See your IM emoticons played out with I-Buddy

By Mark O’Neill You can probably file this under the “useless piece of crap” section (but no doubt some of you will probably like it).   You can now have an I-Buddy angel plugged into your USB port that acts out the emoticons when someone sends you a Windows Live Messenger IM. 3 inches tall and […]


Synchronize your IM chat history

By Mark O’Neill Since I spend approximately 14 hours a day online, I tend to use instant messaging a lot. I use all of the major services via the Pidgin interface as well as Skype and Google Talk. Which all work fine, but the one thing that really annoys me is having to find a […]

Is Second Life really a haven for terrorists?

By Mark O’Neill “Oooh…hello, my legs seem to be stuck together here. Can you help me out please buddy?” The name is Hultcrantz, Edmund Hultcrantz….at least I was last year when I tried Second Life for all of 30 minutes. Since then, I have heard lots of positive comments about the online virtual world. But […]

Improve your Wikipedia experience with Inline Article Viewer

By Mark O’Neill Despite my criticisms of Wikipedia in the past, I still generally find the site an invaluable source of information and as a result, I link to Wikipedia pages all the time.    But sometimes the problem can be that there are too many links to click on.   Some of the links are […]

Cataloguing your book fetish with Librarything

By Mark O’Neill If there’s one thing that geeks have a plentiful supply of, it’s books. We just revel in them, whether it is a software manual, a science-fiction novel or the latest comic book. But as with everything else you collect in life, there comes a point where it becomes virtually impossible to keep […]

Remotely control your PC using a Gmail account

By Mark O’Neill Now here’s an intriguing little program for all you Gmail aficionados out there. You can now send remote commands to your PC by emailing your Gmail account. Available commands include shutting down the PC, running a program and opening a webpage in your browser. Entitled Gmail Remote Control (GRC), it is a […]

How to resize any online comments box

By Mark O’Neill During one of my many stumbling expeditions, I came across a cool Firefox extension which allows you to resize most text boxes on a webpage. This is useful if you’re in the habit of commenting on a lot of blogs and the blog owner gives you an area the size of a […]

The Worst of

I’m not sure if I’m the only one bothered about this, but have you seen the publicity that has recently started to air on Acne treatment creams, Anti-Age products, Dating services, and other assorted, spam-like ads. This really leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. Usually, only sub-par, crappy sites that resort […]