Archive for Ian Hughes

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Worldometers

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Worldometers

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So yesterday, we talked about how the internet had made the world smaller. It’s a figure of speech, okay? We know it’s not actually getting smaller, as worldometers.info illustrates in quite staggeringly simple ways. This is the dashboard of the world,... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TunnelBear

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: TunnelBear

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There are many things that the internet can lay claim to. One is undoubtedly making this world much smaller, with the free flow of information and the breaking down of geographical and cultural barriers. Another is Justin Bieber, so it’s not all roses,... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HushHush

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HushHush

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The idea of the secret sale is no longer really such a secret at all. There are numerous sites you can sign up with to get access to the sales that other people just don’t get to see. Of course, there’s usually nothing stopping ordinary people from... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The People’s Operator

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The People’s Operator

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So, in case you missed it yesterday, our news team was present at the launch of a new era. Or so the team behind thepeoplesoperator.com would have us all believe. And on first inspection, it’s hard to see anything else. It’s a new mobile virtual network... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: On Trees

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: On Trees

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If you’re somebody who doesn’t really have to worry about budgeting or managing your finances, then ontrees.com will be of no interest to you at all. For the other 99.9 per cent of people, we reckon you should take a very special interest in this... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Your Grind

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Your Grind

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You might think we’d save a site all about coffee for a Monday morning, when we’re all likely to need a little booster to get ready for the week. We could do that. Or we could tell you about it now and give you a couple of days to take a look at yourgrind.com... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Windows 95 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks

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Dip your toe in the seemingly bottomless pool of web-based whimsy that is Tumblr, and you never know what you might find. Political activism, amateur philosophy, cutting-edge art and design – you name it, you can find it. We dip our toes, every now... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Greatest Share on Earth

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Greatest Share on Earth

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The season for giving might well be just a round the corner, but today is all about sharing. This year, 14 November is the day for the Greatest Share on Earth - a campaign to get the masses switched on to the benefits of sharing. We've featured sites... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MegaShopBot

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MegaShopBot

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After the frivolity of yesterday's one-trick pony (albeit a quite useful one) it's time to get back to something a bit more serious. Shopping. That'll do nicely, particularly as we hurtle headlong into the frenzy of the festive period and the annual orgy... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Price of a Stamp

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Price of a Stamp

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Too much information. That’s the trouble these days, isn’t it? We’re expected to absorb and retain more information now than ever before. So it’s not all that surprising that some bits fall by the wayside, no matter how simple they should be to... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Shortlist

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Shortlist

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Five years ago, if you’d stood in front of your bank manager and said: "I’m going to start a magazine. Can you lend me some money please?” they would have asked some fairly searching questions before they agreed. In 2007, print circulations were... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Jojos

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Jojos

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If you followed yesterday’s recommendation, you might well have a load of gorgeous wrapping fabrics headed your way. Now you’ll need some gorgeous things to wrap, right? Well one place to find a few contemporary and quirky objects of desire is lovelyjojos.com.... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wrag Wrap

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wrag Wrap

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As Christmas approaches thoughts turn towards some of those traditional decision we face. Where will I spend Christmas morning? What shall I buy Aunty Gladys this year? What shall I wear to the office party? Will I snog Brenda in accounts (again)? There’s... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Huffington Post US Elections

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Huffington Post US Elections

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To the outside world, the US Elections seem, for most of the time, like an unfathomable melodrama that puts many long-running soaps to shame. The entire process appears complicated, what with the collegiate system rendering only a handful of states any... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Work It Out

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Work It Out

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Did you know that the only two places on Earth where you can’t buy a Coke are North Korea and Cuba? Just think about that. You can visit practically any country in the world and pick up a bottle or can of ice-cold Coca-Cola. That’s just about one... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Typing Karaoke

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Typing Karaoke

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There are two kinds of typing. There is the two-finger, head down, shoulders hunched, tongue sticking slightly out in concentration method favoured by most people (especially in journalism). Then there is that other kind. The kind favoured by people who... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Look for Longer

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Look for Longer

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Before we start, we’re not obsessed with the London Underground, okay? It just so happens that two sites about it have come up in the same week. But if 150 Great Things was all about the Tube’s history, lookforlonger.com is more about its geography... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Built by Kids

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Built by Kids

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The clocks have gone back (boo!) but that means that Christmas is just around the corner (yay!). If you’re a parent that might be sending a slight shiver down your spine, as you know that you have to start getting ready. If you’ve got little ones... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 150 Great Things About The Underground

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 150 Great Things About The Underground

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Okay, so admittedly, this one isn't going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But, by the law of averages, a fair number of people reading this will have travelled on the London Underground. It is the world’s oldest, one of the busiest and definitely the... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stack Magazines

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stack Magazines

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There’s a phrase that’s been bouncing around in media circles for quite a few years. It gets trotted out every now and again, generally when the newspapers have some something naughty and got caught. That phrase is “print is dead”. But it’s... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mi Adidas

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mi Adidas

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Say the words “my Adidas” and people of a certain age will immediately start to bob their heads and do a little Run DMC stomp as they recall the heady days of Adidas shell-toes (no laces, obvs) and thumping Eighties hip-hop. Tweak the spelling slightly... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Reelizer

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Reelizer

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It’s a phase that most people go through. You get yourself a bit of independence and the first thing you do is go out and buy a big film poster to stick on your wall. It doesn’t matter if you’re still at home and doing it to annoy your parents or... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Pigeon

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Pigeon

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From yesterday’s American ingenuity and making the best of things on a budget, we come to cutting-edge design and decadence from one of the more beautiful corners of Britain. But thankfully, the decadence isn’t reflected in the prices at lovelypigeon.com,... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Apartment Therapy

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Apartment Therapy

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If you’re on the property ladder these days you’re doing well, and with the housing market across the globe in a slightly fragile state, many of us are happy to make do rather than take a step into the unknown. So if you’re into making the best... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Scarlet Mist

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Scarlet Mist

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This apparently long-standing, perennial favourite of live music fans was sent to me by a member of the team who was lamenting the fact that tickets to see Gary Barlow in concert had sold out in minutes. To save his blushes, I’ll not reveal his name... >>