Typical

Did you see it? Concorde yesterday? If you did, can you let me know? Despite sitting down in front of the telly, balancing the laptop precariously on my knees, and being tuned to the BBC. I missed it!!! I have a bit of tendency to get caught up in what I’m doing (at that time, calculating how many change requests we’ve had per project release) and completely blot out everything else. It’s fine at home, unless I’m wanting to watch Concorde’s last ever arrival of course, but is a bit of a problem at work. Maybe I need a ‘Do not disturb’ hat like one of the developers had at my last place. He didn’t wear it often but you …

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Hospital Radio

(I’ve been meaning to jot down some ‘history’ so here is the first in an occasional series, occasional as in ‘when-I-remember’) When I was sixteen, it was a very good year… I joined the Boys Brigade in primary school. When I asked why I was greeted with the kind of biblical testament kids soon learn to avoid: “Why? For once, many mooneth ago, your father’s father was the captain of a great clan of brigaders, he serveth his time, and begat your father. And lo, your father too was press-ganged welcomed into the brigade. He, and his father before him, suffered greatly for the freedom you have today, the freedom to choose to join such a venerable organisation.” In other …

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Zoom

Just spotted that the BBC will be showing Concorde’s last ever arrival at Heathrow (or anywhere else) on the goggle-box today at 3:30pm. And as I’m working at home I can plonk myself in front of the TV, with my wirelessly connected laptop and watch history. (I KNEW there was a reason I needed that wireless connection)

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Matthew Furlong

Seems there is a little ‘ruse’ in the offing. If you received an email from the aforementioned Mr.Furlong, I suggest you read this. Of course it could all be above board, someone might actually want to give you $20/month for doing, essentially, nothing. Stranger things have happened.

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Sounding better

Cast your mind back to the mid-80s and early mobile phones. You remember them, big clunky, and not exactly ‘mobile’ really. As time moves on, they get smaller, and the technology in the phones improves. Nowadays the size of a mobile phone isn’t really the issue, more the features and gadgets you get with it.. does it have a camera? does it have a built-in radio? The unsung advance is, naturally, in the area of most importance – the microphone. This has undergone radical improvements since those early days, with background noise hardly noticeable, and the pickup area (where you talk) refined to capture every nuance and subtle intonation of the speaker. Marvellous things. What this means is YOU DON’T …

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