Our Favourite Websites #3

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What is your favourite website? Which site do you use the most and does it do the job you really want it to perform? That is what this series of posts is all about – our favourite websites. Tim Berners-Lee published the first ever website in 1991 and there must be billions more that have come and gone – or even remained – since then. Serious sites, business sites, dysfunctional sites (yes, ok – we know who we are) or maybe sites just devoted to grumpy cats. So I thought I would have a sit down and decide which sites I thought had brought us the most enjoyment, functionality, performance or just wasted our precious time over the last thirty years.

Our Favourite Websites #2

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What is your favourite website? Which site do you use the most and does it do the job you really want it to perform? That is what this new series of posts is all about – our favourite websites. Tim Berners-Lee published the first ever website in 1991 and there must be billions more that have come and gone – or even remained – since then. Serious sites, business sites, dysfunctional sites (yes, ok – we know who we are) or maybe sites just devoted to grumpy cats. So I thought I would have a sit down and decide which sites I thought had brought us the most enjoyment, functionality, performance or just wasted our precious time over the last thirty years.

Our Favourite Websites #1

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What is your favourite website? Which site do you use the most and does it do the job you really want it to perform? That is what this new series of posts is all about – our favourite websites. Tim Berners-Lee published the first ever website in 1991 and there must be billions more that have come and gone – or even remained – since then. Serious sites, business sites, dysfunctional sites (yes, ok – we know who we are) or maybe sites just devoted to grumpy cats. So I thought I would have a sit down and decide which sites I thought had brought us the most enjoyment, functionality, performance or just wasted our precious time over the last thirty years.

Happy Thirtieth Birthday

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Here at Jammy Toast we would like to wish the World Wide Web – without whom we wouldn’t even be here – a happy thirtieth birthday. We would also like to agree with Sir Tim Berners-Lee who has called on the public and politicians to “come together” to end online hatred to commemorate the occasion. The founder of the World Wide Web Foundation said the internet had created opportunities for good, but had also “given a voice to those who spread hatred and made all kinds of crime easier to commit”. He added that it would be “defeatist and unimaginative” to assume that the Web could not be changed for the better, given how far it has come in its first thirty years.

Goodbye Paul Allen

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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.

Are Driverless Cars The Future?

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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?

RIP BT Phonecards

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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.