Barnes and Noble

The Economist – Turning the page:

The tie-up with Barnes & Noble makes three of a kind for Microsoft: cheap deals with struggling but established partners in markets where it is weak and sees a chance to do much better. In 2009 it struck an agreement with Yahoo! in online search. Last year Nokia became the prime conduit for Windows in smartphones. With Barnes & Noble it is having another stab at e-reading. Unlike the books on the Nook, this tale is still being written.

Yahoo! and Nokia, eh? auspicious.

Hack day london

Last weekend, I was at hack day London, and I’m only just getting around to mentioning it here. Chris Gareth Mirona and I made Twitup – it lets you comment on in-progress TV using twitter, extracting the channel name from your message and assigning it to whatever’s on at that time. In theory.

It’s written in Perl and built on Catalyst, which I haven’t touched in quite some time, but is still tremendously easy and fun to use. (We were going to built it on rails, but then it turned out that none of us had any idea how. So we used something we understood..)