Running and podcasts and the personal MBA

Recently I’ve started running. (First proper exercise in about 20 years!) Its only every other day and I’m doing very simple and gentle stuff. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought and the recent good weather has definitely helped. I started using Runkeeper to help me track progress – this has been really beneficial….

How to work with difficult people

In Richard Sennett’s new book ’Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation‘, he explores the history of cooperation and posits that most tactics that we commonly use are actually making it harder to reach a position of real cooperation. There are four key skills Professor Sennett believes we all need to get better at if we…

Dear Auditors, I present: Charlie Brooker

Want to read this article? Then enter your password via Charlie Brooker | Want to read this article? Then enter your password | Comment is free | The Guardian. Forgotten your password? That’ll be the 58th one you’ve not remembered this year, then. In days of yore, we’re told, people had less leisure time because…

The internet – costing or saving the planet?

This article…  Schwarzenegger’s ebook plans are not a greener option California’s plans to drop traditional textbooks in favour of online material will no doubt spare a few trees – but Arnie should be choosing the greenest option by rolling out dedicated e-reader devices at the same time, says Duncan Graham-Rowe via Schwarzenegger’s ebook plans are…

I've been podcasted (nearly)

JISC came to see us at lunchtime today. David Flanders (and journalist Basheera Khan) paid a visit in order to present the List8D team with their winning cheque. We had a nice lunch (with pop), a photo op, and two podcasts were recorded: one of me, John Sotillo and Keith Mander, and the other was…

The Hannover Principles

One of the things I’d like to consider (pipe dream / pie in the sky time) is how me and my team might consider applying something like The Hannover Principles to our work. (As usual) I’m no expert, but I think the HPs are focussed on buildings and objects. We build web digital applications. Each time we…

The Groundswell – figures for UK 2008

Just for the record really, but am reading The Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff from Forrester. They accompany the book with a website which includes a profile tool. For this to make sense you need to understand their “Social Technographics®” classifications which describe: Inactives, Spectators, Joiners, Collectors, Critics, and Creators. Their profile tool includes data…

Time is precious

I suppose I reserve judgement on whether you can proclaim any idea to be the number 1 secret, but it certainly gets attention. A post in Seth’s blog (Time) reveals to us: the #1 most overlooked secret of marketing It turns out to be two things: show up on time (as an individual and in…

Does Google Calendar Sync work and help?

I’m going to see what happens when I sync my work calendar (Outlook 2003 via a Sun Connector to our Sun Java Communication Suite) to my Google calendar. Then see if I can get my missus to do same with her work calendar. Then see if this helps us co-ordinate on picking up the kids…

Cost effective job advertising?

I was struck by this job advert technique… Win a MacBook Pro Win this 15″ MacBook Pro Refer a friend and it’s yours! A new MacBook Pro costs £1300 – possibly the same as a single job advert in traditional print. But this way, SitePoint use a viral campaign technique which is well-targetted. I would…

Duke's homepage: content is not King?

CMS Watch points to a Duke University homepage redesign – see before (left) and after (right) snapshots: This is a change from content-focused design to search-focused design. As a user you might find the new search version quicker, but CMS Watch points out: only if the search engine works. The content that was there hasn’t…