Weekend Clippings 2

August 31, 2007

The best of this week’s sci-tech news clipped for your bite-sized delectation:

  • The World Without Us (via Neatorama) | Simple, but incredibly thought-provoking web page which speculates what might happen if human beings suddenly disappeared from Earth. Bottom line: it would take hundreds of thousands of years for all traces of human life on Earth to disappear.
  • Top 10 Ways to Clean Up Your PC (Lifehacker) | It’s a perennial favourite, but deservedly so: learn how to do everything from decluttering your desktop to keeping your keyboard free of crumbs.
  • Web Office Week (Read/WriteWeb) | The first of a series of posts this week from RWW about the competing web office products currently available. Google Apps leads the pack at the moment.
  • Bloggers Battered By Viral Storm (BBC News) | The Beeb reports on malicious hackers targeting Google’s Blogger site with fake comments leading to “booby-trapped downloads”. I liked this article because I don’t think I’ve heard the phrase “booby-trapped” since 1998, let alone in reference to a tech news story — way to go BBC!
  • NoSo — Backlash Against Our “Always On” Culture (TechCrunch) | This TechCrunch report on the “NoSo” project is particularly timely in light of recent news that teenagers don’t get enough sleep because of gadgets in their rooms. From the article: “Users arrive alone, unplugged and aren’t allowed talk to anyone.”
  • Brand New Digg Design Goes Live (Mashable) | I’ve barely had a minute to check this out myself, but here Mashable reports on the new streamlined design of the website. My view: it feels less bloated, which is good, but it’s not going to set the world alight.
  • NewsGator Launches Facebook App: NewsFriends (Read/WriteWeb) | This is an interesting idea: add news feeds to this app and you and your friends can see what news you’re interested in. If your mates install it then you can see what they’re reading. Simple. What’s more, if it took off it could undercut any of Beta Bloglines upcoming sharing features. We’ll see.

One Response to “Weekend Clippings 2”

  1. The Pizzle Says:

    That article on body part printing? Mental. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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