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Net News Wire (now with added Google)

Published August 4, 2009

Net News Wire (now with added Google)

I have been waiting for a decent way to sync my feeds to the desktop from Google Reader, whilst still being able to keep up with them out and about. My only problem with this so far is that I forgot I already had NNW installed, and my two sets of feeds have merged somewhat. It’ll take a while to sort, but I have a feeling it will be worth it.

Overcomplicating things

Published July 9, 2009

Overcomplicating things

I just heard about the £12.5 million revamp of the London Eye. Do you know what they’re doing? They’re taking each pod off, one at a time, and replacing them with a temporary one that doesn’t carry passengers. Each pod is then floated down the Thames to Essex, before being transported to Worcester. The refit takes place, the pod is returned to its rightful place and the next one gets the same treatment.

BBC and ITV agree over news

Published March 13, 2009

BBC and ITV agree over news

The BBC and ITV have released a joint statement, announcing they’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help save regional news. The potential partnership would secure the future of regional news on ITV, although no specific details have been released. A couple of possibilities have been discussed, including the two broadcasters sharing locations, facilities, resources and media - with most of the items coming from the BBC side, available for ITV to use.

BBC News tweaks

Published February 20, 2009

BBC News tweaks

I noticed it yesterday, although I’m not sure when it first appeared, but the BBC have tweaked the News homepage slightly. Now, instead of five most read stories, you get ten. The most emailed section remains the same. The Editors blog has more information about the upgrade here, with the aim behind the feature described. The journalists writing for the site keep a close eye on the ever-changing “most popular” list because it can be a good place to spot emerging interest in stories which we can then develop, and it can also help us assess how successful we’ve been at highlighting and headlining what we see as the key stories of the day.

Trust accept Gaza appeal decision

Published February 19, 2009

Trust accept Gaza appeal decision

Following the BBC’s decision not to show the Gaza Appeal commercial, the matter went to the trust for review. However, the Trust have agreed with the decision, and the appeal will not be shown. From the statement: We recognise that the Director-General’s decision was a matter of great controversy for many members of the public. However, having carefully examined the Director-General’s reasons, the Trust believes he acted correctly throughout, and we are satisfied that the decision the Director-General took was reasonable given the importance of preserving the reputation of the BBC for impartiality.

Holding out for a hero

Published February 5, 2009

Holding out for a hero

It’ll be a while before I’ll be able to get those images of a plane in the Hudson River out of my mind, but at least it’s one of those feel good stories where it all ended happily ever after. The passengers were safe, the crew were heralded, the pilot called a hero. It’s all good. But aren’t they forgetting someone? Today, the audio from the black box on the plane was released, and the BBC have an excerpt of it.

Haven't they heard of the internet?

Published December 27, 2008

Haven't they heard of the internet?

The Boxing Day sales certainly were popular, especially at the Westfield Shopping Centre. The BBC have a short video of the mass hysteria as the doors to the centre opened. One woman even discusses the fact that she has travelled from afar, stayed overnight in a hotel, and was looking forward to her shopping trip more than Christmas Day itself. Needless to say, this freaks me out. Our cupboards are beginning to look a bit sparse and I need to hit the shops.

Blogathon 2006 (6 of 48): Feed reader, reader of feeds

Published July 29, 2006

Blogathon 2006 (6 of 48): Feed reader, reader of feeds

When I decided I wanted to buy a laptop, I was in the middle of a shop, I saw one I liked, I bought it. When I buy things, it is usually spur of the moment, with some but very little market research, and much excitement. Mr C is the complete opposite. He does not like to buy anything just like that, will research all the possible options ever, find the best one, but have to think about it for a while before he actually buys it.

Football fever

Published June 6, 2006

Football fever

A few days ago Wayne Rooney kicked a football. Yesterday, David Beckham got on a plane. Today, Frank Lampard drank some water. This is what constitues news at the moment? World Cup fever has seriously gripped everyone. There is no escaping from it. It’s in the news. It’s on the television. It’s in every single advert ever. An advert break on television now may contain only one advert that doesn’t mention football.

And now for the news

Published November 22, 2005

And now for the news

Overheard today: “Is it just me or are you completely bored about the whole George Best in hospital saga?” “I haven’t really heard that much about it, I don’t watch the news.” “I mean, honestly, he’s back in hospital, he’s on a life support machine, he’s in a coma. Aren’t there any real newsworthy stories to report on?” And that’s the thing. There aren’t. Not when you have to fill up an entire 24 hours of news.