Posts By: Gary

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    Deliciousness: megalomania, logos, Tube map, paper abstracts, location, Freud and tech mistakes

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    It’s been a while but odd, weird and even occasionally interesting stuff continues to fall down the back of the internet and gets captured in Delicious along the way. Here’s the pick of the last few weeks. Today I was caught red handed trying to blow up the world … mwah hah hah hah. A well known… Read more »

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    An Open Letter to Asda and Walmart

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    This is an open letter to Andy Bond, Chief Executive of Asda and to Mike Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart. As a British citizen who travels a lot in the US I understand that the “customer service” ethos which is so prevalent in the US doesn’t travel or translate particularly well in the UK. I also… Read more »

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    Going Up in the World?

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    Sometimes you have to get away from it all, get up above the streets to appreciate a city. While I’m acting under a potentially loose interpretation of Chatham House rules (we’ll see about that) at this event, that doesn’t stop me admiring the view of The Gherkin, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City skyline from… Read more »

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    On Conferences, Chairs, Breakfasts and Wifi Crashes

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    Think about the following three scenarios for a moment … Scenario One. You go to a conference. It doesn’t matter where or what the topic is but you turn up because you’ve been invited or because you’ve paid to attend. Breakfast is included in the conference package. There’s 400 people attending the conference but when… Read more »

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    When a Middle Initial Has Transatlantic Significance

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    Mr. Iain Banks is a Scottish author with two personas. As Iain Banks he writes mainstream, if slightly edgy, novels. As Iain M. Banks he writes science fiction novels, including the Culture series, which deals with a vast and sprawling interstellar utopian civilization. The M is important here. Without it you know you’re getting a mainstream… Read more »

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    Loosing My Flickr Innocence

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    We all produce lots of online content these days; photos, videos, blogs, microblogs, status updates, Tweets, that sort of thing. Most of the pictures I produce go up on my Flickr account and there’s a lot of photos, almost 3.5 thousand at the last count. Most of these almost 3.5 thousand photos are of my family, my… Read more »

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    O2 in Positive Customer Service Shock?

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    O2, the UK Telefonica brand and soon-to-be-loosing-the-iPhone-exclusivity-to-just-about-anyone mobile operator, have a reputation which is, to be honest, just a little bit crap. Their coverage in the rural wilds of Central London, especially around Soho and Covent Garden, seems to be scaled for a single user and a web search for “o2 customer service problems” throws up… Read more »

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    The Future of Web Apps? Bad Wifi, Booth Mobbing, Geo and Lots of Schwag

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    (This post was originally written for the Yahoo! Developer Network blog and was published there on October 5th; it’s duplicated here for posterity.) You’re stuck in a room on the first floor of a venue with no natural light, people keep expressing surprise that you’re there, there’s a bizarre voucher system operating for getting a cup of… Read more »

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    Deliciousness: bacon, Protect and Survive, outing the paleotards, Fake Carol and crop circles

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    It’s been almost two weeks since one of these posts; I’ve been pretty much conferenced out, with FOWA London taking up a sizeable chunk of last week and the AGI’s GeoCommunity mopping up any spare time the week before that. The hallmark of any successful tech conference is appallingly bad wifi which, despite the best protestations… Read more »

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    NYC Beware : The Trinity of Geo Is Coming

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    Ever noticed how you never see some people in the same room together? Various conspiracy theories abound on this theme; that they’re really the same person or that they’re mortal enemies. All complete rubbish of course but maybe there’s some truth in this after all … I’ve never been publicly seen in the same room as Aaron Cope and Tom… Read more »