Forward, positively..

June 30, 2009

Standing Head and Shoulders Above the Rest…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — Tags: — thebestbrew @ 12:33 pm

…to hang our heads in shame.

Some time ago in another place, I highlighted this ONS report into Alcohol-Related deaths on the BBC news web site. On every measure and in every population segment, we win the race to kill ourselves with alcohol.

Today we have an NHS study suggesting the actual death toll may be 1 in every 20 deaths in Scotland is alcohol related (study based on 2003 data and the rate is increasing).

I’m no paragon but that’s a fairly eye-watering number. Maybe we could have slot on the news “…Today another 8 people were killed by the still-legal drug, Ethanol – the death-toll continues to rise. And now the weather…”. That would have to be read out every day of the year.

A small selection of graphs – Scotland is highest and that is BAD.





June 26, 2009


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June 18, 2009

Iranian Election Fever….

Filed under: 874 — Tags: , , — thebestbrew @ 8:51 pm

An Iranian election is…..

A. The very crystallisation of the democratic process in which the voting populace may exercise their democratic selection of government.

B. A smutty and poorly constructed punch line which depends on a western stereotype of oriental linguistics.

C. An oxymoron

June 12, 2009


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June 4, 2009

In Defence of Eye Candy…

Filed under: Work — Tags: , — thebestbrew @ 1:53 pm

This is a very brief and well-presented article called ‘In Defence of Eye Candy’ about the importance of aesthetics – especially with reference to visual interfaces.

Very accessible and well put, well worth a read.

June 2, 2009

When Your Only Tool is a Hammer…

Filed under: cartoon — Tags: , , — thebestbrew @ 10:23 pm

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Filed under: cartoon, Rants and Opinions — Tags: , — thebestbrew @ 10:20 pm

Is not a large town in the Mid-West, the UK or anywhere else….


Hierarchy of Drivers…

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The Business Development Cycle…

Filed under: cartoon, Rants and Opinions — Tags: , — thebestbrew @ 10:06 pm

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May 22, 2009

Sharepoint SP2- Important Information…

Filed under: Work — Tags: — thebestbrew @ 7:38 am

…on the Sharepoint Team Blog.

If you have deployed SP2, you must read this….

May 20, 2009

Win7 Fun and Games, BCD and VHDs….

Filed under: Work — Tags: , — thebestbrew @ 3:42 pm

Hands-up, this is a depth of working on Win7 and 2008 R2 which I do not expect to explore. However, I can appreciate how useful this post from James O’Neill is, so I thought it worth linking here.

Booting from VHD (and some gotcha’s) will be a useful feature for all sorts of reasons. If you read that post and think “Oooh, that sound like a bit of a wheeze, I could try that” then YOYO and perhaps you should probably wait for his explanatory video?

May 18, 2009

A Fishes Greatest Sin….

Filed under: cartoon — Tags: , , , — thebestbrew @ 8:36 pm

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May 17, 2009

On a Passing…

Filed under: Uncategorized — thebestbrew @ 10:10 pm

Friends, colleagues and family gather.
Memories pooled – in thought if not in voice.
All focussed – for a moment  away from the ordinary,
Onto the special.
We all know the one who has passed,
But there is less sadness here.
There is celebration and appreciation –
Memorial rather than catharsis.
Later, a quiet dignity contrasts with youthful exuberance
As voices can raise and conversation resumes.

New Friend/Old Tosh….

Filed under: windows 7, Work — Tags: , , — thebestbrew @ 9:23 pm

….interesting. Everything is going swimmingly. Oddly, despite being defined in the power plan, the machine will not hibernate when the lid is closed, nor will it power-up when the lid is opened. I’m guessing it’s maybe just a compatibility thing….duh!

Only browsing on the machine so far but with OS, Firefox, and Live Writer running, task manager reports only 444Mb of RAM used (60%) and the cpu is really low – much as you would expect. (Interestingly, IE8 consumes less RAM than FFX.)

