Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bristol Wireless are hosting a day on Open Source in Feb. Open Source is part of the wireless debate as it is another aspect of easy access.

There is also a graphics meeting coming up in Poland. this includes some animation but covers requirements for print - page layout, illustration, photography. Poland is a way off but the web links can be followed.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Guy Kewney has a theory about wifi as a benefit in the struggle for coffee identity.

Maybe free wifi would switch people from Starbucks to MacDonalds. No sign of this yet in Exeter but worth following.

Monday, January 07, 2008

I have done a story for MyNews India ahead of BETT about the suggestion UK parents have to sort out the broadband gap to help the children get educated. Maybe there is a point to this but it is also the result of a failure of the government to do much about the UK situation as a whole.

There is also a Talk topic at the Guardian.

It is a business problem, not just educational. There is a competitiveness minister who has some interest in this amongst many other duties. Google finds not much, but there is something on YouTube.

My own impression is that claims about UK "leadership" in broadband have not much connection with reality. OECD numbers for broadband subscribers per 100 population show the UK just outside the top ten. More disturbing is that the number for fibre subscribers is zero, so there is a limit on future forms of content.

However, the recognition for the contribution of the Web for education is welcome. Presumably this includes direct access to the Web with none of the limitations sometimes found in schools.

As far as I can tell, comments on YouTube have been disabled for this video so further comment is welcome here.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Davos Question, the answer is "Act Local"

Jeff Jarvis
has started to relate to the Davos blog again. This sort of thing could use up quite a lot of energy. The BBC World Service has started to invite more podcast contributions from the listeners as part of "the new world of open news". More likely could be some form of local conversation in real time, even on a small scale.

so the answer to the question "what to do next" is probably "Act Local". There will be enough thinking globally on other blogs to link to.

Specific point is what to make of Exeter TV. If not now, when? The UK bandwidth seems adequate for something fairly soon.