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Blogging London February 25, 2003

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Well just on my way back from a project meeting in London and said that I’d advertise a hotspot that I just found in London City Airport (LCY); for all those weary travellers out there. Unfortunately it’s operated through a provider known as megabeam and they like to charge you for the privelege. However, I have some e-mails to send with information relating to my discussions over the past two days so necessity and all that. This one is just for the ages!

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Next generation or no penetration? February 21, 2003

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Being involved in the technical research domain I often find myself questioning emerging services from a consumer perspective rather than what my background may suggest. Yes, those who know me will agree I am opposed to many of the services that have been rolled out or thought of. My opposition is usually from an ethical or sociological standpoint and doesn’t always gel with my interests in developing the technologies to enable such services.

However, my big question (and has been for a while) is, what about 3G? Are we setting ourselves up for a next generation flop or a next generation boom? I had the good fortune of attending a great conference last year in Dallas, TX on the subject matter of IP operations and management. At this conference were a number of guest speakers from NEC, Alcatel and Nokia. I remember the issue being raised by the Nokia speaker about the drop-off in the telecommunications market and the reasons that were given. I however, had some different views on the subject and discussed them with him further.
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Prepare for hard disk growth February 20, 2003

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Interesting article from newsfactor.com which, I found through slashdot with my new newsreader :-), about a new discovery that may be the missing piece of the puzzle to a sudden increase in hard drive capacity. Read on… Tiny Whiskers Make Huge Memory Storage

RSS News Reader February 20, 2003

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Just installed this nice little RSS news reader. Seems like a handy way of keeping track of other blogs, etc. Plenty of features all under the same roof. Give it a try Download.com – Download Awasu here.

Data Retention February 20, 2003

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Thanks to antoin@eire.com for this one. The act that was passed to allow retention all information about telephone and internet calls by the general public so that it can be passed on to law enforcement units. I remember hearing about this some time ago but it seems to have surfaced again with the advnet of a meeting this Monday 24th Feb. Worth a read if you don’t know the full story. Data Retention in Ireland – what’s going on?

Linux, Windows? Nah, Lindows! February 20, 2003

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It’s about time I posted an article on this as I have been following this great story for over a year now. For those of you that haven’t heard of Lindows, it’s a new operating system built on the bones of Linux but offering the ability to run many Windows programs. Being a Linux advocate, I remember tracking the project when it first started and thought that it would be great to have another choice on the market. Then I found out that it was being charged for and not free like Linux. I have to admit that this toned down my enthusiasm slightly but this downturn was short-lived.

I discovered that the team behind Lindows wasn’t just trying to release an operating system but rather an entire solution. Since the first stable release of Lindows it has been shipped with a new wave of affordable PC’s in the US. The first $300 pc was born. This month the first $799 laptop is entering the market. This project has gone from strength to strength and I believe that by offering the complete solution ready to run, Lindows will break a market previously untouched by vendors other than Microsoft. This is a potential success story well worth following. The brains behind the operation, Michael Robertson, dishes out a periodical newsletter that well worth signing up to. At least you should check out the site to find out more… lindows.com

Finally 2.62 is live February 18, 2003

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Well today has been all blog and the last entry before sleep is no exception. I finally got the chance to upgrade Moveable Type to 2.62 after seeing the release of 2.6 on the site some time ago. The upgrade was pretty seemless even though being the eternal cynic I backed up everything several times previous to the upgrade. 🙂 Haven’t checked out all the features yet but some things look a little different anyway.

Opera stings back February 18, 2003

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An interesting posting in the blog of Mark Pilgrim regarding the seemingly deliberate attempt by Microsoft to target Opera users and the subsequent counter attack by Opera. Good for a laugh anyway if you have the time… Bork Bork Bork [dive into mark]

Blog Genealogy February 18, 2003

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Just discovered this site. I like the idea of further enhancing the online community by establishing a blog genealogy. This way the community can discover who inspired the creation of individual blogs and see if those blogs went on to inspire others. Just like in real life. Check out the BlogTree link to my blog or visit the BlogTree site and register your own blog.

Google likes blogging February 18, 2003

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As the cunningly Wall St encoded heading may suggest, Google has purchased a web publishing firm, Pyra Labs. Should be testament enough to the appeal of blogging for those cynics out there… Google buys popular Web publishing company – Feb. 17, 2003