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Dual Boot your iPod

Some of the Linux Community are working hard on producing a version of Linux for the iPod.
Although this might not to be really that useful for most, but ultimately it might. It creates a platform to create and make applications, including support for other file formats and interfaces. There is no real support for the fifth-generation (Colour) iPod yet.


Maintaining Wikis

Wikis can often suffer from the Tragedy of the Commons, where the individual's needs aren't necessarily the in the common interest. So it important to think about who is reading the wiki and what they're likely to look for. Wikis are good at producing highly navigatable the pages can be highly interconnected. Here are some common failures:

  • Lack of interconnection: Wiki's like wikipedia are most powerful when related concepts are linked together.
  • Separation of Concerns: Better use of indexes/categories and recent history means that pages of lists are less necessary. Wikis should be arranged heterarchically rather than hierarchically.

Hedge your life

According to The Economist we don't have long in the UK till a new type of betting. Hedge Steet in America is already providing a service allow people to buy futures, protecting them from fluctuations in the market.


To speak is to listen: Livingstone and Outrage

The Mayor of London was recently suspended for a month by an adjudication panel over comments he made to a Jewish reporter. He likened the reporter to a concentration camp guard. It appears that Livingstone felt that he was a fascist, or at least the Evening Standard is. This case is not as simple as it first seems, the reporter may well have been a fan of Livingstone.


Yahoo! A UI library

Yahoo, after a year in development, have produced a library of Javascript Components to improve web user interfaces. Interesting information about their components and design is available on their
Yahoo! User Interface Blog.


What is the fuss about identity cards?

I have to admit to having mixed feelings about Identity Cards. Liberty who campaign for human-rights have an active campaign against them. The primary reason is that they are an erosion of civil liberty, but also:

  • They cost too much: they're set to cost hundreds of millions, as much as £18billion. They argue the money would be better spent invested in the police.
  • Choice: people aren't being given a choice. Although the govenment is dancing round the issue, saying that there is an option. But hindering those who don't take up the card.

Do blogs represent the end of newspapers?

Last week Trevor Butterworth in The Financial Times Magazine questioned the future of blogging. He created a blog, where many started to comment on what blogging means to them.



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