Archive for July, 2009

Daily Digest for July 29th

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Why Coke beat Pespi for the last 100+
years

delicious (feed #4)

Shared 5😉 links.

lastfm (feed #7)

Listened to Thriller – Fall Out
Boy

twitter (feed #2)

RT @BenMcCauley England will host 2015
World Cup http://bit.ly/47h5kJ
[#]

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Text Rotation with
CSS

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Feed
cushion

twitter (feed #2)

RT @spam If you gave your login and password
info to TwitViewer, we strongly suggest you change your password now. Thanks!
[#]

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Best. Comment.
Ever.

delicious (feed #4)

Shared Example C#
usage

Daily Digest for July 28th

delicious (feed #4)

Shared 2😉 links.

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared SlickMap CSS – a way of displaying a neat sitemap directly from HTML
unordered list navigation

twitter (feed #2)

Not sure why I bother watching newsnight. Or any news program for that matter.
Swine flu bores me
[#]

delicious (feed #4)

Shared 10😉 links.

twitter (feed #2)

http://www.compucars.co.uk
[#]

delicious (feed #4)

Shared Video: iPhone 3GS can tether… to an RC
plane

twitter (feed #2)

RT @BenMcCauley Part of the Students’
Union price list in 1976 http://twitpic.com/akapt
[#]

delicious (feed #4)

Shared [OTA Exchange Mail] APK from MyTouch ROM floating on the Sapphire
forum – xda-developers

twitter (feed #2)

In Portsmouth. Out for dinner tonight with the family.
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Its the usual story. Me and dad waiting for mum and bryony
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Don’t you just hate it when you wake up, feel really tired still but can’t get
back to sleep? [#]

twitter (feed #2)

And now it seems that whatever is going on in Southsea today (famers market??)
is blasting out the Wombats. At 9am :(
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Thank the lord they’ve stopped the music.
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Now there’s some local radio DJ on. It’s not even 10am FFS
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Now I remember. It’s the race for life today. Boy do i feel like a tool
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Ah. Local radio at its finest
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

They’re playing Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson. Half expecting the Statue
of Liberty to walk past
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Now music from HSM. Are they trying to make me go deaf?
[#]

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Corporate Hierarchy [PIC]

twitter (feed #2)

Has new pillows thanks to the parents :)
[#]

delicious (feed #4)

Shared 4😉 links.

delicious (feed #4)

Shared Writing Decisions: Headline tests on the Highrise signup page –
(37signals)

twitter (feed #2)

Wates house has the pansiest hand dryers in the world. Ever.
[#]

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Sam Raimi to direct WoW movie

delicious (feed #4)

Shared 2😉 links.

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Sam Raimi to direct WoW movie

twitter (feed #2)

I was a 6 yr-old model in Brides magazine
#lameclaimtofame
[#]

vimeo (feed #11)

Liked 2😉 videos.

Kuroshio Sea – 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world – (song is Please don’t
go by Barcelona)
Letter From the
Front

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared Virtually delicious

delicious (feed #4)

Shared 5😉 links.

twitter (feed #2)

RT @bloggerheads RT
@nhsdirect Kindly RT: For swine flu
INFORMATION, call 0800 1 513 513, for swine flu TREATMENT call 0800 1 513 100
#NPFS
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Is it just me that finds booking flights very stressful. Always worried that
I’m clicking something wrong
[#]

twitter (feed #2)

Oooh thunder! [#]

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared HOW TO: Build Your Personal Brand on
LinkedIn

delicious (feed #4)

Shared 8😉 links.

googlereader (feed #6)

Shared The launch years of today’s most popular
websites

twitter (feed #2)

Eating cupcakes with morning coffee kindly brought in by a colleague
celebrating his birthday
[#]

Rules of the smartphone

Rule #1: Don’t look at your smartphone in the morning until you get to work.
Peeking at your email or phone messages before you have dressed or had
breakfast will create unnecessary distraction, worry, and stress. If you’re
married with children, it will also prevent you from being engaged with your
family during breakfast. In fact, don’t even look at your smartphone during
the drive to work; again, it would serve no purpose as you can’t—or, at least,
you shouldn’t—be thumb typing during your commute (unless you’re on a train or
bus and you can respond to your phone and email messages).

Rule #2: Don’t look at your smartphone during the day unless you are ready to
act on it. It’s not uncommon for businesspeople to look at their smartphones
as they head into a meeting or just before a conference call. The primary
consequence of doing this is that you will be distracted from your next task.
You will be thinking about what you found on your smartphone instead of
focusing on the task ahead.

Rule #3: Turn off all smartphones during meetings. In fact, every company
should have a “no smartphone” rule for all meetings. There are few things more
irritating, distracting, and productivity-killing than having people at a
meeting looking at and typing into their smartphones. They are clearly not
paying attention to the meeting and, therefore, unable to contribute in any
meaningful way. It also distracts others at the meeting. It wastes time and
prolongs meetings because no one is focusing on the agenda. Quality and
productivity suffer too because the lack of full engagement means that
effective problem solving and decision making will be nearly impossible.

