BBC Micro is 26

Memories of the BBC Micro from four of the architects of the machine from the early 1980’s.

The BBC Micro was, for many in the UK, their first introduction to home computing.

Fantastic machine – I had one and cut my teeth on BBC BASIC.

WordCamp UK proposal

Inspired by WordCamp Dallas 2008 I’m floating the idea of WordCamp UK at some point this year.

WordCamp UK logo

The idea has already gone around a number of WordPress mailing lists and elsewhere, and in the light of feedback I’m posting this to ascertain the level of interest.

Don’t hesitate to add a comment to this post so the practicality of such an event can be gauged.

I’m happy to take part in organising such an event if it seems to be a good idea – it would be useful even at this early stage to see if anyone else is prepared to be involved in making arrangements etc.

Here’s one description of WordCamp:

WordCamp is a (semi) BarCamp-style conference where users of the Open Source blogging software WordPress can meet and share tips and experiences with one another.

Some initial thoughts to get the discussion going:

  • Format: A little more structured, such as WordCamp Dallas 2008, or more BarCamp, as WordCamp Hamburg?
  • Size: Number of attendees?
  • Location: London or other city? Take into account travelling and accommodation.
  • Sponsorship: Would be good to subsidise the event!

Finally a list of previous WordCamps I’m aware of:

Plus WordCamp Report for reference.

Update Saturday 22 March 2008 at 1531: I’ve set up a WordCamp UK mailing list.

Update Monday 24 March 2008 at 1522: Here’s the RSS feed for comments to this post.

Update Thursday 27 March 2008 at 0649: WordCamp Melbourne and Argentina added to list above.

Update Monday 31 March 2008 at 0028: I’ve now set up a WordPress UK wiki.

Yahoo goes semantic

Yahoo has announced support for semantic web standards as part of its search system.

This is definitely excellent news!

Here’s some commentary on the announcement.

IE and standards

Good summary of the current situation surrounding Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.

The piece concludes:

The conversation [with Dean Hachamovitch IE general manager] shows that while Microsoft is clearly serious about implementing better web standards in IE8, the battle for control over which technology dominates the web is not over yet.

TBL on privacy and choice

Facinating 27 minute video interview with World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee on the BBC News site.

The interview covers privacy, choice, social networking, openness and the future of the web.

There’s also an interesting accompanying blog entry by interviewer Rory Cellan-Jones. clocks up 10 years is 10 years old.

I’ve long followed Jason Kottke’s site, which is one of the longest running blogs on the web.

Here’s to the next 10 years – congratulations Jason!

Thrills and spills in Australia

Picture of 6 wheel Tyrell-Ford P34-6 77 Formula 1 car

I’ve been watching the live streaming feed of the opening Formula One race of the 2008 season on ITV.

The deal with Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Management, includes coverage of practice sessions, and is understood to be initially for a year.

From my connection to the net the feed was struggling at times – not surprising given the speed of the cars resulting in plenty of changing picture data.

It was disappointing the original 4 by 3 aspect ratio of the pictures from Australia had been ‘squashed’ into 16 by 9 on ITV’s site.

The race itself showed the dramatic effect of the 2008 rule changes, particularly the removal of traction control – only seven cars finished, the lowest number in the history of the Melbourne race.

The race was certainly one of the most unpredictable and exciting Formula One race I’ve seen for a number of years and show the rule changes have put more emphasis on driver skills.


Bobbie Johnson partly answers my question “How did that happen?” in relation to the internet.

He says:

It’s not for nothing that the net is characterised as a time sink, because wherever it carves out efficiencies, it usually manages to create extra work, too.

Good point.