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Gorkana Stalkana

Another gem from a Gorkana journalist alert email: “(journalist) is available to write about film (interviews, reviews etc) as well as health and beauty features, hotel and spa reviews, and travel articles.” Sounds nice. Similarly, I’m available to write about computers, but also cups of tea, biscuits, sponge cake, sunny days, dozing on the sofa […]

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Chambers Wharf

Walking down the Thames path towards the docklands you pass dozens of old wharfs, all of which have been converted into posh flats – until, abruptly, the path stops because there’s an old, unrestored building left standing in the way – Chambers Wharf. Interestingly, there are posts online suggesting that despite appearances it was in […]

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HOW TO: Fake iPhone Photos

No money for an iPhone? No problem! 1) Get drunk 2) Turn camera to maximim ISO 3) Take photo in dark room Et voila – pictures with the “slightly blurry, slightly grainy, slightly crap” look that just screams “overpriced, underspecified cellular telephone camera”. Email a few around, and the world need never know your secret […]

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Buy (less) Crap

Researching for a short piece on the annoyingly named PRODUCT (RED) and its critics I came across this: BUY (LESS) CRAP. It makes an interesting point: rather than buying a product from which a (sometimes unspecified) sum is donated to charity, why not just donate to charity?

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High technology

“Is this another case of computer technology in search of a market?” A reminder of the days when a waterfall picture, animated poorly by rotating the colour palette, was the height of technology.

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All in the ratings game

I’m sick of websites and newspapers enthusing about The Wire. Partly because it’s cliquey – this is a programme watched by exactly one-millionth* of the number of people who tune in to Hollyoaks, but it gets huge amounts of attention. More importantly, though, because I’ve developed an unhealthy addiction to the stupid thing, and reading […]

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“Until then, though, I’ll be sticking with Fox News”

There’s much joy to be had from the inanities posted to the BBC’s Have Your Say website, but the wonders of user-submitted content go further. Amazon’s reader reviews are particularly fine and, if you pick the right book, show up some disturbing truths about the commenters’ views on society. Take, for example, one Clancy-esque thriller […]

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Liveblogging the Macworld 2009 Keynote

16/1/08 13:14 – Steve Jobs expected to take the stage in just 364 days. Excitement building in San Francisco. Rumours suggest new computer hardware and software products to be announced – watch this space for updates.

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Suggestions for the benefit of humanity

Only three, and each one easy to implement: 1) The “forward” button should be removed from Outlook Express. 2) Attempts to send any message with more than ten email addresses in the “to” field should cause any home email client to spontaneously uninstall itself and launch something less harmful (Solitaire, maybe, or a nice picture […]

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