London Explosions

Way to bring the mood down after yesterday. Multiple explosions in London, on the tube, buses and possibly trains too. At least one controlled explosion. Many dead from the looks of it. London in utter chaos, everything is being shut down for safety’s sake.

Just horrible, I’m just refreshing the news to see what is happening, and none of it is good. Simply put, a terrible sad day.

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O-Day

Today is the day the IOC decide where the 2012 Olympics will be held. And in a spirit of entire selfishness, I really hope it is in London. Hang the expense, we’d only spend the money on bombs or war or IT projects that just don’t work. It would be great to see them held in my country in my lifetime. I would like to see the athletics, the cycling, many things, as many events as I can reasonably get away with. I’m just sat here crossing my fingers.

Which doesn’t make typing easy.

EDIT: 11:42 AM, London, Madrid and Paris left in it.

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What I want from my gadgets

Okay, was thinking this morning about all my devices. I have 3 computers (mine, my work PC and my laptop), a camera, a mobile phone, an ipod, consoles, handheld consoles, tv, sky+, dvd recorder, lots of stuff basically. Plus all the things that then provide the data, so cd’s, games etc. I want an end to all this.

I want a device at home, and a device I can carry. I don’t want it to be heavy. I only want to keep my personal private data. All the rest, the games, music etc, I would like to download on demand. Quickly. If I have paid for it, then I want access to it anywhere. I don’t want to worry about copy protection. If you are a media provider, then the deal should be when I want to use it, you check to see if I have paid for it, then you let me have it. Simple.

I want my portable device to let me play games, take pictures, listen to music, surf the net, make and receive phone calls. I think it has to have a bluetooth headset, as I want as few wires as possible. Oh and it is not a Gizmondo, no matter how much the makers think it is.

If I could have that all sorted for next month that would be lovely, ta.

More thoughts about podcasting

So, as an end user, you don’t see all that goes on when a launch like iTunes 4.9 comes out. I was annoyed about feeds not working, things being very random. What I was forgetting, was where the data was coming from. For instance, the great F1 show at formulapod.com mentioned the other day that since going onto iTunes listings, they were looking at 12 terrabytes of downloads for the month. Some podcasts have had to go offline, the show creators not being able to afford the bandwidth costs. All these things will sort out in time I reckon.

What you do have now, is podcasters instantly reaching a much wider global audience. And where you have little shows that reached a few thousand people (if they were doing really well) only last week, now they have the potential to be reaching hundreds of thousands of people. And here is where I reckon we are going to find the next generation of broadcasters.

Why? Simple. Lets say you are mr broadcasting empressario, looking for a new presenter for your radio channel. You have two candidates you are interested in. One is a presenter who has done local radio, very professional, small audience figures, but knows his stuff. The other is a podcaster, slightly laid-back shonky style, but oh, he has a global audience of half a million listeners worldwide, that are more than likely to come with him, as long as they can continue to access his stuff online. Hello.

Also, it is an extended CV for broadcasters. Take this F1 podcast again. I could see them doing occasional color commentary for major F1 broadcasters such as ITV or Speed, the fan point of view, that sort of thing. And mark my words, this sort of thing will happen. This is too big for it not to.

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Trying to motivate me to work on this site

Have done a little work tonight. In links you now have a link to my bloglines blog. This is just a list of stories feed to me in RSS that I found interesting. It will tend towards techie stuff, but then I do too.

Have also set up a test page for using the Google Maps API This lets me use the map data from Google Maps for my own means. Will play about with this more sometime, not sure it is much use to me at the moment, but I might be able to do something interesting with it at some stage. One thing that would be cool would be if I could do a UK map listing stone circle sites and suchlike. Would be more interesting when the satelite imagery is better, but that will come in time I suspect

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