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It was as if thousands of iPhones cried out at once, and were silenced

I noticed an odd thing on my way home from work on Monday night. The data connectivity on my iPhone (which I tend to use continuously on train commutes) just died. I arrived home, hopped on the wifi and forgot about it. But there is an explanation:

“It was very hot yesterday and the airconditioning at our datacentre in Croydon failed,” said Bob Dunn, general manager of customer experience at O2. “It had to be cooled down, and there was a network outage in London.”

Slightly startling that the connections we have come to rely on are so dependent on airconditioning…

Old Media Is Your “Trendy” Uncle

There’s an interesting post over on Kottke.org by guest blogger Aaron Cohen that points out that the speed from launch to mainstream media adoption of new social web tools is growing ever faster.

I’ve been chuckling ever since I read it, because it’s left me with the image of “old media” as your embarrassing uncle, desperately buying albums from new bands in an attempt to cling on to his long-gone youth…

How Deep In Data Should We Dive?

Nice summation of data journalism, and how much the average hack should know:

Journalism is about asking the right questions. We research stories before we interview subjects so that we can ask pertinent questions whose answers will illuminate the subject. We need to be able to do the same thing with our data – we need to know what questions to ask and how, so that even if we can’t make the tools ourselves we can hand over the task to someone else without asking the impossible or wasting their time.
Nice post from Mary Hamilton, whose acquaintance I had the pleasure of making at jeecamp.