On getting old

So Paul sent me a link to a track by The Au Pairs, awesome feminist guitar-funk post-punks whose prickly, jumpy-up-and-downy sort of agit-pop animated our (Paul’s and mine) late teens nicely while he was in Birmingham – The Au Pairs’ home town – and I was in Stevenage – the singer’s home town (and before… Continue reading On getting old

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Microsoft’s turn for a kicking again

I know it’s always Microsoft’s turn but the ‘Microsoft=dinosaur’ stuff always intensifies in the run-up to a big Windows release. Search The Economist‘s archive and you’ll find a big ‘is Microsoft finished?’ think piece in the months preceding the release of Windows 95, Windows 2000 and, now, Vista. The latest one is worth a read,… Continue reading Microsoft’s turn for a kicking again

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The next SMS?

A friend of mine just told me about USSD. Of course, you already knew about USSD – it’s been in the GSM spec since the beginning (like SMS). It’s a sort of session-based SMS. It has a few current uses – like querying your pre-paid balance – but no economic model (there’s no way of… Continue reading The next SMS?

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An ad idea

Mark Cuban – who should get over himself, by the way – has had a brilliant idea: live TV ads. The more I think about it the more I like it. Wow. Live TV ads. Yeah.

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The survivor…

In May 2002 I wrote this piece for The Guardian. In it I celebrated the unlikely survival of the big, dumb, general-purpose PC – over-determined, over-specced and over here. Four years on… Gordon Bennet. Would you credit it… it’s still here… Not so big, slightly less dumb but even more general-purpose. As before, though, there’s… Continue reading The survivor…

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Calendar stuff

30boxes is awesome. Why did I hesitate? I have no good reason to use a desktop calendar any more – although I guess I’ll keep iCal synched up to 30boxes for those moments I’m offline and for when I want to synch with the phone. 30boxes provides the kind of piece-of-cake management and synchronisation that… Continue reading Calendar stuff

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Sort of weekendy blog stuff

Thinking about it, poetry might be the best application of podcasting yet. I suppose that poetry is about as close to music as language gets and listening to poetry in my ‘don’t-even-think-about-talking-to-me’ public transport bubble on the daily commute is qualitatively much like listening to The Flaming Lips or Schubert or Mrs Mills (although I… Continue reading Sort of weekendy blog stuff

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