Month: July 2013

Pioneer Kuro Plasma TV

The Internet has facilitated the propagation of vast amounts of pseudo-knowledge. That is, half-recalled nuggets from traversing the web, endlessly recycled by others. Often, the recycler has no direct experience of the product they are keenly advising or commenting on. There are many examples. The big ones become urban legends, and snopes.com provides a valuable service …

Microsoft

Microsoft seem to have spent 10 years shooting themselves in the digital foot. After having “won” the browser wars, they set out to ruin Internet Explorer. After monopolisng the office software market, they ruin Office. They entirely miss the move to digital music, digital TV and digital movies. They buy Sybase’s old database code and …

Banks Contribution

The UK banking industry remains the biggest single annual contributor to the nations finances. The amount of revenue it provides to the government surpasses that of North Sea oil. But what about “the bail out” ? The actual amount spent ( loaned would be the better word ) on the UK “banking bailout” from 2009 to …

Sub Prime

“Sub prime” lending is not the bogeyman. It’s just lending. Loans have always been categorised according to likelihood of default ( risk ). Sub prime isn’t new, or even bad. It was the Clinton administration that thought that extending credit to those usually priced out of it ( ie, those to whom loans would be …

Tokyo Bicycle Show

I went along to the “Cyclemode International 2012” show at the weekend. It’s the largest of the bicycle shows in Japan. It is held in Makuhari, in Chiba prefecture on the east side of Tokyo Bay. I rode the 45Km from home and took some snaps of the things I found interesting. Which, I should …