Keen on Web 2.0

The Observer has an interesting article about Andrew Keen’s new book The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy. Although the book isn’t released until early June, according to the Observer article the basic premise is that: bloggers and other evangelists for the web [are] destroying culture, … Continued

London Goes Wi-Fi

The square mile now has Wi-Fi. The Cloud, as it is called, is to be free for the first month, but after that there will be a charge. Contrast this with the proposed San Francisco Municipal Wireless scheme, and the Cloud starts to look fairly weak. In contrast with London’s single square mile of coverage, … Continued

Ogg Theora Support in Opera 9.5

In Hâkon Wium Lie’s latest missive on Opera Labs he details Opera’s upcoming support for the element in HTML 5. He points out that it’s not much use without at least one defacto standard web video format (much like JPEG, GIF and PNG have become for the element. A preview release of Opera 9.5 includes … Continued

The Importance of Software Testing

Most programmers, especially those who work on server software, will have been in a situation when we’ve been reconfiguring, upgrading, modifying or otherwise replacing some piece of vital software on a physically remote server, and things haven’t gone quite as expected. Often, fixing it is a simple matter of logging into the server remotely (via, … Continued

BoJo on MySpace

The BBC on Politicians with MySpace pages: In the UK, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has registered on MySpace — and has an unofficial fan club page, “Proud to be a Minger”, with 161 members. Meanwhile, the Boris Johnson Appreciation Society, which recognises the shadow higher education minister as “the vital free agent of … Continued

Create Your Own Dan Brown Novel

I put this together back in January 2006, but never mentioned it on my website — I just posted it on a couple of newsgroups. It’s pretty good fun and rather realistic. Create your own Dan Brown novel

The Tao of HTML 5

On the 10th of June 1215, the a group of English barons invaded London and five days later forced King John to attach his seal to the Magna Carta in Runnymede, on the border of modern-day Sussex and Berkshire. (In those days it was customary to attach ones seal to an agreement rather than sign … Continued

BBC News Roundup

Scientists Produce Sperm from Bone Excited scientists have announced that they produced sperm from bones. No sniggering at the back. Sperm made from human bone marrow. Teen Trashes House In a completely unrelated story, Police interview web party girl.

Opera 9.2

It seems that a couple of days ago Opera 9.2 was released. That one passed me by — I must start reading the opera.* newsgroups again. The big new change is Speed Dial giving you even faster access to your nine favourite websites and one favourite search engine when you open a new (blank) tab. … Continued