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Wednesday Evening (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-April-2007  20:48:25 (GMT +10) - by Rational

John sent me word of an Australian company (based in Brisbane) which is making some really interesting web 2.0 webapps. I am pleased to see some real innovation coming from some Aussies in a market so dominated by the yanks. I signed up and the interface is really nice and slick with an entirely web based UI with fully moveable windows and a set of applications including a Word processor, spreadsheet program, calculator and a file manager. It also has some neat tools to organize open windows. They have a press release for those interested here. Peepel is a unique approach to online applications, allowing multiple applications to run in the same window. Users can open as many applications as they wish in multiple resizable PeepelWindows within the one browser window. PeepelWindows are not pop-ups and can be resized, moved, stacked or cascaded. Peepel is in early stages at the moment, but keep an eye out for tight integration between all the applications. Peepel WebMaps are coming soon.

There is some interesting Nintendo DS news as Nintendo has broken 500,000 units sold in Australia. Also, Nintendo are partnering up with Telstra to offer Wifi connectivity at their hotspots. Good news Aussie DS gamers! Nintendo Australia, in conjunction with Telstra, today announced that Aussie players now have access to over 1,000 Telstra Wireless Hotspots to feed their DS Wi-Fi habit. Destinations available run the gamut from McDonald's restaurants and Starbucks cafes through to airports, hotels and city Hotzones (throughout Melbourne and Sydney).

HardcoreWare have posted their thoughts on the evolution of video games in the coming year. Nintendo has brought the latest evidence to the table that good graphics doesn’t necessarily make for compelling games. The Wii has taken the world by storm and is definitely the cool console to have right now. Whoever thought that swinging your arm around in the air could be so playable and fun? OK, I did, but I never thought that we’d be able to get to that stage because none of the gaming companies seemed to want to go in that direction (unless you were talking about 3rd-party add-ons).

Chris sent in this article about brain remapping with the aid of technology which could extend the range of our senses. For six weird weeks in the fall of 2004, Udo Wächter had an unerring sense of direction. Every morning after he got out of the shower, Wächter, a sysadmin at the University of Osnabrück in Germany, put on a wide beige belt lined with 13 vibrating pads — the same weight-and-gear modules that make a cell phone judder. On the outside of the belt were a power supply and a sensor that detected Earth's magnetic field. Whichever buzzer was pointing north would go off. Constantly.

You should all go and run Windows Update as Microsoft has patched an exploit out of their normal "second Tuesday of the month" cycle. Daryl is impressed with the speed of the patch as Microsoft has known about it "since December". MICROSOFT has released an emergency security patch to plug a hole in several versions of Windows - including Vista, which the software maker has touted as its most secure operating system ever. Microsoft was so worried about the hole - which allowed hackers to break into personal computers and install malicious software - that it pushed out the critical security fix a week ahead of a regularly scheduled update. The company told customers last Thursday about a vulnerability in ".ani" files, which are used to change the cursor into an hourglass while a program works, or into a dancing animal or other animation on specially designed websites. Security experts said the hole was actively being exploited by hackers to install keystroke-logging programs.

Ian sent in this about what could quite possibly be the largest game of Tetris ever played. A video of the gameplay can be found here.

Matt sent in todays timewaster which is Prison Throw where you need to catapult the prisoner as far as you can.

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