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Thursday November 11, 2004
I enjoyed the article describing Microsoft's vision of the PC multi-tasking for computer, video, audio and other functions via one box, and more importantly, one screen in the living room (Battle for the living room, November 4).
In my house, my son is playing a game on one computer, my other son is doing some schoolwork on another, and my daughter is using a third to chat with her friends. I am using my laptop to write this mail. My wife is contemplating watching a programme on television. If all computer and TV functions are to be combined in one big screen, I think your article might need to be re-titled Battle in the living room. I think we shall keep our computers and televisions separate for the forseeable future.
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This may be convenient for some people, but I do not want to change my existing phone line or pay for an additional line. This is because I am then forced to use its broadband service - which I am sure is adequate for the lay user, but limits me in my choices and is more expensive.
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Jack Schofield (November 4) gives a critical view of AMD's "popular computer" black box. I wonder if that's the system Brazil is adopting; it may be a mistake.
I'm quite keen on Scrum stuff (Taken to extremes, November 4) and on any form of programming or working that minimises meetings. We used some of this stuff in my last project in the BBC.
I don't see why anyone would want a first-generation Sony PSP handheld... it's obviously been rushed. I'm sure in 12 months' time it might be worth looking into, but cobbling them together this fast and setting the price based on an informal office poll seems insane.
Ironically, I think, the future of blog is back office, for e-science research, rather than for public use. I refer here to old wine in new bottles; ideasharing, theme-generation and internet- mediated academic discourse.
Creative Commons keeps making its unstoppable stride into the mainstream (Creative comfort, October 28). The article concentrates on music but it is a rather good attempt to explain what the movement is all about.
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