End on a good note

So, the past week has been a little hectic. At work it was the end of a product release cycle which is usually a little busy, I’m preparing to start handling the translation requirements for the product, and I was also (still am!) trying to get a new website up and running (it’s a whole Developer Community thing… well it will be..). On top of that my boss resigned and so we’ve been rejigging things for the new man. Next week I’ll be facilitating our release retrospective meetings, 10 meetings in 5 days, with most averaging a couple of hours. It’s another thing which is quite draining but fascinating all at once. Ohh and I’m arranging the next development team …

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Redirecting Question

Note: This is a techie question, all those not interested, look away now. (and no, I’m not doing very well at the whole ‘staying away from the blog to be productive thing…) [update]SORTED!!! That nice man wot writes Hydragenic came through for me (apparently he would ‘not be defeated’, he cracked it second time round). I’ve added the following line to my .htaccess file on the gordonmclean.co.uk domain: RedirectMatch 301 /index.php/(.*) http://www.onemanblogs.co.uk/index.php/$1 And now when you click this link (which points at the gordonmclean.co.uk domain) you’ll be properly redirected back to this domain (onemanblogs.co.uk). [/update] I received an email the other day. It was a nice email, the very kind I’d hoped my 404 page would generate. The problem is …

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Eight years and counting

Blimey. So much has happened since I started this blog it’s mind-boggling to consider it all. So I won’t. Just thought I’d mark the occasion, eight years since my first proper blog post (10 since my first “personal homepage”). So, just to reiterate, blimey.

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BBIAB

The next fortnight is a little hectic for me, all work related, as it’s “release week” this week and “retrospective week” next week. I won’t have much free time so this is your advanced warning that: I haven’t died. I am not lying in a hospital after a freak tea related accident. I have not snuck off on holiday without telling anyone (I wish!). I am not in the huff. No, I’m just busy. I mean, yeah, I’m always pretty busy but for the next two weeks I’m going to be predictably busier than normal so I thought I’d let you all know. What? Ohh of course I’ll still be on Twitter. Don’t be silly. What? Yes I know iPhone3G …

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Ain't so crazy

Last night was partly about the crazy golf and the glow in the dark ten-pin bowling, partly about having a few drinks but mainly about spending some time with our friends Susan and Ian. Some observations. 1. We ain’t mad about crazy golf. The course was pirate themed and include a hole played on a pirate ship! Yarrr… except the actual holes weren’t all that challenging or imaginative, in fact it was all a little sedate. Admittedly I am comparing this to that episode of the Simpsons, and vaguely to that movie about a man building the ultimate crazy golf course (or was it a TV show?). 2. Glow in the dark ten-pin bowling requires it to be dark! Thom …

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Cry for Pixar

No doubt this will be covered in further detail elsewhere (and to my shame I can’t remember which blog I spotted it on) but this story, buried in the comments on a thread on Metafilter is amazing. The short version is that, opening viewing one of the first trailers for Wall-E, a girl found herself bursting into tears as she was so moved. She video’d herself doing this, posted it on YouTube, and some Pixar staff found it and emailed her (this was all on a personal basis, not driven through the company at this point). Apparently word got round Pixar and ultimately ends up with the girl and her boyfriend being invited to the staff premiere screening, flown out …

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The heat is on

Just a quick note to say it’ll be a little on the quiet side here over the next two weeks as I’m going to be a little hectic. I’ve got a product release (deadline of a week tomorrow), a new developer website to launch (deadline of a week on Monday), and after that a week long series of retrospective meetings that I’m facilitating. All of that takes me through to about the 21st of July. That plus the remortgaging of our house and the imminent launch of iPhone 3G means when I’m not here, I’ll be asleep! Until my return, check out my TechComms RSS List (download or view online), or take a cruise on the Writer River. See you …

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Firefox 3

Got Firefox 3? Try the Fast Dial extension, it’s quite nifty. Anyway, I finally installed the latest greatest version of the ‘fox and most of the extensions I use have been updated (the others I can do without). It’s all nicely streamlined and tweaked already, and I’ll need to replicate this setup on my home PC and MacBook but so far so good. It’s been a while since I did a techie post but later in the week I’ll post up the extensions I’m using, with some fabby new ones alongside some old favourites. Until then I’d love to hear if you’ve got any recommendations.

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I am in chronological denial

Something doesn’t fit. Yes, Wimbledon is well underway (what a game last night eh!). Yes, the summer is already over (I’m looking out the window at yet another grey cloud and the drizzle has started falling already). Yes, we hardly need to put on any lights at all in the evening (as Thom Yorke asked the assembled masses at Glasgow Green on Friday night, “Does it ever get fuckin’ dark here?”). Yes, the grass is needing cut once a fortnight rather than once a month (not that WE cut the grass these days). Yes, the first letter of the month is “J” (and the second letter is “u”). Yes, the Olympics are getting closer (although, frankly, I’m not sure I’ll …

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