Here's one to whip out next time someone asks you if they should upgrade to V*sta...
Communications from the world of, er, communications. And other stuff.
David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.
Our esteemed national incumbent has just sent out a press release detailing the ten stupidest things customers have allegedly told their IT helpdesk services. Some of these (the second in particular) are - by IT standards - hoary chestnuts by now, but I'm willing to give BT the benefit of the doubt that people still say 'em.
While operators rage against the dying of the light (oh alright, "hope to cling on to their revenues"), new players are starting to circle like vultures. While Skype is safely (for now) holding hands with the likes of 3, newcomer Fring - which officially launched today - allows people to use their accounts with pretty much any big VoIP player (Skype, Google Talk, er, Fring...
Having just had the mother of all nightmares with my tax return (why exactly do new online self-assessment passwords need to be snail-mailed???), I appreciated this wonder-drug advert as seen on Coolsmartphone (yes, I can see this one had been around for a while, but that's where I saw it)...
The NHS "Spine" seems like a very good idea. Having once been a medical secretary myself, I know how useful it will be for staff to access patients' details anywhere in the country.
According to this Reuters piece, China is "leapfrogging" 3G in favour of, er, 4G. Say what?
Here's a very funny parody of the whole Web 2.0 start-up spiel.
Things must be going well at the British subsidiary of Telefonica - "each eligible O2 employee" (i.e.
Writing up this morning's appearance at the London Telemedicine Symposium by the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge, I left out a couple of choice quotes (we try to keep our stories focused, you see).Aside from claiming that people are comfortable with the Internet (er, not the elderly folks for whom telemedicine is supposedly designed) and suggesting that it's the tech industry's responsibility to get kids fired up about science (who exactly sets the curriculum these days?
In the wake of 3's abolition of roaming charges, the CEO of internet telephony provider Coms (nope, me neither) has issued a rather triumphalistic statement about how it's all the result of operators "feeling the squeeze" from VoIP.Interestingly, Terry Martin seems fairly certain that Vodafone will be next to drop the cursed fees, and notes that "it will be interesting when the mobile operators have to start looking at partnering up with each other in order to survive".