February, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    80% of success is showing up....



    Katie blogged this ages ago and I found in my drafts. She found this gem based on Woody Allen’s classic quote but Persistence Unlimited takes it a few steps further.

    You can be or do whatever you want just by showing up.  If you want to be an author, show up to write your manuscript every day, show up to writing classes, show up to phone calls to editors.   Doesn’t it make sense that someone who arrives at the door of opportunity has more success than someone just sitting at home?

    So increase your chances by 80%.  Show Up!

  • Steve Clayton

    The Perils of Social Networking



    Courtesy of someecards.com

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft 2019


    [update 1: if you want the full 5m version go to Elop's speech and click on 15mins in]

    [update 2: Long also has this on his site

    Predicting the future of technology is notoriously hard – but it didn’t stop our Business Division from coming up with a montage of how technology could be playing an even greater part in our lives in 2019. It was shown today for the first time when Stephen Elop presented at the Wharton Business Technology Conference.

    You can also check out Stephen’s PowerPoint slides which are a welcome departure from the bullet point riddled slides you often see from Microsoft. Bravo Stephen.

    I love these types of videos – all very Minority Report. When I look at some of the technology on display at Microsoft Research’s TechFest this week it makes me feel that this stuff is much closer than many of us expect and it’s great to see Microsoft continuing to invest in this type of research to build the future of technology.

    Sure we’re behind in search and Apple has a lovely phone thing etc etc….but there are very few companies who are making these types of bets to build the future of technology in such a broad way.

    Personally, I think our challenge is to take these bets and turn them in to more and more stunning products more quickly in the way we have with something like Microsoft Surface…and then gather up the pixie dust that comes from that computing magic and sprinkle it on the Microsoft brand. Make people love Microsoft with technology that stuns them. It’s a long and tricky road but one that I personally believe is possible.

    Hmmm, we’re back to Blue Monster again aren’t we…. :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Canvas for OneNote

    <br/><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=4df5f112-f04a-490c-9d06-667126389298" target="_new" title="Canvas for OneNote Demo Video">Video: Canvas for OneNote Demo Video</a>

    Very cool new download from the OfficeLabs team - Canvas for OneNote. This allows you to do something I’ve always struggled with in OneNote – that is visualise all of content in a Seadragon style.

    The video explains it better than I ever could and you can download for free now.

  • Steve Clayton

    The Boys Are Back In Town



    The biggest rock band in the world are back in town – literally spending much of this week it seems just down the road from me at the BBC in Wood Lane etc. They’re a bit marmite like these fellas – you either love them or hate them. Personally I’m in the former of those camps.

    As for their new album, it’s growing on me. I don’t like Get On Your Boots too much but there are some other tracks on there that are really beautiful and show The Edge’s class as a guitarist more than ever. They’ve gone in to promotional overdrive with this release and you can get the full album delivered to your PC via Spotify – nice to see them embracing the tools of the new generation.

    For those of us here in the BBC licensing paying vicinity we’ve been treated to a lot of U2 this week – today in particular. They played 3 tracks in the Live Lounge and literally just finished a brief gig on the top of Broadcasting House (gutted I missed it). Later tonight they appear on Jonathan Ross and I fully expect him to quiz them about Twitter

    The boys are most definitely back in town.

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