Archive of: 2007

  • Quote of the day

    Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.

    Cliff Buxton – “The Dish

  • Yes, I'm still alive


    Apologies for the lack of content but there has been a lot going on recently to drag my attention away from this place. Settling into the new job for one. I still love you all, and I will be back to my normal ranty self soon.


  • Quote of the day

    Wordpress, it’s the CMS which Matt’s Script Archive would have been proud of.

    - genghis in the #evolt IRC room.

  • Public Service Announcement

    Public Service Announcement

    Little Robot Dude says: “Remember to wrap up warm this winter, or I’ll shoot you in the head

  • I love a good music conspiracy

    Are “OK Computer” and “In Rainbows” meant to be interleaved and played together?

    I’ll be trying this later on tomorrow… just for the hell of it.

    Hat tip: Seb.

    Updated 22nd Oct 2007: Right, so I’ve given this a couple of listens through and they fit together insomuch as you’d expect any two albums from an artist to fit together. I’m not buying that it’s deliberate.

  • Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses

    Ian Rogers of Yahoo! Music has had enough of the shortsightedness of the music industry and he’s not going to help them screw over customers any more.

    Last week, in a excoriating talk, he lays out his history of involvement with music on the internet, and exactly why their position to date has been ridiculous and petty.

    Suing Napster without offering an alternative just seemed like a denial of fact. Napster didn’t invent the ability to do P2P, it was inherent in TCP/IP. It was like throwing Newton in jail for popularizing the concept of gravity.

    I’m here to tell you today that I for one am no longer going to fall into this trap. If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I’m not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I’ll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won’t let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience.

    It’s heartening to see someone in Ian’s position taking this stand and saying “no more”. The question is whether the music industry is listening.

    I suspect not.

    Hat tip: Nat Torkington at O’Reilly Radar.

  • Quote of the day

    Sharepoint 2007 is proof positive that Microsoft doesn’t get the community thing

    Clay Newton commenting on Scobleizer.

  • Love

    If you’ve lost your faith in love and music

    Oh the end won’t be long

    Because if it’s gone for you then I too may lose it

    And that would be wrong

    The LibertinesThe Good Old Days

  • Agile vs Waterfall

    Most projects start off with a waterfall approach, which is to say that there [sic] started with a plan to turn it into a wireframe, which turns into milestones, which turns into a final product, which then gets fixed because it’s broken.

    - Jonathan Lambert

  • Stephen Fry blogs! The world is a just and good place after all

    This is a doozy.

    Via Nat Torkington on the O’Reilly Radar I find out that Stephen Fry, that most entertaining, erudite, and gorgeous man, blogs. Not only is he blogging, but his first post is a fantastic exploration of the reasons why we love technology so much.

    Based around the would-be “iPhone Killers” that the market keeps coming up with (whilst never quite getting what makes some hardware so compelling) he lays out his history not only with Apple, but every other piece of shiny that he has felt compelled to buy:

    I have, over the past twenty years been passionately addicted to all manner of digital devices, Mac-friendly or not; I have gorged myself on electronic gismos, computer accessories, toys, gadgets and what-have-yous of all descriptions, but most especially what are now known as SmartPhones. PDAs, Wireless PIMs, call them what you will. My motto is:

    I have never seen a SmartPhone I haven’t bought

    He then expands on a knowledge of technology that leaves me shocked, awed, and frankly, loving him even more than I already did.

    As Nat says:

    I recommend getting a cup of tea or coffee and sitting down to enjoy the whole thing. He’s not just good to read, but he hones in on the strengths and weaknesses of each device. Enjoy!

    Keep posting Mr Fry.

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