Grubby, nasty TV won out last night. The show that Kerry Packer banned rated 1.366 million viewers and proved Kerry Packer still has the best judgement in Australian TV. Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos. When he ordered it pulled off air in 1992, he was offended at what was going to air. Last night Nine’s current management and Australian TV viewers were of one. They lapped it up, proving to the eternal discredit of the Australian TV viewer that on crucial occasions, you can’t go broke under estimating their taste. It was crude, offensive and boring. Host Doug Mulray was once a very funny man in Sydney radio. Hosting this simmering heap of rubbish, he looked bored, fat and out of his depth. Kerry Packer saved his reputation back then and had he still been on air now, his reputation would have taken a battering. Nine CEO, David Gyngell is responsible, as is Michael Healy, Nine’s head of programming. he was Nine’s presentation manager and the man who was told by Kerry Packer to pull the program. Last night we saw why Nine management at the time were wrong to run it them and why they were wrong to run it now. It’s not a question of it rating: it’s a question of good taste.

The blokey Nine management, led by David Gyngell, have gone down into the gutter this year with their headline provoking use of Gordon Ramsay and his foul language at 8.30 pm, instead of 9.30 pm, where it was last year. The good work with Underbelly has been thrown away with the exploitation of Ramsay and now this pile of rubbish. Richard Lyle, Nine’s censor, failed in his job with Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos: he should have censored the whole lot out. There was material that wasn’t s-xy, salacious or titilating: it was crude, beer swilling humour of the worst possible kind. Bogan TV on a channel that at times is resembling the Wedge and Fountaingate in its view of Australian life.

Australian TV viewers damaged themselves last night by watching it, Nine and its management confirmed it’s blokey with no real interest in what people want to see except if its half n-ked, swears or makes the Footy Show look like Oscar winning TV. Even though Nine’s problem trace directly back to Kerry packer from 2001-02 onwards, in this case he is the only person to emerge with any credit from this long, drawn out saga. David Gyngell is not even in the same room when it comes to Kerry Packer. — Glenn Dyer

iPhone 3G – already with pictures! Hi, Not sure if this is or is not the ‘norm’ but I just received my brand new iPhone here in the UK and once it had been activated on iTunes I found that the home screen (the screen you can personalise with a photo) already had a photo set against it !!!! It would appear that someone on the production line was having a bit of fun – has anyone else found this? These are the photos:

Mac Rumurs

Extracts from Bloomberg’s premature Steve Jobs obituary Extracts from the incomplete obituary of Apple founder and chief executive Steve Jobs published in error by the Bloomberg news wire on August 28: “In terms of an inspirational leader, Steve Jobs is really the best I’ve ever met,” Microsoft Corp. Co-Chairman Bill Gates said in January 1998 when asked to name the CEOs he most admired. “He’s got a belief in the excellence of products. He’s able to communicate that.”– The Telegraph (UK)

Breaking the email compulsion The unpredictable way that useful emails arrive makes checking for them as addictive as slot machines. But you can regain control …Back in the early 1990s, email was a privilege granted only to those who could prove they needed it. Now, it has turned into a nuisance that’s costing companies millions. We may feel that we have it under control, but not only do we check email more often than we realise, but the interruptions caused are more detrimental than was previously thought. In a study last year, Dr Thomas Jackson of Loughborough University found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email. So people who check their email every five minutes waste 8.5 hours a week figuring out what they were doing moments before. It had been assumed that email doesn’t cause interruptions because the recipient chooses when to check for and respond to email. But Jackson found that people tend to respond to email as it arrives, taking an average of only one minute and 44 seconds to act upon a new email notification; 70% of alerts got a reaction within six seconds. That’s faster than letting the phone ring three times. — The Guardian

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