24 September 2002
Veteran novelist tipped for Booker prize. <<Books: William Trevor has emerged as the favourite to win this year's Booker prize with today's shortlist announcement.>> [Guardian Unlimited] Detractors say that when a British Booker panel is offered an Irish choice they typically go for the Irish writer in a soppy liberal attempt to make up for, as they say, 800 years of oppression (queue plaintive tin whistle and uilleann bagpipe soundtrack...). Nonsense -- the Irish just write better! [grin]. Trevor, the master of gentle understatement and a titan of the short story form, deserves every honour he gets as far as I'm concerned.
9:25:53 PM  #   your two cents []
Sony Ericsson seeking youth. <<The joint venture launches several new products, including its T100 mobile phone designed to capture a slice of the lucrative and mass-volume youth market.>> [CNET News.com]... This prompts me to ponder why you never see things being marketed in the same terms to oldsters. As in, "the lucrative and mass-volume middle aged market". Because of course that's the larger demographic and also the one with more discretionary income. Maybe because we get older, get smarter, and realise we don't need so much bloody expensive, ephemeral stuff!!
9:11:26 PM  #   your two cents []
Uh-huh...: Ballmer: United, we'll stomp on Linux. CEO Steve Ballmer tells a London audience that Microsoft developers must match the passion and energy of the Linux community, as well as produce better technology. [CNET News.com] I'll probably go along for the round table with Ballmer on Thursday when he's in Dublin to see what he has to say.
9:07:17 PM  #   your two cents []
Thank god for The Reg. Tech trash news the way we like it: Wife hired hitman to kill ex-Apple UK boss. The Hitman and Her [The Register]
8:20:27 AM  #   your two cents []
Xerox faces probe of accounting practices. <<The company says the U.S. attorney's office in Bridgeport, Conn., is investigating its past accounting practices, which were the subject of an SEC settlement in June.>> [CNET News.com]
8:16:36 AM  #   your two cents []
Frank Lloyd Wright. "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles." [Quotes of the Day]
8:14:30 AM  #   your two cents []