All quiet

Working at home has it’s advantages. I get oodles more done as there are no interruptions, impromptu meetings or random co-worker distractions (I’m as good/bad as anyone at all providing all of these mind you). Yet home working is still viewed with some scepticism. Sure it means you can structure your day differently than a 9-to-5 day in the office but that does not mean that your productivity goes down. For example, I will be working at home today. I will start around 8am. Take a break around 12noon and go out and do some light gardening for 45 mins or so. I’ll grab some lunch and work until Louise comes home at 6pm. Add to that the 4 hours …

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Twuntage: Redux

So, having made several calls I’ve gotten to the root of the problem and found further justification for dumping 1&1. The story:Yesterday I received an invoice from 1&1. It had no payment date on it, but I recalled from their T&C that it needed to be paid within 14 days and they would attempt to take funds from my account at the end of that period. Guess what. No, surprisingly they didn’t try and grab the money from my account that day, well they did but that wasn’t the problem. No, this is even better. They charged me £50 for a credit check as I was paying by Switch. £50. To credit check details that hadn’t changed. Having bemused the …

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Sods Flippin law

UPDATE: WWW.GORDONMCLEAN.CO.UKBookmark this now, as that’ll be the ‘new’ site URL. I’ll setup www.snowgoon.co.uk to redirect though as well, so hopefully you shouldn’t notice a thing. (Ha!) Edited: Days after saying I was getting on with them 1&1 screw up again. 34sp.com here I come. If the site is down for a few days soon, that’ll be why, it may take a couple of days to get the domain names all sorted and for those changes to filter through the web. And I might even take the oppor-chancity to tackle that rethink I mentioned a couple of days ago. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to snowgoon.co.uk???

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PhotoBlogging

The Blogger way. Miniblogged this yesterday (Hello) and it seems very clever – Biz Stone gives us an overview of this extension of Blogger’s services. Come in MT, your time is up?? 😉

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Twunts

Bank of Scotland I salute you. You changed the online banking system so I can no longer see what transactions are happening in my account.You also changed the phone banking system and having spent the last 8 minutes navigating your ‘new improved’ system (improved for who?!) you now want me to wait to have my new security number activated before I can find out about the transactions in my account. Twuntage of the highest order. A related question – if a company sends you an invoice, and you have no prior arrangement with them to use the card details you had used once previously, are they allowed to go and grab the money from your account without your say? No …

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Keep on rolling

Blogroll here has been updated, some sites removed, one added: Hello Pink Socks! As ever, if I’ve removed you and your are a bit miffed, let me know and I’ll probably add you back on. Equally if you link to me already and you don’t feature on my blogroll it’s probably because I don’t know about your link; drop me a line and let me know. It’s all about the love, baby!

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A lesson in design

Normally I’d post something like this in the miniblog but it’s too good to ‘lose’ in there. If you are at all interested in web design you’ll know the name Jakob Neilsen, he’s been around since the dawning of (internet) time. Many other designers take umbrage at the things he says, whilst agreeing that he means well. One of the main gripes, and rightly so in my opinion, is the usability and design of his own site. So it was with great pleasure that I read the recent post over at Design by Fire: Design Eye for the Usability Guy. In it, several ‘leading lights’ in the web design arena provide a reasoned and well thought out re-design for Jakob …

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Michael Moore

I’ve toyed with posting this several times in the past few days, but a comment on one of yesterday’s posts helped me make up my mind – namely.. bugger it, post and be damned! Michael Moore is in the news again. He seems to becoming more and more prominent, especially since I saw him speak in Glasgow and people are picking up on this and suggesting that he is venturing further and further from the truth in his documentaries. But is that the point? I mean, of course it is a valid point, if someone is holding up damning evidence it should be true. Right? But isn’t he just changing his approach to match those of his ‘opponents’. The well …

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INTJ … I think

I remember going on a management training course and taking a Belbin test. It’s designed to help you create a perfectly balanced team with the right mix of ideas people to “do-ers”. I think I was pegged as the type of person who takes an idea and expands on it, plans it then hands it on to be completed. Obviously this is a theoretical model and most of us will have had to play one or more of these roles at any given time (ohh ok, we’ve all been ALL those roles at once). Anyway, that’s not what I wanted to talk about but it popped into my head. Remember when I bought www.gordonmclean.co.uk and www.gordonmclean.com, well I’ve been trying …

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Stereophonic

One key advantage of wearing a good set of headphones whilst working (other than drowning out the voices and distractions of the office) is that you suddenly realise that the backing singer on the song Turn and Run, from Neil Finn’s excellent album One Nil is Sheryl Crow. Going back to her roots?

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