Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Roman Timber

Evening Star:
"Table made from 2,000 year old wood
October 24, 2004 01:15

SOME people might think this table looks heavenly - and they would have plenty of reason for thinking so.

For the oak from which it is built was growing near the Thames when Jesus walked the Earth.

Made from Roman oak more than 2,000 years old, this table is believed to be one of the country's most prized pieces of furniture.

In a cabinet-makers workshop in Back Hamlet, Ipswich, master craftsmen have spent weeks toiling over one of the town's best-kept secrets.

Using oak which the owner claims was cut from a tree which seeded in 150BC, and was felled in 63AD, the cabinet makers are creating a dining table which most people could only dream of."

Francis Grew, curator of Archaeology, Early Department at Museum of London, said: "Archaeologists commonly uncover Roman timber in central London, preserved in waterlogged conditions."

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Dream Machine

Fool.com: Google Ogles Your Hard Drive Now all archaeologists can have a "dream machine" PC on which files and emails just do not get lost or misplaced?
By Rich Duprey
October 18, 2004

The company that revolutionized the search of the Internet has now
revolutionized searching your hard drive. Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) new Desktop Search utility is an incredibly powerful program that will keep
track of that morass of documents,
emails, instant messages, and web
pages currently residing in your computer.

Sunday, October 17, 2004


BLOG-EFL: Blogging with ERASMUS students

Graham reports good blog ideas here re networking.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Review: Rome Total War

TotalVideoGames.com Rome: Total War Review: Rome: Total War: "As you continue to delve deeper and deeper into the game, you get to spread over the whole of Europe and North Africa and face Carthage and the Celtic tribes of Britain. When you defeat them, the option to play as the leader of their armies is unlocked. Will the Iceni led by a present-day Boudicca defeat the might of Rome, and free Britannia?"

Monday, October 11, 2004


Zyweb has just published a "quickguide" article on this currrently hot topic: Accessibility of websites. [did you see the recent court action between Odeon Cinemas and a dissatisfied user of their site?]
This - > W3C link takes you to the full autoritative statement. Most ARA pages pass the W3C criteria but we do need to attend to the alt tags of images.

Google books

Google adds books to its epic search story - vnunet.com:

"We're trying to make . . books searchable and available
online, director of product management Susan Wojcicki told the Telegraph
newspaper. Google has no intentions of becoming a book retailer, Google Print
allows users to search books [whole text] by key words. Each publisher that joins the scheme will choose how much of its texts are available online to searchers.
Publishers will send their texts to Google for scanning and indexing. Oxford
University Press recently told IWR that it has been sending texts to Google for
digitisation at no cost to the publisher. 'Publishers will be able to attract
new readers and increase book sales,' Wojcicki told the Guardian." [cont.]

This will be useful for verifying references , even when we can't
remember the original title, or exact spelling of an author's name.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Email Over and Out

RSS Marketing, Blog Marketing, Free Traffic Tips :

"People go online to do basically 2 things. To read email or search for specific
information. However, they are getting fed up with both of those activities. We
are all tired of SPAM. That means that it gets more and more difficult to get
people to sign up to free newsletters
or e-courses. What does this mean to you?
It means Spam filters block legitimate emails.

It means that your prospects do NOT get your newsletter although they signed up for it. It means less and less sign ups to your newsletter, e-course or whatever. It means less sales.

And it is getting worse by the day. Soon very few will sign up for anything and if
they do sign up, odds are very soon less than 40% will get your messages due to
Spam filters."

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Anti-spam System

BBC NEWS Technology Net giants adopt anti-spam system

Anyone familiar with the ARA web pages will know that, in 2003, we had to change our Contact Us strategy regarding "old-fashioned" email degradation trend. Our method, for which we thank several gurus at Southampton University, has been 100 per cent effective since then.

Gmail Adds feeds

Gmail Adds web feeds -

Gmail has added Atom web feeds, a format that's akin to RSS. The feeds include a
summary of each new message in your Google email. In addition, the service
rolled out a more robust contact interface that nicely lists all your contacts
the related messages that live in your archive as well as the ability to forward
your messages to any other email account.

Gmail could enhance ARA "networking" for Trustees, Members, and Helpers. Google has awarded us some invitations to Gmail (free) and applications are invited via the "comments" function below. Please make your case for wanting Gmail and sign off with your present email address.

Saturday, October 02, 2004


Catalhoyuk: Introduction

An original presentation of an important archaeological site (pre-Roman) . . not quite the style for the ARA ? but a fascinating website . . by the Science Museum of Minnesota.