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Invisible Support

My mother, who you may recall has dementia, has recently moved into residential care. We have tried very hard, as I have occasionally recounted in this blog, to maintain her independence as long as possible. As well as remote control central heating (bought in), we have used a tracker (software partly written by me), passive infra-red detection (hardware built and []

New Perspectives

I recently moved home. I have referred to the process which seemed slow and old fashioned in earlier blog posts. My wife and I are more or less settled in now, but I have noticed some changes, changes that have happened without me really being aware of them. I have developed a new set of habits – without ever being []

Creative Tension

Much is made of segmented IT these days, whether in the form of our own CIO Connect Field of Play or Gartner’s bi-modal approach, or just a general agreement that one size doesn’t fit all. That is good progress from the “EDP” days – electronic data processing for those too young to remember it – where a consistent process was []

Hindsight

As I was casting around for a topic to hang this blog on, I heard on the Today programme on Radio 4 a story about Afghanistan. Soldiers were apparently not being well looked after when their tour of duty ended, but adding to their post-traumatic stress is a new stress that lawyers are bringing through now investigating actions taken in []

Well-meaning Advice

I have been struck by a recent set of separate articles about diet. As someone who has to watch his weight, and whose job involves giving and attending dinners and lunches, eating out sometimes seems to be an occupational hazard. But now I learn that diets do not work and that there is a gene which separates thin people from []

Markets

In my previous blog I mused on the Wintel decline. The following week Apple added to the tech sector’s woes, with disappointing results based on the first decline of iPhone sales since it was originally released in 2008. This has generated much comment, most of it hyperbolic. If you believe the commentators Apple will be out of business in months. []

Just what is going on out there?

Fred Trueman was an outstanding bowler and a professional Yorkshireman. After his illustrious Test cricket career (he still ranks 28th in the world on number of Test wickets taken, despite retiring in 1965 when much less cricket was played than today) he became a commentator on Test Match Special (TMS). He was an excellent summariser, but became somewhat caricatured for []

Whose computer is it anyway?

The Guardian reports that Windows 10 for home users will enforce operating system updates. We already know that Windows 10 will be the last big marketing name for the operating system, although engineering releases and service packs will continue. It’s not that enhancements and additions have gone away, they are being handled differently. So my first assumption is that there []

An Apple a day…

My first thought having used Apple Pay on the day it became active in the UK was “cool”. I love new technology and I have been known to make pro-Apple comments in these blogs. My second thought was “that took longer than using a card”. There were 250,000 outlets for Apple Pay in the UK on launch day, and more []

Naked Emperors

In the Hans Christian Anderson story it was a small boy who told the truth as he saw it by proclaiming that the Emperor had no clothes on. Earlier in the story it was explained that only those fit for their position in life were able to see the clothes – which is why the Emperor and his courtiers went []

Flight 4U9525

In these blog posts, I have tried to develop a way of commenting on the news or anything else that caught my eye and somehow maneouvering that to allow me to make a point about IT, and especially the role of the CIO. Not today. The unfolding news of Germanwings flight 4U9525 is too grim for that, especially as so []

What is Reality?

My mother has Alzheimer’s disease. She is still in the early phase – memory loss, and some associated confusion but she is still able to live a largely independent life, especially with the incredible support she gets from her friends. And yet, already it is hard to have a meaningful conversation with her – although she enjoys “a chat”, when []
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