Tumblr’s new clip-it page FAIL

Compare the last version, which looked rather old fashioned, and worked

New version, in summary:

  • still doesn’t fit inside the pop-up window
  • modern look but several features missing
  • you can no longer write your own tweet content
  • window stays open requiring manual closure

Tech news & thoughts this week #energy #co2 #smartphone #windows8 #teach #razr #4g

There’s no sense blaming the big six for soaring bills
Don’t rage about your gas bill this winter, but shout at your MP about the need for a realistic long-term energy strategy

Leaving aside “peak oil” scaremongering, we must accept that carbon fuel supplies will remain permanently volatile as global demand continues to rise. Our own North Sea nest egg is running out, but even if it wasn’t it would still be affected by global price trends — determined as they are by the threat of conflict in Iran on shipments of liquefied petroleum gas from the Gulf, by President Putin’s cold hand on pipelines from Russia to Europe, by rising energy use in emerging industrial nations, and by events such as the earthquake which caused the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
The response that is needed is, first, major investment in national grid and gas storage facilities, so that short-term fluctuations in wholesale markets can be absorbed and domestic tariffs don’t have to be loaded to protect against them.

Vince Cable: making the transition to low carbon economy
but real questions are being asked about the ‘green investment’: is it all coming from subsidies and tariffs (‘dividend’) imposed on energy customers? Incidentally, most wind turbines are made in Germany, solar panels from China; the local workers are installers and maintainers .. All for green energy, but whilst it’s a political card is it really being deployed in the best way?

George Osborne urges energy giants to ‘look again’ at price rises as npower blames Government green policy

Microsoft sold 4m Windows 8 upgrades in first weekend

Does crowdfunding work?

Which site is best for DIY web publishing? http://www.pcpro.co.uk/realworld/377803/which-site-is-best-for-diy-web-publishing
Tumblr has a lot going for it, and sets a high standard for modern, attractive, streamlined posting of regularly updated, media-heavy content. The downside, though, is that Tumblr is all about streaming chronologically ordered posts and currently doesn’t let you create pages that are accessed via more traditional site navigation. .. It’s great for personal blogging and many other scenarios, such as multiple authors contributing to an event-based site, or for a separate news-orientated blog as an adjunct to a brochureware site, but it isn’t the right choice for all users. .. Tumblr is pretty well sweeping the board as a modern blogging platform, but it’s by no means the only CMS available. Open Source CMS currently lists 277 competitors, but there’s a strong argument for the safety of numbers by sticking with the most popular options – namely WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

Motorola Razr i review

Google gets a wake up call from Apple VP (vice president)

Google Nexus 4 smartphone specs and pricing revealed
As expected, the Nexus 4 is manufactured by LG and will feature a 4.7in screen with a 1280 x 768 resolution and pixel density of 320ppi. .. The device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz quad-core processor, which will be paired with 2GB of RAM. The device will offer 8GB of on-board storage, but there will be no memory expansion slot available. .. Other key features include an 8-megapixel rear camera and NFC connectivity. .. shipping will start on 30 October

Forever doesn’t mean forever, warns ads watchdog

EE 4G data caps that are broken in 5 mins

£20k scholarships to boost Computer Science teaching
The government is offering 50 scholarships worth £20,000 each to graduates wanting to train as Computer Science teachers. – yes, that’s 50 across the whole country ..
Gove said the government was trying to “produce the next Sir Tim Berners-Lee” – who actually has a degree in physics from Oxford. And contrary to Gove’s opinion, Tim didn’t invent the Internet .. doh
Also, computing skill doesn’t necessarily come from having a degree: many professionals studied it as a profession/ vocation, not as an academic subject. Experience of current working practices comes from actually working in the business, not from courses studied in college. This was always the advantage of FE, employing working specialists, an ace being thrown away.
And many can remember the dubious ability of some university lecturers to teach .. Bet they have 2:1s and above (the minimum to get govt. support to qualify).

Why Office 365 is far more important than Windows 8