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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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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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Looking for MORE laughs in Auld Reekie!

August 2010: We’re back! Having enjoyed the trip to the Edinburgh Festival last year, we thought we’d give it another try.  And what a difference a year makes in terms of planning the shows.  So what’s different?

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World Cup betting

Although England are out of the World Cup, I still fancied a flutter on the games and decided to take advantage of the free and low-risk bets offered by various betting sites. If ever a business needed to take lessons in making information accessible, it’s these online bookies! I was obviously starting at a disadvantage, [...]

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Dentists have their own flossify on sharing patient records…

‘Scuse the bad pun but something about this post needed to be lighthearted. The good news is that I have managed to get registered with an NHS dentist in Crewkerne.  However my joy was short-lived when I discovered that NHS dentists do not transfer patient records. I’m still trying to work out why this is [...]

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To tweet or not to tweet

Just posted a reply to Sathnam Sanghera’s Times Online article about twitter not being right for business:  http://tinyurl.com/yjcr3qs He seems to have totally ignored the small business sector when writing this article!  Strange, as they contribute a significant amount to the country’s economy.  Stats dated May 2008 from the Federation of Small Businesses indicate how [...]

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