Monthly Archives: September 2007

Halo 3 launch day veterans video interview

The much awaited and much hyped Halo 3 launched today – we talked to the survivors!

After the best part of two years build up and ever increasing hype the Halo 3 launch started at midnight last night. Many shops opened at the stroke of midnight to provide a FPS fix to the salivating, game playing masses.

Microsoft threw yet another party and even the BBC rallied to the cause with a special report. The worlds media resources of ‘exclusive footage’ have been exhausted overnight. As the dust clouds being to clear over the high street we talk to a Halo 3 launch day veteran and hear of their first hand experiences. Continue reading

Facebook facing a profile privacy settings fiasco.

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Are Facebook users laying themselves open to exploitation and even danger through their profile settings?

That is the question I found myself asking after receiving the very same ominous message for a third time, each from a different facebook friend.

” If somebody called bm_tnoo7@hotmail.com adds you to their Facebook account DON’T accept it because its a hacker.Tell everyone on your list because if someone on your list adds them you get them on your list he’ll figure out your ID co,puter address. So copy and paste this message to everyone even if you hate them and fast because if he hacks their mail he hacks yours. “

Is the person in question an extremely talented individual with vast amounts of time and resources to hand, that will systematically ‘farm’ facebook profiles harvesting private information for some nefarious master plan? Or, one cup of tea later, I found myself wondering if this could be the broadband – social networking equivalent of the chain letter?

My curiosity sufficiently aroused, I decide to fire up webfetch and do some investigating. Warning to all facebook profile owners, you are going to be a little upset from this point in! Continue reading

WebFetch search engine – google beater?

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Only in beta, but when serving up results WebFetch could be a google beater..

As you know I spend a lot of time wandering the internet trying to track down information, finding tasty morsels and researching applications. Well I stumbled across this little beauty and, my god, what a difference it makes.

…the controversy surrounding Google’s data retention policies…

WebFetch is a meta-search engine, which draws its results from Google, Yahoo, Ask.com and MSN, however it doesn’t allow any of these engines to collect your personal data. what’s more WebFetch does not collect any information about its users either.

If you really needed to find something or somebody you would send out a search party, not just go it alone.

I think the principle is a very good one, summed up quite nicely here. Continue reading

McLaren Mercedes marketing magic

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Alonso & Lewis Hamilton star in a humorous public relations exercise. Bet it cost less than £50 million though!

Relations between Hamilton & Alonso are becoming more publicly strained , there was that pit lane incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix which lead to

We’re extremely competitive. We can’t be best friends…
Lewis Hamilton

Alonso being removed from pole position and ultimately McLaren losing all constructors points for the race.

Of course the drivers views of the incident differed considerably, well some what less after Ron Dennis collared them.

After the holiday between races Ron Dennis arranged a meet and convenient press conference for the drivers to announce a truce. Continue reading

Gorillas in our midst

Cadbury showcase new talent

Having enjoyed a few beers, perhaps just one too many, whilst watching the game I had gone into stare mode in front of the television. Suddenly I am snapped back to ‘the here and now’ by some amazing imagery…

Completely taken aback by what I thought I had just witnessed I immediately did what any other human being would have done, with one hand I hit rewind on the Sky+ remote and with the other hand I entered Cadbury Gorilla into the Google search bar on the laptop sitting beside me. Continue reading

More fun with 404 error’s

When the error page is more interesting than the content404-cartoon.jpg

Over the years I have had some private smiles by making custom ‘404 file not found’ error pages, yes a bit odd I know. But look what I have just found… the unofficial appreciation society for 404 pages. Be sure to check these in particular –

Got any more? post me a link please…