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BBC Internet Blog

Published on 2 November 2007 in , , , ,

Many many many many years ago (well okay two and a half years ago), I wrote something on this blog about the whole work/blog thing and how it would be nice to be able to talk about work projects on a proper, BBC hosted work blog. A proper engagement between the BBC and its audience on all sorts of things. To discuss why certain things were done the way they were. To talk about how it all fits together. To say "Whoops!" when things went wrong.

BBC iPlayer – why DRM?

Published on 29 October 2007 in , , , , ,

Ever since the BBC's iPlayer's TV programme download service launched in beta format a few months ago, its use of digital rights management has been a hot topic across various parts of the internet for all sorts of reasons.

BBC’s iPlayer to go beyond Microsoft XP?

Published on 31 January 2007 in , , , ,

As a GNU/Linux user myself, the thought of the BBC's iPlayer being Windows XP only, wasn't one I particularly relished. So I was particularly interested in the reports that the BBC Trust have told the BBC management that iPlayer must take a more platform agnostic approach.

myBBC Returns?

Published on 10 May 2006 in , , , ,

There I was looking through some of the entries submitted to the BBC's homepage redesign competition thinking that many of them shared a common theme - customisation along the lines of the old myBBC which I worked on back in 2000 when I first started working for Auntie (three month contract... still there six and a half years later.... hmmm). And lo, whilst I was at a barbeque in the pooring rain, there was Martin doing a post on the blog talking about exactly the same thing.

reboot or not to reboot

Published on 30 April 2006 in , ,

I've been watching (a competition launched last week for people to submit their ideas of how they'd redesign the homepage) - especially as I had (a rather small) contribution to the homepage myself.

Sofa Tour!

Published on 26 January 2006 in , ,

So I'm flicking through the North West Tonight website (don't ask) and I come across an interesting link. Yes, it's the North West Tonight sofa tour! Gordon Burns and Dianne Oxbury go out, sit on a sofa in the Trafford Centre, and have their pictures taken by as many people as they can possibly persuade. Fantastic!

BBC and blogs

Published on 6 December 2005 in , , , ,

So BBC News's first ever proper mainstream blog launched today, as Nick Robinson's Newslog appeared, cunningly hosted on on

Button Envy

Published on 30 July 2005 in , , ,

Okay I'll admit it. I have big red button envy. I want a big red button of my own that will rush BBCi into breaking news mode too.