Microsoft, Nokia team up
Another week, another unholy alliance. Hot on the heels of the “Micro-hoo” deal comes the news that Nokia is to join forces with Microsoft to try to oust the Blackberry as the phone of choice for the business market.
Has anyone else got a sense of deja vu?
A few years ago, it was all about free content online. The idea of paying for any content online was laughable. It would never work, we sniggered.
Then things changed. Companies realised that the dot-com bubble had burst and investing thousands and thousands in websites with little or no return was no longer sustainable. Something had to be done.
I’ve got to the stage where I do most things online - pay bills, shop, keep in contact with friends. So I’m used to logging on at 1am to pay my ESB bill, or transfer money for my mortgage.
That’s the beauty of online self-service, isn’t it? Not if you’re buying insurance, it seems.
I think it’s fairly well established that I am a fan of technology. It makes my life infinitely easier. But when it goes wrong, it leaves me wanting to kick holes in the offending item.
The latest culprit is the fairly innocuous eFlow tag that is currently stuck to my windscreen. In a way, I sort of deserve it.
Does anyone know why Ryanair won’t allow you to book a flight through their website if you want to travel that day? Aer Lingus and other airlines allow it, but with “no frills” airline Ryanair you have to ring their reservations centre.
Considering they are trying to push us online for everything these days – reservations, check in – you think they’d sort this out.