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21/01/10 – Rollz Plugged in – Tune of the Day….

January 21, 2010

Rollz Plugged  in – Tune of the Day….

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TOTD – 08/01/10 – Dubstep Friday

January 8, 2010

Adam F & Horx feat. Redman – Shut The Lights Off (Caspa & Trolley Snatcha remix)

Rusko – Bloc Mix 2009 [Part 2]

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The Ultimate List of Google Wave Robots

December 1, 2009

 

by Sebastian Anthony (RSS feed) Nov 30th 2009 at 3:00PM
This list has been a long time coming, and for that I apologise. But I think it will be worth the wait. In just the last month invites for Google Wave have opened right up with second and third generation testers getting invite codes of their own to distribute. Developers and users are now flooding into the new and exciting service. As a result, we’re seeing rapid and extensive development of both Robots and Gadgets. This article’s about Robots — if you want Gadgets, we got gadgets, but they will not be covered here. What I’ve done is compiled a list of useful robots that actually work and seem to be actively maintained. You can find lists of robots all over the place, but they’re full of useless and broken bots.

 

What are Robots in the world of Wave? They are very similar to what you might initially assume: they perform tasks and process data so that you don’t have to. Robots are capable of real-time translation, or bringing news and stock tickers into a specific wave. Robots are what make Google’s Wave truly powerful and extensible — they are what allow you to send and receive Twitter tweets and feeds directly into your Wave user interface. In theory, with robots, you could experience most of the Internet from within Google Wave. News, email, games, instant messengers… everything will feed into your Wave inbox.

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Prepare to be impressed by these robots… or if you believe in John Connor, Skynet and the eventual cyborg apocalypse, prepare to be afraid; very, very afraid.


NOTE:
For various technical reasons, robots can disappear or break without warning. At the time of writing, these robots work… but if you can’t get them to work, Google is probably doing some maintenance, or the robot’s developer is busy bug-testing. Google Wave is still very much in beta testing!

To use a robot, simply drop in its address as a new Wave participant.

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1. Multi Lingual Bot — multilingual-bot@appspot.com

Say there’s a hot girl, but she doesn’t speak English — or, wait, better example: you’ve picked up a new client that speaks patchy English and you need to communicate a design specification. Perhaps more importantly, maybe you don’t speak any languages other than English? Well not to worry! This bot translates each blip (a message in a wave) into a language that you specify. You type in English, they read your translation in a language of their choosing… and vice-versa!

How awesome is that?

2. CleanTXT — cleantxt@appspot.com

I tried to take a better screenshot of this robot, but it seems I just don’t know how to type like a proper ‘txt kiddie’. But even so, if you’re a ‘proper’ writer like me and hate, revile and wish ten kinds of hell upon those that write like deranged apes, this is a great robot to keep waves clean and readable.

In the above example, it capitalises ‘lol’, and replaces ‘r’ with ‘Are’ — the author says it’ll do a lot more. Give it a go and find out just how illiterate you can be before it stops assisting you.

3. Dice Bot — dice-bot@appspot.com

You’ve probably gathered from the Wave Gadgets article that I like dice-rollers. I think the first thing that Wave will replace is forums and email. Dice-rollers… forums… email… what’s the common thread here? Role-players of course! Unlike the dice-rolling gadget I showed you previously, this neat robot actually converts your dice rolls in-line with your blips.

4. Piratify — piratify@appspot.com

I thought long and hard about including the Talk Like A Pirate robot. I mean, is it really useful? Maybe, if you’re role-playing a pirate? Or perhaps you can use it once a year on September 19th, the official Pirate Day? I can’t really justify this robot’s inclusion in the list, so I’ll just say that it’s really quite fun. It’s always a pleasant surprise when you’re having a deep-and-meaningful with a female friend and suddenly you — or she — bursts out with a big all-caps ‘YAARRRRR!’

It’s a real ice-breaker.

5. Wikify — wikifier@appspot.com


I am using this screenshot to illustrate the potential issues of using more than one robot in a wave. For obvious reasons, when two robots try to manipulate your blip you can get some… interesting results.

Wikify simply replaces <wikify topic_name_here> with a link to the relevant Wikipedia entry. As you can see in the screenshot, ‘furries’ is correctly forwarded — and someone needs to make a Download Squad entry!

This is more of a ‘convenience’ robot, I think, but may be useful for the heated discussions that can occur in forum forays and rapid-fire emails. There are plenty of ‘search’ robots that can drag results from external sites into Wave, but they are too numerous to list here!

6. Treeify — treeify@appspot.com

I stumbled across this very neat robot a few weeks ago when looking for something to organise a bunch of waves. Google Wave in its basic form is completely flat — you can link between waves, but there’s no inherent structure. With Treeify you can form trees of data — hierarchical structures that let you easily create projects or knowledge bases.

Obviously, when you are potentially collaborating with hundreds of wavers, a well-defined structure that keeps data atomic and easily-findable is highly valuable. Treeify does just that.