Until you hit a site using Flash or Silverlight. Again, not unexpected – cpu usage leaps. Watching a movie from the MSFT BI site comfortably pegs the cpu at 100% (I had hoped for better) – but only when the movie is visible, whether or not the browser window is active. This lends itself to a little fun, gradually covering up the movie with the task manager window and watch the cpu usage reduce (slightly) – that’s how dull the TV is right now.

It’s definitely smarter with power consumption on battery. I’m suffering from a lack of scientific rigour (no pre-Win7 benchmarks) but I know the battery is lasting longer – very good for an old stalwart like this.

May 16, 2009

The Public Meets Bob, MP…

Filed under: cartoon, Rants and Opinions — Tags: , , , , — thebestbrew @ 10:32 am

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Bob, The Social Media Specialist…

Filed under: cartoon, Social Media Commentary — Tags: , , — thebestbrew @ 10:25 am

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May 15, 2009

On Distraction and Focus…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions, Social Media Commentary, Work — thebestbrew @ 10:09 pm

I posted the following as a comment to this blog post by Colin Gilchrist on Creativity, Food and Distractions. I thought it was worth posting here. An extract from his post is…

“….No distractions were an interesting one for me because it’s a real challenge – I am permanently submersed in media from all angles – but hey it’s opened up a whole new world. This is where Westwood and Cleese come in. They advocate the no distraction; sit in peace, sleep on it, and way of living.
John Cleese talks eloquently about Creativity and his time in the Cambridge Footlights making him realise that loosing an entire script, rewriting it the next day – only to discover the original and compare – the second was far superior to first – he’d let it gestate in his mind and form a more rounded story.
Vivienne Westwood famously does not allow music in her studio and does not own a TV she finds that all this constant bombarding of media in every day life is holding back the human disposition for Creativity.
What do you think?…”

My response is – It’s less that they HAVE something but rather that others have lost that thing. It is ability and aptitude to find calmness and focus.

We, especially those involved in new-ish media, so constantly immerse ourselves in and are bombarded-by multiple message streams that we develop a bumble-bee attention span. We dip into and out of content, picking attention-grabbing goodies and moving on.

Even finding a small oasis of calm in a day can be immensely beneficial – not just for the refreshed feeling which immediately follows but also for the enhanced and freed thinking which you subsequently can be capable of.

Only 20 minutes of enhanced relaxation in the middle of the day can yield great benefits for you – and for your employer.

The Sea Bass of Doom….

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May 14, 2009

Welcome, New Friend…

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , , — thebestbrew @ 10:13 pm

Well, I just upgraded an old Toshiba Satellite A30 to Windows 7 RC. Very painless, straightforward – just what you would expect from Microsoft nowadays.

Several blogs have alluded to the comprehensive support for devices so I had high expectations and was very relaxed in approaching the install. Maybe too relaxed.

All went well and bingo – there was new-Windows. Except that I had no connectivity. Hhrumph…..of course – I had done the install while connected wirelessly – with an old Belkin 54g PCMCIA Notebook wireless card. Had I really expected New-Windows to notice this and to have the insight and preparedness to have the required drivers? Well yes, I had, but not consciously – I just hadn’t thought about it.

Feeling rather foolish, I did dig out the original disk, installed the required magic and hey-tesco, there was the network.

New-windows had also not picked the audio (RealTech AC97 – no default was used or offered) or the video (Intel(R) 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller – some MSFT default was clearly working OK).

So – looking forward to enjoying the new experience – see what’s in the tin, under the hood. I hope there’s something interesting.

May 12, 2009

Sharepoint 2010 – Be Ready….

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , — thebestbrew @ 8:16 am

…and a timely reminder to keep up the best practices.

Sharepoint 2010 preliminary system requirements on the Sharepoint team blog.

But remember the MOSS 2007 Best Practices – play nice and be a good citizen.

Ooh… and don’t forget, official IE6 support stops next year.

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