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Elements & Ephemerides: Observable Comets ~ Continuing with the buzz comets are creating currently, the Minor Planet Center has an ephemeris for each of those presently observable, that you can download to a range of popular astronomy programs to see where they are yourself. There’s nothing specifically for astrologers yet, but somebody’s working on this, surely?
Facebook - Where’s The Dislike Button? ~ Following on from last week’s revelations, here is more from the Free Software Foundation on why Facebook’s user-tracking “Like” button is such a bad thing. Not convinced? Click over to the linked research paper from a doctoral candidate at Tilburg University (TILT) in the Netherlands, then come back and tell me about it…
Free Software Resources ~ Free software doesn’t necessarily mean software you won’t have to buy, although much of it fits this description. It means software you have the freedom to use, study, copy, alter, improve and distribute without contravening any licenses. This page is a selection of links to a range of hardware and software, judged to promote that cause.
Free Windows Software ~ In reality, Microsoft actually provides plenty of Windows software for free. Here is a comprehensive list from Blake Handler and though much of it is quite technical, the programs that deal with multiple time zones are of interest to astrologers, as are some of the tools for customising your desktop wallpaper and screensaver…
Go Dark For IE ~ Running a website is about pushing technical boundaries. Supporting old versions of Internet Explorer (IE) especially is a huge pain, so that people who don’t or won’t upgrade still have a reasonable browsing experience. I have a particular headache with IE6 and IE7, but this site will issue a wake-up call for anyone stuck below IE9…
Google Chrome ~ I don’t often recommend software not directly connected with astrology, but this browser saves so much time on sites in languages you don’t understand, I had to mention it. At the time of writing it will recognise and translate content from 52 different regions automatically. Naturally, it is also completely free to download…
Google News ~ RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It beams the latest news on the subject of your choice directly to your browser, every time you go online. But if you feel you would rather decide what to look at for yourself, you should try out this service from Google, already set for the search terms “astrology” and “space”…
IMCCE Ephemerides ~ The Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Éphémérides (IMCCE) links with the Paris Observatory, upholding a research focus and publishing ephemerides for the nation. You’ll thus get the most from this site with some French yourself, while a degree in astrophysics wouldn’t go amiss. The scope of the data is simply startling…
INOVE Virtual Environments ~ This is the second site I’ve recommended from Bratislava, capital of an up-and-coming Eastern European country called Slovakia. These guys have developed several interactive online models of the solar system running under the Flash Player. The stunning graphics of the Solar System Scope and SunAeon Solar System are two favourites…
Internet Addiction Test ~ Apparently this questionnaire measures mild, moderate and severe levels of Internet addiction. Questions include how often you lose sleep or neglect your household chores because you’re online and whether you check your email before doing anything else. Unfortunately there’s nothing mentioned about washing yourself. Yup…
Internet Explorer 6 Countdown ~ Say you aren’t a web designer and you’re not concerned with website administration in one way or another, you may not have realised what an anachronism this browser is and the amount of time it takes to ensure you still have a reasonable browsing experience, despite your computer having origins back in the Precambrian Period.
Internet Explorer 8 ~ The newest version of this dominant Web browser was released for download on March 19, 2009 from Microsoft’s base in Redmond at 12:00 EDT (09:00 PDT). In view of my comments on the success of Windows XP and the troubles of Vista, I’d say no matter your feelings about big business you still can’t ignore this update…
Is It Up? ~ Here is another site that will check whether any website is currently live or not, giving you more of a clue when you are having difficulties whether the issue lies with you, your computer, your router, ISP or none of the above. Rather more detail is offered that will help the end-user, to know how the site in question is performing presently.