Category: E

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?       …

February 4, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Eternity Cricket gives an idea of eternityTest matches last up to 30 hours.  Fight, flair, grit, glamour, twists & turns keep average attendances in England rising: 52,850  (1980) to 77,420 (2017).  Redeveloped venues provide great spectator experience.  England had its 1,000th Test in 2018 and has been in >43% of all Tests ever played.  Learning…