So I was browsing through Jaffa’s blog (www.melvingreen.co.uk) and he was using this MSN spaces system and having tried the various others out there – modblog, blogger, livejournal and never really found any of them that good, I thought I’d start up here and see if it sticks.
If you are interested, Modblog was the best of them all so far – really customisable, no advertising and a good community but it crashed all the time and I just got a bit bored with the whole thing.
So take 734.. lights, camera, action..
and hello maps.google.co.uk
(as well as local.google.co.uk
) – the mapping system, now working the UK, is much cleaner – the local link shows all the different types of restaurants, shops etc in your area and places them on a map – suddenly finding things in your area is so easy! Its still in beta but have not come across a problem as yet 🙂 It will be good to see if 3rd parties use this as a foundation to add further content.
It is no wonder that Americans are switching en mass to Tivo and similar devices which can strip out the advertising – I jut spent a week in the States and the TV (ignoring the low quality on most channels) was filled with advertising – so much so that channel surfing is almost impossible! Admittedly I was watching using the system in the hotel so maybe that’s worse? Maybe someone can confirm.. anyhow compared to the USA, we are lucky – though would be nice to have cheap access to all the channels available over here – while our standard 5 are substantially better quality, there are times when it would be useful to access the other remaining channels.