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Amazon’s new Diamond Search

posted by Duncan at 5:02 pm on May 30th, 2005

Have you checked out Amazon’s use of AJAX, which comes in the form of their Diamond Search. Looks very nice with little sliders an all. Just a shame it won’t work in Safari. Now it’s all well and good having these funky apps with there clever functionality, but surely if you’re not gonna bother making it work at all, in one of the more Standards Compliant browsers then is all the hard work really worth it.

Xbox 360 game videos

posted by Duncan at 4:44 pm on May 30th, 2005

Here’s a link to some Xbox 360 game trailers in high definition. I’d been looking for some game trailers to wet my appetite for a while. They’re all pretty hefty downloads, but worth the wait I’m sure. I have only downloaded the Ghost Recon file so far, and it looks amazing. If this is what the real in-game graphics will look like then it’s mind blowing.

Another eBay hoax email

posted by Duncan at 6:55 pm on May 26th, 2005

Ok, so I know people are told all the time that you shouldn’t act on emails that ask for your details outright with no mention of you. I got sent one of the many eBay hoax emails today and I have to say that it was a good one, and one that a non-technical person could quite easily get caught out on. I though I would put up a couple of screen shots so you can see what to expect (Click them to see a larger image).

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The actual email I received looked like this (note the from address looks like it comes from As you can see, it looks very much like an email you could receive, apart from the fact my name is not mentioned anywhere. Strange as they are telling me that my account has been frozen yet they don’t appear to know who I am. Also if you look at the full headers of the email they also tell a story. There is no mention of or .com or in fact ebay the word at all.

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So next I click on the link the email supplied and come to another page. Check out the URL in the address bar. This is certainly not an eBay URL. This is the one that I thought most scary. This is basically a form requesting any important info you might have, it even asks for your bloody pin number. The saddest part is that there will be many people whom are not as web-sure who will be filling in these forms still full of anger that they received the email in first place, with someone telling them they have done something wrong.

So if you receive such emails, use it as excuse to pass the fact you recieved such a hoax to people who wouldn’t know any better. Oh and if you recieve these eBay style emails you can forward them on to and they will deal with it themselves.

BBC Glastonbury 2005 site live

posted by Duncan at 7:58 pm on May 25th, 2005

UPDATE: How sad and stupid. The 2005 site has been removed, and the links below will not longer work. Looks like we still don’t understand the web. You can at least get the idea thanks to Web Archive.

Today I put the Glastonbury 2005 site live. There will be more to come from the site approaching and also during the event. The are also portals from 6 Music and Radio 1. The site is 98% (some things are out of our control) CSS which has been a challenge because of the all the browsers we have to support here at the BBC.

You can also subscribe to a Glastonbury RSS feed so you can keep up with all the latest goings on.

Google maps + flickr

posted by Duncan at 9:29 pm on May 23rd, 2005

I have only just seen this. These guys have hacked google maps and are using it to show flickr photo locations in. This process is known as GeoTagging and this is the cleverest version I have seen; and I might add, is apparently ok with google (so far). I also read whilst snooping that one of the google maps engineers hinted that google may well realease an API for google maps so people would no longer need to hack it. I look forward to this.

Podcasting coming to Itunes

posted by Duncan at 5:56 pm on May 23rd, 2005

It seems that Apple are going to add podcasting support to itunes in it’s next version. Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the assembled crowd at “D3: All Things Digital,” that support would be added in its next version of iTunes (4.9), which is due within 60 days.

Source: Macworld

Chess, Maths and imagery

posted by Duncan at 11:42 am on May 20th, 2005

This is a great example of Maths creating wonderful visuals. Its a Java based artificial intelligence chess program that uses visuals to display the computer’s thought process. This is then sketched on screen as it plays.


Some of the visuals it creates are loverly. Thanks to Miles for the link.

Xbox 360 is looking dam fine

posted by Duncan at 7:04 pm on May 15th, 2005

They unveiled the new version of the xbox on Friday night. Named ‘xbox 360‘, it is effectively a new improved xbox .. on nitrous. Just reading the figures (and I don’t even understand most of them) makes my mouth water. I imagine we, for the first time will be playing gamed that really are like movies. All that added power; Three symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each plus all the graphic hardwear means they have created a machine that is akin to the supercomputers of only a few years ago. I look forward to seeing some fo the games in action, I heard that EA having been developing games for up to 2 years in preparation.

As a side note off topic, what the hell are playing at not supporting mac users with their movie trailers, poor show.

Ta Da Lists keep it simple

posted by Duncan at 5:07 pm on May 15th, 2005

I have been using Ta-da Lists for a couple of months to keep track of the list to things I need to do, read, watch extra. It is such a simple idea. If you have never heard of it, it is a simple online way to keep track of all the little things you need to get done. It’s free and well worth checking out.

Flickr converts from Flash to Ajax

posted by Duncan at 4:32 pm on May 13th, 2005

I see that flickr (after much badgering from users) have changed the way they display individuals images. They used to show the image inside a flash wrapper. Their Ajax guru Eric Costello has now converted it all over to DHTML. It works really well and loads images faster. It’s a really clever use of DHTML, and does many other tricks to boot. You can get a link to a presentation they did on the subject via the link above.

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