Interesting Stuff 2009-02-19
The BBC News website was temporarily affected by technical problems this lunchtime which meant users in the UK were unable to get onto the site for about 20 minutes as a result of problems with our London servers. We're sorry for this, the site is accessible again now and we are looking into exactly what happened and why as urgently as we can.
Steve Herrmann isn't the only one with technical headaches. BBC New's Click team had a bit of a problem on a recent jolly to Barcelona.
In town to cover the Mobile World Congress, the team found themselves in a nightmare when their equipment encountered a little trouble -- the tape got stuck. Thankfully, BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones whizzed back to London with the camera, allowing specialist BBC engineers to take control of the situation.
Brilliantly for us, the whole episode was documented on TwitPic...
The good news is that somehow they managed to rescue the tape (we're assuming without using that hammer), footage intact, and the show will be on the BBC News Channel as planned this Saturday. Phew.
If you're a fan of the show you can get all the behind the scenes action by following them on Twitter (@BBCClick). We were extremely impressed with this:
Yesterday we posted Ashley Stewart-Noble's piece about the BBC Flickr pool. Senior software engineer Curtis Poe enjoys his moment in the spotlight -- a picture of his hand was used to illustrate a radio show.
Congratulations are in order for the BBC Mobile team: they won the 'Best Mobile Video or Audio' award at the Global Mobile Awards 2009 on Wednesday night.
James Cridland offers some early reflections on the Radio 4 blogging experiment. It's good, he says:
More fascinating are the comments - discussing only the way the Radio 4 audience would be expected to. "Mr Damazer sir, would you be in the marketplace for a suggestion for an afternoon play repeat?" asks one correspondent, while another says: "To paraphrase; good programmes should: make most people smile some of the time, some people smile most of the time and on no account should anyone never smile once at all throughout a whole programme/series." '
And finally, if you're wondering why the BBC's Twitter masses has been a little quieter today, that's because we've been unable to access the site from within the BBC. Hopefully we'll be back tomorrow.