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Last Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008, 15:36 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

PortableApps


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If you are like me, you will have loads of applications installed on your computer. I have got OpenOffice, Firefox and a few cute little games.

And you know, when I use someone else's computer or one in the Click office - it really annoys me that they do not all have my favourite apps installed on them.

Well I now have a brilliant way of taking them all with me.

It is called PortableApps and it is basically a suite of free programs which, instead of installing to your computer's hard drive, you install to a portable drive - maybe a USB key ring or other portable storage device.

Then whenever you plug your portable drive into a computer you can run your apps.

It appears as an extremely well presented menu that is accessed from your deskbar and as standard comes with portable versions of programs like OpenOffice and Firefox.

Clicking on one of these will install and run it from your portable drive - no need to install it on the computer itself.

What is also brilliant is that you can download loads more applications from the parent site - anything from games, to magnifying glasses, to photo editing software.

The lite version of the suite is 30MB, the standard version is a heftier 89.5MB - but even that should easily fit on a USB memory stick. And then you just keep adding and adding free software, and take it, and your documents wherever you like.


Le Gourmet TV

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Now, how do you fancy salmon barbecue with tropical salsa? Flemish stew? How about a vegan barbecue? That is a barbecue with no animal products; you do not actually barbecue a vegan ...

Meet Le Gourmet TV - a broadband TV channel that should add a recipe or two to your repertoire.

In my opinion this is what video on demand was made for. Click across the tabs on the right until you find a topic you are interested in and you can then watch a well-presented video on anything from finding the perfect steak to choosing the best knives.

And of course, there is the cooking itself. The presenters seem to know what they are talking about and the whole thing looks as if it has been filmed by amateur cameramen, but amateur cameramen who know what they are doing - a bit like Click, I suppose.

The top part of the site looks good - the menu animation is nice and smooth - you can see it has been designed in the age of Vista.

Underneath the main video and menu, there is a rather messy paragraph on each of the presenters, along with information about the broadband gourmet network - although at the moment this seems to be the only site.

Although the list of recipes is not enormous, it is growing every week. And I have to say I would have expected the recipe to be listed in text form alongside the video - as it is you have to click on a link which opens a second browser containing the recipe.

But all in all it is a polished site that could become quite successful if they can keep the videos coming.


BP carbon footprint calculator

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The issue of climate change has been growing for a number of years now and you will certainly find quite a bit about it online.

The current buzz phrase is "carbon footprint" - your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gasses you and your lifestyle produce in a year.

And if you have been wondering just exactly how much that is, you can work it out on the web.

There are many carbon footprint calculators around, and to be honest I think they are all far too simplistic to give you an accurate reading. I have certainly got many different results.

But being aware is one step and this calculator on the BP website has caught my eye.

It is a flash-based site with little pictures which illustrate your lifestyle as you enter details about it.

Your country, type of accommodation and the number living there are all important, so you enter them first.

Then as you continue to tell the calculator all about your home, your lifestyle, and how energy conscious you are, you can see the graphs at the top of the screen begin to grow.

I found myself almost not wanting to look as I entered my details.

But it was when I started detailing my travel for the past year that things really started to get embarrassing - you can see just how much CO2 the various methods of transport generate.

At the end of the process, you are given your carbon footprint - the number of tonnes of CO2 you generate in a year.

You are also told how you compare to your country's average.

Click "What you can do" and "Quiz" on the left of the site and you will find suggestions on ways you can cut down your CO2 emissions.

As I say, there is loads of carbon footprint info all over the web - read, digest, calculate and then of course it's up to you to decide what to do about it.




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