Nick's Notes

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 []

Customer Journeys

There is a lot of talk these days about customer journeys. Whilst the phrase is jargon the idea behind it – that customer needs are not static – is important. Equally important is the idea that customers go through a decision making process before committing to buy from you. With online engagement, markers can be identified which allow organisations to []

Je suis…

There has been so much coverage of the dreadful events in Paris, and they are so far away from my usual subjects in this blog, save for the knee-jerk reaction of some politicians to want to put in place surveillance measures that damage our freedoms in the name of freedom that having referenced the phrase that so many have spoken []

Caring about your information can make you look silly

I got into a big argument with my family over the Christmas break. It wasn’t about relatives, nor about who was doing the cooking or the washing up or even how many more days we really needed to eat turkey. It was much sadder than any of that – it was about privacy and how your personal data is used []
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