Rule #4: Don’t check your smartphone less than 30 minutes before you go to
bed. If there are calls or emails you think you must respond to you, you will
get to bed later and you’ll get riled up, so you’ll have a harder time falling
asleep. The reality is that, in most cases, they can wait until morning, so
best not to look. At worst, choose a time between 30 and 60 minutes before
bedtime when you take a last look at your smartphone. At best, commit to not
checking your smartphone at all in the evening.

Rule #5: Don’t do your smartphone when you are doing life. In other words,
don’t look at your smartphone if you are interacting with others, doing
something that is supposed to clear your mind of work, such as exercise,
meditation, having a meal, watching a movie, or hanging out with family or
friends.. There is nothing more annoying to family and friends than to be with
you when you are making business calls or responding to email—why are you even
with them if you’re with them in body only? It’s okay to check your smartphone
periodically, but ONLY IF you don’t interrupt more important life stuff and
ONLY IF you are expecting something that you may have to act on quickly

I have a smartphone. My girlfriend has a smartphone. They are often both going
off with emails, (in my case) tweets, texts etc – although during the evenings
it seems to be me more than her. I’m going to try to follow these for a while.

Rule #1: Don’t look at your smartphone in the morning until you get to work.
Peeking at your email or phone messages before you have dressed or had
breakfast will create unnecessary distraction, worry, and stress. If you’re
married with children, it will also prevent you from being engaged with your
family during breakfast. In fact, don’t even look at your smartphone during
the drive to work; again, it would serve no purpose as you can’t—or, at least,
you shouldn’t—be thumb typing during your commute (unless you’re on a train or
bus and you can respond to your phone and email messages).

Rule #2: Don’t look at your smartphone during the day unless you are ready to
act on it. It’s not uncommon for businesspeople to look at their smartphones
as they head into a meeting or just before a conference call. The primary
consequence of doing this is that you will be distracted from your next task.
You will be thinking about what you found on your smartphone instead of
focusing on the task ahead.

Rule #3: Turn off all smartphones during meetings. In fact, every company
should have a “no smartphone” rule for all meetings. There are few things more
irritating, distracting, and productivity-killing than having people at a
meeting looking at and typing into their smartphones. They are clearly not
paying attention to the meeting and, therefore, unable to contribute in any
meaningful way. It also distracts others at the meeting. It wastes time and
prolongs meetings because no one is focusing on the agenda. Quality and
productivity suffer too because the lack of full engagement means that
effective problem solving and decision making will be nearly impossible.

Rule #4: Don’t check your smartphone less than 30 minutes before you go to
bed. If there are calls or emails you think you must respond to you, you will
get to bed later and you’ll get riled up, so you’ll have a harder time falling
asleep. The reality is that, in most cases, they can wait until morning, so
best not to look. At worst, choose a time between 30 and 60 minutes before
bedtime when you take a last look at your smartphone. At best, commit to not
checking your smartphone at all in the evening.

Rule #5: Don’t do your smartphone when you are doing life. In other words,
don’t look at your smartphone if you are interacting with others, doing
something that is supposed to clear your mind of work, such as exercise,
meditation, having a meal, watching a movie, or hanging out with family or
friends.. There is nothing more annoying to family and friends than to be with
you when you are making business calls or responding to email—why are you even
with them if you’re with them in body only? It’s okay to check your smartphone
periodically, but ONLY IF you don’t interrupt more important life stuff and
ONLY IF you are expecting something that you may have to act on quickly

Stolen Lovingly lifted from Jason
Langridge

Guilfest 2009

It’s that time of the year again. After having missed out on Guilfest last
year (due to a conflict with my mother’s birthday) I’m going back to Stoke
Park this weekend. Bands that I’m looking forward to seeing are Motorhead,
Athlete, Lightening Seeds, Toploader, possibly Pendulum and DJ Yoda if we can
get into the tent, Brian Wilson, The Wailers and probably a few more. Slight
disappointed that Hundred Reasons aren’t playing any more, but c’est la vie.

If I get the chance I’ll post some photos from my phone to
Twitter, otherwise I’ll post the ones I
take with my camera on FB and Flickr on Sunday night/Monday at some point.

Surrey does the Mongol Rally

Bright and early (well about midday) I was up at Chancellors to see off the
team from USSU who were starting on their adventure, driving from Guildford to
Mongolia. The idea is that they drive there and then auction off the vehicles
they travel in.

I’d like to wish them the best of luck and look forward to reading their blog
updates. I’ll post a link when I find out the URL. I’ve already post my photos
from the launch on Facebook and Flickr.

[Update]So far they’ve reaced Amsterdam (I believe). For more info you can
view their Mongolia
Blog
[/Update]