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Giles Turnbull

Giles is a contributing editor to WriteTheWeb.

Giles is a freelance writer based in Wiltshire, UK. He has a professional web site at, a personal one at, and is one of the team responsible for Make A Shorter Link.

Articles by this author

The politician and his weblog

by Giles Turnbull -- 2003-04-10

You know weblogs are passe when even politicians are jumping on the bandwagon...

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Take It Further: QuickTopic grows up

by Giles Turnbull -- 2003-02-28

What do you use QuickTopic for? Discussing off-topic stuff that crops up on mailing lists? There's waaaay more to it than that, as our interview with founder Steve Yost reveals.

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The heart of the matter

by Giles Turnbull -- 2003-02-07

Noah Grey wrote a piece of software called Greymatter, and with it helped the blogosphere take its first hesitant steps into the limelight. Then he kind of disappeared, and then he kind of came back again. Last week, he kindly agreed to spill his heart to WriteTheWeb, about Greymatter, blogs (and hating the word "blog"), copyright, and spirituality.

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by Giles Turnbull -- 2003-02-03

Jo Walsh is creator and curator of the spacenamespace project, an adventure in collaborative mapping. As an ambitious first step, she is overseeing the building of an interactive map of London, accessible via an instant messaging bot. WriteTheWeb asked her to explain the roots of the idea, and how it is progressing. Her answer follows.

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The writeable web: lather, rinse, repeat

by Giles Turnbull -- 2003-01-20

NetNewsWire has become one of the most talked-about applications for Mac-owning webloggers. In its initial incarnation as a freeware RSS reader, it successfully boosted awareness and usage of RSS across the blogosphere. Just when people thought it couldn't get any better, the commercial version appeared offering built-in weblog editing too. WriteTheWeb spoke to NetNewsWire's creator, Brent Simmons.

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The name of the game

by Giles Turnbull -- 2003-01-20

When is a weblog not a weblog? When it's a game. Kevan Davies and friends have started up a web site whose purpose is nothing more than defining its own existence.

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Explore the fringes of weblogs

by Giles Turnbull -- 2003-01-20

Meg Hourihan will be conducting a session at the Emerging Technology Conference on The Margins of the Writable Web.

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The problem with charging for content

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-03-26

You must have noticed it - the fast-growing trend among content sites to start charging for content. But just because it works for some, it won't necessarily work for all, and there appear to be a lot of site owners who have not grasped that yet.

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Standing up against legal threats

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-03-19

Small-time web publishers, fanzine writers, and webloggers have had little or no chance of standing up against The Man when sent a legal letter or email asking them to "cease and desist" with whatever it is they are publishing online. Not until now, that is, thanks to the arrival of Chilling Effects.

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What is a k-log?

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-03-05

Some people are taking the concept of weblogs and applying it to the wider concept of knowledge management. The result is k-logging ("knowledge-logging"). But will it catch on - will your employer dump Lotus Notes databases in favour of browsers and blog-style brain-dumps?

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Our useless digital archives

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-03-04

A prestigious digital history project conducted by the BBC in the 1980s is now just so much junk, because no-one can figure out a way to read the disks the data was stored on. What does this tell us about all the data we are committing to electronic storage now?

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Controlling the moving image

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-03-01

The movie industry wants to avoid getting Napstered at all costs. It is taking unprecedented steps to protect moving images from being digitally copied.

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Books have a future

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-03-01

Books do have a future. And now someone is maintaining a blog about that future.

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Did you hear the one about the copyrighted joke?

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-02-18

Just to prove how hard it can be to keep control over copyrighted material on the net, one author has been horrified to find his work widely circulated by email.

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Alternatives to copyright

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002-02-13

Why should we stick with copyright, when we could come up with something else that would work better for digital media? Lawrence Lessig is working on it.

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