Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Can’t we all share in the search bounty?

Can’t we all share in the search bounty?
Should we be paid for using search engines? For most people that is a silly question. Of course not, they would say. If anything, we should be paying them. The use of search engines has transformed our lives by bringing knowledge on any subject to our computer screens in a fraction of a second – and all for nothing. The more relevant question is: how much would you pay to have a search engine if it were suddenly whisked away from you? The answer is: a lot of money.
http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1942272,00.html

us: Do the Rights of the Disabled Extend to the Blind on the Web?

Do the Rights of the Disabled Extend to the Blind on the Web?
According to an advocacy group, Target declined last year to make its Web site fully accessible to blind people with specialized screen-reading technology last year. If true — and Target has denied the accusation in court — it was a public relations blunder, and it may have been illegal as well.
http://iht.com/articles/2006/11/06/business/ecom.php

Why you should care about the Stern Review

Why you should care about the Stern Review
Sir Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist, lobbed a bombshell into the heart of the climate change debate on Monday. His report, compiled at the behest of the Chancellor, laid out in stark terms the measures needed to stop global warming. Its conclusions are not pretty, and have major implications for businesses and IT professionals.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/itmanagement/0,1000000308,39284493,00.htm

Small is beautiful for the net giants

Small is beautiful for the net giants
‘Web 2.0’ highlights how the online world is changing: amateurs come up with the ideas, then the big boys open their wallets: What exactly is the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0? In essence, Web 1.0 was all about creating simple but effective internet versions of real-world businesses where selling could happen on the web, whereas Web 2.0 really uses the internet as a completely new way to market to people; ‘selling’ has shifted to ‘buying’ because the user is in control. He or she broadcasts his or her profile, tendencies and preferences in a way that is picked up by Web 2.0 technology infrastructure and marketing tools.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,,1934021,00.html

Independence must not be the first casualty of media shake-up

bIndependence must not be the first casualty of media shake-up
Following the passing of new media ownership laws in Australia, The Age newspaper in an editorial writes: ‘And we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” The Biblical text has nothing on the changes that seem likely to Australia’s media landscape, and which have, in effect, come to pass before the laws that will allow them to happen were themselves passed yesterday. The stage is being set for whenever the performance is due to start.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/10/18/1160850996585.html