Thumbnailing your website

Taking a “web snapshot” of a website is sometimes quite useful to give an idea of what a given website looks like. There are a number of “thumbnail” solutions out there, including web API:s and web services. I found Thumbalizr and Bluga.net’s WebThumb to be quite easy to use for one-off snaps of a few sites I wanted to thumbnail.

Here are a few sites that can possibly aid you in creating “website snaps”:

I also found an article on Splitbrain.org that may be of interest; another article on the same topic is “15 Ways To Create Website Screenshots”. The second article also list a number of useful plugins for Firefox.

A refreshing take on Pong

It has to be said up front, Pong isn’t very exciting; regardless of how to angle it. It was the first video game I had, and it was a single unit dedicated to one-player or two-player pong. Since then, the game has been cloned, copied, and improved upon for a countless number of platforms. Mobile phones, java, flash, Windows, Linux, Mac.. you name it. They all have their own version of this game. Breakout owes its roots to Pong too.

Pong is hardly something a company would produce and release to a commercial platform like the Nintendo DS. The NDS has far more sophisticated games available for it, as well as a fairly functional “homebrew” market (although it’d be nice with many more releases). That said, PYIN-PYANG, the NDS homebrew by Christophe Andreani is an interesting variant of Pong. The big difference is movement backward and forward, and not just up and down.

You’ll need a product like the CycloDS Evolution to play the NDS version of PYIN-PYANG, since Nintendo doesn’t allow the use of homebrew NDS applications out of the box, but there’s a PC-emulator version available too.