It’s the IT PRO Birthday Cake (well, one of them)…..

Posted by Chris Green on Tuesday July 31 @ 4:25 pm

What must surely be the must-have gift of the summer began arriving in post rooms across the UK today – the IT PRO 1st Birthday Cake:

IT PRO Cake

Not the best pic I know – but what do you expect from a crappy camera phone (hint – I desperately need a new phone).

End of an era as Sky buys Amstrad

Posted by Chris Green on Tuesday July 31 @ 4:24 pm

Satellite broadcaster buys Amstrad, nowadays a maker of satellite receivers but once a powerhouse in the European computing market and the company responsible for the CPC and the PCW, not to mention using CP/M as its 8-bit operating system of choice. Oh how I miss CP/M Plus.

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Simpsons Movie review

Posted by Chris Green on Friday July 27 @ 10:23 pm

Den of Geek

Having taken the day off work to go and see it, I’ve written a review of the new Simpsons Movie, which is now online over at Den of Geek.

Simpsons Chris

Please head on over and have a look at the review (warning, contains spoilers), as well as the multitide of other articles on cult TV, movies, comics, games and books.

Blimey!

Posted by Chris Green on Thursday July 26 @ 1:33 pm

OK, so it seems I’ve managed to touch a nerve with a blog post – again!

I did a blog post over on IT PRO lamenting terrible use of technology. The chaps over at PR blog The World’s Leading picked up on this, albeit not the whole post by the looks of it, and blogged it.

The subsequent first comment on the TWL post, done by a poster with a made-up name who threw their toys out of their pram in the most spectacular fashion is still making me giggle, it is that childish. The person I actually expected to get worked-up about my post was my sister, rather than Mr Made-up-name.

Still, at least I’m not as picky as the hack Sally discovered last night.

The inadvertent Linux user

Posted by Chris Green on Thursday July 26 @ 11:40 am

In the mobile market, many are predicting that we will be presented with a wave of mobile Linux-based devices and platforms by 2012. A in-depth feature by Richard Hillesley with insight from several leading experts in the Linux space, mobile device market and Microsoft.

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Google and Microsoft results – More TV appearances

Posted by Chris Green on Thursday July 19 @ 5:50 pm

Microsoft and Google announce quarterly results tonight, and I’ll be doing the usual round of TV spots to discuss the figures:

BBC News 24: Tonight at 9.40pm (Live)
BBC World: Tomorrow 5.30am (Live)
CNBC: Tomorrow 10.40am (Live)

As always, these times are subject to change as other coverage may overrun.

O2 to axe failed UK i-mode service

Posted by Chris Green on Tuesday July 17 @ 6:29 pm

Having launched its service too late, lacking compelling content and easy payment options, mobile operator O2 prepares to put a bullet in its lackluster i-mode effort.

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Talking about Google on the BBC

Posted by Chris Green on Friday July 13 @ 8:02 pm

Just a quick update: I’m off to the BBC this evening to do a spot on BBC News 24, talking about Google and the sponsored search links court case.

I’ll be on air at about 8.20pm tonight, provided I don’t get bumped by some breaking news about the Beckhams.

Pipex sells consumer broadband business for £210 million

Posted by Chris Green on Friday July 13 @ 5:39 pm

Pipex silences speculation by confirming plans to sell its consumer voice and broadband subsidiaries to rival Tiscali for £210 million. Big questions remain unanswered by both sides over what this sale will mean for users, whether contracts and terms of service will change etc.

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London’s hidden countryside

Posted by Chris Green on Wednesday July 11 @ 1:31 am

I was going to do this post later in the day, but I can’t sleep, and I can’t settle watching TV, so here goes.

Earlier this evening I had to go out to do some stuff – pay in some money at the bank, post a letter, stuff like that. The deposit bit of my nearest Nationwide ATM was broken, so I had to drive a bit further than planned (Uxbridge) to pay in my cheque. This was probably not a bad thing as I was already feeling a little unsettled this evening, and hoped that the extra drive would help me relax – yes, driving actually relaxes me, it is one of the few outlets I have left to help me unwind. It is also why I prefer to drive places and not hit the booze rather than use scummy public transport and be able to drink.

It was a lovely evening, nice and sunny, nice and warm, the iPod was pumping the right tunes through my car’s stereo and the car itself was in the mood for some high-speed country driving, so I decided to take the scenic route home. Rather than thunder down the A40 from Uxbridge to Ruislip, I went via the B roads, and in particular, Breakspear Road.

It is not a road I normally drive down (in fact, I’ve probably only been down there about four or five times in my life. Driving down that very long road, which stretches from Ickenham to Harefield, was brilliant. It has a surprisingly high speed limit, and today was just right to go flying along it, powering along the straights, diving into the twisty bits, sliding the car past the occasional passing car and tractor, with the windows down taking in the fantastic countryside and views across North West London,  all less than a mile from my already leafy doorstep. I was enjoying myelf so much I forgot to turn off towards Ruislip and ended up going all the way to Harefield.

There is an incredible expanse of real countryside round here, and I don’t take it in as much as I should. This evening was a real eye-opener, as I’ve already spotted a number of areas I need to explore, and even a couple of nice looking country pubs that might be worth a visit along the way too. Also, with the lousy weather we’ve been having of late, it was nice to be able to go out and drive about for a little while with the windows open without getting cold, wet or both.

I need to do this more often!

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