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Think Of It As Your Own Personal Twitter Or Facebook Clone

One of the internet's great strengths is allowing groups of people to collaborate and communicate across time and geographical boundaries.  Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are great, but sometimes they're too social.  Maybe you'd prefer your own closed, private space on a system which worked in a similar way to other established social networks but which was only open to those whom you specifically invite.  Family members, perhaps, or your social circle, or those in your company or department.

The Endless, Free, Online Newspaper

Pressreader is a web site that provides an endless stream of news stories from the world's top resources.  Don't bother downloading the app unless you particularly want to.  Just point your PC web browser at and start reading.  As you press the cursor keys, or move your mouse wheel, the screen scrolls to reveal an ever-increasing number of stories.  So whether you've got 2 spare minutes or 20, if you want to catch up on news you'll find everything you need.

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Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To

You may have seen the recent news story that 7 million Dropbox accounts have allegedly been hacked, and their passwords posted online.  Dropbox claims that most of the posted accounts were old and their passwords had already expired.  Dropbox also reminded us that their own systems had not been hacked.  The problem, we are led to believe, lies in the servers of those third-party programs to whom we all-too-easily grant access to our information.

...And Relax

I've just spent 57 of the last 72 hours working on a maintenance project for a group of critical servers which proved to be a lot more complex than I'd ever imagined it would be.  So my apologies if you've been wondering about the lack of new hot finds over the past couple of days.

Once the work had finished, a spot of relaxation was called for.  Which gave me the perfect opportunity to check out a site that had been recommended to me last week, and which was sitting in my notebook ready to try.

Two Amazing, Yet Different, Examples Of Computer Graphics


Occasionally I use this column to bring you news of items which may be of interest to the computer-minded but which aren't freeware.  Or indeed software of any kind.  And because I haven't done such a posting for a while, here's a double bonus with links to 2 amazing things that are both graphics-oriented.

See All The Newspaper Front Pages You Want, For Free


Have you ever stood in a newsagent shop, browsed along the shelves to read all the front pages, realised that this is actually a great way to catch up on the important news, and then wondered whether those front pages are also available anywhere online?

You could, of course, head to each paper's own web site.  But not every paper publishes its own front page online, and visiting all those sites individually is a hassle.  Plus, it might be nice sometimes to see the papers from another country or state instead of your own.

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block


There are plenty of antivirus products on the web and you might have your own favorites. Earlier this year, 360 Security came from nowhere to beat most of the top rated antivirus products that's been there for a long time now. The product has been getting rave reviews from all quarters by independent labs and users alike. 

Unlimited Web Site Monitoring For Free

Systems that automatically monitor the status of web sites, and produce reports as to whether the sites are working correctly, can be useful for all sorts of reasons.  Obviously such a system is vital if you operate web sites for a living.  But even if you're merely a casual internet surfer, it can be handy (and quite impressive, frankly!) to maintain a list of all the sites you frequently visit, so that you can tell at a glance whether any of them are having problems.

A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free

There are 2 types of software that allow you to draw, paint and sketch on a computer.  Bitmap-oriented programs work at the pixel level and offer a very fine degree of control, with effects such as spray cans.  It's the computer equivalent of painting, as opposed to drawing.  Unless you are prepared to become embroiled in the concept of layers, then your entire image is one object, and you can only edit it by manipulating pixels.  

Turbo Pascal Rides Again

Many years ago, I used to be the Editor of a glossly monthly magazine aimed at professional computer programmers.   At the time, there was at least half a dozen such magazines in existence, but now there are none.  At least, not in printed form.  It's easy to assume that the internet is what killed off such magazines.  After all, why wait 6 months for a particular how-to article to be published when you can simply search for your required information on Lycos, Altavista, Gopher or, in the latter days, Google and Bing?

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