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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.
JavaScript Solar Eclipse Explorer ~ This JavaScript application runs seamlessly in your web browser, making it simple to calculate the circumstances of all the solar eclipses you could possibly witness, from any location you might like to consider and on any reasonable time frame you care to think about. It can’t predict the weather conditions yet, but they’re working on it…
KDE Education Project - KStars ~ KDE is a graphical environment initially for Linux workstations, but now increasingly for Windows and even Mac OS X. KStars is a free desktop planetarium that aims to be cross-platform and came to my rescue recently, when converting the equatorial coordinates used by astronomers into the ecliptic coordinates astrologers deploy…
LibreOffice ~ A while ago I recommended OpenOffice, as a free open-source alternative for those who need word processing software or a spreadsheet application for instance. Well, the new kid on the block these days is LibreOffice, springing from the same origins after complex business dealings, amid fears OpenOffice might not be free anymore.
Linux Is Free And Full Of Love ~ Many visitors to my site won’t understand this video. After all, you increasingly use Apple derivatives and haven’t totally embraced the flexibility of Windows yet, nor the learning curve implied. So consider Linux, one step further in the freedom and complexity stakes. It promotes idealistic principles, that in practice don’t always go entirely to plan.
LongURL ~ Of interest to nerdier visitors, here’s an excellent means of revealing the real URL behind the shortened and obfuscated links you’ll see on Twitter and Facebook. The trouble with these is you can’t be certain where they will take you, so it’s easy to end up on some dodgy or malicious website, you’d never have visited without this trick…
Lunar Phases Applet ~ This free Java applet features all over the Web. You can edit the parameters displayed yourself, and can have live lunar data on your own website with just one short line of HTML code. Not surprisingly, there seem to be a few versions of this applet around, but this one looks original and also credits the author, which is only fair.
McAfee Site Advisor ~ The twelve Astrologywizard.com zodiac screensavers are rather twilighted these days, they were designed in 2000 but still work with all Windows versions including Vista and 64-bit. If you ever need to check anything you’re downloading or see what it might do to your system, take a look here. It’s a great free service!