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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

This is only spookly because just yesterday I was drafting a post suggesting that Google might do exactly that. It was all part of a post about the recently leaked screenshots of the Google Calendar application, and I was going to hypothesise that Google might buy a service like Writely (with Writely specifically identified) and develop it into a full-blown online Office-style application suite, as part of the push to get us all to store more stuff online.

So I very nearly had a scoop. So close, but yet so far. I’m beginning to feel like ITV.

No, I’m not bitter.

Well maybe just a smidge.

This 838th post was filed under: Technology.

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