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I’ve always wondered why the British are the last country to drop the .co (their version of the .com) from their internet addresses. Stephen Fry also worries about it.

Stephen Fry » Blog Archive » “Is this the greatest living Englishman?”

I assume that the answer is probably along the lines of “its European rules” or “health and safety make us do it”.

PS  – Why does Stephen Fry write so much better about technology than the professionals?

Two questions…

You have to ask the question; would she have made it today (no!) and how many other people are we turning away who need our help.!9592F3DEF41537A3!3962.entry

We don’t need no GPS…

Google Mobile Maps PinPoints Your Location Without GPS

This is a great technology; in fact, so great I’ve been using it for the last three or four years.

In France, Orange offers this to all their subscribers with real-time traffic information.  Of course, nobody uses it (or at least I seem to be the only user) because they advertize it so badly and have hidden it half way down the menu screen and behind a three page ULA.

What we need is more numbers…

I’m always by the amount of statistics that are produced by the average American sport. What I didn’t realize was that the Americans would be able to apply the same analysis of political debates. Trailhead : Debate By NumbersYou have to ask what all this is going to be used for. In four years time are we going to compare the figures against this race? “History shows that in the third debate the second placed candidate should mention social security at least three times and directly criticize the other party’s candidate twice”. 

How to reduce the value of your product…

Remember when Real Networks started putting adverts in all the wrong places? Adobe seems to have hired the same team. BBC NEWS | Business | Yahoo to put adverts in PDF files

Dear Jeff… The problems with technology reviews…

So the Kindle has been out a couple of weeks and it’s already a failure.  Scoble has a long list of things that he wants to change on his blog; Dear Jeff Bezos (one-week Kindle review) « Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger.And even Slate has had a go; Can Amazon save the e-book? – By Harry McCracken – Slate Magazine Before I go any further I need to point out that Scble’s idea of a social network is madness. Until everyone has one of these things, what is the point? It would just point out to everyone what a small market share of reading they have. This was the same issue that the Zune sharing functions have.However, there is a bigger issue here. All these reviews are from people that are interested in the technology not books. The EVDO functionality is magic to the average user, they can buy a book anywhere at anytime and they never sign a service contract. That is a real innovation, an innovation more important than the size of the Previous Page button!Roll on version two. 

Colossus: The Forbin Project

I think that I saw this when I was about twelve, it had the same effect that War Games had a few years later. All I wanted in life was a computer!!! Neither I or my ZX Spectrum every achieved world domination.