This week in weirdness (29/01/10)

The iPad may have dominated this week’s news, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been other things afoot in the world of tech. Not all of them normal

The ‘app baby’

Glaswegian Lena Bryce was on the brink of despair after failing to get pregnant after four years of trying. While pondering IVF or adoption, she stumbled across the Free Menstrual Calendar app for her iPhone. Two months later, her duff was upped, gifting the Sun’s subs the headline: First ‘app baby’ is the Apple of our i. See what they did there?

[via The Sun]

Windows 3.1

Minesweeper’s just not as much fun in Windows 7. That’s why you need a brower-based Windows 3.1 emulator. You don’t even need an old 386 to run it, just Firefox or Internet Explorer (no Netscape, sadly). It even runs on Macs. Nostalgia is just a mouse click away. How can we not pine a ten-second load time for Notepad?

[via michaelv]

The Chimpcam Project

The BBC handed out ‘chimp-proof’ camcorders to primates at Edinburgh Zoo and gave them video touchscreens on which to edit their masterpiece. The result? A few ‘creative’ arguments and the world’s first film shot by chimpanzees. Want to find out if they can do a better job than Michael Bay? It’s on iPlayer for a month.

[via BBC]

Quote of the week

‘Planet Calypso is one of the few safe investments in this economy.’ Erik Novak justifies shelling out £200,000 on a virtual space station in the Entropia Universe. Before you follow his advice and splurge on a new virtual home, you should know that his avatar is called Buzz Erik Lightyear. Now there’s a man you’d buy a car off.

[via Metro]

Weekend listen

Radiotuna searches global online radio stations by genre from your desktop. Do not – repeat not – search for ‘future jazz’.

Weekend watch

The Virtual Revolution begins tomorrow. On BBC2. At 8.30pm. It’s a new documentary series about the internet. Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos are among the talking heads. With crushing inevitability, so is Stephen Fry. Worth a watch, we’d think.

[via BBC]