7. Emoticony — emoticonbot@appspot.com

You know, I’ve only just realised you can’t spell ’emoticon’ without ’emo’? How about that. Personally I would never install a robot like this, but I can think of a lot of people that might. There aren’t a huge number of graphics available, but more than enough to get going with (a complete list can be found on the Emoticony wiki).

As for the quality of the smileys themselves, I’m sure they will improve as time goes on! As will support for the more obtuse anime smiley faces hopefully…

Also, looking at the screenshot, I wonder if there will be an option to disable the ‘and Emoticony’ text in every blip. Might get a little irritating after some time.

8. Embeddy — embeddy@appspot.com

Are you sick of the cutesy ‘-y’ naming convention yet?

This isn’t actually much of a robot, but more of a ‘helper’. You may have noticed, if you’ve seen the large Wave Tech Demo video that waves can be embedded into normal HTML webpages. Most of your non-email-like interaction with Wave will probably be out there on the Web!

This is how you turn a wave into a blog entry or a forum — simply by embedding a Wave onto a web page. You do need a Wave login to view and participate in each wave however… but judging by the number of invites going out, that’ll be real soon now!

9. Hangman bot — wavehangman@appspot.com

I made it all this way without including a game! There’s surprisingly slim pickings when it comes to actual, programmed games at the moment — perhaps because they’re all in development at the moment, awaiting Wave’s public release?

Hangman works just as you’d expect. I have no idea how big the dictionary is, or how long and esoteric the words can be, but it’s a great little time-waster nonetheless.

Also, note how the name is entirely un-cutesy. ‘Hangman bot’ — straight to the point.

10. Notify — wave-email-notifications@appspot.com


Here’s a good one to end off with! Notify simply sends you an email when someone updates a wave that you’re following. You’re probably thinking this is a bit backward, considering Wave is meant toreplace email. And you’re right, it is backward — but until Wave is connected to the outside world, it’s vital!

Right now, you can’t send anything in or out from Wave (without using robots!) Tabbing between Wave, Gmail and your other social networks is pretty irritating, especially if most of your friends still haven’t been invited! The Notify robot lets you close your Wave tab, which saves a lot of resources, let me assure you — Wave is heavy. Then just open it up every time an email arrives in your inbox telling you there’s been an update!

Obviously, Google Wave will ultimately replace email and every other communication channel on the Internet — but until then, this is a must-have robot.

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As always, if you have a ‘killer’ robot that the world should know about, leave a link to it in the comments!

 

 

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Youtube Video of the day…. 01/12/09

December 1, 2009

Attacca Pesante, Shea Soul – Make It Funky For Me (Rusko Remix)

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Avalaan Flagship Store

November 29, 2009
Bristol Flagship store

 

Avalaan have recently opened its first flagship store, and are delighted to be able to invite you all down to the ‘lifestyle hub’ where you can come and hang, check out all of the new ranges, scope all of the fresh artwork on exhibition, listen to some music, and generally be a nuisance by distracting all of the peeps in the shop. Its not like we have any work to do….

Avalaan stands for community and we want to hear what you have to say, and interact with the peeps that make the world go round. So come on down and say ‘hey’, and if want to throw down some ‘uber fandangled’ highfive then we will do our best to make sure you get the best highfive in return.

Check the shop blog to find out what is new, and what antics have been going down…

Here’s the address, see ya…

59 Gloucester Road, Bristol, UK BS7 8AD

Tel: 0044 (0) 1179 244 665

email: info@avalaan.com

Flagship Store

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http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/ispphorm/

March 20, 2008

Right, there is more and more happening with this bloody phorm thing!!  check the link and sign up to the petition if you want to protect your privacy… http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/ispphorm/

… but here is a summery…

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Gov advisors: Phorm is illegal

March 17, 2008

Leading net think tank shells embattled ad targeting firm


Nail down your security priorities. Ask the experts and your peers at The Register Security Debate, April 17, 2008</a>

The Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), a leading government advisory group on internet issues, has written to the Information Commissioner arguing that Phorm’s ad targeting system is illegal.

In an open letter posted to the think tank’s website today, the group echoes concerns voiced by London School of Economics professor Peter Sommer that Phorm’s planned partnerships with BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse are illegal und the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

The letter, signed by FIPR’s top lawyer Nicholas Bohm, states: “The explicit consent of a properly-informed user is necessary but not sufficient to make interception lawful.

“The consent of those who host the web pages visited by a user is also required, since they communicate their pages to the user, as is the consent of those who send email to the user, since those who host web-based email services have no authority to consent to interception on their users’ behalf.”

Phorm claims that all sensitve data will not be profiled, but FIPR argues its “restricted sites” blacklist system will be ineffective because of the vast array of webmail and social networking sites web users now visit.

Bohm uses the letter to urge the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, to ignore the conclusions of the Home Office, which advised BT and the other ISPs that Phorm’s technology is legal. Thomas’ office first said it planned to look into Phorm on 29 February. It told El Reg it only learned of the ISP’s data pimping plans two days before they were publicly announced on 14 February.

Earlier today web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he would personally not want his traffic to be profiled by Phorm, and called on BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse to make the “service” opt-in only. ®