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Be careful Scoble…

Google’s new My Location feature apparently saved Scoble in London and now he’s counting on it in France while at LeWeb3.

One tip: Don’t use it indoors. Or at least if you do; don’t count on the results to save your life.

In my experience it works perfectly outside but the moment you get behind a window it starts putting you in the wrong place.

Leaving for Le Web 3 – One Man & His Blog

Leaving for Le Web 3 it one of a million posts about leaving for Paris.

It feels like I’m living in the center of the universe for a day. It’s rather odd sitting at my office desk reading all this stuff. I should be moving!!!

Last year, Adam wrote about his experiences at LeWeb3 (and tried to name this year LeWeb4!)…

I suspect that much of the reaction to Le Web 3 shows that the time has come for blogging and Web 2.0 conferences to start diversifying. One conference can no longer meet everyone’s requirements, and within the next few years we’re going to need to see a whole range of conferences in this area, from the very technical, to the very educational.

Le Web 3 was a brave, if faltering, step in that direction, and for that, Loïc and team deserve some praise. The really big question, though, is how well they take onboard the very valid criticisms made of the event and make sure Le Web 4 is clear and open in its intentions, and smoother in running when its time comes. I wish them well.

This all means that the question for Adam (and the others sitting on trains and planes) is very simple…

What are you expecting this year? Or, like me, are you buying blind on last years experience?

Finally, this is one of the posts that talked about a range of European conferences; has anything happened there or is Loïc dominating things?

Enterprise Software Too Boring: Oh do come along…

SmoothSpan has a good review of the spat that Scoble has created around his comments about ERP software not being sexy. You read Scoble’s comments here.

SmoothSpan does a good job of defending the ERP cause pointing out that this is probably because Scoble doesn’t know enough about ERP software. But that misses the larger point…

Most of the products that bloggers and journalists are reviewing they know little about and don’t understand the user case for.

A good example of this is the Kindle that was the subject of last week’s blog battle started by Scoble. Most of the people that wrote the Kindle off are not big book readers. They are big PC users and didn’t understand why anyone would need an eBook.

If you’re in front of your PC all day why would you need a Kindle? Doesn’t mean that there is no market for the product, just that you’re not part of it.

Back to ERPs. Most A-list bloggers work in small organizations or are freelance. Why should they see the benefits of an ERP? Any freelance that installs an ERP is mad; however it doesn’t mean that it isn’t useful software.

Loic Le Meur Blog: Now more than 1700 participants

Loic Le Meur Blog: Now more than 1700 participants, you can still regiter to join us until LeWeb3 opens

I hope that we all fit in!!!

Seriously, I’m beginning to wonder about this. A 7:15 start and 2000 people doesn’t sound like fun.

Why not dine in Didcot this evening?

Why not dine in Didcot this evening?

If you were advertising eating out; wouldn’t you put the advert in front of something nice to look at.

Update: On second thoughts, I take it back. It might well be the best view of Didcot. Look here.

Woman found canoeist photo via Google

Woman found canoeist photo via Google | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
What a fantastic advert for Google and the internet. The best part is that you can do the search yourself.

Searching the internet is going to become a job description sooner or later.

Wikileaks

Wikileaks isn’t talked about a lot in the press but I think that it could be one of those applications like Wikipedia that will start as a cult, have a tipping point and then explode onto the political scene.

There is something wonderful about governments refusing to admit that rendition flights exist but then I can go online and read the operating manual.

PS – Does anyone know the name of site in the UK that duplicated Hansard? I’ve lost track of it. Thanks.

Another LeWeb3 fight…

I thought that I was being original; but I wasn’t.

Over the weekend I wrote about by experiences at the last LeWeb3 conference and how I thought there’d been some manipulation behind the scenes.

In the middle of all this “scandal” last year was Sam Sethi; someone I’ve never known or met. After last year’s conference he left TechCrunch UK and talked of creating a conference to beat LeWeb3.

I’ve followed nothing of what has happened in the last year, and then this comes along…

An Open Letter to Sam Sethi | StarrTrek

And then what do you know; we’re off again.