How To Waste Your Life on the Web: Part 5 of 12

A Year Long Series on Ways to Waste Time Online ...

PERISCOPE FOR IOS AND ANDROID

Livestreaming has been a thing for a while now, but it’s never been this easy. Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android. It’s like FaceTime, but you can broadcast to the video public (or just to friends or families) with the touch of a button. Periscope is about discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. You can find out using the app’s handy geo-location map, which shows are currently streaming and where, whether they be in your neighbourhood or at a protest in Ukraine.Twitter announced the acquisition of Periscope after the rival video streaming app Meerkat started to pick up celebrity endorsements earlier this year. Watch for the two apps to get tangly over the next year while they jockey for position as the premiere live-from-my-phone app.I think the best use of Periscope is when it’s at its most fantastically mundane: public figures, no handlers or filters, connecting one-on-one-thousand on the newest frontier on the Internet.

MS-DOS GAMES LIBRARY
archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games

Play digital relics like Prince of Persia, The Oregon Trail, Sim City, and Commander Keen, instantly in your browser. These MS-DOS games have long been exiled to forgotten floppy disks, never to be enjoyed again. That was until Internet Archive’s MS-DOS Games Library gathered this collection of MS-DOS games and included them on their site, including action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software from the pre-Pentium days of CPUs chugging through kilobytes of data.

FOREKAST
forekast.com

If you tend to find out about things after they happen, Forekast is for you. Forekast is a crowdsourced calendar: events get shared and voted on, and you get a briefing on the best upcoming events right in your inbox. Forekast makes it easy to see the best things happening on any given day, whether it’s the final Daily Show with Jon Stewart at the helm (August 7) or the night when the Perseid meteor shower is at its peak (August 12). Forekast focuses on global events that are accessible to you no matter where you live, things that anybody on the Internet can access: music festival livefeeds, rocket launches, sporting events, technology announcements, and more. Forekast easily meshes with your online life, no matter how obscure your tastes. Subscribe or unsubscribe from various categories (‘subkasts’), to see only what you want. Set reminders to keep track of the events you really don’t want to miss, and set email reminders so you never miss events you’re excited about.

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