Archive for December, 2009


December 19th, 2009

Last month I came up with the idea of Chocify, a tong in cheek web service taking the community aspect of Spotify and applying it to chocolate. In another of my fits of madness I decided I could come up with an idea every day and put it on the Internet like an advent calender.

Naturally I did not tell anyone because at the time I did not know if I could keep it up or if it would be any good. I also wanted to get a bit of design work done for it. As it turns out it’s completely rubbish, but I am still going so you might want to have a read anyway. You can follow these winning ideas on the blog, or on Twitter. Naturally I never got round to designing anything.

Goodbuy Wake up to Wogan

December 18th, 2009

So, that is it, the end of… something. I will not go on about it, but I felt the need to blog something to commemorate it, so this is my last email to the show…

Hi Terry and the posy,

I was trying to find something clever and profound that sums up the moment. Something that brackets everything we are all feeling and summarises our many years together. Something that notes those we have lost along the way with joy, and reminds you that although we write our show, we can only do this through you. Sadly my mind is blank so I will take this opportunity to ask who’s stupid idea was this WUTWAC? It’s completely useless.

Mad Alistair (No relation)

A WUTWAC is a Wake Up To Wogan Alarm Clock that were given out as prizes many a year ago. My signed photo of Terry is still hanging on the back of the toilet door. :-)

I like Twitters Retweet feature

December 3rd, 2009

Can I just put on the record that I like Twitter’s Retweet feature.

In March I blogged about how I would like to see a Retweet feature built in to Twitter and we have recently seen such a feature slowly rolled out.

It takes a little getting use to seeing other peoples’ icons in your stream, but I have grown to find that useful as well. I was also worried that because it is so much easier to retweet that people might get carried away, but this has not happened, and you can block the retweets from just one user but still see there own tweets. What I love the most is that fact that when several friends retweet something I only get it once instead of several times like in the past. I am back in control.

As with most things the reception has been mixed, but on the whole most of the people I am following are using it, and although some like it and some prefer the old way of doing RSs, I don’t think it can be described at “Hated”. I only mention this because of the Tech Crunch article who’s title annoyed me enough to write this post. I feel that article just a personal view of Mike Butcher and not a valid statement of fact.