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Add To The Music With An Online Communal Piano

Multi Player Piano ( is a bit of online musical fun.  It's an electronic piano that you can play online via your web browser, using a mouse or keyboard.  The novel twist is that anyone else who's looking at the web site can play it too, so you can join in with someone else's tune (or just marvel at the cacophony!).

A bit of interactive online fun for the kids, if nothing else.




View 85,000 Historical Newsreel Videos For Free

From 1910 until it closed in 1970, Pathé News was one of the world's best-known news agencies.  Based in Britain, and indeed originally known as British Pathé, it produced tens of thousands of filmed news reports, covering major stories and events all over the world.

Get Tips On How To Improve Your Writing

Next time you need to write a long email message or some other document, or maybe a letter, try running the text past Hemingway before you send it.  Not Ernest, of course, but the free web-based text analysis tool that shares his name.

Get A Top-Of-The-Range $59.95 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick


Digiarty are running one of their regular software giveaways for the next 10 days.  Not for the first time, the subject of the giveaway is their WinX DVD Ripper, which lets you copy your DVD movies to your phone, iPad, smartphone or PC as a simple, playable, unprotected file that doesn't require custom DVD player software.

Unusually, however, the current giveaway involves the top-of-the-range Platinum version of the software, which normally sells for $59.95.  But if you act before April 28th, you can get it for free.

Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug is a very nasty Internet problem that affects us all. Dealing with it is complex and not clear-cut at this time but one thing that many Internet users want to do is check sites to see which ones might still be subject to the bug.

Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required

Once upon a time, writing music involved the use of music notation paper (with those familiar 5 lines), and lots of pencils and erasers.  Nowadays, you can do it much more easily on a computer, using software that's really just a musical version of a word processor.  

Start with an empty sheet of notation paper, then drag notes onto the page at the appropriate point.  You can move the notes around with the mouse if you make a mistake, and you can hear your work in progress at any time just by pressing the Play button.

Select Your Mood. Get The Soundtrack. Brilliant!

Listening to music can often help with whatever you're doing.  But some jobs are best suited to a specific type of music.  If you're studying, for example, you want instrumetal tracks that help you concentrate.  If you're playing sport, you'll want something else.  

Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now

It's a pain but we are all going to have to bite the bullet and change passwords at sites that may have been affected by the Heartbleed securty exploit. Some helpful people have been compiling lists of sites where a password change is indicated. For example, a list of some major sites showing those which need a changed password is at Mashable.

How to Check if a Website has been Affected by Heartbleed

A very severe security problem with widespread implications for the entire web has been revealed. Here are sites with information about Heartbleed and ways to check if websites that you use might have been vulnerable.

Still Got An XP Machine? Turn It On Now.

Microsoft officially stopped supporting Windows XP as from today.  There will be no more security patches or other bug fixes.  

The official recommendation from Microsoft is that everyone with a PC that runs XP should throw it out and buy a new one.  However, that's unlikely to happen.  And why chuck out a perfectly functional computer if it's still working OK, just because Microsoft says so?

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