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“Free” UK Speaking Clock

June 17th, 2007

Did you know that in the UK you can get the latest time by calling 123 from most landlines – you’ll be put through to a speaking clock known officially as “Timeline”, but unofficially in the UK as “Tim the talking clock” (historically it was on the number 846 – TIM). It’s been available since July 24 1936 and is meant to be accurate within five thousandths of a second and has been sponsored by Accurist Watches since 1986 (see BT press release for details). You can sometimes reach it directly via the number 8081 as well.

Anyway, that’s usually charged by BT at 30p per minute: which is quite expensive. But did you know you could call The Telecommunications Heritage Group on 0845 092 8081 to listen to the time (and that should be charged at “local” rates, or via TelephonesUK on 0871 789 3642 at national rate (10p per minute) or – if you actually have free 01 or 02 calls in your calling plan – you can actually hear the latest time for free via 01352 83 8081 (if you don’t have a calling plan, it’ll be normal 01 rates).

The non-BT options use the voice of Pat Simmons who provided the voice to the official version between 1963 and 1985.

Difference between East and West

May 27th, 2007

As a visitor to Japan, I know there are a number of cultural differences – but IPWalk has a picture comparing the differences between the home pages of one of the largest “Western” web hosting companies (1and1) and the largest Japanese web hosting provider – Lolipop: and the difference are astounding…. Take a look yourself.

Net: Code Snippets for web designers

May 17th, 2007

Another quick snippet for today as I’m quite busy – in fact take 25 code snippets for web designers (including Bubble Tool Tips, Box Overs, Ajax Star rating bar, CSS Star Rating Redux, Ajax Contact Form, an online form creation utility called Wufoo, Pretty Accessible Forms, Radio and Checkbox customisations, a text renderer thingy, revised image replacement, the obligatory CSS rounded corners, cool looking CSS Speech Bubbles, even more rounded corners, vertical bar graphs just using CSS and PHP (and another method), a hover light box, Lightbox JS, CSS Image Maps, CSS Image Pop-up, Sliding Doors CSS Navigation tabs, taming lists, a design experiement in the art of navigation, navigation matrix reloaded, light weight css tabs and accessible image tab roll overs.

Phew – so much for this being a snippet on its own!

Net: Top Ten Grammar Mistakes

May 16th, 2007

Scribed> has a list of 10 grammar mistakes whot can make you stupid look. 😉

They include: “I always loose lose the key”, “Download it’s its readme file” and “the laptop is overheating and its it’s making that funny noise again”, “managers are in they’re their weekly planning meeting” whilst “the techs have to hand in there their phones at the door and their they’re not happy about it”.

It also covers things like the difference between i.e. and e.g. (i.e., the difference being that i.e. stands for ‘that is’ and ‘e.g.’ is for example) and my personal bug-bearer where “this problem shouldn’t effect affect any users” (but it shouldn’t have any effect on them) .

Net: ….for $9 million dollars!

May 16th, 2007

Wowsers – it appears the domain name has just sold for a Dr.Evilish nine million dollars! And by sounds of things, the new owner considers it a longer-term project and will just keep it parked with a domain name monetisation company.

I know from experience a slightly adultish domain name can easily pull in $20 per day – so this very high typable domain name will certainly bring in the money quick.

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