Welcome back to week 2 of my picks from the Interwebs, and I would like to start off with an application which has really helped me recently and was suggested by @linkyboy321. It’s called F.lux and it changes the colour of your laptop screen based on the time of day, while this may seem useful it makes using a computer at night much easier and has allowed me to stop being so affected by the bright screen keeping me awake. The only slight hiccup is that the auto location doesn’t seem to work too well so your will need to set this manually other than this it’s a fantastic little app and will do wonders if you suffer from eye strain at night. (http://stereopsis.com/flux/)
Next comes much needed experimental revamp of the government website in the UK, alpha.gov.uk has completely changed the workings of the government website and certainly for the better. It is much easier to navigate around and has a much simpler and nicer layout and look to it. For anyone who as used the some of the websites the UK government has issued(direct.gov.uk anyone?) this is a very welcome change and I hope it is fully implemented soon.
Anyone that knows me will know that I love NYAN cat and if you haven’t visited it do so now(My best is 12624 seconds with no breaks see how long you can last). Now I thought NYAN cat could not get any better, but it did. NYANicorn take NYAN cat and throws in some Robot Unicorn Attack to make one incredibly addicted game(I tried to start this post at 6 I got distracted by various NYAN games). If you have 5 minutes to spare don’t play this game because before you know it half an hour is gone and your late for something however if you have more than 5 minutes enjoy.
Finally if you have an Android phone running 2.2+ and you use Google Chrome as your main browser then Texty app is a great new app and extension which allows you to be notified, read and reply to any texts your phone receives all in the Chrome browser and this works on both a Wi-Fi and 3G+ connection. The way it works is seamless and I haven’t had any problems yet unless my phone has no signal, the notification system works well and isn’t intrusive allowing you to choose to reply to the text or just close the notification. It’s also great for discretely replying to texts while in a meeting/lesson etc. The app hasn’t had a noticeable effect on the battery life or data use of my phone either. While this is still in beta it’s free to sign up for and will make your life so much easier. My phone isn’t even on the same floor as me and I received and replied to that text(and yes that is Dan from Geek Tech Blog)