All entries for May 2005

May 16, 2005

R.I.P. Weather symbols

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4550703.stm

Weather Symbols have disappeared from BBC TV forecasts for good, causing a depression to form among fans of the traditional yellow sun and fluffy cloud.

So, new technology ushers in a new era in weather forecasting. Apparently, audience research showed that people found the symbols 'old fashioned' and 'boring'. I guess even weather forecasting has to move on with the times, but personally I have always liked the symbols, finding them clear and easy to understand, strangely comforting even if inaccurate! They have always had a slight authoritarian tone too which I have always associated, somewhat reassuringly, with the BBC.


May 09, 2005

Around average

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/understanding/uksummers_review2005.shtml

Musing on what might lie ahead for the English summer 2005, I had a look on the BBC summer forecast. Apparently the trend is 'above average' temperature in Scotland and southwestern parts of England, however…

For rest of the UK however, temperatures look to be around average….. rainfall amounts are likely to be around average.

So, I guess, all in all it will be average! So, expect an unpredicatable mix of rain, sun, cloud and wind and a few hots days in July and August. Oh, and if you plan a BBQ, always have a contingency plan.

However, despite all this talk about 'average', I will, optimistically, expect and hope for better than average.


May 06, 2005

Adobe buys Macromedia for 3.4 billion

Writing about web page http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/invrelations/adobeandmacromedia.html

By combining the passion and creativity of two leading-edge companies, we will continue driving innovations that are changing the ways people everywhere are experiencing and interacting with information.

According to an article in Digit magazine (June 2005), analyst Steven Brazier at Canalys that he sees this as both companies bulking up against Microsoft. The first step will be both vendors supporting each others formats with Adobe likely to start integrating Flash into its products.

It will be extremely interesting to see how such integration develops over the next few years.

See also: BBC, Digit magazine.


May 05, 2005

Warwick Blogs in the Guardian

As John has drawn attention to in a recent post, todays G2 supplement carries an article about Warwick Blogs.

There is a scanned version of the article in here ,and although its probably easier to read in the on-line version, this shows the layout and inclusion of one of the poster graphics, which is somewhat pleasing to see in a national newspaper! The back page contains an image of another of the posters also.


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