Wikipedia sucks. Why do I say this? Obviously I’ve just had yet another
bad experience with the self-professed Gods who “manage” the
encyclopaedia. But before I bore you with the Data as a Service controversy
(ooh, that sounds exciting, doesn’t it!?), let’s take a look at just why
Wikipedia sucks quite so badly.
Who wants to be a Wikipedia moderator? Why would you want to do it? How
would you find the time? Why would you be bothered? Here are the reasons:
1) You want to contribute something of value to the human race: knowledge.
A noble thought. But why not just contribute in the normal way? Because
you are a prolific contributor and want to feel a little important.
2) You have a burning hatred of “spammers” and pranksters who leave their
trail of junk contributions and links wherever they go. You fight the good
fight and think of yourself as a crusader aga... (more)
What is this X-Box design reject that’s nudging its way onto tech pages
everywhere? Apparently it’s Google’s latest stab at the cloud. It’s
the cloud – but in a nice tangible box. Or rather, it’s a device that
lets you access Google’s mighty servers and store all your stuff on them.
Google’s still a bunch of high-school geeks coding up “cool stuff”
But does this cut to the root of the problem?
I don’t think so. Google seems to argue that somehow this box will
“amalgamate all of its services” but I think it’s a desperate attempt
to think around a problem rather... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Mention cloud computing to a business hack and you’re more likely to be
given a restraining order than an interview.
“Not cloud computing,” they’ll groan. “But while you’re on the
phone, does your client have a life-threatening illness and live in the
Or something like that. But apart from what’s perceived as massive
over-hype, cloud computing’s got real problems. A lot of people don’t
know what it means. Even more think it somehow sprang up overnight to save
small businesses everywhere, when the reality is that it’s a term
describing m... (more)
The latest Twitter controversy surrounding the blog, the hacker and the cloud
vendor isn’t disturbing – just inevitable. By now anybody with an iota of
interest in cloud computing will know what this story is about. Many people
are probably damning Google for their ” lack of security.” But hang on
here. Aren’t people being quite cavalier with their data? The other day I
refused to give my own partner my PIN… but as I write, it’s happily
stored somewhere as a draft on GMail. That really doesn’t make sense.
Hell, I trust the cloud more than I trust myself
Who’s really to blame? I do... (more)
Is Ask’s marketing strategy a gift or a curse? I think it’s a bit of
both. (Whatever the case, my mother-in-law literally thinks there is a real
man called Jeeves who answers your questions when you hit the Search button.)
Apparently Scott Garrell, president of Ask Networks, said in a recent
interview: “In a very tough and competitive market, we’re holding our
own… people don’t talk in keywords.”
Well, my mother-in-law doesn’t, but then she can’t set the timer on the
microwave. It’s always 00:00 in that house. It’s like Groundhog Day, only
far less interesting and without the ine... (more)