If Bill Gates died tomorrow, not wishing to tempt fate, his passing would be on the front of just about every newspaper in every country around the world. However, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died and there is hardly a mention of him. Bill Gates was the software side of the partnership while Paul was the hardware side. He is probably the man most responsible for Microsoft reaching its goal of a computer in every home. He was also the man happy to sit in the background while Bill Gates basked in the limelight. He died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma yesterday at the age of 65.
As most of you know, Davidd is a driving instructor. Being made redundant twelve years ago he thought long and hard about what form of employment would provide security and a job for life. He was fed up of being made redundant by a number of companies over the years and then working for the worst company ever in e4A. His thoughts at the time were – well everyone will need to learn to drive so being an instructor is probably as secure a form of employment as there is. However, we now have driverless cars on the horizon so the question has to be asked; just how good is this technology and will it ever take over from humans?
The other day I was playing around on the internet when I came across the picture above. The memories came flooding back and I wondered if you could still actually get a BT Phonecard these days. For those of you not old enough to remember them, they were a pre-payment card to use in BT Phone Boxes in the days before mobile phones. It turns out that Phonecards passed away unmourned and in near-obscurity in phone boxes all over the UK, aged 21 in 2002. It was a humble and anonymous death for something which had once been heralded as The Future. Sales in 1991 were as high as 74m, but they slumped to just 7m by the early noughties.
You may remember last year I told you all of Nokia’s plans to relaunch their 3310 model with an improved “Snake” game. This retro phone was quite successful sales wise, despite the fact it was very limited in features and did not support 4G. In many cases it wouldn’t even connect to some networks. Now comes the news that the company are to relaunch the 8110 from the late 1990s. This phone was famously featured in the sci-fi film The Matrix, for which it was modified featuring a spring-loaded mechanism. The new 2018 version of the 8110 will include 4G and another new version of the Snake game.
Craig Hayward is probably living what most men would consider to be the dream. Craig moved in with his girlfriend and her best mate last year and all three live together down in Kent. However, living with two girls is proving to be more than Craig had envisaged. He maintains that some of the shit he has seen is totally eye-opening! He was unaware of the fact that girl mates show each other every single text message they ever receive from everyone – including him!
The email read, “We have looked at your website closely and we feel we can help you double the sales made by your visitors.” Well if you had looked a bit closer you stupid person, you would have noticed we don’t actually sell anything. So I guess they are correct; zero multiplied by two is still zero. Mission accomplished. Then there is Kiley Muszynski who offers to tell us how to become billionaires more or less overnight using a method described in Forbes magazine. Surely Kiley, if you did have the secret of making a few bob you would have done so yourself and would no longer be using a free Gmail account for your little scams?
It looks like 2018 is heading the same way as last year and the year before. Earlier this week we lost Doddy and now Stephen Hawking has shuffled off the mortal coil. The visionary physicist who tried his best to explain the universe to millions of ordinary people has died peacefully at his home age 76. Stephen was responsible for giving Jammy Toast the biggest headache when he published his book A Brief History Of Time. Each paragraph of the book was on a different subject from the Big Bang Theory to Black Holes In Space and we couldn’t understand any of them. Each chapter started off simply and then added more and more detail to the subject being covered – here at Jammy Toast we couldn’t get to the end of the first page of each chapter before becoming dumfounded.
We heard of a rather amusing tale of a girl who signed up for Tinder over the weekend. Aline is an eighteen-year-old freshman from Oswego University in upstate New York. She’s used Tinder before but has never taken it that seriously. Her account, she said, had some jokes on it and she wanted to use it to talk to people and see who she matched with for fun. About five or six months ago, Aline got into a more serious relationship and so deleted her Tinder. However, she missed having something to mess around with when she was bored.
At first we didn’t get Twitter. I think we kind of missed the boat a little there because when we did finally get it, we loved it. However, one of the things we have not liked about Twitter is the 140 character limit. Many times we have tweeted something and it is too long so we then have to edit it. We have to delete things and shorten what we have to say. It can become very difficult cramming your thoughts into a tweet but still getting your message across with the character limit – it’s a real ache. Now the answer could be at hand as Twitter is currently trialling a larger 280 character limit.
Most episodes of Star Trek begin with members of the Enterprise beaming down to the surface of a planet and having that week’s adventure. Then the programme ends when the crew beams back to the Enterprise and travels off into space at the speed of light ready for next week’s exploits. A great way of travelling this beaming up and down – it sure beats getting the bus. However, Chinese scientists say they have now “teleported” a photon particle from the ground to a satellite orbiting nearly a thousand miles away. So the big question is: is a world which was previously confined to science fiction now becoming reality?