Category: E

May 29, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Ended Workplace practices ended by Covid-19:  Live group brainstorming.  (The boss’s idea wasn’t always the best anyway).  Allocation of resources by the ‘invisible hand’ of the market. (Replaced by the long arm of the government, in return for loans & grants).  Handshakes at the start & end of meetings.  (Say it with flowers)  Guessed the…

November 11, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Euro Midnight 1 Jan 1999: Launch of the virtual euro in 11 European countries.  2002: € notes & coins start to circulate, & 1st purchase using them was on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean – to buy 1 kg of lychees.  US$ – € exchange rate on 1 Jan 1999 was…

November 8, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Exhaust Around 2000: birth of surveillance capitalism.  Tech firms didn’t know how to make money from the internet.  We did a search, they delivered results & ejected our details.  Then Google stumbled on the answer: keep the “data exhaust” (who we are, what we seek, what we do next), render it into information to sell…

October 17, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Electric vehicle Electric vehicle (EV) manufacture is accelerating globally. China is in the driving seat – by 2025, 7m (20%) of cars sold yearly will be plug-in hybrids or battery-powered, to clear smog & reduce dependence on oil.  But do consumers want EVs?  They’re more costly than petrol/diesel options & their batteries pose extra fire…

September 27, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Empire Sovereignty – what does a powerful empire look like now?  It’s got many people in its grasp.  It collects & stores data about its subjects, to use for its own gain.  It tracks their activity & location to target them with ‘information’.  It cites privacy/ security as reasons for changes which benefit the emperor. …

August 9, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Evaporate Traffic “evaporates” as vehicle drivers go on holiday or choose other ways to make their trips.  Walking, cycling or a ride on the top deck of a bus brings an air of freedom & relaxation – enjoy summer in the city! Guessed the Word?           Series 46 (2/4)       …

July 10, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Eggwash Double eggwash gives Wimbledon scones their rich, golden-brown tops.  Over 8,000 baked each day of the tournament by 3rd-generation London family bakery.  Secret recipe of high-quality wheat flour, sugar, milk, baking powder & golden sultanas mixed for 6 mins.  Dough left to ‘relax’, then hand-cut & put on baking trays.  Baking time & temperature…

May 3, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Exchange Most transactions now occur with no monetary exchange.  Statistics only measure activities with money value, so these barter deals get omitted. Example: “Free” apps for smartphones.  They aren’t really free; we get them in exchange for giving up personal data or accepting advertisements Guessed the Word?           Series 41 (7/9)   …

April 26, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Easter egg  Hidden “Easter eggs” appeal to our fondness for puzzles & discovery.  Since  Atari’s1979 video game Adventure, comic books, computer software and even search engines have included secret jokes, messages & images, encouraging us to hunt them out.Effective user engagement, while keeping creators happily productive Guessed the Word?           Series 41 (5/9) …

April 8, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Error Every internet user knows 404, the error message. Caused by poor internal linking, dead links or expired/sold-out items.  Relieve theuser’s frustration with humour, useful information, or helpful re-direct (“a 301”), say to a blog.  Practical/ fun approaches can even make “a 404” a destination in its own right! Guessed the Word?       …