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Joost – Wow!

March 4, 2007

Ugo Cei from was kind enough to share one of his invites to the closed beta of Joost

Not heard of Joost? Where have you been? 🙂

Joost is that latest project from Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Frii. Simply, Joost is TV over the web, but it is also so much more. The program is based on P2P technology, streaming video on demand to your PC.

For the full run down, take a look at the Wikipedia page here:

I feel incredibly lucky to have received an invite as they’re so difficult to get hold of. Within 5-10 minutes of me receiving the invite I’d registered with Joost, downloaded and installed the software and was watching my first program (a Fifth Gear episode)

Wow! – Now I’m not saying that it’s perfect, but how easy was that! You’ve got to remember that this is a beta, so the contents not all there now, but what is there demonstrates the developers vision perfectly. It’s quick and I experienced very little lag with it, even on my 1Mb ADSL broadband connection.

Joost I’ve got a hardware router and also run the Windows XP firewall – I didn’t need to configure anything to get Joost working, I like apps that run straight out of the box.

Now, not everyone’s as happy with it as me, so take read here for Robert Scoble’s experience:

Unfortunately I have been given any invites to give out for myself yet. You can register for beta invites at the Joost website

The only thing that’s really surprised me so far is that there’s no integration with Skype – there must be a lot of scope for that combination…


My petrol’s cheaper than yours!

May 18, 2006 allows users to search for the cheapest petrol in their area quickly and, if they choose, receive regular e-mail alerts so they will always be the first to know when the prices change.

They have petrol prices for over 10,000 stations and receive approximately 8,000 daily updates, By using to check the price of petrol across stations in your local area, you could make substantial savings on your motoring. Searching for petrol prices in your local area or across the UK is completely free of charge. Once signed up, you will have 20 petrol price searches to use each week, helping you cut your motoring costs. All major service stations are covered including BP, Shell and Texaco as well as smaller chains and hundreds of independent stations.

Charley Says…

May 15, 2006

Remember all of those public information films from your childhood?

Clunk Click with Jimmy Saville, Learn to Swim, the Green Cross Code Man or Charley Says?

Well now you can watch all of them for free on the National Archives Website, just click the link below to watch the public information videos from 1945 – 2066

The National Archives | Public Information Films – what’s hot on the web

May 8, 2006

PopURLS is a great site which brings together what's popular on the web. It describes itself as "The mother of aggregators capturing news from all major buzz and news sites."

It pulls together links from sites such as, and along side of media from, and

Links are updated every few minutes, so if you want to find out what's hot on the net, then take a look at

Welcome to the Scene

April 10, 2006

NYU student Brian Sandro has a secret: he and his friends pirate
hunderds of millions of dollars of illicit Hollywood movies in their
spare time. They are revered, reviled, hunted, and admired. No one
knows who they are –at least, not as far as they know.

Welcome to the scene – It’s good to be Sure…

April 2, 2006

I've just found a really useful website called .To sum up what it does, I'll quote directly from their site – "This is a simple help for you to identify any unknown files on your computer. While we still do not cover ALL of them, we might have some of the most requested ones here. You can enter a filename and see if this file is a dangerous trojan, malware, or simply a standard Windows file."

GMail Invites

April 2, 2006

If anyone would like an invite for GMail (Google Mail) then please let me know as I've currently got 100 to give out.