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If you visit Orange UK’s HQ in Paddington from international office then your laptop won’t connect to Orange UK’s corporate WiFi network.

The official advice is to use the public wifi hotspot they operate in the building at €20/day and connect via VPN.

Welcome to Big-Corp Thinking.

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We’re on the look-out for an AJAX and front-end developer to join the Bubbletop team here in San Francisco. Our plans for the service are getting so interesting that we need another body to help us keep up with the work!

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Bubbletop is a soon-to-be-launched personalizable AJAX homepage with some interesting twists around social recommendation and our approach to community-built widgets.

There’s an ad on Craigslist, but basically we’re looking for someone with:

  • An excellent handle of xHTML, CSS, Javascript and solid experience working with AJAX
  • A standards-compliance and best-practice approach to their work
  • Ability to work in a small cross-discipline team
  • Experience with other programing languages/MVC approach would be nice to have
  • Any experience of building widgets or widget frameworks would be fantastic

We’re a small, close-knit ‘startup-style’ team working within Orange Labs here in San Francisco. Bubbletop is yet to launch and so there is massive opportunity to help the shape the future of this project which will hopefully be pretty high-profile.

TechCrunch has written about us and we’ve not even given Michael Arrington a demo yet!

And for those who have been burned by under-funded startups – Bubbletop is backed by Orange, you know you’re going to get paid at the end of the month! No start-up funding dramas here.

We’re looking to offer this out on contract for now. The $$$ depends on experience, but I’m sure the successful applicant will be happy with the package.

If you’d like to know more about the position, please drop me an email along with your resume and some examples of your work. My email address for this is bubbletop (AT) benmetcalfe.com

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Bubbletop’s not even launched yet into beta and we’re on TechCrunch!

Bubbletop

I hope Micheal isn’t too pissed he hasn’t had that all-important exclusive testdrive yet. Truth is, no one has — we’ve only demo’ed the product to a handful of people outside the company, and even then only at arms length with us controlling the demo! We’re control freaks over our new baby, you see. :)

We’ll be giving out beta accounts for the community to start playing with it next week, I hope. Let me know in the comments if you want an account – or better still, hop on over to Bubbletop and register there.

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As widely discussed, Steve Jobs (CEO Apple) announced the “Mac Mini” – a $499 computer running Apple OSX. I’m pretty sure this will be the bring Apple to the masses (just like when Apple produced a Windows compatible iPod).

However, the bit that’s already bugging me is this: How come the “$499 Mac” will cost £339 here in the UK? My maths tells me that at the current rates, $499 = £265. That’s quite a difference in price difference (about 20%).

UPDATE: I’ve reinvestigated, and some of the price difference is sales tax – the US dollar price is without tax, where as the UK pound price includes VAT @ 17.5%. So, that’s a base price of £288.50 and only a 10% difference, so MAYBE I’m crying over nothing… Anyway, I ordered my Mac Mini yesterday, and the first thing I’ll be doing is opening it up and looking inside – so watch this space for photographs!

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