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Showing posts from February, 2002
With an invitation to No10 this morning, I’m on my best behavior today. No jokes about transport and stress that my name has an “S” on the end, Moores, no relation to the other one. I'm tempted to ask whether Intel's new processor, Prescott, is named after the great man but even I'm struggling with the connection.

Yesterday I chaired the afternoon of the LondonOne Conference at the TUC Congress centre. LondonOne represented the first real coming together of agencies and minds to focus in on the interactive Digital Television (dTV) revolution and it was considerably cheered by the previous day’s cost-cutting news from British Telecom, which at last made broadband a viable proposition for the cash-strapped content providers and champions of public service digital TV.

Baroness Dean, chairman of the Housing Corporation, who you may remember as Brenda Dean of the print union, SOGAT, took the rather clinical sounding Broadband Britain slogan and changed it into the much more cud…
Somewhere between the vision and the dream sits BT's well overdue announcement that it plans to slash the cost of Broadband (wholesale) to under £15.00 a month to ISPs. Of course that suggests that over 40 Service Providers, the likes of BT Anytime and Freeserve will soon be offering it out to surfers at close to the £25.00 to £30.00 mark at a guess, making it an achievable option for the man on the street.

Pipex has announced that it plans to go below the £25.00 mark and other are muttering that even this figure is too expensive and I agree it has to go lower still if the Digital Dive problem is really going to be solved. By this I mean those with no access, 43 million people according to government figures, those with dial-up access and the new elite... those with broadband.

BT's CEO Ben Verwaayen, believes that broadband will be the De Facto connection in 40% of homes in two years and at these prices, who is to say he's wrong. It is after all, just what the country ne…
I was playing with the idea of writing a quick column retracting all the acid remarks once made about Windows XP and confessing that I rather liked it. Well Ithat was the idea until yesterday morning when a little "Windows Update" icon appeared on my PC.

Dutifully following the instructions from Redmond Central, I allowed both my PCs, my desktop and my laptop to install the updates over the web automatically. The result? Pain and wasted time although I will confess that Microsoft have been helpful but that's really because I'm that really difficult Simon Moores. I doubt it would be so easy if I was Joe Soap on the street.

"Charlie don't surf". That famous line from Apocalypse Now".

"Windows (XP) don't crash". Microsoft's equally memorable equivalent. Not quite the case after my Windows Update. Working on a Word (XP) document, there's a flash - no bang - and it disappears. No recovery option it's gone, all the way gone and…
It's no surprise to me that the eGovernment monitor reports that "most local authority websites are failing to provide meaningful assistance to their users". Research commissioned by web navigation company Q-go revealed that the majority of council websites "lacked the basic functionality needed to direct customers to service and payment information quickly". Although most of the sites surveyed offered keyword search facilities, the information delivered was often irrelevant or over complex. The Sites were also often "dull and outdated" lacking online help or links to e-mail addresses.

It's easy to criticise the public sector and particularly Local Authorities (LAs) that aren't "on message", when it comes to using the Internet in the way that central government has mandated. Trouble is, as a number of LA mangers pointed out to me at an eGovernment conference in London at the end of last year, "most of us have day jobs" and…
It's evolutionary Darwinism at its finest! Personal Internet security that is. You either have it or you don't. In my case, I've seen five attempts to compromise my home PC this weekend alone. Since I started preaching the message over a year ago, I put in Zone Alarm and now Symantec's 'Personal Firewall', which picks up the attempts to place sneaky cookies on my PC and blocks attempts like those below, still only an hour old!

Date: 24/02/2002 Time: 18:06:00
Intrusion attempt detected from address by rule "Default Block Backdoor/SubSeven Trojan horse".
Blocked further access for 30 minutes.

Date: 24/02/2002 Time: 17:16:35
Intrusion attempt detected from address by rule "Default Block Hack 'A' Tack Trojan horse".
Blocked further access for 30 minutes.

The most interesting attempt in the last hour was an attempt to access the SmartPass program on my PC, which is the link to my office Server. The how and wh…
Let me start by saying that I’m not in debt and neither do I need parts of my anatomy enlarged or medicated.

If you know what I mean, then you’ve been spammed too and it gets much worse, thanks to the wonders of rich content and the imagination of the girls and boys who appear to work a twenty-four hour shift in a server room, a hidden basement somewhere in the red light district of Amsterdam.

It’s getting worse and quite suddenly too. Like me, you probably have several email addresses. The business address and perhaps a Yahoo or Hotmail address too. My own address is given out sparingly and I never register on anyone’s site unless I really have to. So why SAP should suddenly think I’m customer 1023420 is anyone’s guess. My exclude list of 250 addresses in my Hotmail account filled up months ago but the tide of filth and special offers from predominantly US-based finance companies continues unabated.

Yesterday, I had the bizarre experience of having an email argument with an arrogant…
Having read Andrew Sullivan's story on 'Blogging' in the Sunday Times, this is as good enough a place to start investigating what it's all about. To be honest, typing this first entry, I really don't have much of a clue beyond grasping that this is a really clever way of web posting. However, I'm supposed to be a vaguely witty futurist and someone who knows about such things, so I'm going to use Blogger as an opportunity to comment on the stories and the technologies that catch my attention.