Shutdown day 2007

He heee… I love this concept (though I naturally would recommend appropriate recycling of computer hardware after it’s had its useful life).

Web 2.0 – it’s a great era and now we’ve got the validator

Thyere’s loads of stuff come to the fore over the last few months since someone somwhere coined the phrase “Web 2.0” – I can’t deny that the concept excites me. This article by O’Reilly sums it up really, especially the first page or so of it (it’s a long read).

In basic terms, the Web 2.0 concept (forgive me if i’m patronising you here) is about the new era the world wide web has now entered, and how bloody exciting it all is. “Web 1.0” was all about static info being pushed out to people – personal web sites, companies marketing things to people – but suddenly (it seems) the web’s turned very interactive and personal sites have now been replaced by blogs, online dictionaries have now been replaces by Wikipedia, Directories (Taxonomies) have now been replaces by Wikis (Folksonomies).

Anyway – the point of this post is just to say that I’ve stumbled across a brilliant Web 2.0 Validator – a way of testing whether your site (or any site) is of the new breed…. as if you didn’t know already! Optimistic times.

Driving me mental

Microsoft’s Virtual Earth: “Now you can have maps that don’t just have satellite views: Microsoft’s Virtual Earth now lets you walk or drive around the streets and see a street-level view”.


You can explore street-side views by ‘driving’ (with your mouse or with the arrow keys on your keyboard) our ‘Sports Car’ or ‘Race Car’ along streets in the map or you can also ‘Walk’ along the street. When the car is on a street that has street-side images, the car headlights turn on and you can view the front, right, and left views through the car windows above. When there are no available views, a ‘no view’ screen is displayed. Simply drag (or ‘drive’ with keystrokes) the car to a different place to continue browsing.”

It’s just dreadful, but young technology always improves. It looks like the bastard son of Google Earth and a bored tourist’s photo album.

Google ?? But not as we know it.

After holding out longer than any other major internet company, Google will effectively become another brick in the great firewall of China when it starts filtering out information that it believes the government will not approve of.

Another brick in the great firewall of China. It can’t last.