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  • Blog Post: An Englishman in New York(ish)

    About five years ago now, Andy Stopford – a great developer active in a number of communities I was involved in – wrote a short blog post called “ Marc takes the Red Pill ” as I prepared to leave BBC Worldwide for Microsoft. 5 years has passed by quickly and I’ve held a number of roles within Developer...
  • Blog Post: War of the Machines

    Now, I did previously mention that I was slightly concerned about the termination implications of the Kinect device. Well… news from the resistance and our very own John Connor – @markjo – is that we might be in trouble…
  • Blog Post: Ikea Kitchens

    Just when you think you’ve escaped Ikea, they pull you back in. Love this advert with one of my favourite songs (and detailing one of my lifestyle choices) along with a cameo by Jona Lewie (I think). I’ll be even more impressed if they follow it up with a “ Stop The Cavalry ” Christmas advert – surely...
  • Blog Post: One better than "Clean Me"

    And even better than "Also Available In White". Art on dirty cars. (via Clementine )
  • Blog Post: New Family

    I'm actually out on leave now for Christmas, but have managed to grab a few minutes for a few updates before 2009 is over. Firstly, my son - Orson George - was born on December 15th weighing in at 7lb 14oz. The picture of him is as we wrapped him up for the trip home from hospital. It reminds me of a...
  • Blog Post: Possible End of the World

    It can surely be no coincidence that on the day that the BBC reports that the Large Hadron Collider has had beams of particles injected into it that I came across this worrying statement from Prof. Brian Cox (the Madchester Britpop icon of Particle Physics): I'm sure it'll all be fine.
  • Blog Post: Do The Green Thing: Simplifying Green Stuff So Even I Can Understand It

    I've spent a bit of time recently with James and the gang from DoTheGreenThing which has been a lot of fun. Apart from the generally very positive message around, well, doing the green thing, I think they've done a great job of simplifying the - sometimes obscure, or abstract, or contrary - messages...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Beginner Developer Center

    There are times when I feel like a beginner developer these days, but I suppose I'm not really: more of a lapsed pro (I use the term 'pro' fairly loosely: they used to pay me for it if that counts). Maybe I'm just 'lapsed'. Anyway, if you are a beginner, or you've got friends who want to know how to...
  • Blog Post: That's Not My Dream Job...

    Last week I gave a presentation on social media to a our latest set of MSPs (Microsoft Student Partners) . Most of what I talk about in this regard is borne from experience, or stuff from Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin ("Be Remarkable" is from Seth) and their many variety of books. I sometimes...
  • Blog Post: 25 Years of Elite

    Man, I'm getting old - is it really 25 years since Elite was released? I feel like a member of a vintage car club. You can grab all manner of goodies for your PC here . A salute to Elite this is: I managed to play it on the BBC Micro, C64 and Atari ST and it was always engrossing. I seem to remember...
  • Blog Post: Bad day? It could be worse…

  • Blog Post: Bruce Lee – with Crayon Mode

    Every game should have a crayon mode . I promise to do more technology stuff next week. I’ve been busy with dull stuff that you wouldn’t care to hear about (not that that has stopped me before…) This really was one of my all time favourite C64 games and leaves me with a happy feeling as the weekend approaches...
  • Blog Post: Deadlines!

    Loved this at Indexed this morning .
  • Blog Post: Flutter, Twitter (and Blither)

    Liked this spoof of “nano-blogging” using Flutter for those who don’t have time to Twitter. Nano-blogging (in case you’re not hyper-connected enough) is blogging in 26 characters. Much as I like the idea of Flutter, I’d definitely sign up for a service (let’s call it Blither) where you can “macro-blog...
  • Blog Post: Are you anonymous at work?

    Loved this guest post on Chris Brogan’s blog. Although this post is accentuated to social media, I think it distils the basic essence of a solid “personal brand”. I always find that the best advice appears to be straightforward common sense, but is in fact deceptively hard to truly deliver on. Brackets...
  • Blog Post: Peek and Poke

    Ah, the Commodore 64. You can keep your super-flexible PCs, your graphics and physics processors and your industrial design – I’ll take the C64 anyday. Thanks to Brighty, our desk area in the office is the proud owner of a C64. I hadn’t actually laid hands on one for years, and was surprised at the overwhelmingly...
  • Blog Post: Everything Eats Itself

    I’m trying to clarify some bits and pieces in my mind from the Seth Godin session yesterday – I’ll write about that later. Meantime, I spotted this in the TV Guide of the Evening Standard last night: OK, lousy photo, but it says: 8:00 Freaky eaters (S). New series. Charlotte Watts and Felix Economakis...
  • Blog Post: Matterbox

    Only a couple of posts into my Monday blog catch-up and this caught my eye from The Long Tail blog: Matterbox . This plays well to Chris’ themes around Free : in this case free stuff in return for direct marketing. I thought I’d take a look at the website.   Most interesting is the sign-up pages...
  • Blog Post: TV Ad Music

    Yet another site that passed me by, but if you’ve ever wondered what the music on a TV Ad was and don’t have handy access to Shazam then this site might help: TVAdMusic.co.uk I can now pretend to be cool by buying up CDs for all the music they put into those iPod ads (only to find that the rest of the...
  • Blog Post: Star Trek ReMix Genius

    Loving your work!
  • Blog Post: In praise of Breo Watches

    For Christmas, Evan was kind enough to by her Daddy a Breo watch. Much as I really like it, it is only a watch, so I’ve been amazed by the amount of folk who’ve stopped me to ask what the small, rubbery bracelet thing on my arm is over the past couple of weeks and then wanted to have a closer look. A...
  • Blog Post: Twit T-w00t

    I like Twitter , really I do, but I don’t go for all this commentary on its future as a platform. But when my good mate @voleshafter begins using it, and then (let’s leave @stephenfry and @wossy aside for a moment) Tim Lovejoy (sorry Tim, I couldn’t be bothered to look for your twag) talks about it on...
  • Blog Post: Sleighbells ring…

    I’m reaching the end of a long but fruitful year in evangelism. Well… I’ve enjoyed it at least! I’m on leave now until 12th January – a long time, but then it is Evan’s first birthday. As a result, the family are visiting for Christmas this year, so I move directly from evangelism to chef and maitre...
  • Blog Post: Unboxing RoundTable

    I came across this great set of photos   from Rich showing the “unboxing of a RoundTable device” whilst I was surfing about today. Excellent stuff. RoundTable is not quite as portable as a web cam, but you’ve seen nothing until you’ve unboxed a Surface device , as my buddies Will and Dan will attest...
  • Blog Post: 7 Great Reality Checks from Guy Kawasaki

    Loved this article on Mashable – it appeals to my Lean mindset . Essentially: Do one thing well Court your thunder lizards Be crappy Learn to steal Hire “blindly” Just build it already Be honest Interesting that each point is represented in (relatively) negative terms although the points themselves are...
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