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The BBC is trailing an article on the take up of cloud computing with a more than passing reference to our Office 2010 launch next week.
I think the closing quote from Gartner is the most interesting:
"All business computing will be more web-enabled," predicts Mr Dreyfuss at Gartner. "For some [companies] it will reach the point where it will be totally web centric."
We are now entering the age of the 'hybrid business computing' model, but then again maybe we are already leaving it.
With (as I write this) a little over 24 hours until the UK General Election results start coming through, I have been caused to wonder about a number of things;
a) Will the pundits and pollsters be accurate? - I just can't make up my mind - I am sort of excited to see how close or how far they are from reality
b) If they are close then the politcal wrangling will be of a level not seen before in the the UK, I suspect the 'net will go into melt down
c) If they are wide of the mark we will have endless analysis of either why they are so innacuate or why the British public is so fickle
d) If polls are close and we do end up with a 'hung' / 'balanced' / 'dysfunctional' (delete as applicable) parliament then he tffect will br that the drive towards some form of PR becomes unstoppable.
And if (d) comes true it will be like living in Belgium - without the beer and chips
Is this an Internet election?
I am not sure ... yes there is a huge amount of blogging, social networking and tweeting from all corners of the political diaspora but it was a good old fashioned television event that has truly galvanised the politically aware public.
I must admit reading and posting tweets is most enjoyable - but in the sort of way that it feels a bit like evesdropping on other peoples conversations or gossiping in the office kitchen.
The more advanced website are making good use of Web 2.0 technoigy (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/default.stm ) for a great example but will this affect the 'X's on the ballot - well lets see what happens on May 7th.
Of course the real thing may be something like this:
I just spotted this on Youtube and very touching it is too
The owner of the site felt I had been overly critical of Lotus, however in my defence I have always had a jaundiced eye towards the way the IBM runs the brand but my recent employment by Microsoft has, I suspect tipped the balance.
It was a bit sad not being given any 'notice to quit', but it was their game and they simply took the ball away, c'est la vie
Like everything else it started me considering some of the consequences of these type of communities. These sort of public open, heavily aligned sites (similar lists have been on Usenet for years) are great to feel the pulse of the central topic, connect with like minded souls and generally get information, but without critical input they can become self-delusional if only politically acceptable views are acceptable, I would argue there has to be room for the 'not we's'..
I suspect there is the equivalent of planetgroupwise somewhere on the net and I would guess according to them everything in the garden is rosy and the world is there oyster.
It sort of reminds me of Zaphod Beelbebox's peril sensitive sunglasses.