Nike+ Challenge

Calling all joggers! I’ve had the Nike+ system for a while now, and I have to admit that it’s become a key part of my jogging. Being able to track how far I’ve run, and the average pace I run at has been a huge help. Sure the site is a bit big and clunky but with a nice fat broadband connection it’s fairly slick. Mind you I’m still duplicating my run data over on Fetch, as that lets me track other factors (temperature, shoes used, and any comments). Whilst the Nike+ ‘community’ could do with a lot of work – they seem to be missing the boat when it comes to the social networking side of things – it …

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Google Mail question

Early this year I started using Google Mail to monitor my three busiest email addresses. It’s a system that has been working well, allowing me to respond to emails during the day if required. Essentially I’m using Google Mail as a temporary “email checker”. This system has a downside though. I’ve got Google Mail set to leave the emails on the server, as there are some emails I want to be able to store on my home PC, but there are many others that will just be deleted. So, what I really want is to be able to delete emails in Google Mail, and have the deletions reflected on the mail server. That way, when I go home at night, …

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LinkedIn

Anyone else using LinkedIn? I’ve spoken briefly of my plans for this year, and without going into huge detail it’s fair to say that the underlying ethos is one of “increasing my professionality”. Yes, it’s a clunky term and yes it would be easy to get slightly “corporate” and “up my own arse” about this, but I’m at a point in my life that if I don’t do it now I’ll end up “just working” until I either retire or drop dead. I don’t fancy the latter option much, and as I’ve always harboured a desire to retire early I guess I’d better get my finger out! I’ve touched the whole “networking” thing before and whilst I realise LinkedIn is …

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yahoo pipes

You’d think I planned this stuff. No sooner have I asked about RSS feeds than I hear about Yahoo Pipes which “is a hosted service that lets you remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment”. And yes, the site is down at the moment, it’s THAT popular.

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Wiggle and the lost Lock Lace

It’s nice to be nice, ain’t it. So allow me to pass on a tale of good customer service. A tale to inspire, to encourage, to coax, but above all a tale to warm our consumer hearts and restore our faith in humanity. OK, maybe it’s not that good a tale. But it is a story of good customer service, and it’s nice to be able to say that. It is a tad long though.

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Feeds? My aRSSe

Ohh yes, hitting top form with the witty post titles now! Two posts today, both of which may hold limited appeal. First up, a few questions about my RSS site feeds, and later a nice tale about good customer service. If you don’t use the RSS feeds, then I’d ignore this post.

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amen break

YouTube video on the history of the Amen break (via) (via Hg) “Beginning … as a 6-second instrumental bridge in the middle of a B-side of an obscure Sixties soul record by The Winstons, and charting its evolution into an endlessly repeated/reworked/ simulated/sampled/dissected building block of modern musical culture.”

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