So I finally got converted to the over the weekend. Hurrah!

So I’ve converted my , which is now much easier to edit and move things around in (though the editor is still a bit, well… beta). And I’ve started my posts and stuck a tag listing down the side. I wish they’d make it a like in del.icio.us, rather than a list, which would save some page space.

And this test post is just to check the posting from to the Blogger Beta.
Watch this space!

Update
Right… Writely does not support blogging to the Blogger Beta yet, which is a shame. It also still does not support the ‘rel’ tag in links for declaring them as embedded tags.
Posting from Blogger though is very, very much fast now. The dynamic posting means you don’t have to wait for HTML to be published, which is nice.

I learnt of some time back and it seemed to be quite a useful little tool for blog writing. Unfortunately, upon installation, I found that I couldn’t connect to the Blogger API via my firewall and you can’t load the editor, even to draft, without the initial connection.

From my home network I initialised the connection to the Blogger API and now I can write blog posts from within Live Writer. The features seem perfectly adequate, quite slick overall and all the bells and whistles I could want. The main question though, is can I publish through the firewall? If I can, then when did the initialisation fail? And if I can’t then how do the other blog writing tools manage to post to Blogger without problems?

Watch this space…

Rubbish! Ten million pieces of crappy blog authoring software and the only decent one uses a method of posting that doesn’t work through a corporate firewall. Oh well.

As further elaboration to DeathOwl’s post, I hereby ask: Wouldn’t it be nice to link your list with Pandora?

Well, you can! More info here:

And, more for my reference than anything else, while we’re on the topic of music tools, don’t forget . Their blurb: Call Shazam on your mobile (2580). Hold out your phone to the music. The phone will hang up after 30 seconds. We send you a text telling you artist name & song.
It doesn’t matter what tariff you’re on, it costs 50p to tag a track on the 3 Network, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone – plus your standard call charges.

Their newest feature is that you can log into their website and buy the tracks that you have ‘tagged’, to use their terminology.

Or, you just go to and download it for $0.10!

: “WEB SEARCH outfit Google has added a new service to its online portfolio.
The service is called Google Calendar and is able to tell you what day it is. You can sign up
. “

This has been rumoured for an amazingly long time. I’ll give it a whirl and tell you what I think…
So far no joy on logging in. Everybody else in the world is probably trying the same thing….

Update: It works!
First impression: Very fast, slick, simple and no adverts
Import of Yahoo Calendar events: Failed! Maybe later.
Another gripe: No tagging? Gmail manages it and I want to categorise my events! I know the product is out for mere hours, but surely that was a consideration?
In general: I like it and I’ll use it in preference to Yahoo Calendar. Now all I want is Gmail contacts to be seperated from Gmail which I can’t access from behind a firewall.

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Google, eBay and Amazon may build their own Internet: “AT&T and the telcos have got government backing to charge Google and other Web sites extortion-type fees unless Google and others pay for adequate bandwidth.

Now it seems that Google and the other big sites are going to tell them to go forth and multiply and they will build their own connections into punter’s homes.”

I hear rumblings of this from time to time. Telcos complaining how websites get more complicated and put up heavier content and the telco is left with the thankless task of upgrading the bandwidth to match.

Forgetting the fact that the telcos already charge consumers for access and the fact the site designers don’t put fat content up willy-nilly, it’s based on the prevalence of necessary hardware and connections amongst the punters.

Charging websites for having high-bandwidth content is just silly.

BBC NEWS Technology Podcast numbers cut through hype: “People downloading to podcasts are still in a minority, despite the hype surrounding them, research suggests. “

What a shock! To enjoy podcasts you need a) the right technology, b) some tech savvy, c) actually find a topic you want to hear about and d) like the speaker enough to listen to them on a regular basis.

I have the tools and the knowledge, but not the desire in any way to listen to podcasts. Unlike text, I can’t scan the article for tone, content and style to see if I’m going to give it my full attention.
Also, I’ve never really been a fan of talk radio, which is basically what most podcasts are, just without the phone-ins. So without the comments or feedback, it’s shere vanity publishing.

And as for those people who podcast their selection of music, I find it of limited appeal. Sure, you’ve the chance to discover new music from someone elses collection, but I’m a bit isolationist in my music taste. I much prefer listening to my existing collection rather than somebody elses.

