A bit too often

Friday, December 5, 2008 at 4:35 | Posted in internet, Web tools, WordPress | 4 Comments

I guess the new WordPress dashboard is not too bad and I am eventually going to get used to it. Once I do, I may even think it is better than the old one which it replaced an hour and a half ago. I was just getting used to that one.

This is where the problem is. It takes time to get used to a new interface.The older you are the longer it is going to take.

While I appriciate the efforts of the WordPress team to create a better user interface, I have a modest request. Could we please stick to this one for a bit longer period? So that it would not be changed against another new dashboard as soon as I get used to using it.

I accidentally started to type this post to another blog of mine which it was not meant for. I thought I had navigated to this blog but I had not. Navigating between blogs seemed to be easier in the old dashboard.

Making faces

Friday, October 10, 2008 at 18:22 | Posted in gadgets, internet, Web tools | Leave a comment

I detected this on line photo editor (thanks, Elviina) and I just had to try it with my own face. Would be nice if I could do that in live mode.

Mona Larko

Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 14:31 | Posted in gadgets, Web tools | Leave a comment


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Translating server error

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 22:37 | Posted in China, languages, Web tools | Leave a comment

As this example from the Olympic Beijing illustrates, it may be a good idea to check out the output of a web based translating service before you rely your business on it. ūüôā

Grabbed at Adfree.com and Dear Jane Sample

My Europe

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 17:11 | Posted in Web tools | 3 Comments

Here is a tool for mapping the European countries visited so far. It makes 22 countries or 43 % of the countries. I have to admit, though, that some of those, such as Slovenia and Croatia, were not independent when I was there but I have been in their present territory. Likewise, there is at least one country (East Germany) which I visited when it was a country but is not now. The colored territory is hugely misleading: One single visit to St. Petersburg paints all of Russia (including the enclave of Kaliningrad) red.

via Barbara

create your personalized map of europe

vozMe converts text to mp3

Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 16:58 | Posted in gadgets, Web tools | Leave a comment

Kristjan in Tallinn pointed me to vozMe.com which is a tool for converting plain text into mp3 format. The supported languages are Spanish, Italian and English.

At least the English sounds pretty decent considering it is spoken by a robot. But do not take my word for it: click here and listen yourself.

Dumped at museum

Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 23:43 | Posted in Not serious, Web tools | 3 Comments

So I am no longer good for anything else than being hung up on a museum wall. If you want to join me, you will find the tool for it here.

via Maalainen

National Geographic’s beer extra

Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 20:31 | Posted in gadgets, Not serious, odd, Personal, Web tools | 2 Comments

So I made the cover of National Geographic.

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A WordPress tag bug

Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 13:23 | Posted in Web tools, WordPress | 4 Comments
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There seems to be a bug in WordPress tags involving tags beginning or ending with the “S” sign. If I try to tag a post with “christmas” it displays as “christma” and the tag “singapore” displays as “ingapore”. The “S” at the beginnig or end of the tag just disappears while an “S” in the middle shows.

Not a big deal but somewhat annoying.

Edit: The bug seems to be selective. I tried to tag this post with “bugs” and “tags”. Only one of the finishing “S” signs was eaten up.

Hypocritical rating

Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 23:46 | Posted in Blogosphere, gadgets, Web tools | Leave a comment

online dating

Baltimore Dating

I found this so called rating tool in Kristjan’s post.

What can I say about the outcome? I do not target my blog to children. I assume that readers are adult although I rarely or never specifically post what could be regarded as adult material. That said, I use liberal language whenever I feel like it. I can write “fuck” if it happens to fit the context of my post.

What makes this rating interesting is the motivation provided. The robot scanned the word “rape” on three occasions, “hell” on two and “punch” on one occasion. So they flag me without checking the context where those words appear. And I do not happen to regard those words as such that their appearance in a blog would require parental guidance.

My conclusion is that the rating is based on hypocrisy. Cultural differences may also play a part. I acknowledge that many words and expressions can be heard in radio and TV here that would be beeped away in most English speaking countries.

TypeKey works

Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 14:25 | Posted in Blogosphere, internet, Web tools | Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that my brand new TypeKey account failed to identify me as I was trying to enter a comment. Whatever it was, it must be fixed now because I managed to enter a comment using TypeKey identification. Fine, I’ll use the account for the purpose I created it where ever it may be necessary.

This blog’s reading level: high school

Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 0:04 | Posted in languages, Web tools | Leave a comment
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I found a link to this automatic testing tool at Jaanus. It instantly analyzes the level of education needed to understand the language of a blog.

I am happy to land at the high school level (I take it that this means the American high school). Since most of what I write is not intended to or even suitable for children, it is more than likely that most of my regular readers are above high school level.

cash advance

A googling party alien

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 17:01 | Posted in Communities and cool stuff, web 2.0., Web tools | Leave a comment

During my few weeks in Facebook I have received three nominations for a superlative. My own sister nominated me as most likely to be an alien. Maybe so but I just wonder what that would make her.

Mick granted me with an assumption that I would be most likely to party like a rock star. He may know something about it because we have been seen to party together on a couple of occasions but if you take a look at his profile and then mine (provided that you have a Facebook account) you may judge for yourself which one of us looks more like a rock star.

Last but not least, Indrek says I am most likely to google everything. I do a lot of googling, granted, but everything? Like my bookmarks or the contents of my feed reader?

Being a googling party alien is not so bad. Some people have called me worse than that and I did not mind. But that is another story.

TypeKey does not work

Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 6:57 | Posted in Blogosphere, internet, Web tools | 9 Comments

Does TypeKey identification have a bug or am I doing something wrong?

Jaanus changed his comment policy for understandable reasons: all of us bloggers are familiar with the ever increasing amount of spam comments and not always do we have time to install appropriate tools to cope with the problem. So Jaanus took the temporary step of allowing comments by signed in Type Key users only.

This inspired me to get myself a TypeKey account, something which I have been considering to do for a while but did never bother because there was no immediate reason to do so. So I created the account, confirmed my e-mail address and even updated my profile. I then went back to Jaanus to test my brand new TypeKey account.

As this screen shot of my second attempt to post a comment shows I was sigend in when writing the comment. But that does not seem to count. This is the error message I received on both attempts:

So either there is a bug in TypeKey or I am failing to see something obvious. Not a big deal per se but when you take the trouble of creating an account you would sort of expect that it worked for the purpose you created it.

Do you know your IP?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 7:56 | Posted in funny, internet, Web tools | Leave a comment

Do you know your IP? Want to check it out? You can do it by clicking here.

Just be advised that the IP will be presented to you in an unusual manner if your loudspeaker is on.

via 3-Bein Peter

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