Saturday, 20 March 2010

The Weekly Links Post: No. 3

Now that I'm once again neither elsewhere nor internetless, it's high time the Weekly Links Post returned. So, without further ado: an entirely subjective selection of 15 links, roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below.

Highlights from Guardian Technology

Will 2010 be the year of Britain's first e-election? Spoof election posters, Mumsnet, online campaigning, and all the rest.

She of the wonderfully improbable name, Mercedes Bunz, takes a look at The New York Times' and CNN's successful yet contrasting technology strategies.

Why online anonymity is still important, despite comment trolls, flaming, and so much other online anonymosity.

Microsoft forced to point out 'other browsers are also available', Opera downloads increase.

Why an article dated 8 September 2003 is Guardian Tech's most read story of the past 24 hours I have no idea; still, I doubt I'm the only person who's never heard of Project Cybersyn, 1970s Chile's 'socialist internet'.

Books, Writing & Storytelling

For those in or around London, London Word Festival will be running various events daily until 1st April. is offering thousands of audiobooks to download, for no more than the price of (free) registration.

Presumably in preparation for the iPad, Apple's iPhone App Store now has more books available than games.

Social Media

William Shatner has launched his own social network, or something, (, alas, seems to have nothing whatever to do with Dennis Quaid).

Well, I suppose it had to happen eventually: LoKast, the first disposable social network.

Useful Apps & Downloads

The most popular URL shortening services listed and rated for uptime and speed. (No mention, though, of either of the shortest ones I've found, and

Games & Other Distractions

For all those bored office-bound gamers: games that look like work, courtesy of


Is it that time of year again? Time to download some free SXSW festival MP3s... and here's the easy way.


The government is apparently determined to push through its controversial Digital Economy Bill before the general election; for those with doubts about its content, has made e-mailing your local MP about as easy as it could possibly be.

137 years of Popular Science magazine, now fully searchable and browsable on Google Books. Even if you're not bothered about the science stuff, just going back and looking at the vintage ads is a joy in itself.

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