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Cricket: Bob Woolmer murdered

Surreal stuff, after the initial rumours that Bob Woolmer was murdered, the BBC are now reporting that he was strangled.

The role of Pakistan cricket coach seems like a poisoned chalice, what with the numerous incidents of cheating, drug test failures, betting scandals, and match fixing that have blighted the Pakistan cricket team over the last decade. But, despite all this Woolmer seemed a cheerful man, even with Pakistan's inexplicable loss to cricketing minnows Ireland and the subsequent World Cup exit.

We may never know the assailant or his motives as the Jamaican police appear rather inept - I've watched CSI, strangulation seems trivial to spot - and can only speculate on who and why. But perhaps the saddest thing for me is that cricket has lost a good man.

Bob Woolmer R.I.P.

[Fri, 23 Mar 2007 09:07] | [sport] | #

Joost Invites

Like Gustaf I've got a handful of Joost invitations to give away. If you're interested get hold of me on irc or Jabber (not in the comments here, that's far too easy), if you need a hint, Foaf...

I'm not going to be online much this weekend, so "patience Grasshopper". If you're also thinking of blogging about your invites, please link to any other folks you see ofering them, it'll make invite hunting much easier.

Update 2006-03-19: I've still got a few left, and a Google search for "Joost invites" throws up a few others offering invites, such as Martin Varsavsky, Tom Raftery, and Chris Green.

[Mon, 19 Mar 2007 13:50] | [tech] | #

Honda's bold Green approach

Honda's Green F1 machine Honda raised a few eyebrows when they unveiled their new F1 car recently. The Google Earth style paint-job will look pretty good with the now traditional post engine blow-up fireball trailing behind. But, it's certainly an odd design, even if you do get a chance to put your name on the car as Iain has done.

What Honda omitted to mention at the launch is that as part of their new-found enthusiasm for tree-hugging they're also saving the planet by a commitment to making their cars go slower and use less fuel, how else can we explain that the 2007 Honda is slower than the hastily repainted 2006 cars of Aguri Suzuki's team?

[Fri, 16 Mar 2007 13:09] | [motorsport] | #

Beware the Ides ...

... of March CeBit!

Germany's uber-techfair CeBit kicks off today in Hannover on this ominous date in Roman history, what can we expect on the mobile front? Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola showed their hands recently at 3GSM (and CTIA is only weeks away), so perhaps CeBit is a good chance for the smaller guys to surprise us. Personally, I'm expecting more operator announcements, will we see the first pan-european flat-rate data deal announced? I'd like to think so, remember we live in interesting times!

[Thu, 15 Mar 2007 08:21] | [mobile] | #

2007-03-14 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Thu, 15 Mar 2007 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Racehorse name of the week

The name is Noble Ox, a nice pun if you're into English slang, and a particularly apt name for a gelding. It seems that the name has been banned though, oh well, or as Mr Lydon would say "never mind"...

[Fri, 09 Mar 2007 18:06] | [general] | #

SXSW 2007

So Ewan, Matt and Carlo (and thousands of others) have the joys of SXSW awaiting them, I can't think of a similar cross-discipline event in the UK, perhaps the Edinburgh Festival comes closest. But that misses out on the techie angle, perhaps that's a situation for Ewan to fix!

One of the best parts of SXSW for me every year (as a bystander across the Atlantic) is the collection of mp3 tracks that showcase the music of the bands appearing at SXSW, Erik Smartt points you at the first tranche of tracks - 793 MP3 files. I wonder how many of these bands are going to appear on TPN Rock?

[Thu, 08 Mar 2007 20:58] | [general] | #

FON's Starbucks challenge

I'm actually rather amused by this, FON offering free routers to people who live next to a Starbucks (or any other cafe or restaurant if you read the small print).

Now, I did the rough maths a while ago to justify whether a restaurant, cafe or bar could profit from FON, and 2 to 3 paying customers a week would be plenty to cover costs. With a free router the figures get slightly more tempting, and dsl prices in Europe have been creeping down a little over the last year.

I have no idea whether FON are making any money yet, my hunch is that they're burning VC money KLF-style right now, but if they can get to a tipping point of enough coverage, the user numbers will ramp up enough to make it worthwhile for everyone. Offering free routers is a small part of this, getting FON coverage in places where people expect to see Wi-Fi (Starbucks) is a bigger move, not unlike the Burger King's cunning restaurant placement technique in many ways.

Personally, I still think that 3G/HSDPA etc are too well entrenched to be beaten by FON, but with current European mobile data-prices there's a significant niche that FON could own.

[Mon, 05 Mar 2007 21:32] | [tech] | #

2007-02-28 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Thu, 01 Mar 2007 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

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