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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 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.

Fon does it right again!!!

I love Fon, I got my first router via LeWeb3 last year and it’s been on in my appartment ever since. I’ve also had great fun giving invitations to friends in three different countries.

Then they go and do this for Christmas…



Fantastic idea! I’m now having fun deciding who I’m going to give them to.

How America Lost the War on Drugs : Rolling Stone

How America Lost the War on Drugs : Rolling Stone

All told, the United States has spent an estimated $500 billion to fight drugs – with very little to show for it. Cocaine is now as cheap as it was when Escobar died and more heavily used. Methamphetamine, barely a presence in 1993, is now used by 1.5 million Americans and may be more addictive than crack. We have nearly 500,000 people behind bars for drug crimes – a twelvefold increase since 1980 – with no discernible effect on the drug traffic. Virtually the only success the government can claim is the decline in the number of Americans who smoke marijuana – and even on that count, it is not clear that federal prevention programs are responsible. In the course of fighting this war, we have allowed our military to become pawns in a civil war in Colombia and our drug agents to be used by the cartels for their own ends. Those we are paying to wage the drug war have been accused of ­human-rights abuses in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia. In Mexico, we are now ­repeating many of the same mistakes we have made in the Andes.

“What we learned was that in drug work, nothing ever stands still,” says Coleman, the former DEA official and current president of Drug Watch International, a law-and-order advocacy group. For every move the drug warriors made, the traffickers adapted. “The other guys were learning just as we were learning,” Coleman says. “We had this hubris.”

The war on drugs isn’t even debated any more; it’s a political given, all the parties offer almost identical policies and yet the facts are horrendous.

The impossibility of defeating an enemy who can adapt as quickly as you is a lesson that everyone in politics needs to learn.

Fantastic article in Rolling Stone (again!).