Thursday, April 28, 2005

Multi-browser DHTML support

This week I put DHTML Menus on the site. I used two different programs first and found big browser compatibility issues. It would work in Mozilla but not in IE or Netscape. The one I finally used was this one from DynamicDrive the DHTML resource site. This one works perfectly in all browsers.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

UK Government hides spending on IT!

Executives in Health Trusts throughout the UK have been asked to decline requests for information on contracts worth billions awarded by the National Programme for IT in the NHS (NPfIT).

The government have instructed (advised) them to suppress information about failure of contractual obligations, timetables, revising contracts, changing delivery requirement, allowing stakeholders in the program's (NHS Employees) to understand what the software would be able to do and when it would be delivered.

This is shocking considering the main piece of software is booking system. For £5 billion pounds you could probably buy Ryanair, keep their software and sell the company on.

These level of opaqueness makes Mugabe look like a Madison Avenue PR firm.

Open information about these things can only raise standards and accountability.
The government is supposed to be the servant of the people and servants cant be going round the house stashing stuff.
Government without personal responsibility is evil.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Renminbi flotation When and what effect will it have

When the Chinese floats the Renminbi what will happen.
Here are a few thoughts.

The Chinese won't float until their banks are in better shape but as they are due to join the WTO the clock is running on this. Some of China's massive dollar earnings have already been pumped into these banks to prepare them for foreign competition in their domestic banking market when they have joined the WTO.

When they float the biggest problem will be for the USA economy. Competition for natural resources will increase as the dollar falls against the Renminbi making it cheaper for the Chinese to satisfy domestic demand which is increasing at a far faster rate then export growth. As china has trade surpluses with most economies they will be very keen to deal in Renminbi with their Chinese trade partners.

The USA economies consumption of 43% of world production will be more difficult to maintain.
On flotation the adjustments will come quite quickly with a possible destabilising effect on USA growth as the dollar finds its new level.

As China is already subsidising the USA in effect by keeping the Renminbi at around 8.5, the math is easy to do - Are the subsidies being earned back in increased trade?
and/or market share.
Sooner or later the benefits of the flotation will be so overwhelming in favour of the Chinese people that it will be inevitable.
Is America ready?