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TVU networks

This could be useful for those wanting to find programmes in other languages (although many channels seem to be from India or China, there are plenty of English-language ones) and why not, maybe even some World Cup matches not shown in Spain …

A word of advice – you don’t have to download the player to watch online, but you will need Internet Explorer or Firefox for Windows, or Safari / Firefox for Mac.

About the TVU networks service

What is TVU?

TVU Networks offers a free global live TV service that you can watch on your Windows PC or Mac over a broadband Internet connection. This service is dedicated to bringing you TV that you can’t get from cable or satellite, such as news and sports from around the world.

How does TVU work?

TVU uses real-time packet replication, which is very much like P2P file sharing, except that the video is brought to you in real time. Every additional viewer watching a channel helps make the network stronger and helps improve the signal of all the other viewers watching the same channel.

Is TVU free?

Yes, TVU is 100% free. If anyone has sold you this service, we suggest you demand a refund.

Is TVU safe?

TVU is 100% safe. TVU doesn’t write any data to your hard disk, other than the TVUPlayer itself and a few necessary configuration files. This makes it almost impossible for virus, worms, and the like to spread via our service.

via TVU networks | FAQ.

Strange Random TV Quote:

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it. – Alfred Hitchcock

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Reputation Defender, boost privacy in Facebook!

Application to help online privacy in FacebookKeeping your personal details safe online is nothing new, but with the popularity of social networks in general and the questions about Facebook‘s privacy policy in particular, it is worth making  an extra effort to avoid losing them.

Privacy Defender is an application for Facebook that studies your level of privacy and gives you suggestions on how to improve it. All you have to do is choose a strength of protection and the programme does the rest.

The obvious question is: why would I trust a Facebook application to look after all my others? Well, if for some reason you don’t want to install another application, the site also has useful advice on Best Practices for Facebook Privacy Settings and the all-important How To Delete Your Facebook Account Permanently.

Strange Random Network Quote:

“If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?” – Robin Williams

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1,300 ways to say the same thing | Education | The Guardian

Speech Accent Archive“Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.”

You can hear these words recited 1,300 times at the online speech accent archive at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia – and every one is different.

via 1,300 ways to say the same thing | Education | The Guardian.

You can listen to people from a specific country or browse by native language, which may be more useful if you’re a language student. To give you an idea of the possibilities, compare the following native speakers (all links open in a new window):

Do you want to add to the archive? It’s as easy as recording a good quality file and sending it to them, although you will have to fill in a form and agreement first 😉

Get all the information you need here.

Strange Random Accent Quote:

I shouldn’t be saying this – high treason, really – but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren’t fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there. – Stephen Fry

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CeeVee, create & share a professional CV!

CeeVee - quick & painless résumé management

Most of us would agree that the internet has become the place to look for work, over more traditional methods. So it makes sense to have a good-looking CV that’s also accessible from anywhere you are.

This is where CeeVee comes in. They provide modern-looking templates and easy, online editing. When your masterpiece is done, you can choose to make it public or private, e-mail it, save it as a pdf file or add it to your Facebook or Twitter accounts. And, of course, it’s free.

If you need a CV in English, this is a great place to start, as the structure is all laid out for you – what CeeVee won’t do is create the actual content of your fascinating career for you 😉

Strange Random Career Quote:

A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B. – Fats Domino

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English snow idioms

Snowfall on trees, Germany.
Image via Wikipedia

Continuing with the snow theme, perhaps the most talked-about subject this week, here are some common idioms that we use in English concerning snow:

(to be) Snowed in: Trapped (somewhere) because of too much snow, most likely due to a recent snow storm.

e.g. The snow was so deep that we were snowed in for three days. Luckily we had enough food to last us a while.

(to be) Snowed under: Overworked; exceptionally busy.

e.g. Look, I’m really snowed under at the moment. Can this wait?

(to) snowball into something: Fig. [for something] to become larger or more serious by growing like a snowball being rolled.

e.g. This whole problem is snowballing into a crisis very rapidly.

(to / not to) have a snowball’s chance in hell: to have no chance at all of achieving something (usually + of + doing sth)

e.g. With those grades she doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting into college.

A snow bunny:

1. Someone learning to ski.

e.g. This little slope is for snow bunnies. They call it the ‘bunny hill’.

2. A young, attractive female at a skiing lodge.

e.g. Some cute little snow bunny came over and sat beside me.

a snowball effect: a situation in which something increases in size or importance at a faster and faster rate.

e.g. The more successful you become, the more publicity you get and that publicity generates sales. It’s a sort of snowball effect.

a snow job (American & Australian informal): an attempt to persuade or deceive someone by praising them or not telling the truth.

e.g. Danny’ll need to do a snow job on his Dad if he’s going to borrow the car again.

(to be) as pure as the driven snow: to be morally good.

e.g. How dare he criticize me for having an affair? He’s not exactly as pure as the driven snow himself!

[adapted from The Free Dictionary]

Strange Random Weather Quote:

Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella – Pepper Giardino

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Free Netbook Operating System, Jolicloud

Jolicloud OS

The Jolicloud Operating System for Netbooks

If you have a netbook (one of those mini-laptops, if you know what I mean), then it probably came with one flavour of Windows, whether XP or 7. And this is perfectly OK for most users, but you maybe didn’t know that there are other (free) alternatives out there, among them Google‘s Chrome OS (not the browser, but similar) and Jolicloud.

Jolicloud can be installed as the main operating system or alongside Windows without having to move any of your data. It includes applications focussed on on-line life, such as social networks, mail, blogging or messaging and lets you save your important information in the “cloud” or locally on your own machine.

The makers claim that Jolicloud is the most compatible netbook operating system around at the moment, with support for models of around 50 manufacturers, including Acer, HP, Toshiba, Asus and Samsung.

Most attractive of all, being a distribution of Linux, it’s free and maintained by passionate experts!

Choose from the express Windows installation and the image (iso.) file if you want a full installation or with other operating systems.

Strange Random Operating System Quote:
I had a fortune cookie the other day and it said:’Outlook not so good’. I said:’Sure, but Microsoft ships it anyway’. – unknown

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