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Order & structure in the midst of chaos and disaster

It’s always of interest to me to see ways in which data can be turned into information which can become knowledge. In cases of disaster zones or health scares, it is so important that real-time and geographically located data is captured, mapped and then re-used to aid decision-making. While many of us are aware of [...]

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What to do when you want weather in the past not the future?

As a Brit, I naturally have an obsession with the weather. As Basil Brush said, “What a lot of weather we’ve been having recently!” This month though I had cause to find out what the weather had been like hour by hour over the previous week. Thanks to a tweet to the Met Office, I [...]

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“I’ve been loved before, so love me again”* – I’m loving the organisation!

Being a fan of recycling, reusing and saving money, I’m all for charity shops. However, my tendency for organisation means that I tend to feel a bit uncomfortable looking round the traditional clutter in many shops – just as I do at car boot sales and vintage shops. Things tend to be thrown together in [...]

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The irony of trying to connect to telecomms companies when (not) getting connected

Having recently moved house, and needing the home office to be connected, we were keen to arrange ahead of time the visit from the PlusNet engineer. As is often the case, this was not smooth sailing. All the assurances were there that the engineer was set to come in a 5 hour period between 1pm [...]

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Japanese rail timetables

Despite the frequent confusion when travelling in Japan, a country whose language, concepts and culture are so different to the UK, I was really impressed with their rail network on my last visit there. How’s this for an easy to read timetable (as long as you know your 24 hour clock):

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The struggling High Street….

We all know that high streets have had a difficult few years feeling the pinch from the recession and the switch to online shopping. However it can be hard to feel too much sympathy when at times shops don’t appear to do much to help themselves. Based in the rural southwest, the shops here tend [...]

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The scary power of google search – good tips and tricks

Google has certainly captured the search market, being the majority of people’s first choice of search engine and for many their default homepage. But I would venture that most people use only the most basic of searches from the search box. Here are some tips that you can use to enhance searching and if you’ve [...]

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The life of a Digital Nomad

As someone who can work solely via a laptop and internet connection, I am not restricted to working in one place.  I’ve also been contracted as a Digital Mentor with Cosmic and as such have been running Jelly in various locations across Devon.  Here’s a brief montage of my offices since the beginning of the [...]

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Flash, Bang Wallop, What a picture!

On Friday 4th Feb 2011 I was able to indulge in talking about 2 of my passions – old family photographs and information management! I presented a short 10 minute talk to the Taunton 4N networking group entitled ‘Flash, Bang Wallop, What a picture!’ I explained what information you could find within an old Victorian [...]

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Dropbox – helping you manage your information on the move

I have revolutionised my working life! My fellow Digital mentors at Cosmic have introduced me to Dropbox – perfect for those of you who work on the move, as a digital nomad. Dropbox is an application which allows you to host your files on its servers ‘out in the cloud’ with local copies downloaded onto [...]

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