Come surfing with ... Simon Bazalgette.

When it comes to technology, I like it to work straight out of the box, so if any service gives me any hassle, I lose interest. I’m still struggling to get a grocery delivery service that works - every time I try, I fail, give up, and can’t get round to trying again for at least six months.

When it comes to technology, I like it to work straight out of the

box, so if any service gives me any hassle, I lose interest. I’m still

struggling to get a grocery delivery service that works - every time I

try, I fail, give up, and can’t get round to trying again for at least six

months.



It’s not surprising that email, in general, has improved communication,

and speeded things up, although I wish people would realise that there are

still times when it’s better to walk to the next office and politely

complain about the noise, rather than to send a nasty email! It’s by far

the most extensive new-media habit to which I have succumbed, and it has

completely transformed the way we all work. Communicating via post and fax

now seems almost archaic.



When surfing the web, I’m often shocked at the lack of thought that goes

into usability. It is so important, yet so difficult, to create an

attractive and easy-to-use site, especially as surfers these days have so

many other alternatives open to them.



Digital interactive TV services such as Sky Digital and Open, although

clunky when compared to a fast internet connection, tend to be much easier

to use, and hence hit a much wider cross-section of the population.



After all, almost everyone in Europe is familiar with how TV works, and

almost every household owns one. In the UK, digital TV is already in

around 20 per cent of homes, and there’s every reason to believe that it

will soon exceed home internet access.



Most of all, I’m looking forward to 3G telephony. As a late convert to

mobile, I’m now desperate for it to handle my database and agenda, so that

I don’t need to carry my Psion everywhere, and also to include flash

memory so that I can use it as a personal stereo as well.



As far as the sites I regularly visit are concerned, these are a mixture

of making sure I keep up with relevant news from around the world and in

the sectors where Music Choice operates. I also keep tabs on my music,

sports and financial interests.



As someone with relatively obscure tastes like The Fall, Captain Beefheart

and Brentford Football Club, the web is ideally suited to keeping in touch

with others with the same interests, and keeping up with the chinese

whispers as to who Mark Smith will pick a fight with next.





FT.com - Just about the only site I view every day and the best way to

catch up on what’s going on in the business world. The recent redesign

looks good, but it hasn’t made it more user-friendly.



I also receive the daily emails, but I am unconvinced by them - if I’m

interested in three industry sectors, why do I have to receive four

separate emails? For the business stories that really matter, you still

can’t beat the FT.





Web address: www.ft.com



Developer: In-house





Music365 - I don’t always have time to read the weekly music press, but

I’m determined to remain true to my younger spirit and keep up with what’s

new and breaking. I occasionally go to NME.com or dotmusic, but Music365

is the one I keep coming back to. It’s easy to use and get around,

although I sometimes get the feeling that it’s a light snack when compared

to the real thing.





Web address: www.music365.com



Developer: In-house





Griffin Park Grapevine Quite frankly, nothing can beat a good

old-fashioned community of interest. This site is little more than a

modern bulletin board, but for a passionate Brentford FC fan like me it’s

a great way of keeping up with what’s going on around the club. And it

changes every day, so there’s always something to come back for, which is

more than you can say for most sites.





Web address: www.gpgrapevine.co.uk



Developer: Dimbee





FastnBulbous.com - This is a bizarre site whose approach is best summed up

by its trademark quote: ”A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is

fast’n’bulbous.” It recommends music styles from alt country to jazz,

psychedelia and punk. US Radio DJ Fester reviews and grades hundreds of

new albums and adds a bit of fun with his obsession with Captain

Beefheart - the source of that quote.





Web address: fastnbulbous.com



Developer: In-house.



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