Monday, 23 May 2005

Spore Previews for PC at GameSpot... from the man who gave us Sim everything we now get... Sim Everything, or as they've subsequently called it: Spore. Looks thoroughly intriguing - a real social life sapper!

Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Wired News: The Beeb Shall Inherit the Earth... all it needs is a 'Land of Hope and Glory' backing track. From an American author, in an American magazine too! It just goes to show that market forces don't always feed innovation down the best channels. The reason why BBC does, and can do, this is because it feels beholden to its shareholders: the license fee paying British public. Each of whom have one vote - their license. So, no corporate shareholder influences, and even the government have only marginal influence - even after the Hutton affair.

Having worked there, albeit briefly (a year), I can confirm that it is an extraordinary company to work for. There is a very strong sense of social responsibility for such a large entity.

Monday, 16 May 2005

Take one nifty online resource, Google Maps, and programmatically blend it with a hugely popular online urban classified ads system. Hey presto: HousingMaps. This is the future of software development. Now, for bonus points: how does the economic model behind it work?
Here's another powershift theory:GoogleNet - the ultimate embrace and extend? (The Register). I'm not sure about the conclusion (either of them), because it precludes the possibility of any number of competitors doing the same thing. Also, the web-as-global-operating-system theory has been around as long as Google. Nevertheless, there's some interesting food for thought, and the insight into the eastern way of thinking is quite enlightening.

Friday, 13 May 2005

Mobile e-mail - the next killer app? (Economist.com): an interesting commentary on this 'nascent', if somewhat obvious, application. Notable quote: "Indeed, e-mail is likely to blow away a lot of the other fancy services that mobile operators are hoping to push over their third-generation wireless networks. Andrew Odlyzko, a telecoms guru, once did a survey in which he asked people to choose, hypothetically, between having either e-mail or the entire content of the world wide web: 95% chose e-mail.".

It's the essence that techies tend to overlook: that IT is about information and interaction, not technology - the 'I' comes before the 'T'. TV is not an interactive medium, it's a broadcast medium; it doesn't mix with mobility.