Friday, July 20, 2007

The Open Source Web Design Toolbox

The Open Source Web Design Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Template Sources:
"The Best Directories of Free Open Source Design Templates

There are tons of free design template directories on the net, but sorting through all of them can be a very tedious process. Instead, we suggest that you start with these four, which we consider to be the best free open source design template directories online.

1. OSWD: Over 2,000 of the best freebie web design templates. Also allows for search capability by color, contrast, validation, and other categories.
2. OpenWebDesign:A large and active community of individuals who share free web design templates. Includes regular design contests and a sub-category of most popular designs to speed up your search.
3. Open Designs: Headed by a non-profit board, the open design community has almost 600 designs which have been vetted and moderated by the community’s volunteer board. Also includes a relatively active forum where designers can share tips and resources.
4. CSS Tinderbox: CSS Tinderbox prevents you from having to “reinvent the wheel” by providing very basic, yet solid, CSS/XHTML design templates from which you can build off of."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Disturbing flash game

This is a very very strange flash game. I find it rather disturbing!

Ionice

Why aren’t you using ionice yet??? Fried CPU

ionice seems to be the equivalent of nice but for disk access. This could be useful for things that use a lot of disk IO but you do not want to effect the running of the rest of the system.

Example:
sudo ionice -c3 -ppid

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Found: the giant lion-eating chimps of the magic forest | Conservation | Guardian Unlimited Environment

Found: the giant lion-eating chimps of the magic forest:
"Deep in the Congolese jungle is a band of apes that, according to local legend, kill lions, catch fish and even howl at the moon. Local hunters speak of massive creatures that seem to be some sort of hybrid between a chimp and a gorilla."

Another article in the strange animal story series.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

British blamed for Basra badgers

British blamed for Basra badgers:

"British forces have denied rumours that they released a plague of ferocious badgers into the Iraqi city of Basra. Word spread among the populace that UK troops had introduced strange man-eating, bear-like beasts into the area to sow panic.

But several of the creatures, caught and killed by local farmers, have been identified by experts as honey badgers.

The rumours spread because the animals had appeared near the British base at Basra airport.

UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: 'We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.'

One housewife, Suad Hassan, 30, claimed she had been attacked by one of the badgers as she slept.
'My husband hurried to shoot it but it was as swift as a deer,' she said. 'It is the size of a dog but his head is like a monkey,' she told AFP."



Marvellous!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Fopp music chain falls victim to downloads and supermarkets

Fopp music chain falls victim to downloads and supermarkets: "Intense price competition and falling CD sales have claimed another victim on the high street with the closure of Fopp, Britain's largest independent music retailer."


This is tragic news. My favourite record shop is closing its doors! My relationship with them goes back to when I was working in Edinburgh for a summer (1998 I think) and I spent many a good hour listening to records. The shops were always good for a cheap CD, book or DVD. A mourn for it!

What is most annoying is that they were making a profit, just didn't have the working capital to carry on. Looks like a case of too fast expansion to me. Boo hiss.