Opinion: Why it's now COOL to be a GEEK

Jon_small_new.jpgJonathan Weinberg writes…

This is possibly the most important techno story I’ve seen all week, it’s officially ok to be geeky. A new list of the UK’s most coolest brands has been released and the top 10 contains SEVEN firms related to gadgets, gaming and the internet. So if that’s not a reason to embrace your virtual friends and give thanks I don’t know what is.

The iPod was only pipped into second place in the CoolBrands 2007 by James Bond’s favourite car, the Aston Martin, and you could argue there’s something geeky about being a fan of that motor. No longer is it nerdy to be geeky – because both are different…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Why it's now COOL to be a GEEK

Rumour: Amazon's Kindle wireless e-book reader set for October launch

amazon_kindle2.jpgE-books have been the Next Big Thing for years now, but there’s finally some substance behind the claim. The New York Times is claiming that Amazon’s much-rumoured Kindle e-book reader device will go on sale in October, costing $400-$500 in the US. What’s more, they reckon it’ll wirelessly connect to an e-book store on Amazon.com.

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Stuart DredgeRumour: Amazon's Kindle wireless e-book reader set for October launch

Opinion: Stamp out striking posties with email

Jon_small_new.jpgJonathan Weinberg writes…

For those outside the UK, the reason for this rant won’t mean much but the wider implications affect us all wherever we live. We’re currently in the grip of a nationwide wildcat postal strike in Britain and it’s started to get me more steamed up than that kettle you use to open your partner’s letters.

And it got me thinking, what’s the point of post anyway now we have email. I’ve had a pile of stamps sitting on my desk for months.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for workers rights, fair pay for a fair day and all that, and I love my new postie, he’s very friendly and helpful. But the sooner everyone switches over to electronic delivery and snail mail dies off, the better life will be…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Stamp out striking posties with email

Why is Amazon UK listing the iPhone?

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Here’s a poser: if the iPhone is only going to be sold through Apple Stores and its operator partners’ outlets, why would Amazon UK have a listing for the 4GB iPhone? You can sign up to get an email alert when “this item becomes available”, although puzzlingly, the date listed when “first available at Amazon.co.uk” is 1st December 2006.

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Stuart DredgeWhy is Amazon UK listing the iPhone?