Forward, positively..

April 30, 2009

All the Fun of the Tag….

Filed under: Work — Tags: , — thebestbrew @ 11:04 am

Microsoft Tag is a fun wheeze of a technology….here’s mine, linking to this blog.


It’s interpreted by a mobile phone app and can do stuff like link to a mobile web site, dial a number, send your location for location-aware stuff etc – get the picture 🙂 You may have seen this before but now you can convert the basic tag into a picture which tag interpreter can decode (it’s all about where the colour areas are). This all seems to be easy to do – check how to do it.


April 29, 2009

The Best Just Got Better…

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , — thebestbrew @ 10:32 am

Spence just visited a whole planet of Sharepoint Yoda’s and joined the ranks. Read all about it.

Seriously, he was already one of the very best. If you want to know world-class stuff about Sharepoint – start at his blog – with nuggets such as:

Understanding Field Controls and Web Parts in SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites

The ‘hidden cost’ of SharePoint in the enterprise (using Sharepoint in the enterprise – you MUST do these things, or recognise the risks you are taking).

…..and many more.

Congratulations to him and the rest of his cohort.

April 24, 2009

Darth Shred is The Apprentice…

Filed under: cartoon — Tags: , , , , — thebestbrew @ 11:24 am

…or what could have happened?

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Filed under: Work — thebestbrew @ 10:46 am

What you see should be what you get.

The redoubtable Steve Clayton loves his infoporn. He gives us links to some interesting representations of information.

In the BI and Performance Management world, I think we should be going beyond the Red, Amber, Green/Up, Down, No Change type visualisations into exciting and challenging representations. Not challenging to the customer but challenging to us. We, as development houses need to expand our appreciation and understanding of visuals, design and information representation.

The customer can understand apparently complex visualisations when they are relevant and recognisable as representing their business – can we design as well as build it?

Some Swiss academics have given us a categorisation of the risks inherent in visualisations (pdf format) – an interesting cautionary piece.

April 23, 2009

Borrow More….

Filed under: cartoon — Tags: , , , — thebestbrew @ 1:01 pm

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April 21, 2009

Hot Social Media Specialists…

Filed under: cartoon, Social Media Commentary — Tags: , , , , — thebestbrew @ 11:05 am

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Hugh and Seth can be found at their respective blogs.

Disclaimer: Other social media specialists, experts, advisors, humorists, consultants and all manner of opinionated commentators, both amateur and professional can be found by browsing or searching the Internet or by taking a taxi ride in almost any city and starting the conversation “What about this internet thing then…!”

April 17, 2009

2010 and all that….

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , , — thebestbrew @ 10:06 am

So, Microsoft have jumped out from behind a tree and caught us all by surprise on this one. Office 2010 has been announced with Exchange 2010 available as a public beta.

Mark Harrison’s post is here.

2010 is such a clunky designation, ‘09 is fine – people know you mean 2009 but ‘10 doesn’t sound right. Hey Microsoft – Go Roman, Office MMX sound much better!

April 13, 2009

Resist Change and……

Filed under: cartoon — Tags: , , , , — thebestbrew @ 7:17 pm

(Part of) The Blue Monster back story. The invention of Hugh

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The World in Your Room….

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — thebestbrew @ 1:19 pm

My first version of this was a little confusing – this should be simpler although I mix measurement systems, that’s just how I can relate to different distances.

Standing in an average room, around 8 feet high – imagine a model of our world – a big, round, inflated ball reaching up to the ceiling.

If that represents the Earth, then;

the ‘edge of space’ would be about 19mm above the surface of the ball – that’s less than the diameter of a 1p coin.

all the moisture content in the atmosphere and almost all of our weather is contained within about 4mm of the surface.

an airliner will typically fly no higher than just 2mm – around the thickness of a 50p coin – from the surface.

the deepest part of the ocean will be just over 2mm below the line,

the average depth of the North Atlantic Ocean is a shade over 0.5mm,

the deepest bore-hole drilled to date (the Kola Superdeep Borehole) is about 2.3mm deep,

in the North Atlantic, the Gulf Stream which keeps us relatively warm for this latitude, is a very thin and narrow band of about 0.25mm deep and on average 19mm wide, but flows around 750mm (about the length of my arm) from, say, Bermuda to Ireland,

the Greenland ice sheet is about 0.5mm at it’s deepest and is approx 450mm long (a page and a half of A4) and just over 200mm wide (just slightly narrower than A4).

the International Space Station orbits little more than 65mm from the surface (the width of 3 £1 coins) and

GPS satellites on which your sat-nav depends, orbit more than 3.75m – over 12 feet from the surface.

Our world is so big, so strong and we are just a thin smear on the surface – making nature angry.

April 12, 2009

What DOES Happen Next?….

Filed under: cartoon — Tags: , , , — thebestbrew @ 6:50 pm

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April 8, 2009


Filed under: cartoon — Tags: — thebestbrew @ 1:09 pm

These guys below will be featuring in this blog from now. Getting sharper as I work on it. Feed me back.

Love Me…

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