Strangled by the Grassroots

 Steve Outing writes a bittersweet eulogy to his failed startup, the Enthusiast Group, which tried to build a business around grassroots media. His conclusion: with the exception of one or two sites that make it big (YouTube, Flickr) user generated content is not strong enough to stand on its own. In my view — and …

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Another Task Manager

In this week’s WSJ.com/AWSJ column (subscription only, I’m afraid) I write about online calendars, mentioning towards the end of it Backpack, an excellent online project and stuff organiser using Ajax. Here’s a slightly different version of the same thing, sproutliner: Sproutliner is a free web service that helps you manage your projects and ideas (think …

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This week’s column – Not Wired, Just Weird

This week’s Loose Wire column is about some of the more obscure gadgets I found at CommunicAsia Expo in Singapore last week: WANDERING AROUND last week’s technology exhibition, CommunicAsia, in Singapore, I was struck by the gulf between the big players–with their huge, noisy stands, populated entirely by well-shaped, scantily-clad men and women all under …

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News: Sun, Surf and Laptops

 Email is the bane of our lives. It arrives even when we’re not there, and is usually full of junk (I’m not talking about stuff from the boss, but only because he’s reading this.) Now, it seems, we can’t actually detach ourselves from it. According to a British Computer Society (BCS) survey, there has been …

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