It’s fantastic that we now have iTunes here in New Zealand.  Album art is now easy, and my iPod is looking beautiful.

What’s even better is that I never knew that Dougal from the Magic Roundabout recorded the Soundtrack from Evita!  Dougal, you rock!

Dougal

Next Generation iPod

December 27, 2006

New and fantastically visually styled, this next generation iPod comes with a massive 100KB storage and a rugged durable case than can stand up to the strongest of toddler and baby abuse.

iPod Next Generation

The Mobile Web

December 20, 2006

google mobileI must look like a right tosser on the bus home from work, continually fiddling with my HTC Apache surfing the mobile web and reading my offline websites.  Hey, I can even check-in with my works mobile “operational dashboard” (lifesaver!). I don’t care though. I’m doing work, keeping vigilant, and keeping up to speed with the million and one things you need to nowadays. And I’d look like an even bigger tosser if I had a laptop (not to mention a burnt lap).

Here’s what I use to help give me info the go:

AvantGo: Read your favourite AvantGo channels either on the go or synchronise them for offline reading. Limited range of channels, and better to sync before you leave for the bus. I currently sync 8MB of guff.

Google Mobile: I get my personalised home on my cellphone, which includes Google Reader and GMail. What’s even better is that if you link to an external site, Google automatically reformats it in a mobile friendly version – it’s better than Opera mini. You need to be “connected” though so watch those data charges.

VadeMecum: Brilliant and obscure little app that lets you read Plucker documents that you can easily create with SunriseXP. Awesome! I synch up all my favourites before I leave! Creating Passionate Users to go! Read/Write Web to go! Burnley FC to go!

And then for tunes on the go, forget about using Windows Media Mobile – the sound quality is utter sh*te. Try using GSPlayer instead.

Big tip: don’t miss your stop!

Italian JobI was watching the Italian Job (the new version) last night.  By the way, it’s not a patch on the old one.  But there is a scene in there where they are planning the big heist with ultimate precision and timing.

Every member of the team knew their job, every member of the team in the right job, every conceivable outcome had been pre-thought, every detail of timing covered.  Repeated.  Then repeated.  And repeated again.  Practice until perfection is achieved.

To me, this underpins the success of a good operational team.  Everybody knows their role.  Everybody is good in their field.  Operational procedures are drilled home (no 1000 page ops manuals here).  Eventualities are played out.  They are ready.  They are prepared.  They are one step ahead of the game.  They work together.

Yes, there’s always one clever dick who thinks that he can do it better, but a good team will always do better than the individual.

Does anyone have Charlie’s email address? Or know any good bank robbers?

Wellington needs a subway

December 12, 2006

I used to hate commuting. It used to drive me mad. But in Milan, Italy, there’s a new form of subway entertainment.  Nice to see it putting a cheer on the boys and girls’ faces.

Right then, who’s for a Wellington subway?

Link via London Underground Tube Diary

We Like Documentation

December 9, 2006

DokuWikiI’ve never been big on documentation, like most of us.  But things are a changing.

We’re now using DokuWiki as our single source of documentation.  No Word documents, just plain old HTML.

It’s good for a number of reasons:

  • it’s free, and up and running in 5 minutes
  • it’s all fully searchable, and fast
  • it encourages collaboration
  • it encourages you to write more concisely, no “surrounding guff” that normally encompasses Word docs
  • it automatically tracks changes and versions
  • there’s little barrier to change (no convoluted sign-off processes)
  • it provides an easy way to see everything that’s changed (which means you can step in if someone writes something that’s just plain wrong)
  • it’s fun to use

It’s going so well, I’m even going to recommend it for our wider company – to store things like policies and procedures, induction information, etc. etc. etc.

Talking to others, it seems that corporate wikis are still a rare beast.  I’d recommend you give it a shot, there’ll be no turning back.

Download YouTube Videos

December 5, 2006

Youtube

Via Lifehacker, I’ve discovered that you can now download YouTube Videos.

How about this great cricket clip for starters?  Yes, take it everywhere with you.  And when those Aussies are giving us all a good earbashing on the current Ashes series we can just cocoon ourselves in our own little world and step back two years in time.

Talk to the hand, cos the face ain’t listening.