Big Data in Small Doses

The issue of advertising came up recently, whilst discussing a responsive, video on demand web service, and it got me thinking again about context dependent delivery. The contextual concerns of responsive sites design are often ignored, but in this case the decision of placing in-stream adverts was made completely unawares…

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Light at the end of the panel

Who doesn’t know that funny little detail about solar panels; It’s said that the energy it takes to manufacture one would likely never be recuperated in its lifetime. A tragic irony indeed. Sod’s law actually. I have in the past used the term Digital Follies to describe some of the…

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News Imitating Life, Imitating SEO

These days I probably read about the games industry as much as I enjoy playing the games themselves. I’ve always found the business intriguing, particularly around console launch time. I looked forward to following the accuracy of my predictions and certainly have my scars of loved and lost consoles.

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The Future Who

I’ve often said (and I’m sure others have too) that the best technical inventions (particularly on the web) came from 3 to 5 people. Messenger, Hotmail, Facebook etc. Which is why, back at the BBC I always flinched at huge teams of people for products like iPlayer or sometimes even…

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Re-inventing the high street

Someone once said, technology could solve any problem. But the reality is that it can just as equally cause them… and then there’s the definition of “problem” itself; be it logical, social, economical or whatever. I was recently asked my thoughts on how we might use technology to re-invent the…

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Buy or Rent (what do we own)

One very interesting feature of the PS3 when I bought it on release back in 2007 (I think it was) was the ability to install a linux OS. This was quite cool for people who wanted to give their new-age consoles personal computer abilities. But in 2010 with firmware update…

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Smart Watch Time

A number of large electronic device manufacturers are mumbling incoherently in the corner about Smart Watches and it just seems a bit backward to me; putting a strap on a superior device to disguise it as something from the past. Retro-disguising modern technology to look like something else seems all…

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