Is ALL water a wishing well?

I have this theory which seems to bear out no matter where I travel to in the UK…..

When I was a child I used to throw pennies into wishing wells and make a wish. As I grew up I noticed the security protecting the coins getting stronger (however, I digress).

What I have noticed now for a number of years is that any expanse of water contained in a public place becomes a public wishing well. You may notice that all of these places have coins thrown into them. These include water features in shopping centres as well as water fountains outside.

What happened to the good old wishing well and why do people find an urge to thrown money anywhere where there is water?

Identity Fraud has finally happened to me

Well its finally happened to me.

After been very careful with my credit card details over the years, last week I finally fell victim to Identity Fraud. Yes, whilst checking my credit card transactions online, I noticed a airline ticket that I certainly didn’t buy. A call to my credit card company revealed two further airline transactions that had not yet been posted onto my statement.

Within one day, 3 separate airline tickets had been bought on my card. Fortunately, the bank had noticed something suspicious and put a stop on my card. Of course, i’m fully covered by my credit card company. However, I can’t help thinking now whether my stolen details were a result of something careless I have done or whether it was a problem over which I had no control (i.e. insider fraud). Still, irrespective of which it is, I will be ever more vigilant when my replacement card arrives.

iPod Graveyard

Where have all the original iPods gone?

I have an 4GB iPod Mini. Its not that old and it serves my purpose. However, I seem to be the only person on the planet that has a pre-video iPod. What has happened to all of the people who bought older iPods. Do they just throw them away and buy new ones or is there some sort of iPod graveyard that they send them to?

Strange Acquisitions

There are some acquisitions within the Identity space that come as no surprise. For example, when Sun acquired Vaau as a knee-jerk reaction to Oracle’s acquisition of BridgeStream (sorry, I had to get that jibe in), it came as no surprise. Equally, as the other independent role management vendors get bought up, that will be expected also. The only slight surprises may come from who buys who.

However, every now and again a complete left field acquisition shocks the industry. This occurred at RSA with Hitachi announcing it had bought a major share in M-Tech. Everyone seems to be talking about it. Burton, Digital ID World, Dave Kearns, Bruce Schneier etc.

What next, Amstrad buying Courion? 🙂

Social Networks galore!!

I’m sure like me you are constantly getting invitations to the myriad of different social networking/web 2.0 sites out there. Personally, I have accounts on:

Facebook
LinkedIn
MySpace
Naymz
Plaxo
Del.icio.us
ClaimID
Technorati
and i’m sure there are others……

I don’t have the time to keep all of these up to date, never mind joining any more.

Looking specifically at the number of social networks out there, surely there has to be a point when these must start to consolidate their functionality. I can see it has already starting happening to a certain extent.

LinkedIn is designed for business relationships. Plaxo extends that so you can categorise people as either business or friends. Similarly, LinkedIn allows you to write an endorsement for someone, whereas, Naymz whole philosophy is based on reputation and references.

I don’t see how all of these sites can be sustainable as we move further into 2008.