Posted by: Dissol on Jan 23, 2010
11h30 from the car park adjacent to Cape Town stadium.
I'll add my photos when I get home, as I forgot a cable to connect my card to my tablet.
There is a huge Police presence here (as you would expect for a dry run for the FIFA event). I am within the security curtain, so I, and my car, has been checked for explosives. Good to see some of the very latest electronic sniffing techniques being used.
Now this is a "Lifestyle Blog", clearly... Or is it?
I am writing this on my Tablet PC, connecting to the internet through my cell phone (and blue tooth). Windows 7 and a tablet PC make this such a pleasure (and easy to do). It is the everyday application of digital technology which makes all this possible. It makes a massive impact on my lifestyle.
But MyDL is a technology site first and foremost, rather than a social networking site. So the owners, managers, of the site have every right to do with it as they will. We, as users, have only one basic right; are can use the site, or not... We cannot dictate our own terms. We can suggest and cajole, but MyDL do not have to listen. Of course any organisation that does not listen to its customers is not going to last long! But MyDL's biggest customers (and therefore much more important than us) are the sponsors and advertisers. They want more digital blogs.
Personally, I think that the recent suggested changes will be counter-productive. too many of the digital blogs are too dry for my tastes, and if they are the only ones being supported then I would imagine that I would slowly drift away, and look for alternative social networking possibilities. However, if we can work with the system, and perhaps make more of our lifestyle blogs more digitally focussed, then we may find a solution that makes everyone happy.
As an example of what I mean I have a look at Jeremy Clarkson's Column in the Sunday Times. It is in the "motoring" section, and does cover motoring issues. But over 90% of each blog is lifestyle, and therefore much more enjoyable to read... Take a look at my tags for this post and tell me which ones do not apply.?
This is Dissol, live from Cape Town stadium, signing off!