April 1, 2011 7:01 PM
Posted by John Morrish
April 1, 2011 6:20 PM

Movable Type rides again

After a bit of messing about, I've got Movable Type to work again. Now I can add some updated information to my What's New pages. 

Posted by John Morrish
December 9, 2010 2:47 PM

Google Realtime

If you want to search for things as they are actually happening you need realtime search, most obviously exemplified by Google Realtime. It's quite intriguing to put your search terms in the box and watch as the page updates itself every couple of seconds with new results, primarily from Twitter. Google Realtime is not the only way to do this, however. Collecta does a similar thing, but lets you choose from blogs, blog comments, photos and videos as well as Twitter, Facebook and Buzz. 

Posted by John Morrish
November 4, 2010 5:10 PM

Online newspapers of the world

Onlinenewspapers.com is the most comprehensive collection of links to online news sources that I have seen. It's not without its quirks, though. Bizarrely, it lists Scotland and Wales under Northern Europe, while England appears under Western Europe. 

Posted by John Morrish
October 4, 2010 4:53 PM

Common Errors in English Usage

Paul Brian, Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University, has created a useful site listing common grammatical and usage mistakes. It deals with American usage primarily, of course, but he has been careful to note where British English practice differs (and, indeed, where it is preferable). I note that he takes a hard line on "could care less" and "couple" rather than "couple of", two common Americanisms that set my teeth on edge. Good fun for pedants everywhere. 

Posted by John Morrish
December 17, 2009 8:52 AM


Google has updated its translation tool so that it translates as you key in your text. It also does clever stuff with non-Roman alphabet languages. You can type in a word phonetically in, say, Arabic and it will give you the proper Arabic script at the same time as it translates it. Clever stuff. 

Posted by John Morrish
January 29, 2009 1:58 PM

Find Any Film

Here's a useful way of tracking down a film you may need to watch. The UK Film Council has launched Find Any Film, a search engine for movies that lets you discover whether the film is showing anywhere, whether it is available on DVD, or even whether it can be downloaded. I discovered, for instance, that Don't Look Now is available on DVD, that Citizen Kane is on next month in Newark on Trent, that no Truffaut films are available in any medium, and, bizarrely, that Genevieve is available to download. 

Posted by John Morrish
December 24, 2008 2:23 PM

Magazine launches down

A survey in America has shown that magazine launches were down 13 per cent in 2008 compared with the previous year. The survey, by Crain's New York Business report, noted that 335 new magazines were launched, but that they tended to be small niche titles. Fear of the Internet is as much to blame as the economic downturn, but there is still more advertising money in print publishing than the online variety. 

Posted by John Morrish
August 28, 2008 9:34 AM

News search engine

Take a look at newsflashr.

It's a news search engine that gives you headline searches of news sites, blogs, and forums like Digg. Worth a look. 

Posted by John Morrish
July 3, 2008 10:39 AM

If you want to know the time… 

… take a look at The World Time Engine.

It lets you search for local times around the world by place name. You can also look up several places at once, which is useful if you are trying to set up some kind of international conference call and you want a time that is manageable for all participants. 

Posted by John Morrish