Archive for Ian Hughes

  • Website of the day: Smith & Family

    Website of the day: Smith & Family

    By 9 April 2013

    This is something that many of us have been waiting to see for ages. This beta version of smithandfamily.co.uk is the child-friendly offshoot from one of the most popular holiday booking sites among discerning couples. Mr & Mrs Smith was the go-to site...

  • Website of the day: Money Advice

    Website of the day: Money Advice

    By 8 April 2013

    There are quite a few reasons why you might be wanting some financial advice this week. Hopefully, you put your life savings on Aurora’s Encore in the Grand National on Saturday, which romped home at 66 to 1. Or maybe you're a bookie.... Or perhaps...

  • Website of the day: Distance to Mars

    Website of the day: Distance to Mars

    By 5 April 2013

    What questions keep you awake at night? A quick straw poll around the office yielded some surprising results (and a few predictable ones): What was the last episode of The X Files all about anyway? Which is better – Canon or Nikon? Will anybody ever...

  • Website of the day: Irocke

    Website of the day: Irocke

    By 4 April 2013

    Finding music online isn’t exactly hard. Or expensive, for that matter. You can stream or download your favourite artists from any number of different sources, both legal and less than legal. But there’s always going to be one bit of the true music...

  • Website of the day: Farmaround

    Website of the day: Farmaround

    By 3 April 2013

    It’s not easy to always do the right thing, especially when it comes to food. You dash into your local supermarket, grab some fruit ‘n’ veg, a pint or two of milk, some fresh eggs and off you trot, often without a second thought for where any of...

  • Website of the day: The Surrealist

    Website of the day: The Surrealist

    By 2 April 2013

    Perhaps one of the finest things about the internet is that, almost from the very beginning, it set out to parody itself. The memes that were in circulation when we all first got our hands on Internet Explorer have become the stuff of satire and scorn....

  • Website of the day: Adviceguide.org.uk

    Website of the day: Adviceguide.org.uk

    By 1 April 2013

    Today is, of course, the annual nightmare for all news operations, including our own. We’ve been bombarded with stories about the next-generation of tech that will blow your mind. And, as in every other year, the challenge is to figure out which, if...

  • Website of the day: Kill or Cure?

    Website of the day: Kill or Cure?

    By 29 March 2013

    For most people, this is a long weekend. You might be spending time with the family, or heading off to the pub. You might just be settling into your favourite armchair with the weekend papers and letting the extended break just drift by. Nice. Unless...

  • Website of the day: Bike Hub

    Website of the day: Bike Hub

    By 28 March 2013

    The Olympic legacy is starting to look a little fragile now that the post-Games glow has been dampened by a long, cold, wet winter. But there is one thing that seems to be bucking that trend and it involves lots and lots of Lycra. Cycling is on the up,...

  • Website of the day: Wool Overs

    Website of the day: Wool Overs

    By 27 March 2013

    So I went shopping the other day, with a very specific requirement. I traipsed from store to store on the high street looking for one essential item and time after time I was let down. You see, all the fashion shops have moved on. They’re selling shorts....

  • Website of the day: WeSEE

    Website of the day: WeSEE

    By 26 March 2013

    Finding pictures online isn't exactly hard. There are a few ways to do it. You can type what you want into any number of search engines and be bombarded by millions of options. You can upload an image to see if something similar exists. You can even...

  • Website of the day: Stinkybad

    Website of the day: Stinkybad

    By 25 March 2013

    The internet is a truly wonderful place, isn’t it? You can find anything, almost instantly and share it, almost instantly. Marvellous. If only the addresses for all these billions of pages weren’t so bloody cumbersome. Aitch tee tee pee colon slash...

  • Website of the day: WorldWide Telescope

    Website of the day: WorldWide Telescope

    By 22 March 2013

    Yesterday, we looked to the heavens to wish the Voyager probes well on their continuing journey through and beyond our solar system, Tantalising to think about what they’ve seen on their way, isn’t it? So how about having a gander yourself? With Microsoft's...

  • Website of the day: Voyager

    Website of the day: Voyager

    By 21 March 2013

    Over the past couple of days, readers of a certain age, just like many of us here, could be forgiven for having been a bit misty-eyed and nostalgic. A bit philosophical, even. To be honest, we were a bit astonished. You see, something that many of us...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twisted Doodles

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twisted Doodles

    By 20 March 2013

    There are occasions in life when you really need a greetings card. Birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Christmas... The seemingly never-ending procession of festivals, feasts and frivolous special dates means that rarely a week goes by when you...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Laughing Squid

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Laughing Squid

    By 19 March 2013

    As we all know, the internet is a weird and wonderful place. Where else could something like the Harlem Shake come and go so quickly, involving millions of people? Where else could cats polarise opinion so violently? Where else could you find a map of...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Calm

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Calm

    By 18 March 2013

    How is your Monday so far? Everything going to plan? Didn’t oversleep? Trains all running okay? Managed to grab a decent breakfast? Well, good for you. But, we reckon you’re probably in the minority. Monday has got to be the most stressful day...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Importance of Being Trivial

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Importance of Being Trivial

    By 15 March 2013

    Trivia doesn't matter, does it? It's not the important stuff you need to know, or remember, is it? So, why does your brain retain it? Most of us spend our lives collecting random facts and astonishing stats that only every now and again somehow become...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Conjurer’s Kitchen

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Conjurer’s Kitchen

    By 14 March 2013

    Wow. What a way to grab some attention and drive traffic to your site (and yes, we know we're now guilty of falling for it too...) But babies' heads made of chocolate? Really? Yep. You read that right. They're babies' heads. Life-size. That you eat. Made...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fuss Free Flavours

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fuss Free Flavours

    By 13 March 2013

    Food blogs are as common as fast food takeaways, and, as a general rule, they’re about as appetising. So when a good one comes along, just like a decent takeaway, it’s worth sharing. fussfreeflavours.com is just such a blog. It’s very personal,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Indeed

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Indeed

    By 12 March 2013

    There is never a good time to be out of work. But right now, it must be absolutely soul-destroying to be looking for a job. Every news report fills your head with doom and gloom and the outlook is pretty bleak for most people. So finding yourself unemployed...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WTF, Evolution?

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: WTF, Evolution?

    By 11 March 2013

    If you could ask an abstract concept a few questions, what would you ask? Would you ask Space how big it really is? It would settle more than a few arguments, wouldn’t it? Would you ask Time why it always goes faster at weekends, slower when you’re...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Women's Room

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Women's Room

    By 8 March 2013

    Today is International Women’s Day, a day that is cause for both celebration and, unfortunately, concern. It celebrates the successes of women all over the world but it also highlights the concern that we are still living in a world where true equality...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Gizoogle

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Gizoogle

    By 7 March 2013

    It probably tells you everything you need to know about our merry little band that we have spent way too much time playing with gizoogle.net. The standing challenge across the team is to find something that can’t be vastly improved by being given the...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Random

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Random

    By 6 March 2013

    For most people, the occasions when you’re going to need a random number are few and far between. But, on those rare occasions, where would you go? Apparently, a random number, or a random anything for that matter, is actually quite difficult to generate....