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Most mornings I go for a walk trying to get my 10,000 steps in for the day. Many of these walks take me through a local wood. This wood isn’t heavily managed, it’s pretty much left to nature to decide what happens. In the middle of the wood the trees are…
Most mornings I go for a walk trying to get my 10,000 steps in for the day. Many of these walks take me through a local wood. This wood isn't heavily managed, it's pretty much left to nature to decide what happens. In the middle of the wood the trees are looking a bit ramshackle. They are reasonably tall adult trees, but a number of them have come down over recent years. Each one of them is covered in dense ivy foliage; the ivy is slowly killing ...
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The following film was created by Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung using a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter while touring Antarctica. It’s truly beautiful and definitely needs to be watched in high-definition: via Colossal.
The following film was created by Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung using a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter while touring Antarctica. It's truly beautiful and definitely needs to be watched in high-definition: https://vimeo.com/124858722 via Colossal.
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Steve Denning recently wrote a post in Forbes highlighting what he regarded as 5 reasons why Google+ was died. In Steve Denning fashion the article was well crafted and made some interesting points. It’s not the purpose of this post to assess the merits…
Steve Denning recently wrote a post in Forbes highlighting what he regarded as 5 reasons why Google+ was died. In Steve Denning fashion the article was well crafted and made some interesting points. It’s not the purpose of this post to assess the merits of that article; what has intrigued me was the responses to the article. At one level Google+ is just another social media platform, but that’s not how many of the people who use it perceive it, o...
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I walk into a room, it’s a meeting room that anyone who has been to any corporate office anywhere on the planet would recognise. There’s a long table with chairs around it, at one end are a couple of large flat screens attached to the wall at shoulder…
I walk into a room, it's a meeting room that anyone who has been to any corporate office anywhere on the planet would recognise. There's a long table with chairs around it, at one end are a couple of large flat screens attached to the wall at shoulder height, the theme is wood and black leather. There's a business casual dress code so all the men are wearing shirts; the one lady is wearing a trouser suit. Most of the people in the room are known ...
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In each area of life we love to create language to describe what we are doing. As technology people we are masters at acronyms and words that make no sense in normal life. The image below is of a card that I was given and it illustrates how impenetrable…
In each area of life we love to create language to describe what we are doing. As technology people we are masters at acronyms and words that make no sense in normal life.The image below is of a card that I was given and it illustrates how impenetrable our language can be: 
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One of my favourite quotes is by Soren Kierkegaard: “Once you label me you negate me.” I’ve previously posted about our labelling of the Millenials (Generation Y). Shortly after I wrote that post I read an article in the New York Times about Generation Z…
One of my favourite quotes is by Soren Kierkegaard: “Once you label me you negate me.” I've previously posted about our labelling of the Millenials (Generation Y). Shortly after I wrote that post I read an article in the New York Times about Generation Z which made me sigh - Make Way for Generation Z. (At least we are now at the end of the alphabet and someone will have to do something a bit more interesting than just labelling the next generatio...
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I need to confess right at the start that I’ve never been a fan of adding rules to create ‘complex’ passwords. I’m talking about the type of thing where you insist that someone uses a capital letter, some numbers and a special character. Studies show that…
I need to confess right at the start that I've never been a fan of adding rules to create 'complex' passwords. I'm talking about the type of thing where you insist that someone uses a capital letter, some numbers and a special character. Studies show that when you do this most people create a pattern that they can remember, something like this: Start with a capital letter Numbers at the end Special character right at the end In so doing we inad...
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The statistics in the graphic at the bottom of this post come from the OECD Better Life Index. For the UK it makes for interesting reading. The full index measures 11 different parameters across 35 countries. The graphic focusses on the data behind just…
The statistics in the graphic at the bottom of this post come from the OECD Better Life Index. For the UK it makes for interesting reading. The full index measures 11 different parameters across 35 countries. The graphic focusses on the data behind just one of those indexes - average yearly working hours. People in the UK sit in the top third of the ranking at 1,790 hours per year. The interesting observation, from someone who works for an Americ...
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This is the latest adventure from Improv Everywhere, this time they are hosting a Pizza Party on the New York Metro. What better way to brighten someone’s day than to have a party:  
This is the latest adventure from Improv Everywhere, this time they are hosting a Pizza Party on the New York Metro. What better way to brighten someone's day than to have a party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjyAMRKTUps  
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As I walked around the office this morning I was struck by a colleague’s desktop on their PC. It was absolutely full of file icons, completely covered. I’ve seen this phenomena before but never to such an extreme. I found myself recoiling at what I saw as…
As I walked around the office this morning I was struck by a colleague's desktop on their PC. It was absolutely full of file icons, completely covered. I've seen this phenomena before but never to such an extreme. I found myself recoiling at what I saw as a complete and utter mess. You may have guessed by my tone that I'm not a desktop scatterer. My desktop has 16 icons on it; all of them from applications that have decided that I need a desktop ...
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Reading through an AWS Official blog post today I was struck by the power of the closing statement: Once again, these features are available now and you can start using them today. We have become used to continuous change that we forget how profound a…
Reading through an AWS Official blog post today I was struck by the power of the closing statement: Once again, these features are available now and you can start using them today. We have become used to continuous change that we forget how profound a statement it is. For much of my working life I've lived through the era of packaged application deployment. Hundreds and thousands of devices, running hundreds of applications with each needing to b...
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Animated GIFs are fun, many are mediocre, but these FLRN GIF are brilliant. The person behind FLRN GIF is apparently Florian de Looij who started his journey at the age of 12. There is a huge archive of them, but here are a few:   Via Colossal
Animated GIFs are fun, many are mediocre, but these FLRN GIF are brilliant. The person behind FLRN GIF is apparently Florian de Looij who started his journey at the age of 12. There is a huge archive of them, but here are a few:   Via Colossal
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