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Rob Pickering
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Tech CEO. Passionate about human communication, alleviating extreme poverty, and from time to time challenging myself through endurance exercise.
Tech CEO. Passionate about human communication, alleviating extreme poverty, and from time to time challenging myself through endurance exercise.

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I keep coming across small businesses that are buying into hosted desktop services because someone told them it was a good idea.

What am I missing? I really don't get the value this adds. Quite the reverse, I look on in incredulity at the self inflicted pain of a user trying to run YouTube in a web browser on a "hosted desktop" service back to their local desktop.

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Metcalfe’s law is a perfect fit to explain business phenomena like how WhatsApp built a $19bn valuation for themselves last year, and in doing so removed an estimated $30bn a year of global SMS messaging revenues from carriers in just a few weeks once the…

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Raspberry Pis and wireless networking for education in Africa
 
I was really interested to come across the Kwiizi project last week. It crosses two of my biggest interests: real time electronic collaboration and education in Africa. Using cheap Raspberry Pi computers and wireless network connectivity...

What did you seriously expect?

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Spotted all of this soot on the bus lane side (only) of the newish bollards in Holborn by the bus stop. This can only have come from TFL buses pulling away from the stop. Why on earth in 2014 isn't +Transport for London using vehicles for its services that are properly maintained and conform to modern emissions standards? #London #buses
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What is even more interesting to me is that the Comittee that came up with this is promoting Postel's law as Govt Policy: http://standards.data.gov.uk/meeting/open-standards-board-meeting-3-25-march-2014
The ODF and PDF document formats have been chosen by the UK government for sharing and viewing government documents. This is a massive win for consumers and concerned citizens; no longer will government documentation be locked into proprietary formats that require proprietary software to simply view. This also opens the playing field to wider software choice, as many diverse packages support these open formats. Let's hope other governments follow suit.

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Met these guys in the departures lounge at Lusaka. Not sure you would get away with taking a longbow on a plane in many other airports. Sadly immigration have let me out of the country so I'm on my way home now. Dubai next stop.
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Our last day on the building site at Kiine school in Lusaka today so held a Hangout on Air between the pupils and colleagues back home at +ipcortex in England who helped to raise funds for materials for their new toilet block that we have been working on here.

The hangout was a bit rough and ready (laptop propped up on a building block), but with the right hardware, it is easy to see how this technology could be used for education in this environment.

Looks like I may have the next project mapped out!

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