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Saturday March 10 2007

Today I am watching rugby on the telly, while desperately clearing out my TV hard disc enough to enable me to fit Siegfried (BBC2 9.30pm to 2 pm!) on it tonight.  And tonight I am going to a birthday party.  So not much here today.

The interesting thing for me about tonight’s party, so far anyway, before it actually happens, is the way that a combination of the lady hosting the party and Evite is keeping me informed of its impending arrival.  First there was the invite (Evite I should say), weeks ago.  Then a reminder, reminding me that I hadn’t said yes, about a fortnight ago, saying say yes or no, now.  Then an acknowledgement that I had said yes.  Yesterday a reminder that I had said yes, and a reminder of where it was, with public transport and private parking info, and I was (we were) even told about the difficulties on the District Line today, which might have made all kinds of difficulties for me.  I can’t quite spot the joins between Evite and my hostess, and I got one email back saying, basically, you just sent an email to Evite and you can’t do that, sorry.  Nevertheless, brilliant.

It all looks very pre-blogging at the Evite website, and I’m sure this toy has been around for yonks.  But I don’t go to that many parties, and this was all new to me.  I’m impressed.

The hostess in question is and has always been very well organised, and this party would have been well organised even if email had never existed.  This episode just goes to confirm what I have long noticed, which is that people almost always use computers to do things that they would have been (and in the case of oldies like me: were) good at anyway.  They do all the same stuff they would have done anyway, but much better and much quicker.

And how about this!  I just, finally, worked out how to convert a .gif file into a .jpg file.  She knows who she is:

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I’ll spare you the details, but one of the things I think that illustrates is that when it comes to technology and technological change, things often happen rather gradually.