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Apple’s retail business model: What business model?

Very interesting post over on Motley Fool about the lack of a coherent business model for Apple’s retail stores. The short version: thanks to some interesting accounting practices, it’s extremely difficult to tell if the retail stores are making money, or indeed if they will ever make money.



Ben Hammersley comes up with the goods. He’s managed to cobble together a site and RSS feed that allows people to post a request for something to their blog, have it ping the site via trackback, and hopefully someone will build it. Neato!


More on the West pier

BBC News has another story on thecollapse of the West pier. I should be going to see it later if the weather stops being bad, in which case I’ll try and get some pictures.



I think Azeem first pointed this outto me. Friendster is a great service for finding links to people – it’s “Match.com that works.”


Portion distortion

A really good Washington Post piece on how food producers make more money on selling you bigger portions. Scary.


Ho ho ho it’s another right wing pundit

From out of Australia (I think) comes another rabid right winger. In a piece that virtually drips with venom, Tim Blair takes a pop at Michael Moore over “inaccuracies” in Moore’s film “Bowling for Columbine”.
But here’s the deal: at the bottom of his peice, as is common with bad writers, Blair shows his true colours:
” Millionaire Moore – who is to working class as French is to resistance…”
Now I’m assuming that means Moore isn’t working class, and that thus “French resistance” is oxymoronic. Seems Blair could do with a history lesson. Perhaps he ought to remember the 20,000 French men and women who lost their lives fighting in the resistance in WW2 before shooting his bigoted mouth off.

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Thanks to Tom the individual archive entries on this site are now working. He’s the man! Thank you Tom!

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Bush Man of the year?

How the hell did that happen? George W Bush is Yahoo’s man of the year. Tom Coates has the most sensible response.


Moving from Radio to MT

After a few failed attempts, I finally found a way to get entries from Radio to Movable Type. Here’s how.
1. Go here and download the version of exporter.root for your version of Radio (7 or 8). Install this into the Tools folder of your Radio installation, and start up Radio.
2. Go to the Tools page of your Radio configuration. Open up the Exporter tool. Choose the exportMT tool.
3. Select “Blank” for Item titles, no categories, and leave the text as plain. Hit the Export as Text button, and, when it’s finished, follow the link (to “this text file”). Save that file on your hard drive.
4. Unfortunately, you’ll now have to do some fiddling around, so open up the text file in a decent text editor. First of all, you’ll need to change the “BODY:” line so that the actual body entry is on a seperate line, and make sure that there’s no trailing space after the “BODY:” as well.
5. Next, fix the dates. The exporter unfortunately uses a DD/MM/YY format: You’ll need to change this to MM/DD/YYYY, with a four figure year – otherwise it won’t work. Once you’ve done this, save the file.
6. In your MT directory, create an “import” directory. Save your file into this, and use the MT Import/Export utility. Follow the instructions in this, and everything should work.

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West pier collapse

Looks like the grand old lady of Brighton is slipping into the sea more. Funnily enough, I said only yesterday when we were walking towards it with Claire’s family that the pier was going to collapse soon…

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