Category: Personal Posts

The Ebay Boycott, And Why I’m Not That Bothered

Today is the boycott of Ebay by a group of sellers protesting the new fees, terms and conditions being handed out to traders on Ebay. To be honest it’s mostly about fees. And I’m not that bothered, because I no longer see Ebay as a ‘good’ internet company. Yes I still use it, there’s no other place on the web that carries so much junk treasure, and you can always get some incredibly weird stuff, or memories, at a good price. But it has serious problems, and I can’t see a clear way out for them. Firstly, as a buyer

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Sharing Personal experiences – Seesmic and DEMO (and Davos)

It’s all starting to become clear to those of us prepping the ground for the bleeding edge – the next Big Think (TM) is going to be people doing their own live outside broadcasts (be it audio or video) of events, using the internet as the transmission mechanism. The first big murmurings have been from Davos, and have relied heavily on two new pieces of technology – Qik (streaming video from mobiles with a chat room attached) and Seesmic (a ‘chatroom’ of video geared heavily to creating conversations). Let me talk about Seesmic, as I have some experience with that.

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But If You Try Sometimes, You Get What You Need

Tim O’Reilly posted up some thoughts on what you want vs what you need, which rang true with myself, but what piqued my mind was a few lines at the end of the piece: I’m reminded of a wonderful line from Garrison Keillor, which I heard years ago on A Prairie Home Companion and which has stuck with me ever since: “Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted if you didn’t have it.” (Hmm. I just looked

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US Political Interviews, Compared to the UK

Have to giggle today at the ‘Journalist Attacks Mitt Romney’ story where Romney’s “I have no Lobbyists” phrase was queried (by a cute giggle) by a laptop bound journalist by the name of Glen Johnson, sitting cross legged on the floor like a pupil at Nursery School. I always wonder what the US candidates would do if they were to get a John Humphries ‘Today’ interview scheduled, or a Jeremy Paxman trying to get to the point…

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