Month: August 2008

Webscape – August 21st 2008

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Webscape – August 21st 2008
Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web

Many modern mobile phones come internet-ready, so if you’re a website host it would be pretty smart to make sure you have a mobile friendly version of your site for maximum coverage. is an awesome site where you can create just such a place in a few simple steps.

On the opening page there are some examples of sites created with this software. Click on a thumbnail to open the web emulator which allows you to see how the site can be browsed when it goes live.

When you’re ready to create your site there are just four simple steps. Now you need to add your own content to the pages. It’s all really intuitive – just click and load, switching between the pages in the panel on the left. Remember, you’ll need to work from the bottom up to change the links, as you have to name the page you want to link to before it will appear in the options.

When you’re done it’s just click to publish. Register with the site and after activating your account you can finish the publish process and be delivered a URL where it is hosted. Easy.


Talking of content for your mobile, it can be hard to find specific web pages to browse on your handset. What is the point of an expensive internet-ready phone if you can’t find anything worth surfing? At Zabidoo you can load up your favourites for browsing on the go.

It couldn’t be easier to use the site. Plug your mobile phone number – remembering to include the country code – into the box provided, and then click to download. A message will be sent to your phone which asks you to download the application, complete with step-by-step instructions. On my phone this was downloaded to the Games directory, but it might be different for different handsets.

When you launch the app for the first time you’ll need to set up an account, then you can start surfing for mobile-specific content straight away. As well as offering a search box for direct terms, there are some nice pre-defined categories listed too. I like the site of the day for some random surfing experience.

Do remember, that while you are connected to Zabidoo and any of the sites it leads you to, there may be call charges from your mobile operator which will depend on your tariff.


This neat new movie site features blockbuster movies and a whole raft of classics and TV series – and is a 100% legal download site, with a natty little twist.

Here you can watch clips, or ‘blinks’, of the movies on offer and then choose to download them for purchase or rental at a cost. Aside from the rental and purchases, as a review and trailer destination only this website really delivers. The clips are nicely packaged and load pretty fast, with a synopsis and reviews displayed below.

There are over 1500 films on offer, and if you scroll to the bottom of the TV section there’s a spattering of free ad-funded TV for you to enjoy.

The natty twist is that if you see a clip in the Blink section that you like and want to recommend to other people, you can do so by simply clicking to share this blink and entering their email. If you are a paying customer you can make your own blinks from your favourite movies downloaded, and even personalise them with a message.

Now for the bad news – this site is only licensed for UK customers to buy and rent at the moment, but the site creators tell me they will be rolling out in Europe early next year, and have plans to take on the rest of the world in the future too. So watch this blink.

I found this site when I was stumped by a missing DLL message.

DLL stands for Dynamic Link Library, and is a file containing a library of executable functions or data required to run a program. But you don’t need to worry about that. Just note down the name of the missing file from the error message, plug it into the search box on this site – then download and follow the instructions for installation. Couldn’t be simpler really.

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