At first glance, the 1,200 signatures PC Advisor forum member Paul Milne’s already achieved for his Windows Vista price protest on 10 Downing Street’s E-Petitions website seems like a decent achievement.

But I’ve spent a bit of time on the website this afternoon, and I’m not convinced everyone’s taking these e-petitions seriously.

For example, the petition to encourage the Prime Minister to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream has received 3,935 signatures. Meanwhile, the effort to convince the government to replace the national anthem with 'Gold' by Spandau Ballet has been backed by 4,637 people.

Set against those two petitions, Milne’s efforts to convince Tony Blair to encourage Microsoft to slash the price of Vista don’t look so unrealistic after all.