We are starting to see a turn for the better, we are hopefully emerging the other side of sharing music is bad for the industry phase and the industry is now seeing the potential with the p2p networks.
The BBC has always had its eye on the ball with this sort of thing, podcast, video podcasting, so it comes of no surprise to me that there the first really serious content provider that people want/already share.
Shame its only the US, the BBC does stand for British Broadcasting Corporation, what's going on america first! Next they'll pull a sony "historically people in europe don't mind waiting for the latest technology"
I have been pondering this one for a while and I just can't seem to get it resolved in my mind, like most things its double edged.
In my case i think that blogging has significantly improved my written (pity I didn't pick a-level english) I also find it easier to write longer more in-depth things that I would ordinarily just leave well alone.
Think of it, outside of the blogging context though. You write lots, you get better at writing, blogging is just an extension of that writing skill. You then have the flip side, the fact that you can get so into the blogging and other related things on the web that you then spend less time working and more time blogging. The key would seem to be getting the right balance of blogging and work, lets say the blog to work ratio. In my case I would love to spend every living moment making stuff for the web, and blogging. Alas I need to work because I aren't doing particularly well on the maths side of things but Computing is entirely other story.
Sorry for disjointed nature of this post, and the fact it would seem to posting for postings sake but I think it's genuinely instresting to actually see what benefits you get from blogging. We all want to blog or do we?
"Everyone thinks they have something to say, until they're put on stage and asked to say it." Mr Plummer
Whilst I can't take credit for the plugins and additional things that I have bolted on (I can take credit for making them play nice together) I have got rid of the sociable plug in the favor of a prettier system that has abit of the web 2.0 about it. Its Share It! Link Also icons from http://shareicons.com/
Now its even simpler to get the content you like from here to wherever you want, I think I will try and do something similar with the RSS syndication stuff if I Get chance.
We are entering a time were computers run our lives, we put blind faith into them (do you take a regular backup?) and also are starting to increase the amount of transactions we take online, with the populisation of internet shopping and internet banking in no small contributed by eBay and PayPal.
We (depending were you read this blog) live in countries with few or no laws on how to protect ourselves online, fair enough there's the DPA in the UK which goes somewhere near but there is no clear definition of what constitutes hacking or any other cyber-offence.
It stupidly simple to get access to a computer that you don't own that its scary. You can take a standard off the shelf USB stick, push it in a computer it will create you a Administrator account a remote user account and give you the password to anybody who logs into that machine. Many homes now are switching to wi-fi indeed BT offer there Home Hub which is wireless with all there packages, albeit with a very simple 64-bit encryption assigned to it, but who's responsibility is it to secure there wi-fi, I am firmly in the camp that if you leave it open its fair game to anybody, but just think about what you do online in a particular day and how much somebody could find about you it just a few hours on your network. Its enough to steal your Identity and rob you blind, yet many people just don't understand the scope of the problem.
It's all well and good knowing that these things are problems but how do we stop this from happening in the first place. As yet I haven't been able to come up with a single thing that could be feasibly enforced, or surrendering our own privacy to some higher power (which I don't think anybody in there right mind would be comfortable with. This is a problem that is almost as big as Global Warming if we manage to survive what ever apocalyptic event we make. Yet, we continue for the most part ignoring the fact it is a problem and how it would effect you if your identity was cloned and bank accounts cleaned, not a particularly nice thought.
Parallels have release a new BETA of there Virtualization Application for mac os x with many updates, the biggest of which being "Coherence" this things rocks, so much its untrue.
How about Windows Taskbar at the bottom of the page and mac os x everywhere else, thats right the holy grail of being able to run everything you could ever want has been acheived. Apples' decision to switch to intel seems all but justified now.
Running windows apps as if they were mac apps without have to have a separate window open is genius, how the hell they manage to do it is beyond me. What I do know is Macs are most definitely going from strength to strength and a actually think Parallels would be a welcomed acquisition for Apple, because Leopard could take this stuff and run to such a level were you can no longer tell you are virtualizing windows. For example download a file with safari that happens to be an .exe, double click it and windows opens it. Simple elegant and apple all over.
Come apple this is certainly a feature i would love to see in Leopard (if it isnt already in there)
I have dabbled in many office applications google's offerings microsoft open office and some i cant even remember.
I am amazed at ThinkFree Office it is exactly what a web app should be and the learning curve is 0 cos it looks just like office on you desktop. Wel done guys, and ThinkFree Office is my default Office of choice.