Look at 'em go!
I have a few points to make.
Why is AOL called AOL in Britain? It stands for America On-Line, right? But Britain, belive it or not, is not America. So why didn't they change the name? Weird.
Three weeks ago I had a theory to eliminate the world of spam (assuming it could be forced onto all email systems in existence - I admit, without a time machine, it was flawed). But I noticed that in last week's Technology Guardian supplement that it's already been done, though a little differently! It was quite strange to read, as I'd thought of my own idea myself. It wasn't like when Chris Rea went into the studio with a great melody for a song and was told a few bars in that it was the theme tune from Postman Pat. (I think he had a baby at the time).
I've lost count of the number of domain names I've bought over the last 7 years. When I first bought them they cost about £180 per year, so you really had to put some thought into what you got! Then Easily came along in 1999 and changed everything. .co.uks were, and still are £9.99. .coms were £35 I think (and still are - too expensive now). I bought lots, with the intention of developing fun sites or selling them to interested parties from my mountain hideout in downtown Charminster. Most of the ones I didn't renew have been registered again, so I wasn't too wrong with the choices. I do hate these sites which are just a page of links to crap. Totally useless. I'd rather see a 404. I thought about getting cantbebothered.com, and just visited it to see one of these generic template full of links pages, but related to "power management and blushing". What the hell is that when it's at home!? (English as a foreign language students - you'll learn to love idioms!).
Nylabone. If you have a dog you'll know about these. Essentially, nylon bones. But the price? Outrageous! I know they're American (there's a theme emerging in this post) but they seem very expensive for a nylon block. They're something like £3 or £4. I suppose I'm jealous. If I had a company that made bones for 20p and sold them for 2,000% profit.... well, if indeed!
Podcasts. I'm not keen on the name - corporations like Apple take over at any opportunity, and I'm sure there are more non-iPod MP3 players out there than there are actual iPods. But nevertheless, they're quite an interesting and free way (unless it's the over-rated Ricky Gervais) to get a large MP3 file onto your PC to listen to while you do something else. However, I don't like the way that websites who are jumping on the podcast bandwagon aren't just posting a link to the actual MP3 file on their website. They make you subscribe and download it via iTunes, which I resent due to the unfair pricing of downloads for UK customers compared to most other countries. It's not like it costs more to send it to the UK because we're an island separate from mainland Europe - this is the bloody internet. I think I've mentioned it before, but once I asked a friend if he would buy a Mac or a PC. He said a Mac because Bill Gates is too rich. "But", I said, Bill Gates is giving 90% of his personal wealth away to good causes. Apple are a corporation who don't give anywhere near that much away." Needless to say, I won the argument when I'd got him in a headlock and kicked him in the groin. PC World staff didn't look too pleased.
And who the bloody hell made Bono some sort of representative of Earth? He's a paddy pop singer with shades on even when he's indoors. Why doesn't he give 90% of his wealth away - then I would respect him slightly more that I do now (which is about the level of respect I give a squashed sprout!).
Well, I've just bought two cool domain names that I'm highly surprised were still available. I know, I'll never learn! Time to publish before this post gets any worse!