Archive | October, 2007

Facebook? More like Idlebook/ Crapbook/ Dullbook/ Crackbook

25 Oct
  
Well well! Another invite to join the ranks of fools that have a Facebook profile.
Oh how much I hate those "I’ve added you as a friend on Facebook" automated messages!
 
I thought friendship was all about personal interaction and exchange of ideas. The very process that Facebook’s set-up negates.
Being in someone’s list of "friends" is almost like looking in the party but not actually being there.
How can an inane comment of the "I’m eating crisps" kind of league constitute of communication? Isn’t the very nature of meaningful communication that the broadcasted message is worthy of its broadcast? Who the hell cares if I am currently having a big bag of cracked pepper Kettle Chips?
 
When I asked a friend if he had moved to the new flat he was trying to buy in the last few months, all I got was an automated invite to join Facebook.
It’s exactly the kind of degradation of individuality in interpersonal communication that makes me so angry.
If he bothered to let me know with a persona email I may have been more understanding…but answering to my email with a standard invite to Facebook? That is the equivalent of taking the piss!
Oh when will people see that its is just a pointless exercise for arrogant self publicising morons
 

iPhone hysteria here we go!

12 Oct

 

The general hysteria that accompanies a major, and rather delayed, Apple Corp launch has started.

O2 is the "lucky" network to pick it up in the UK. The iPhone will be launching on 9 November, rather handy for the critical Christmas sales.There’s a rather buzzy photographic coverage on Engadget of the press launch:
Launch event report on Engadget.It pretty much illustrates the kind of excitement an Apple launch can create even though it is essentially an already launched product in the US (and widely reported in the media and blogosphere)  

Especially when the iPhone is a rather crippled device that is locked down (impossible to run non apple approved applications) and non expandable (no memory card reader). Hopefully the European mobile users will be more savvy and realise that it is a device firmly rooted to past of mobile telecommunications…pretty much the area occupied by the US.

The US users are used to paying for their mobiles as they are used to paying for receiving text messages. Both are totally inconceivable in Europe, where the phones are heavily subsidised and the texts are free to receive.

Also there has been an advertising campaign by NOKIA around the US pointing out that their Symbian based mobiles are open to new applications and customisations by the usersreminding all those iPhone users that are locked down to an 18month contract and paid for a device that they cannot customise without putting more money in Apple’s pockets (e.g. ringtones through iTunes)

(picture from gadgetell.com)

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