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Slashdot runs serious story on April fools day

Ha ha April Fools! As if /. would run anything but non-stop shit April fools jokes the whole day. Okay so it’s a slight exaggeration but I swear the jokes get worse every year…

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GripShift online leaderboards

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on online high score tables for our PS3 game GripShift. We’ve now made these live on the official GripShift website. Building our own leaderboard site means we’ve been able to provide GripShift players with information that is not available in game, like overall player rank. So know we can tell who is the best GripShift player in the world! Incidentally it’s a guy called GG2U who bought and completed the game the first week it was out, he’s got some youtube videos of him pulling off some insane moves. Now the leaderboards are available online though others are seeking to end GG2U’s reign at the top.

In other GripShift news the boffins in the marketing department have uploaded a new trailer to youtube just in time for the European launch. HD trailer downloads are coming soon.

WordPress 2.0

I just upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.0 and I have to say it is totally sweet. The admin interface has been revamped. No more html knowledge is required to make a post, it’s wysiwyg posting all the way.

Firefox 1.5 out now!!!

The latest version of my favourite web browser has been released.

If you already use Firefox then probably the biggest win in my books is the new update system. You no longer need to download install a new version of Firefox everytime a bugfix/security release is made. If you are still using Internet Explorer, I think the Firefox site gives some compelling reasons to switch.

Audioscrobbler

I stumbled upon yet another cool website recently. In my never ending quest for new aural stimulation Audioscrobbler is a great source of musical recommendations.

The description from their website somes it up nicely:

Audioscrobbler builds a profile of your musical taste using a plugin for your media player (Winamp, iTunes, XMMS etc..). Plugins send the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler server, which updates your musical profile with the new song. Every person with a plugin has their own page on this site which shows their listening statistics. The system automatically matches you to people with a similar music taste, and generates personalised recommendations.

I’ve been using the plugin for iTunes on Windows. It works fairly well except it doesn’t pick up what I’ve been listening to on my iPod Shuffle. Once you have the plugin installed it’s all pretty transparent, you just listen to music and when you want a recommendation visit your AudioScrobbler home page.

Austria != Australia

I’ve always heard the rumours that many Americans have bad geography. Today I found some hard evidence! I sumbled upon a site that does creates visual trace routes from your IP address a choice of international networks. I chose the Australian network Optus as I wanted to see if me route went direct to Oz or took some round-about route via the US. Imagine my suprise when my route didn’t even go to Australia at all but instead went straight to the centre of Europe!

Where is Australia again?

They did get the country name correct on the map but still, they seem a bit confused. Let me see where the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is hosted. Look at that, Austria again. Those Austrians are doing a roaring trade in hosting Australian websites aren’t they!

Rediscover the web

I’ve been a long time Mozilla Firefox user. So far, I haven’t tended to pimp my prefered browser, at least not on my blog. I’ve never been a fan of sites that say “Best viewed with X browser”, even though my site does look better in Firefox and other standards based browsers than it does in Internet Explorer because I’m using CSS that IE does not yet support. However recently a few things I’ve discovered have made me change my mind, I’ve decided to become an online Firefox pusher.

Me and a few million other people have know for a long time that Firefox is simply a better browsing experience that the dominant Internet Explorer. But the thing that makes me want to get on my soapbox and shout about it is this:

stumbleupon toolbar

StumbleUpon is a free extension for Firefox that helps you locate, or rather stumble upon, content-rich sites that are relevant to your interests. Once installed you get a StumbleUpon toolbar in Firefox, you can rate a site as “I like it!” or “Not-for-me”, clicking the “Stumble!” button will forward you to a new site based on the recommendations of other Stumbers with similar tastes to your own.

Using StumbleUpon has really taken me back to when I first started web surfing in 1996, when I used to keep browsing through random sites wondering if I’d ever manage to see them all. StumbleUpon has given the web new life for me. Now I just keep on stumbling to see what I’ll find next.

That reason is I’ve decided to go with the “Rediscover the web” Firefox button on my site.

Get Firefox!

Note: As it turns out, StumbleUpon is also available for IE. There are a tonne of other reasons to choose Firefox though…