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Google Video

Google Video screenshot

Engadget has recently reported that Google now offers a service they call Google Video.

They are indexing the closed captioning data of some TV shows in the US and grab some screenshots from each show.

This is different from the video search services of e.g. Yahoo or Altavista, as it doesn't index files available from the web, but TV shows (which are mostly not available for download, yet).

I'm looking forward to further improvements of this technology...

akregator, an RSS reader for the desktop

akregator screenshot

I recently found a nifty RSS reader for the desktop, called akregator.

akregator is a KDE application which allows you to collect and read RSS/RDF/Atom feeds from news-sites, blogs, whatever. I tried some other RSS readers, but akregator seems to meet my needs best. It's especially quite fast, even with lots of feeds (I currently have more than 100 feeds on my list).

akregator has been named KDE App of The Month in January 2005.

Unmaintained Free Software Wiki

Today I have moved my site Unmaintained Free Software to another server, again. The URL didn't change, so no need to update your bookmarks or anything.
In the next few days or weeks, I'll be migrating the whole content of the database to the new Unmaintained Free Software Wiki, which is in beta stage right now, but you can already play with it and add/change stuff.

As soon as the content is migrated, I'll remove the old site and the wiki will become the authoritative source.

I hope that moving to a wiki will, on the one hand, foster collaboration and encourage people to contribute, and - on the other hand - simplify and speed up the management of the site itself.

All content will be licensed unter the terms of the GNU FDL.

So, if you know of any unmaintained project or want to take over maintenance of a currently unmaintained project, go ahead.

Feed your cats remotely using Linux and Python

Crazy Hacks Logo

There's a cool article by Chris McAvoy in the January issue of the Linux Journal titled "How I Feed My Cats with Linux".
He's using an inexpensive controller, a serial port and a small Python program to feed his cats from the web.
There's also a post about the project on the weblog of the author.

Ok, now this definately qualifies as a hack, so I'm off to Crazy Hacks to add the project ;-)

New feature: Hitmap

As you might have noticed there's a new block called Hitmap on the right-hand side of this site. It's a daily-updated map of the world with red spots on it, which represent the location the visitors of my site come from (the bigger the spots, the more visitors from that place).

You can click on the image to get a more detailed view of the map, as well as views of every single continent.

This fine service is provided by the Knowledge Media Institute (KMI) of the Open University in the UK.

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