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



The last thing you want when you hit the beach for a spot of surfing is a totally flat bay without a wave in sight.

This is basically a weather channel designed specifically for thrill-seeking surfers, providing a video forecast, text forecasts and a large section containing surf news feeds for locations all over the world.

If you are heading out to the US coastline, you can take a sneaky preview of the state of the waves using one of their webcam feeds.

I am not a surfer, but I actually found this section really interesting as I could sit watching the surfers in the comfort of my own home.

If you are a mad keen surfer and have your own website or blog, why not pop along to the site tools section, where you can set your own surf forecasting tool for a wide range of global destinations, then embed that into your own pages completely free of charge.


This downloadable application is distributed under the Creative Commons license. It compares to the likes of Photoshop, Paintshop Pro and The Gimp, which we featured here on Webscape a few weeks ago.

It is basically an image and photo editing suite for Windows PCs - sorry, no MAC version available. Once downloaded and installed you will notice it looks quite a lot like Photoshop, with the tools and colour swatch palette all laid out for easy access.

The basic version is quite light and possibly even a bit simpler to use than its paid-for peers. If you want to download the various plug-ins that are available, it can become an equivalent to Photoshop.

With Open Office, this completes my suite of totally free software for everyday use, which is very good news in these times of financial uncertainty.



Unlike some websites on the environment, I really like the forthright and down-to-earth articles on this site.

There is no over-dramatisation or scaremongering here, just opinion and thought about the issues facing the planet from a decidedly geeky position.

There are not many pictures, but the design is clear and attractive, meaning you can concentrate on what they are saying.

You can sign-up for the weekly updates or RSS feed, or just browse the contents by subject using the Tag Cloud section. If you want to help make a difference yourself, they are currently looking for writers. For more information, check out the details in the index "Write for EcoGeek".



Remember playing with gyroscopes when you were a kid? This is kind of the same. I say "kind of" because this has a lot more tools to paint with than just the gyroscope brush.

It is very simple to use. Just click on a brush type and then move the swirling bubbly cursor about the screen to make a picture you are happy with.

There is something very soothing about the fluid and organic way the brush cursor moves.

Once you are done you can wipe the canvas clear to start again, or save your work straight to the hard drive to use as a back drop or whatever you have in mind.

There is no registration necessary, which I love. It is just there to entertain you and allow you to express yourself without too much effort.

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