iSparx Beta 3. iSparx is the extension for your daily work tasks to share information of the Mac OS X Addressbook with others in your network. I haven’t tried it yet… but if it works, it looks very cool. Uses Rendezvous too. [Mac OS X Apps]
Ludicrously useful, and hopefully one day to be expanded to the UK. Amazon has a service in beta that recommends restaurants. Now the 3G phone people will be salivating over how they can tie location awareness into this…
Future Perfect. FutureAus is a green network site that pulls together a lot of useful resources for environmental and anti-capitalist campaigners. Especially useful if you’re in Australia, but useful when you’re not. [Ted Ritzer: GreenTech]
On being increasingly unimpressed by Technorati…. I’m with Tom on this one. I just don’t see the point in Technorati. What exactly does it do that lots of other tools don’t? Am I missing the point completely? [plasticbag.org]
RadioExpress is a nicely written bookmarklet that performs the same function for Radio that the BlogThis bookmarklet does for Blogger. However, most of the links to it are broken, as Mike Krus (its author) moved from Radio to Movable Type. For anyone who needs it, it now lives here.
Argh! Nigel Slater is on UK Food cooking the perfect chip. Which means I have to go now and get myself a cholestrol-laden, evil chip buttie.
Digital records ‘obscure the past’. BBC News has an excellent story on the problems of digital archiving. Well worth reading, as it raises some fundamental questions. On the surface, digitization would seem to imply that data has more longevity – for example, an ASCII version of a book will be copied in so many places that it has a much better chance of surviving.
However, the problem is that ASCII is about the only lingua franca of computers, and it’s a poor, low-bandwidth way of storing information. Richer formats have a habit of either being proprietary (PDF), which might give them a more limited life than open ones. And don’t even start thinking about the problems of physical media…[BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]
PC Mag: Damning the iBook with Faint Praise. Insanely Great has a critique of PC Mag’s review of the low-end iBook. Although often these kind of pieces are actually pretty stupid (concentrating on how the review just doesn’t understand the Mac), here Remy Davidson does an excellent job of taking what is a pretty poor review apart, piece by factual piece. [Insanely Great Mac]