Hmm.. Use of language leads to, well…

This BBC article about the grilling of Alistair Campbell shows an odd approach by the British Media and Government.

Alistair Campbell appears to be the scapegoat, if not the real culprit, for the effective forging of intelligence in order to persuade parliament to go to war. This is a major thing. 1,000,000 people marched against the war, many MPs were against the war and the UN was against the war, but on the basis of the intelligence provided to parliament it was decided that we should act. If this was false or even in any way altered then parliament was misled and the deaths of many UK and US servicemen as well as those of countless Iraqis could have been avoided.

Interesting then that even the BBC is using phrases like “Sexed Up” and “Dodgy Dossier”. Not really bringing across the gravitas of the situation, is it? By the looks of it the man may be responsible for taking his country to war on the back of fabricated evidence… That’s what they should be saying.

And Sun?

More depressing reading. I’ve worked with Sun for years. Solaris is the only recognisable OS from the days when I started in IT, and it still rocks. I still drink tea out of a Sun mug. I still proudly wear my Sun T-Shirts…

…But I don’t buy Sun kit any more. In the late 90s I spent (or, more accurately, my customers spent) millions of pounds on Sun kit. This year alone I’ve swapped out over £500k of Sun kit to replace it with HP/Compaq running Linux.

I have a feeling I’m not alone.

Death of the Mac?

Interesting article about the fact that Linux is now the trendy non-Microsoft OS, rather than a Mac. Makes sense really – many Macs were purchased purely to avoid having a Microsoft OS on the desktop. I know too many “consultants” (particularly in the media space) who have G4 desktops or Powerbooks primarily for the anti-MS ethos. Unfortunately for Apple the new G5 is gorgeous, is fast but is also really really expensive. You’re only going to buy one if your applications run on OS.X and you need the power. If all you care about is not running Microsoft Linux will do the job on a much cheaper machine. If what you really want is something to show your friends, maybe you’ll still buy a Mac.

Tim Yeo is a cnut

Manic over at Bloggerheads has been running a campaign to get Tony Blair on-line and actually answering email (made all the more pertinent by the whole “Entitlement Card” issue). After the campaign finally achieved some notoriety Tim Yeo (long forgotten Tory MP sacked for knobbing his secretary or something) decided it was time to hijack all the good work, and attempt to claim it as all his own. Very clever Tim. Given that Manic is a search engine specialist I do hope Mr Yeo will be apologising soon, or the Tim Yeo web log or the Tim Yeo nude pages will be coming up tops in Google.

Mobile crossword solver

If you are (for example) stuck in the middle of the Guardian crossword while on a train, at the cricket, or otherwise not near a computer you can now check words and anagrams using your mobile. Having said that, at 50p a go you’d have to really want to know the answer!