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Rebuilding Iraq March 27, 2003

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Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any worse. The Register posted this today about not only a regime change in Iraq but also a mobile network change. “CDMA cell phones include an integrated global positioning system (GPS) feature that allows the precision location of callers in times of emergency.” but the reasoning is incredible The Register

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Iraq – an inside view March 27, 2003

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Just picked this up from Rob’s Rants. It’s an article by a great journalist, Robert Fisk, who is always at the forefront of conflicts. The article although brief is very lucid and the imagery so realistic that even though no fighting is ever mentioned, the inevitability and build up is all too conclusive as to the type of atmosphere currently surrounding the people. Well worth reading Rob’s Rants

Ha! March 27, 2003

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I don’t know; I was going to post this under humour instead of general, I was really torn for a moment there. Anyway this report is about a Microsoft ad in South Africa being banned by the advertising authority for falsely claiming that hackers would soon be extinct due to Microsoft software security, etc. Laughable but at least somebody pulled them up on it Microsoft ad pulled by ASA

Website Visualisation March 26, 2003

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Quirky little Java applet to visualise the linkage of a website. Not sure how useful it is but none-the-less it paints interesting pictures TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01

Thinking about mobiles… March 26, 2003

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Over the past number of days I have been doing a lot of thinking about mobile phones. It comes on the back of having left my beloved 8210 in London last week after my meeting and now I anxiously await its postage back to me; so as is normal I fear for its safety.

In the hopefully unlikely event of a broken item I was wondering what I would buy to replace the phone. Maybe a snazzy picture phone that I would never use to send MMS or something with Java capabilities so that I could play cool games on the move on a 2 inch screen.

It was then that it dawned on me, why are we developing phones with application technology in such a confined space when there are already countless numbers of mobile gaming devices of a larger screen size and plenty of room to include a mobile chipset and antenna in the casing? If the future of mobile gaming is really that hot then give people the ability to see and interact properly with the application rather than a 2 inch screen and dodgy key sequences for playing.

Personally if I was using my phone for games in a big way then I’d rather have something the size of a Gameboy with a bluetooth headset for making calls. Hmm, maybe I’ve actually made sense for once… patent pending!! 🙂

WiFi – the golden fleece March 18, 2003

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Well, the meeting is still ongoing so it’s time for a brief entry over the tea break. 🙂 Just picked this article off CNN.com about the raving marketplace that is WiFi provisioning. This follows up on a story I was listening to last night on BBC World with respect to local bars in the US now offering WiFi connectivity with your pint. Thinking about the latest developments in WiFi technology it’s feasible to see why WiFi might eliminate the need for UMTS networks in urban and suburban areas – each home can have its own hotspot and each city can have its own MAN. This article stresses the hype surrounding the current developments and subsequent take-ups CNN.com – WiFi fever pervades annual wireless gathering – Mar. 18, 2003

Semantic Webs March 18, 2003

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Currently in London at a project meeting but I managed to catch an interesting interview on BBC World this morning with Tim Berners Lee (inventor of the web) regarding his views on a semantic internet. The ideas are gaining acceptance and could lead to a new range of internet tools targeting the discovery needs of a wider audience. The interview is worth a listen and the concept is worth following…

It’s official – blogging is on the up March 10, 2003

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Some of us have enjoyed the many benefits of web-expression for some time and have embraced blogging as the most feasible option for our needs. In recent times large organisations, namely Google, have grabbed the business venture by purchasing web publishing companies. It seems that after all this activity, blogging is definitely on the way up and will be a very strong market for both content readers and content publishers. Read more from CNN – CNN.com – Blogging goes mainstream – Mar. 10, 2003

Vlogging? March 7, 2003

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Q. What’s better than capturing the authors mood by text in a log?
A. Capture the author in the log!

Here’s an article from webreference about the idea of Video Logging or Vlogging. Personally I can’t see myself taking this up too soon with the current state of broadband access in this country but worth a read anyway… Vlogging: Video Weblogs – WebReference Update – 030306

Why does the world hate nerds? March 5, 2003

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This is an interesting little essay that I picked up on reference from the weblog of Diane Duane whom I found through GeoURL as being my closest neighbour in cyberspace whom I did not know. Interesting how these things come about.

Anyway, the essay is over personalised but still makes some interesting points about the malformed social play from child to adult. It gives the breakdown of sociological opression that is exerted by different grades of popularity on lower grades in order to increase their own popularity ranking. When you think about it more, the essay starts to ring through as a very accurate and well-founded depiction of popular vs. smart. It is in no way linked to intellect but moreso the application of intellect to further a persons knowledge and smarts. The two dynamic forces that will continually tug away at people until one eventually takes over and then, as Homer Simpson would say, “you have two kinds of people, jocks and nerds”.

Well worth a read Why Nerds are Unpopular