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Making sure my data is readable in a hundred years

Having spent some twenty years researching my family history, I obviously want to make sure that the fruits of my work are accessible to the generations that follow, so how do I ensure that it is all readable in a … Continue reading






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No more Censuses… Censi?

There was an interesting article in some of yesterday’s papers which suggested that next year’s national census will be the last. There seemed to be three reasons given: Firstly, Britain’s population is now highly dynamic, with economic migration perhaps likely … Continue reading






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What have Toyota done to upset the BBC?

So what exactly have Toyota done to upset the mighty BBC? I can’t help wondering whether one of the Trustees or Governors has had a falling out with their local service centre, because the Beeb are pulling no punches, are … Continue reading






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On the Ipad

Now I don’t like to be part of a crowd. I don’t follow any trends, run with any packs or, I’d like to think, don’t fall for the hype. And yet, I couldn’t ignore the Ipad completely, could I? So, … Continue reading






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On “Postage & Packing”

I’ve been reading a lot of books, papers and blogs recently about online marketing. It’s probably true that many sites have really nailed the whole user experience thing. Sites such as Amazon are great at getting us to them – … Continue reading






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Dear Steve Jobs

Dear Steve Jobs I’d like to say thank-you for my Iphone. No, it wasn’t a Christmas present, I’ve had it since January 2009 and I LOVE IT. I just haven’t gotten around to thanking you yet. However, the thought occurs … Continue reading






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How to be a genealogist

Don’t get me wrong, I love “Who Do You Think You Are?”. It has done a huge amount to promote genealogy as a hobby which, in turn, has generated the market for sites such as Ancestry and FindMyPast to make … Continue reading






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On the Future of User Interfaces

What was the name of that movie? You know, the one with Tom Cruise? “Minority Something”. Report, yes – “Minority Report”. He stood in front of this huge transparent screen and sort of dragged photos and video around like this … Continue reading






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The Koi Carp Theory of Management

Now that I’m no longer constrained in my corporate straitjacket, I think I can safely publish my “Koi Carp Theory of Management” No, really. Bear with me. It came to me in a fish restaurant in Abu Dhabi. You see, … Continue reading






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Progress…

Ok, the vexed question of what to do next needs an answer.I DON’T want to: – Commute – Work for anyone that annoys me I Do want to: – work on the internet again (I miss it) – write – … Continue reading






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