Planet Botch is divided into sections, which are described below. Clicking a heading will take you to the relevant landing page for your chosen section...
Music Making Section
Free software (VST instruments and effects) for PC musicians, created in-house at Planet Botch, plus detailed retrospective reviews of interesting musical instruments and music-related devices from the past and present. The reviews cover a particularly extensive range of electric guitars and related products (as well as keyboards, recording gadgets, etc.), and serve as completely unbiased, detailed and informed appraisals of gear you may struggle to find information about elsewhere.
|From the Tokai TST-50 in the 1980s article. One of many original, informed retrospectives at Planet Botch.|
Social Web Section
The Social Web Section incorporates a wide range of articles on social networking, forums / message boards, the blogosphere, and the psychology of the social web user. There are also some tutorial pieces relating to Tumblr, its Search Engine Optimisation, and how to carry out design enhancements. If you think you might need to know what the blogosphere is really thinking, how to follow Twitter accounts anonymously and without the account holders knowing, or simply how to get yourself out of trouble on a forum, this is the section for you.
The General Section incorporates some of the most fascinating and useful material on the site. Should you pay to promote creative work online? Why is low self esteem a good thing? How seriously is your work at risk of plagiarism? How d'you prove your psychic is fake? Why should you never trust a survey?... These intriguing questions, and many more, are explored and answered within Planet Botch's General content.
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The music section comprises original Planet Botch recordings, which you can instantly stream without the need for downloading. The tracks have a commercial sound, incorporating a wide range of influences including rock, soul, ska, blues, reggae, trad gospel, punk, and much more.
|From the 2001 Fuji Finepix 6800Z retro/review.|
The Imaging section is the newest addition to Planet Botch, and is at present a collection of photographically-inclined articles which have been added to the site over time, along with links to more specialised shooting/editing tutorials and analyticals.
As mentioned earlier, Planet Botch began as an experimental humour project, and this is where all of the early content resides. So, can you sue your parents if you're stupid?... What's it like to have a hair replacement?... How d'you brainwash yourself?... Do people still go to the lavatory in the afterlife?... What happens when you invite a guest blogger onto your site, then realise what a moron he is and ban him, then lift the ban and try to supervise him with a piece of blog-monitoring freeware?... The answers to all these questions, and many more, can be found in the Planet Botch LOL Section.
Posted by: Bob Leggitt