I use to analyse what goes on with this blog and I occasionally like to browse around what search terms people used to find this blog or information within it. Since people use a variety of different terms and methods to find similar topics and I happened to have some time in my hands, I came up with the Top 10 search term categories for this blog. Here they are in reverse order:

10: Mata Hari Guildford – Restaurant reviews seem to do reasonably well

9: Memoirs of a Geisha – Interesting, I’m more likely to read a review on a magazine website, rather than a blogged review.

8: Cousins Marrying – Should I be concerned?

7: Antwerp – Travel descriptions required. Interestingly I got a request recently from a travel website asking if they can use my on Flickr.

6: Rape / Consent – Interesting that it has generated so much interest. And with the newest statistics and advertising campaign being released, maybe worth revisiting

5: White Wolf – Fairly obvious I suppose

4: Hogfather film – Also fairly obvious. Though the news is it’ll be a TV movie for Christmas!

3: Eberron – Damn WotC and it’s popular products!

2: MP3search.ru – The vast majority of the searches are around the topics of “Is it legal?” and “is it a scam?”. In short: Yes, until September and No.

And the winner is:

1: PSP related searches! The crowd goes wild! Who’d have thought that a three page article dedicated to my favourite toy littered with tags and links would generate hits? Saying that though, I do keep updating the article in question as new information is released.

So there you go? Interesting? Maybe. From my point of view it shows that that top five search topics are fairly geeky. Interestingly, places six to ten aren’t really nerdy at all. They generally link to reviews or opinion pieces. What? Nobody interested in my hangovers?

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Google to get into social bookmarking?: “For anyone who hasn’t tried social bookmarking, it is most easily described as the bookmark capability built into your browser, cross-bred with social networking sites like MySpace or Friendster. A logical comparison could also be made to the user lists found on sites like Amazon, i.e. ‘my list of favorite Dr. Who DVDs,’ or ‘my list of quality Kitchen Aid blender accessories.'”

Personally, I’ve been playing with del.icio.us recently, the mosty well-known social-bookmarking site and been finding it very useful, especially as I’m now using three or four different devices to access the internet. Also, it allows me better tools for research than Google. Search terms in Google will bring up a lot of dross, ancient forum entries and a lot of SEO sites. Looking for other people’s tagged sites is a lot more reliable.

Basically, it’s Flickr for your links and it’s even owned by Yahoo as well. Yahoo would be wise to start merging some of it’s offerings.

So it makes sense for Google to get involved, but it’s hard to see how it can improve on existing models like it did for email.

One new rival on the social bookmarking scene is Ma.gnolia (are you spotting the naming trend?) It’s a newcomer and hence suffers from not many people using it, but it’s key selling point is that when you tag a site, the server stores a snapshot of the page, so you never have to worry about pages vanishing with your reference materials.

Personally, I’m happy to stick with del.icio.us for now. I’ve only just remembered the ridiculous URL…

So, Pioneers of the Inevitable LLC, creators of , have created a new media player called . It looks quite pretty, much like Itunes, and has as it’s major selling points that it can\will be able to access multiple online music stores and can play lists of music on a webpage directly as playlists. Neat.

Technologically, it’s built on the Firefox UI engine making it very solid and extensible.

Features missing so far are the very necessary CD burning & ripping and of course extensions themselves. The former is a must before I convert (for I surely shall), and the latter could make Songbird a real must. I’d want an extension for web\satellite\DAB radio, PSP synching and an interface into (yes it’s still legal and will be until September so get your cheap, downloaded, DRM-free music fast) and (and this bit’s a little sad) good visualisations including a party mode where the machine is locked but still playing the playlist.

In short, watch this space and I’ll give you a review of version 0.2 when it’s out, for version 0.1 shows immense promise but there’s no point for me yet.

: “President Bush has made it a crime to post annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.


The law is buried in the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison.
Under the wording you are allowed to flame someone if you use your real name. But there are also a few problems with the wording.


The law makes it illegal for anyone who: ‘utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet… without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person.’ So getting a good conviction is dependant on people agreeing on what is the meaning of the word annoying.


The law is designed to prevent cyberstalking, but having a look on Usenet, I think this one is going to make for some very interesting court cases, if it is possible to enforce.”

Hurrah! Time to look forward to thousands of spurious court cases and more message boards and chat rooms closing down in fear of legal reprisals! After all, some cases have shown that unless a host, site or even sometimes ISP, can properly protect all users from illegal activity, they may in fact be complicit.

And due to the fact that the net is international and your servers might end up being in the US, you can’t just ignore this legislation just because you’re not American.

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