Quick round up of April Fools day ’09 pranks so far.
BMW always come up trumps and today is no exception with their excellent BMW Magnetic Tow Technology, also featured on the home page. We have the Guardian paper announcing Twitter switch for Guardian, after 188 years of ink and Google announcing CADIE an artificial intelligence break through.
Chris Moyles on Radio 1 also announced “April Fuel Day” where by ringing up you could get a password and get half price fuel at selected garages. This made more amusing by the fact even after they’d announced it was a prank people still called in!
If you heard over to menti.net you can see information about how he’s setup some code to push the popular BBC News feeds out to accounts on twitter. Nice!
Not a habit to post email chain style letters, but, this one is actually important and will stop the government charging us the British tax payer even more to drive on the roads!
THIS IS REAL AND IT IS A PROPER GOVERNMENT SITE!
The government’s proposal to introduce road pricing will mean you having to purchase a tracking device for your car and paying a monthly bill to use it.
The tracking device will cost about £200 and in a recent study by the BBC, the lowest monthly bill was £28 for a rural florist and £194 for a delivery driver.
A non working Mum who used the car to take the kids to school paid £86 in one month.
On top of this massive increase in tax, you will be tracked. Somebody will know where you are at all times. They will also know how fast you have been going, so even if you accidentally creep over a speed limit* you can expect and additional fine with your monthly bill.
If you care about our freedoms and stopping the constant bashing of the car driver, please sign the petition on No 10’s new website
Steve Irvin killed by a Sting Ray on the Great Barrier reef. RIP.
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin killed
Taken from BBC NEWS, Microsoft is to be debuing it’s security package. 3 computers will be covered in the yearly fee of £26.50 but the question would you actually trust them to care about your PC? Seems like a handy way to grab more information about your machine and also slipstream in updates to Windows without exactly telling you what their doing… or am I being a classic M$ synic?
We shall see.
Taken from BBC News the announcement that America Online to rebrand as AOL, I suppose Time Warner have loads of money, why not do something daft!
I’m sure major corp’s have their reasons, like Intel recently, but I’m still not sure on major re-brands when they’re household names. I guess it does generate publicity and refresh the image, but still, is it worth it? I’m sure marketing folk (eek I said folk when I’m not American!) will argue otherwise.
Still won’t make AOL a company I’d recommend, sorry!
Missed out on April Fool’s, not sure if you were had or not? Check out the guide over at Wikipedia. Personal favourite I think once again is BMW’s fine effort of “go slow cameras”.
Yes, you read that correctly. Use the force to navigate to the Fitness First site and become a fit young Jedi!
Whether this is true or not true (as the Whitehouse is trying to claim, naturally), you have to wonder about him, I mean more than before!
Full Story: BBC – Yahoo! News
This is of personal interest to me as I’ve had Insulin dependant diabetes since 1996. Hopefully this will progress and become available to all.
BBC NEWS | Health | Transplant cures man of diabetes