Tag: technology

Sunday Column (503)

Hello. I am now back from holidays and rested, started my new permanent role, finding my feet. As always things are new, exciting, and it takes some time to really get to grips with everything. That’s it. So I had some thoughts again I wanted to share. This time it is about the future and all. My oldest was born in the year I turned 32. The next one when I turned 34. Just imagine at that time, I would have had my great grand parents still with me? Wouldn’t that have been crazy? This week’s column is triggered by something I read somewhere, probably the FT, that the first person who turns 1,500 years is already born. I am not sure 1,500 is a good age, and I am not sure how that is justified, but it got me thinking. What if technology and bio-tech is accelerating, and what if the first person turning a 150 is already born, or alive? That for me is more of a scenario to live or die with. Maybe a bit more realistic. So imagine I turned 120 years old. Not only would it mean I am about one third there, or still

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Sunday Column (402)

It is still dark outside. The street lanterns aren’t on, yet the air is hot and muggy. I haven’t had breakfast. Which sounds like a normal start for me, giving I am up early anyway, was the start to my day on Wednesday and Thursday. A quick weight lifting routine followed by my meditation, a mad dash to catch the 6:30 train. Conductor strike, so any train before 7 am should get me a seat. And it did. Still a mess. I cannot understand and will never understand the unions. I am grateful for my job, my opportunities given in life and just want to get on with what I am doing. So why do others impact the life of thousands of people to fight for what they have or haven’t got. Isn’t that almost comparable to terrorism, where a few mad people impact the life of others to alert people of their situation? Maybe a strike is less radical. However, same selfishness. Anyway, trains operated better than anticipated, let’s move on! I can change my routine for a couple of days. I am winning. What does it mean for me? Inconvenience. But foremost it means that I haven’t seen

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Inspirational Thought: Value

Just because it’s better, doesn’t mean it has value. Value comes from improving people’s lives, not impressing them with your technology. This quote above has been in my draft folder for some time. I work for a technology company. However, impressing with technology is one thing, adding value through technology another. This quote could have been part of a sales training. In sales you might have an outstanding technology but you cannot sell it unless it adds value, satisfies a need for your customer or is unique and necessary. Maybe it is looking at the rat race in telecoms. In smart phones. In technologies for marketing. Cars even. I remember someone saying to me to always buy the latest car or TV as you get the most up to date technology. Yes, you road test for the companies, but you don’t want something that is a year old? But maybe things that are a year old will be proven as “working” and you can rely more on them. Whether a smart phone has the latest processor, a bigger screen or a better technology probably doesn’t matter. Unless all those features add a lot of value in order to improve our

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Sunday Column (199)

I thought I had overcome the jet lag but when I tried to get up for my 5 am run on Monday I just couldn’t move. Worse I slept the whole train journey into work. On a high side our new family iComputer arrived and it is fantastic. A lovely little toy. And beautiful too. There are a lot of things you need to get used to but ultimately it is my wife’s working machine. Future proof I hope 🙂 I often feel a little overwhelmed on a Monday. A lot of people want to know lots of things all the time from you. Particularly if you have been out of the office for a week or so. This is ok but if you have deadlines to meet it can be quite annoying. So I try leaving early on Monday and catch up with the stuff that needs done at home or on the train. Too much information these days. The year end stress of course accelerates things, so I was very glad when it was Friday. Time to chill out for two weeks. Family. Toy story. Christmas I suppose 🙂 Not sure if I will put a goal or

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