Before i Forget : Simon Jones's blog

September 1998

Meanwhile articleMonday, September 28th, 1998, (11:11 am)

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It seems that controversy should be my middle name. This weekend I heard from a friend that I was being named as the creator of an extremely witty parody website that I saw some weeks ago, but that is no longer anywhere to be found. (I do hope who ever did create it will bring it back soon!)

I’d better be careful what I write here though, as I know that certain people from the organization in question may indeed be looking at my site for clues. (Quite what they hope to find here though I don’t know.)

The Christian organization that I shall call ‘Garrick’ for the purpose of this article, seem to have had a serious sense of humor failure over the fact that someone parodied their website. Apparently the people right at the top of ‘Garrick’ have all seen it and are most unimpressed. There is talk of legal action and indeed for all I know maybe they have already got the parody sites creator and that is why the site has disappeared. Who knows?

All I know is that the ‘Garrick’ organization have been sending ‘war talk’ messages through channels aimed at me. Warnings like “They’ll sue him you know” and “They are really serious about this”. They have been harassing my friends (and even people who aren’t my friends) for information and generally leaning on people to give my name in connection to the creation of what was a great site.

But here’s the thing… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]

Meanwhile articleTuesday, September 22nd, 1998, (8:44 pm)

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The other day I was chatting to friends about a company that has some great products but in the past has been guilty of some real bad marketing goofs. We were debating the latest marketing campaign and the possible futures for this company. It is looking down the barrel of an industry and a world that are pretty unforgiving of mistakes. The strategy for the companies future is unclear with only a handful of people privy to such information. This company has always been the focus of such speculation though, they are used to being second guessed, to having their sometimes bizarre decisions questioned by staff, customers and watchers.

So who am I talking about? It’s got to be Apple, right?

Wrong. I am talking about my former employer who I suppose I should allow to remain nameless. If you are from Merseyside the chances are you will have come across them in one form or another. They have two touring ‘internet road shows’ going to local libraries throughout the region, they have two permanent centres at Liverpool and Birkenhead and they have recently had their new offices officially opened by Prince Andrew. They are undoubtedly the ‘big boys’ on campus.

However, big fish in their own pond they may be, but out in the big wide world they are still relative small fry. And now the company are on the verge of having to fly the warmth of the European funded nest that has sheltered it thus far. European funding has provided the sustenance to fatten it up with an endless stream of students and unemployed people providing a work force that would put a smile on even the most mercenary accountant. However the party could well be about to come to an abrupt end.

The European cash that has been such a key part in the organizations history is soon to become part of it’s glorious past. This is not big news in itself, many watchers have known this would be the case for a long time. However what is interesting is… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]

Meanwhile articleSunday, September 13th, 1998, (11:46 pm)

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“After phone sex one night, The president fell asleep mid conversation.”

The Star report makes for interesting reading… if you haven’t got anything better to do with yourself and someone has locked you in a room with nothing else other than a computer and the pages of CNN on a web browser.

In short I think this report is like so many American productions, far less in fact, than it ever was in anticipation. Pages and pages of refrigerated legal terminology exposing the presidents weakness for oral sex. He’s a guy for goodness sake… aren’t all guys a bit partial to the occasional blow job?

He’s called it a sin, the conservatives are calling it disgusting and the US legal system is trying to contest that it was illegal. Yeah I know that he’s in trouble for lying, but really when you cut away all the sensationalists bullshit, he’s in trouble for getting ‘caught on the job!’

At the end of the day I don’t really give a toss about who’s tickling Bill’s tackle. Yeah, he is the president and all that, but… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]

Meanwhile articleSunday, September 6th, 1998, (8:49 am)

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So another week passes into the realms of history. August 98 is over and will be remembered here in the UK for being nothing short of a let down. No sun, no summer and no decent hot days to bring those see through blouses out! Ah well, there’s some hope still that we may get a late summer in September. Still time for those see through blouses yet!

So hey, the iMac has ‘landed’, or at least that’s what the ads are telling us. This Saturday just gone, the UK saw the release of the computer that looks to be taking the whole world by storm. (Or at least the whole world who can afford to be taken by storm anyway!)

I went to an iMac opening and was the only person there! That however cannot be seen as a reliable gauge of the response over here for the translucent blue Mac. It has, according to early reports, already sold out all over the UK and if you want one here, you’ll have to be patient. It’ll be something like a month before you see something blue in place of your hard earned ‘green stuff.’ That being the case though, I have just one question… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]