Jaffa

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..

Google Maps – now in the UK :)

maps.google.co.uk

goodbye streetmap.co.uk 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.

State of american tv advertising

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.