Beware Technology!

Two London men have been jailed for burglary after the satnav system in the vehicle used for the blags stored the addresses of every house they hit.

Ian Bansie, 33, used his work’s motor to ferry 31-year-old accomplice Steve Warrington to ten homes in Reigate, Surrey, completely unaware that the satellite navigation system was dutifully keeping a record of their crime spree.

Bansie will now spend the next 32 months in a place where satnav is of limited use – at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. :-)

This came from The Register this morning.


Judith is Online!

My friends seem to be creating new Blogs recently. Judith Taylor is the latest to join the Blogosphere with a refreshing view on life, love, oh yes – and photography.

Judith is 77 and as she says, “I am old, and I mean to get a whole lot older. When you get beyond your three score years and ten, it is sometimes easy to believe that ‘old’ is all you are, and that the person you used to be when you were younger is no longer there. This blog is about not letting that happen.”

You should read it! Click Here.

Google Earth London Landmarks Download

On the 1 July I suggested you downloaded Google Earth. If you haven’t done so yet – I do encourage you to do so – it’s a stunning piece of work.

One of the things you will find in the basic software is a “Sightseeing” directory containing a few notable American landmarks to look at such as the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls, etc. It occurred to me to put together a selection of landmarks for London. I spent half an hour or so looking around the satellite images of “my City” and adding a few interesting place marks. If you would like a directory full of interesting places to see and maybe to visit in London, I suggest you RIGHT-click here and choose ‘Save Target As’ to download them.

Let me know if they work for you and what you think. If you would like more, let me know that, too!

Happy Birthday, WWW

Ten years ago, the World Wide Web came into being for most of us; so say both the Google newsletter and Wired magazine and who am I to argue?

The scope of the Web today is hard to fathom. The total number of Web pages, including those that are dynamically created upon request and document files available through links, exceeds 600 billion. That’s 100 pages per person alive.

How could we create so much, so fast, so well? In fewer than 4,000 days, we have encoded half a trillion versions of our collective story and put them in front of 1 billion people, or one-sixth of the world’s population. That remarkable achievement was not in anyone’s 10-year plan.

Today, at any Net terminal, you can get: an amazing variety of music and video, an evolving encyclopedia, weather forecasts, help wanted ads, satellite images of anyplace on Earth, up-to-the-minute news from around the globe, tax forms, TV guides, road maps with driving directions, real-time stock quotes, telephone numbers, real estate listings with virtual walk-throughs, pictures of just about anything, sports scores, places to buy almost anything, records of political contributions, library catalogs, appliance manuals, live traffic reports, archives to major newspapers – all wrapped up in an interactive index that really works.

And as Wired says, “If we have learned anything in the past decade, it is the plausibility of the impossible!”

Many of the words above are from Wired, so if and when you have a few minutes to spare – over lunch maybe – Click Here to read the article.