Tag Archives: King

The Book Will Outlive Us All

By | April 25, 2008

A wonderful post by an old friend and former colleague, Martin Latham, on why the book will outlast the e-reader: Printed books are palimpsests of our lives. They bear our imprint: we press in them the mountain-holiday flower, we spill wine, bath water, suntan lotion and even tears on them. As babies, we chew them; as adults, we… Read More »

The Worm and Tide Turn

By | January 8, 2008

It’s funny how things have changed. Before the days of the web, if someone offered you something for free you’d be all grovelly and the offerer would be all haughty. Like watching those matrons jostling and bashing each other with handbags at the Christmas sales, the sales assistants standing by assessing their nails. Now, at least online, we’re… Read More »

Soccer 2.0

By | October 25, 2007

  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 striker Lionel Messi… Read More »

Fripp, Eno and the Microsoft Sound

By | November 12, 2006

I don’t know whether to be delighted or depressed, but it seems many of my musical heroes are now writing music for computers. And it’s emerging as something of an art form in itself. Robert Fripp, for example, is doing the music for the Windows Vista startup sound, as part of an 18 month project, according to this… Read More »

Elitism’s Big Security Hole

By | September 1, 2006

You would expect that if you choose an elite, premium product or service that it was more secure than its lesser, bog standard one. But after an incident today I’m not so sure. I happen to have a fancy premium account at my bank. I didn’t really want it, and object to such things on champagne socialist grounds,… Read More »