I stumbled upon an article on Yahoo about how the authorities in Paris are going to give 175,000 high school kids free USB sticks (pen drives) with a load of Open Source software installed. This is a great idea and far cheaper then issuing the kids with laptops etc. I have written before about portable applicatons, slimmed down versions of full Open Source applications designed to work on a USB stick. The kids just need access to a computer, either a friends, or at an internet cafe or at school and they can run their own software straight from the USB stick. USB sticks are really cheap these days and the software is of course free and legal to copy. It would be great to see a similar scheme here in the UK.
As a regular cyclist you have to be very aware of not only the traffic around you but also the condition of the road ahead, an unseen pothole could cause serious damage to your bike or even you. Your local council has a duty to make sure that dangerous potholes and damage to road surfaces are repaired, but obviously they need to know about the damage before they can do anything about it. That’s where a new web site set up by the CTC comes in, fillthathole.org.uk has been set up so you can easly mark the location of the damage on a map, generate it’s grid reference you then write a description and this is sent to the relevent council by CTC. There is also a companion site for off road cyclists called ClearThatTrail.org.uk. I’ve already logged one pothole on the A91 and will probably log more soon.