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Stories vs Facts

There is a great piece by Johann Hari in today’s independent where he gives a personal apology around using some not so ethical techniques when creating stories, I’d encourage everyone to read it here: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-a-personal-apology-2354679.html This piece struck a chord with me for a number of reasons. As someone on the receiving end of this type […]

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General Technology WEB

Amazon = Amazing Customer Experience

I’ve not posted for a while but I feel the need to blog tonight about the most fantastic service I experienced lately from Amazon. If you’re a regular visitor to my blog you’ll know that I’ve previously raved about the Amazon Kindle. It’s a fantastic device and I have to say that it’s been used daily […]

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Time to invest in new tech stocks or time to buy lottery scratch cards?

A colleague pointed out this excellent article in the Financial Times recently by Richard Waters on the subject of the internet bubble. There are lots of very good examples in the article of how tech companies are valuing themselves in order to look attractive to potential buyers. However the key word in that sentence is […]

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Cloud Computing World Forum 2011 – Insights Part 2

More insights from Cloud Computing World Forum following on from my earlier post… So two sessions down and two more to go. Next up I attended a panel session “Advantages and trends in cloud technology” This was chaired by Rupert Goodwins @rupertg the Editor ZDNet UK. In Rupert’s opening pitch he made the statement that “negatives […]

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Why the public sector should get better pensions than the private sector?

Okay so I misled you with the title, they absolutely shouldn’t… especially when the private sector is footing the bill in the first place… I wrote this post a few weeks back on the escalating costs of the NHS and in light of the recent threat of industrial action of teachers and public sector workers I […]

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General Innovation

You need to hire for Innovation

Innovation is a topic very close to my heart and a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an excellent workshop delivered by Dr Anne Stevens the VP of Design at Kone elevators. The session was hugely insightful and very educational… and whilst I’m not going to share the details verbatim, I thought […]

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General Innovation Technology

Reinventing the wheel with Gamification

Gamification is often described as the new trend in IT circles; basically it is using software to turn non-exciting business tasks into an enjoyable game. Of course this isn’t new as we’ve used this technique for years in the sales area with league tables and prizes for the best performers etc. However, what it is […]

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Why the UK public sector will eventually implode…

Intrigued the vote of no confidence at today’s Royal College of Nursing conference and some insight I gained last week as to the cost of the NHS, I thought I would try and find out how much it costs the UK taxpayer to run the public sector, the NHS, and why the government must execute […]

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General Golf

It’s easier for others the see flaws that you don’t see yourself

So here’s the story, my son Andrew and I had a trip to the driving range on Sunday. We’re hitting a few balls and I’m getting more and more frustrated that I’m hitting it badly and despite tweaking the swing it makes no difference. Just then Andrew appears from the other booth and says Dad […]

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Internet Explorer 9 – what’s the big deal?

Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft’s latest weapon in the browser wars, so what’s the difference with its predecessor? Well when you load it you’ll notice straightaway that Microsoft have installed it with a minimalistic look. Microsoft have latched onto the less is more and lets keep it simple for the novice or first time user. […]