Today’s Guardian article

I persuaded The Guardian to print my blog address so maybe I’ll get some traffic today! I posted the full text of today’s article about Super Audio here a few days ago. If you’d like to comment on that article, click here to load the entry.

Another unicorn!

Yoz has done the donkey work on legendary software engineer Mitch Kapor’s latest product, a PIM code-named Chandler. A useful analysis, lots of links and even some retro executables. The man should get a medal. I’ve tried a lot of PIMs, brainstormers, outliners, contact managers – structured and freeform, integrated and standalone. They’re intellectually interesting… Continue reading Another unicorn!

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Distressed geeks

Some scratched and mangled black & white photos I took at Dave & Danny’s ‘Village Fete for the Twenty First Century’ back in the Summer showed up in the post months late. Some frames were lost all together – including all the ones of Dave & Danny themselves. The rest, including this one of Matt… Continue reading Distressed geeks

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Powerpoint in pedagogy

We’ve pressed the Powerbook and MS Powerpoint into half term service for our four year-old’s revision. In kiosk mode it’s easy to create a constrained sequence of words, letters, numbers that will only advance when he clicks in the right place and that provides an entertaining sound as a reward for getting the task right.… Continue reading Powerpoint in pedagogy

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Fireworks

Today we bought fireworks. I mean we really bought fireworks. They’re having a toofer at Tesco’s so we wound up with a shopping trolley-full of fireworks for half price. Driving them home was like the Wages of Fear – I maintained a steady 5 mph as the sweat beaded on my forehead. We’re going to… Continue reading Fireworks

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Sublime Audio

The recording industry did noble work in giving us routine connection with the sublime. Now they’re risking everything by misdirecting their energy into spoiler technologies like Super Audio CD. Meanwhile, in my kitchen, an alternative becomes apparent…

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Big brains stay home

Esther Dyson’s European Tech conference, High Tech Forum – the choice of big brains and moguls alike – has been cancelled for the second year running. Last year’s event was cancelled because of the post 9/11 chill but this year’s? Is the Euro tech recovery still on the back burner? Looks like it. This is… Continue reading Big brains stay home

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I spoke too soon

Erm, I said the other day that Ellen Feiss’ lease on fame had been cut short. Looks like I was wrong. From Wired News, I learn that 250 Mac-heads gathered last weekend in Holland to celebrate all things Mac and to stage an Ellen Look-alike competion.

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ecommerce is rubbish

New data: 51.3% of ecommerce purchases are unnecessary, 16.9% rubbish, 13.9% embarrassing, 11.4% stupid, only 6.5% life enchancing. Poor Ellen Feiss was a celebrity for less than the regulation fifteen minutes. I got the mug anyway. Napster went bust ages ago. I got the t-shirt anyway (site seems to be finally down). Looking now for… Continue reading ecommerce is rubbish

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