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Electro-collarElectro-collarWhen it comes to peoples' get rich quick schemes, the web never fails to deliver some thoroughly...erm..."original" ideas. One of the more recent ones is allowing people to pay you for the privilege of viewing you electrocuting yourself.

The idea has a virtuous conscience motive behind it. "Shocktheman" aka Jason Mitchell got a dog a while ago and decided to control it with a remote electric shock collar. In case it's not obvious, the deal is that if your dog misbehaves you send them a varying amount of electro-shock via a collar permanently adhered to their neck. Lovely.

However, the man eventually discovered that it was somewhat more than mildly uncomfortable and now feels guilty. To absolve the pangs, as well as undergoing much shock-therapy-for-cash, he is donating 10% of the proceeds to Lansing's Animal Placement Bureau who try to find nice places to live for homeless dogs. The rest of the money goes towards his college fund.

Bush control

In the unenviable jobs of the 21st Century category, being George Bush's speechwriter is probably up there somewhere at the top of the pile. Now's your chance to try. Clicky through to bushSpeech and work your magic. In the scarily-insightful words of the creators: "make george w. bush say the things you always wanted him to say! you don't even need to be a multinational company!".

If doing (that and loading in other people's efforts) isn't quite doing it for you, get a more musical Bush-fix by hearing him sing the classic heartfelt song Sunday Bloody Sunday below.

How does the e-world feel today?

If you have plenty of time on your hands, go visit the rather too fascinating We Feel Fine. In a rather scary computers-will-take-over-the-world way, this site has been set up to check out how people are feeling on a mass scale and portray it in a most artistic, if slightly voyeuristic, way.

The art of blogging has never been more popular what with everyone and their dog owning their own web domain, and even if not there are numerous hugely-popular services like MySpace and Blogger. Every few minutes We Feel Fine sends its web bots to scan through new entries people have made to their online journals, in which many people publish their deepest thoughts and emotions, to search for phrases like "I feel".

Redirecting a webpage

Don't get too excited now Poor-viewers, but Steven Hargrove has written a particularly straightforward and easy to follow guide about how to permanently redirect webpages, for instance if you move them to a new domain address. Nope, not just the HTML meta tag redirect. Proper hardcore 301s.

Countdown to freedom

It seems that the Poorhouse isn't the only clock-watcher in the world. Upon searching for random nonsense, Countdown Clocks International were discovered. Unshockingly, from their name, they sell clocks that count down time to a specific point. A whole lot of identical clocks with different and somewhat tacky facades to be honest.

Most desirable is the retirement clock. It gently counts down the days, hours, minutes and even seconds til that part of your life when you get to start doing the things you actually want to do.

Full size Yahoo Photos

Yahoo Photos is not as trendy as Flickr and the rest of the vowel-dropping services, but it is nonetheless useful. The main advantages are that it is free and takes unlimited images of unlimited sizes. It's less for sharing your photos with the random world and more for constructing online albums for your family and friends.

One downside is that even though it accepts full resolution pictures, you can't see them. Useful, no? What you get is a much smaller screen-size photo of your mega-mega-pixel camera-taken beauty, even if you're the album owner. Pretty much all you can do is pay them money to print off a high-resolution copy for you. Or so it seemed.

Save money

Whilst, phenomenally, reading the Poorhouse is still free, sadly not everything in life is. There are any number of ways to save money via the Internet. Maybe this topic will be revisited, but for now...online supermarket shopping.

Supermarkets are generally pretty evil. So, if you succumb to their clean, shiny, bargain items, why not at least cut down the bit of money you hand over. The Internet is covered in money-off codes. For instance if you do your online shopping via Tescos, always be sure to surf the interweb for some free money that will not only make up for any delivery charge, but actually save you a few quid compared to if you went a-shopping via manual methods. Check this blog for plenty of codes. If it fails you, do some sensible Googling for other sites, forums and blogs just desperate to give you vouchers.

Good CSS tutorial

For any webmasters or webmistresses who want to learn the basics of CSS (selectors, positioning, formatting and so on) there is an excellent tutorial at MaxDesign. In particular, their Floatutorial is a particularly clear and useful document about how to use floats, clear and so on. Plenty of practical examples of common effects are to be seen. Assuming that your target visitors use CSS compliantish browsers that is.

Action replay your paint skills

The Poorhouse feels a tad traitorous to even discuss graphics packages other than the elite Microsoft Paint (a tool its creators describe as being useful for creating "simple or elaborate drawings" - perhaps around 50% accurate), but to be fair it does lack one key feature. No, we refer not to gradient fill, texturise, clone brush or even purple fringe correction. Rather, whilst we can see what a terrible artist you are, we only see the end result. We don't see the how and why of your personal artistic deficiencies.

FTP without FTP programs

Imagine the horror. You're out and about in the real world and suddenly you realise you forgot to make a directory on your ftp server. Panic subsides as you realise you live in the 35th century and hence just about everything is at your e-fingertips. You whip out your fancy-ass Internet-enabled mobile and then...get stuck. Not so many of the smaller devices come with built in ftp clients. Web yes, ftp no.

Have no fear. There are a few web ftp clients, where you can play with a remote FTP server to your heart's content through a web browser. Not least of these is Net2FTP. Plenty of features abound. You can visit all your files, upload, download, edit, zip, copy, move, search and all that sort of malarkey. It has skins to make it pleasing to your eye, including one deliberately designed for low-end browsers such as those found on mobiles, PDAs and so on.

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