A rant on broadcast vs Internet entertainment

My increasing frustration with a government who seem to NOT value (or even really understand) technology has become more and more obvious to those who know me. In sorting out a few documents and blogs I came across the embryo of an idea (you could call it a rant) which occurred to me as I listened to a radio news bulletin a few weeks ago. I thought I’d share it here now…

I couldn’t believe what I heard on the radio this morning, an argument from the early 1980s that said we need to unbundle local TV to encourage more TV channels…

Have the ministers responsible not heard of this thing called the Internet? They are promoting a one-way broadcast medium, spending money to encourage growth in an area, presumably just in an endeavour to make money from licences!

I watch less broadcast TV than ever. That which I do, I watch in a time-shifted way. If I notice something I want to watch I set it to record, or catch it via the Internet on watch/listen again. I get films and TV programs on demand via the Internet. I listen to Internet only radio, often via podcast at times to suit me. I watch Internet only TV in the same way.

Here is the government seeming to waste money in consulting and unbundling the airwaves when they should be investing MORE in internet infrastructure, the development of what Google have termed world wireless technologies etc.

How out of touch the government can seem…


Toothache is a pain… in the mouth!

Ahhh, toothache!  I’ve been a martyr to toothache for quite a few weeks now… At my 6 monthly (every three years) check-up  over Easter I complained about the ache.  The dentist prodded and proclaimed me cavity free.  I complained LOUDER about the pain so they took a ‘snapshot’ which their nice x-ray developing machine then promptly ate… so they sent me away.  A few weeks later I have more persistent pain so I revisit.  Again the prodding, again the no cavity, again the ‘photo’ BUT this time it reveals a hidden cavity – about 1/2 of a back tooth is cavity and producing quite a bit of pain… extraction due this Friday after a FURTHER two-week wait!  I guess this isn’t the last of the pain then!

Sometimes I really hate MySQL

whatever that is! – I made one little tiny change to the “innerds” of this WordPress installation and hey presto everything went very wrong.  Suddenly I could no longer log in to administrate this site! Or post anything, or change ANYTHING!  Mega bother! – So I had to delete the LOT!!!!!!! so several hours later I am back where I started!  Oh well, just remind me NOT to try and change ANYTHING else! nick_rvsm

5th Feb 09 Bother, blast and all that

And it was going so well…  I had been using this blog for a little while.  I had settled in, etc, etc. Then I had a bright idea!  The idea was to install a SECOND WordPress website for another site I own on the same server.  It was all going well until I decided to change the root domain.  I sorted out many links BUT then when it came to this blog I was defeated!  In the end I had to delete EVERYTHING – and here we are!

I have bunged the previous posts into a post – that will do for now!

Sometimes, only sometimes, I REALLY hate computers… nick_rvsm

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