Archive for June, 2011

Keeping abreast

20Jun11

I am a mammal. So are you if you are reading this, unless you are a particularly intelligent cephalopod with internet access (If you are a cephalopod please leave a comment and I will try to write a few postings more appropriate to your lifestyle). As a mammal I am pleased to be celebrating National […]


Inside outside

16Jun11

I spent some time today helping to design a computer system. I may have missed something, but I’m sure that twenty years ago we used to design the system from the inside (the data structures and logic) to the outside (the screens and reports). Today we were designing the system from the outside (the web […]


Inside outside

16Jun11

I spent some time today helping to design a computer system. I may have missed something, but I’m sure that twenty years ago we used to design the system from the inside (the data structures and logic) to the outside (the screens and reports). Today we were designing the system from the outside (the web […]


OK this is a lazy posting from me, but if you have ever experienced a performance management system at work, this blog posting by Joel Spolsky explains why it didn’t work.


Time. Travel.

14Jun11

When you travel out of Norwich towards London by train you pass the site of a major Roman town near the village of Caistor St Edmund. Most of the time the former town of Venta Icenorum is not very remarkable on the left hand side of the line as you accelerate towards Diss. Looking across […]


The Times today carries a short report (no link – paywall, sorry) about a US project to develop a portable internet hub, carried in a suitcase, to allow people to bypass state controlled access to the internet. It seems like a clever idea and a big leap forward from the clandestine typewriters and duplicating machines […]


A right shower

12Jun11

I emerged from the tube station and stood under the canopy to get my umbrella out of my bag. The rain poured down. A small cloud of dust and cobwebs fell out as I opened the umbrella. It was a long time since I last used it. Naturally this was the day that a drought […]