What Price Tranquility?

It struck me, as I lay on a chaise longue at the Conrad Bali trying to filter out the drone of the jetskis, that hotels are selling a complicated product. My wife, for example, loves the clean, crisp white sheets and thick feather pillows of a king-size bed. Others go for the food, some for …

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What Your Product Does You Might Not Know About

Empty vodka bottles used for selling petrol, Bali Tools often serve purposes the designers didn’t necessarily intend — increasing their stickiness for users but in a way not clearly understood by the creator. Take the System Tray in Windows for example (and in the bar, whatever it’s called, in Macs.) And this array currently sitting …

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Hotel To Guests: Use Skype

It seems that hotels are finally making the best of a bad thing and realising the old days of fleecing their guests with overpriced phone calls are past. In fact, one hotel is suggesting that in fact it is on the customer’s side, if this ad from today’s IHT by Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels is …

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Loose Launch (Or How to Throw a Book Party in Bali)

Loose Wire, the book, was launched last night at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. It was great to have such a large turnout and gratifying to sell out all copies! More have been shipped in for today’s session of the festival, and can be found at the Java Books stall at Indus. …

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Loose Launch

By the way, here’s a link to the invitation to the launching of the book. Needless to say, all readers of the blog are welcome. And Bali is a beautiful place: Sunday 1 October 2006 Venue Tutmak Café, Jl. Dewi Sita, Ubud, Bali (during the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival) Time 5:30-6:30pm. I can’t really …

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You’ve Read the Column and Blog. Now Read the Book.

I promise I’m not going to harp on too much about this, but today marks the moment when Loose Wire becomes not just a column and a blog (and an occasional podcast) but a book. LOOSE WIRE, A Personal Guide to Making Technology Work for You is now available for pre-ordering here. The book is …

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Unconscious Bandit Suspect Scratches Self

This news is not new, it’s not technology related, and it’s not particularly nice, but I like the way it’s written (thanks, Johnny). From The Post Online (Cameroon): Mob Justice In Bali:Three Suspects Lynched: Mob Justice In Bali:Three Suspects Lynched By Peterkins Manyong The third of the four suspect bandits dragged out of the police …

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Bluetooth And The Art Of Safe Sex

I’ve been researching Islam and technology for a story due out later this week. There’s been some interesting gadgets enter the market place recently aimed at Muslims but what also interested me are the attitudes of Muslims towards technology: Was there any life left in the non-Muslim perception that Islam does somehow not approve of …

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Loose Wire: Don’t Bite the

Loose Wire: Don’t Bite the Hand That Pays By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 18 April 2002 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. I get hot under the collar over a lot of things, especially being forced to write this column in the sweltering tropical heat of Bali, …

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