How Do Countries Choose Which Side They Drive On?

Samoa is the first nation since the 1970s to switch sides and did so, they say, to end their reliance on left-hand drive vehicles imported at great expense from America. All well and good, but the real question here is why do different nations drive on different sides of the roads? Here in England, where traffic comes from the right, it took me more than a few weeks to stop looking left every time I went to cross the street—training that was completely undone when I went to France for two weeks at the end of the summer.
Read On…

Part I — Hot Startups to Watch in 2010

I’m watching hundreds of startups, have at least one list of them over on Twitter (500 startups are on that one) and will be starting other lists in 2010 but I’ve been watching the trends on Twitter of what people are talking about and here are 25 startups to watch.
Why?
Because they are the best of breed examples of trends that are bigger than them. Is this list complete? No way, but it gives you a good starting point on some companies who you should be trying out and watching.
Read Part I
Read Part II

Insanely bad: Ten Apple duds of the decade

Apple has had an amazing decade, revolutionizing industries as diverse as music, movies, telecoms, and software with its iPod/iTunes/iPhone products and ruling the OS Wars with its much-copied Mac OS X.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs won PC Advisor’s Person Of The Decade. Fortune magazine named him CEO Of The Decade.
Could the man do no wrong?
Oh, yes he could do wrong. Very wrong.
Here’s our list of ten products—in no particular order of badness—that Apple and Steve Jobs probably wish had never seen the light of day.
Read On
eklectica - this, that & everything