Yes, it’s that time again. It’s time for another installment of “Stuff I Found On The Web”, the column where I show 5 things I found on the web recently. Maybe I saw it on another blog, maybe the link was sent to me or maybe I found it while using StumbleUpon. But it will be guaranteed to be interesting to me, so hopefully you will like it too.
It could be a piece of software, a website, a YouTube video…you never know. Just like the lottery, it will be totally random. Can you handle the excitement?
Did you have ten too many beers the other night and stagger outside to discover bright lights probing your front lawn? Then maybe you saw a UFO. If that’s the case, your first stop should be the National UFO Reporting Center. There, you can report a UFO using an online form or by calling the hotline (that must be a fun job taking down all those reports).
You can also read the other reports to see if there is a past history of any UFO’s in your area (according to the database, aliens seem to love California, while they totally shun Washington DC, Delaware, and Canada (notice how the aliens seem to be flocking to the beach, and avoiding the cold places – coincidence? Look out for three-headed aliens on surfboards.)
In the past, we here at MakeUseOf have covered the topic of live CD’s extensively. Justin wrote a manual on the subject for example, and we have also covered making a Windows Live CD, a GParted Live CD, and 4 good reasons why you should have an Ubuntu Live CD. However, Downloadable Computer Repair Disks has a list of other Live CD’s for download.
This includes anti-virus disks (also for USB sticks), recovery disks, security, data recovery, and much more. It is highly recommended that you have at least one anti-virus disk on standby, in case of a system crash. I vote for AVG, but some of you out there may be Avast fans or Kaspersky users.
This article by Buzzfeed highlights 14 books that should be read before the movie version comes out. And of course, top of my list is Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game”, the movie I have been waiting for, for years to be made. I really hope they don’t mess this one up. Come on guys, give it the Lord of the Rings treatment (he says, pleadingly).
If you are a regular visitor to Reddit, (just like Dave, who wrote our Reddit manual), then you will be very familiar with the alien which is Reddit’s mascot. But did you know his name was Snoo?
On this Reddit page, you will see some of the different variations of Snoo on the site, and if you want to design a Snoo for use in a sub-reddit, you can download the basic Snoo figure here. On that page, you will also see the exact colours you need to use, as well as the licensing requirements you need to follow to protect Reddit’s trademark.
This rather unique website lists a variety of movies (621 so far) and tells you for each one, whether or not a pet dies. This saves you from going into inconsolable shock, crying all the tissues away, and hugging your own dog so hard, he’s having trouble breathing. Now you can be forewarned, and choose your movies accordingly, to have a nice family-friendly movie evening without your child screaming “Mummy! Where did the doggy go?!”
That’s all for today. If you have any web links you would like included in this roundup, contact me at mark AT makeuseof.com or send me the link via Twitter.