Windows 7 – An open letter to Bill Gates.

Hi Bill,

I think it’s about time we had a chat.

Because we haven’t always seen eye to eye have we. I’ve certainly had a few unflattering things to say about your products and you can’t have liked it because you’ve willfully never left a me comment on here.

That’s ok, nobody enjoys criticism and at least you haven’t had me quietly eliminated.

But I stand by everything I’ve said about Internet Explorer 7, it was the easily the least of all modern browsers and as for that piece of crap that was IE6, being a web designer who is still forced to code for that steaming turd of a browser I’ve sometimes thought about putting a hit out on you instead.

And as for Vista, well, it may have been prettier but as an operating system it was a huge backward step after XP. Mind you, I suppose there is always the chance you meant it that way to force people to buy the next version of Windows as well.

Cunning really. I will say this for you Bill, you are clever man at business.

Well, if that was the plan, it worked. Because I have purchased the brand new Windows 7. And I’ve installed it, and I’ve been using it for a week and I have to tell you Bill…I like it.

It’s good, no really it is. It’s quicker, it doesn’t seem to crash and there are even new features like the snapping windows that haven’t even been nicked from a Mac!

Of course it also comes bundled with Internet Explorer 8 which frankly I wasn’t bothered with, but surprise surprise, you now have a browser that I might use occasionally.

Admittedly that’s because you’ve lifted a lot of stuff directly from Firefox, including features I’ve written about but at least it shows you were paying attention.

In fact now I would tell anyone with an older version of Internet Explorer that it would be worthwhile to go to the official IE8 site and download it.

I mean you would know better than I about its improved security and the new features like ‘InPrivate’ browsing, where you can deliberately ask it to ignore your browsing history, otherwise known as ‘PornMode.’

Although I will give you the benefit of the doubt and say you didn’t request that particular feature personally.

So Bill, finally I can say that our relationship is working out now, that perhaps we can be friends after all.

And that if you are ever around my way, you should stop by, I’ve got some ideas we can discuss over a beer or two. My sofa is quite comfy if you feel like crashing out afterwards.

Or if it’s easier, I could always come to your place.

You probably have a larger sofa.

The real reason Susan Boyle conquered the World.

A miraculous thing happened this week, something that united millions and millions of people across the world and something that couldn’t have happened just 5 years ago.

It wasn’t a religious event, it wasn’t a sporting occasion, it wasn’t aliens bringing Elvis back, it was something far more unlikely.

It was a woman called Susan Boyle singing a showtune.

There’s no chance you haven’t heard of Miss Boyle by now, the lady with the brillo hair but brilliant voice who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and then computer monitors around the globe.

But I’m not here to add to the media commentary about how society views talent and attractiveness, instead I thought it was worth mentioning about how the world is viewing at all.

Because in all the talk of her impact there is always one common denominator, one currency that validates her popularity in every news article and one main reason those outside Britain have been able to hear Susan Boyle sing, and that’s…YouTube.

And it’s this side of her story I thought was worthwhile giving a nod towards, the side without which not that long ago, there would be no worldwide fairytale.

For when you think that YouTube only started in February 2005 and it’s dropped into reports like everybody knows what it is without reference, that we realise the likes of what it is, and what it does, is now taken so much for granted.

The social web may be synonymous with MySpace, Facebook and now Twitter, but it’s clear that YouTube demonstrates the real power of the peoples internet.

You can read all you like about the Susan Boyle effect but you can’t be emotionally included in this phenomenon until your eyes leak by watching it yourself.

And part of this global experience is that for seven eye opening minutes we can feel connected to so many others who watched the same small flickering box, within the same white background, and who must have felt as joyful and uplifted as you did.

A connection emphasised by all the comments on the site, like a planet wide group hug.

Although who would have thought that YouTube could have quite this much cultural influence. That within days our most famous British singer would change from a rehab denying, bedraggled tattooed waif who looks like she’s never been washed, to an ordinary lady with an extraordinary voice who’s never been kissed.

You didn’t expect that did you, did you, no.