Why I love the BBC / Web toys

You can now access the BBC’s programme catalogue online. It doesn’t contain listings for all of their radio and television programmes, but it’s as comprehensive as you’re likely to get, and goes back at least as far as the early 1950s. All I need to do now is think of something interesting to do with the data. I’ve also seen the following web toy (I hesitate before saying “mashup”, because that might provoke a desire to kill in some of you) which combines Google Maps and a NASA land elevation dataset to give a graphical display of what we’re likely… Read More »Why I love the BBC / Web toys

Buzzword 2.0

The BBC have been carrying a story today on the rise of Web 2.0 and Flock, to tie in with a report on this evening’s Newsnight (the report can be seen on the Newsnight website for the next twenty-four hours). I can’t say that I’m too impressed. I’ve tried Flock (see my earlier comments), and have found it to be a generally unimpressive experience, in that it doesn’t add any significantly new additional browser functionality that was not already available as extensions to Firefox. Given that Flock is probably about 98+% Firefox in terms of lines of code, this doesn’t… Read More »Buzzword 2.0