My War On ATM Spam and Other Annoyances

By Jeremy Wagstaff (This is a copy of my weekly syndicated column) You really don’t need to thank me, but I think you should know that for the past 10 years I’ve been fighting a lonely battle on your behalf. I’ve been taking on mighty corporations to rid the world of spam. Not the spam …

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Disappointed, But Looking

(This is a copy of my Loose Wire Sevice column, produced for newspapers and other print publications.) By Jeremy Wagstaff Back in early 1987 I was lured into a store on the Tottenham Court Road by a window display of computers. And I’ve been disappointed ever since. Well, actually they were called Word Processors. Made …

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The Size of the Future

(This is a guest post from a friend and long-time colleague, Robin Lubbock of WBUR, who will be contributing to Loose Wire Blog. You can read his blog, the Future of New(s), here.) Why don’t you buy hard-back books? Either they are too expensive, or too big. They are too big to comfortably hold in …

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Soccer 2.0

  Photo: The Offside In Soccer 1.0 the manager is king. But an Israeli football team is experimenting with a sort of crowd-sourcing, wisdom-of-the-Kop type approach, where fans monitor the game online and suggest starting line-up, tactics and substitutions. Reuters reports from Tel Aviv that “diehard football fan Moshe Hogeg was so upset when star …

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Protect Your Privacy With Twiglets

I really hate being asked for lots of private details just to download a product. In short: People shouldn’t have to register to try something out. An email address, yes, if absolutely necessary. But better not: just let the person decide whether they like it. It’s the online equivalent of a salesperson shadowing you around the shop …

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Podcast: Online Shopping

From the BBC World Service World Business Report: Online shopping Here’s an excerpt from the original WSJ.com piece (subscription only, I’m afraid): Why does buying stuff online still look so similar to buying offline? First, Web sites still use the whole browsing-shopping basket-checkout metaphor, an approach that even real world shops are trying to get …

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