. In practice it didn’t quite, but this can only be around the corner. These guys analysed their web logs to discover who still uses this operating system, across the US anyhow. Ohio, you are totally doomed…
Windows 8 ~ In a tradition dating back to Windows XP, where my comments saw criticism initially but were proven unassailable over time, here are the final release (RTM) details for the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system that most will be seeing in October. 12:47 (PDT): July 25, 2012: Redmond, Washington, USA. Run along now, children…
Windows Vista ~ Live at the Windows Vista launch event, it’s 4:54pm and Bill Gates is walking on stage. Got that everybody? I make it 16:54 EST, 29 January 2007, in New York City. This gives Moon opposition Pluto and void of course, plus Saturn in the first house opposition Mercury. Looks like Vista is suck, as they say in Bulgaria…
Windows XP ~ With the lame lacklustre launch of Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system, Version 6 and named Vista, passing by almost unnoticed at least by me, I thought you might like to contrast this feature written on the launch of Windows 5.1 or XP, when it was clear from the astrological outset, this was going to be a winner.
World’s First Web Site ~ The world’s very first website went live on August 6, 1991. It was hosted on a NeXT computer at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research based in the suburbs of Geneva, on the border between Switzerland and France. Early versions were subject to change, but this stable offering from 1992 is now online again in the interests of posterity…
WorldWide Telescope ~ Okay, this is from Microsoft and it looks great. The application is still under development and there are glitches with the site, plus I haven’t personally tried the download that weighs in at just under 21 MB. But if you’re a fan of the banging trance videos you'll find on YouTube, this may well be your baby, that’s for sure…