Travel and localisation – don’t take it personal

Whilst away during Christmas (in Catalunya), not wanting to miss out on any sales, I did quite a bit of browsing (slouched on a sofa, as my body slowly digested five course meals), and I was “SO” disappointed with how otherwise regularly-frequented sites treated me and (what should have been)…

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The SEO’s Apprentice

It’s a guilty pleasure I know, but I’ve watched every season of Lord Sugars, Apprentice and The Apprentice USA with Donald trump – God help me. And God help anyone investing in an SEO business. If you consider what search engine optimisation ‘is’ instead of the way its sold, you…

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Diamond frameworks

The diamond frame bicycle… arguably the greatest human invention ever. Certainly my favourite. As far as I’m concerned mankind could’ve stopped right there. The joining of those three triangles was the finest moment (to that point) in efficient engineering solving a problem. The frame was designed with users in mind…

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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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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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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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Beware the buzz word part 2

The one that bugs me the most right now is Responsive web design. I think that because more than ever before, this techie buzz word is being used as a sales tool and being mis-sold. Product owners and Companies love the idea that they can have a single site that works on…

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Beware the buzz word – Part 1

You know that bit in Shampoo adverts where someone says “And now for the science bit”… I was always pretty comfortable with assuming that the person talking over the ad didn’t really understand the science that much. Earlier in my rather long working life, I was in sales. And of…

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