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RobotsCake Science Museum Robots (4/17/2017) - Are Robots going to take over the world ? Currently Robots have taken over a floor of the Science Museum in Kensington. Jesse and I headed over there  to meet them. Much like the British Library’s Out of This World Exhibition the curators caught me off guard by starting much further back in history than I was expecting. 16th century mechanised monk. Fish catching mechanical swan gleaming like formal silverware and tin men that worked the various World Fair's. By far the creepiest Robot was the Japan Kodomoroid communication android by Osaka University and ATR Laboratories produced in 2014 to read the news. Jesse ... read more ...
29943825694_d663267e76_z How to Run a Hack Day (3/7/2017) - I recently wrote for the BCS Internet Specialist Group about the merits and practicality of running a hack day. My case studies were based on the successful days I had run for core (Day 1 and Day 2). http://www.bcs.org/content/conBlogPost/2654
img_3457.jpg ADS-B receiver – Want Better Results ? Give away technology.  (12/26/2016) - A raspberry pi I bought in a NYC vending machine and left in cupboard in Faridabad, India found it's way to Los Angles, USA in 2016. I was a little surprised, as I have also left a unopened bottle of Bombay Sapphire which was untouched. The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer about the size of a credit card.  My very clever cousin Ankush an avid aeronautical enthusiast turned the device into a ADS–B. I had to look it up too. Apparently ADS–B determines an aircraft position via satellite navigation. He told me that to buy a commercial device it would have cost him about ... read more ...
31333257096_38078f793f_k CWT Health and Tech Hack Day 2 – Micro:Bit’s and More (11/30/2016) - [caption id="attachment_3703" align="alignright" width="239"] Local Newspaper Hackney Writeup[/caption] Following on from our very successful Micro:Bit hack day we ran a second day at Petchey Academy. The ‘Tech in Health Day’ has three aims: to fulfil the sponsors’ objectives of imparting new technology skills to children; to promote new healthcare software applications; and to build awareness for CORE, a new and radically innovative charity aiming to provide affordable osteopathic care whilst undertaking valuable research into chronic pain and illness. The event entailed a 1-day workshop for Key stage 2 students. We used the donations  of award-winning Micro:Bit’s from the BBC and this ... read more ...
29943825694_d663267e76_z CWT Health and Tech Hack Day 1 – Micro:Bit’s and Beyond (10/26/2016) - Last summer the charity CORE, the Centre for Osteopathic Research and Excellence, signed me up to help run their tech hack day sponsored by a prominent multinational bank. I couldn't resist. More than ever, we need to push technology learning for everyone. (read the press release) During planning we were given amazing support including a donation of award-winning Micro:Bit's from the BBC. We even roped in my good friend Karen Sandler, executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, who spoke about life as a Cyborg and open source software on the day. The ‘Tech in Health Day’ has three aims: to fulfil the sponsors’ objectives ... read more ...
28341165370_cf17efe360_z CoreCic Raise the Volume – FundRaiser July 2016 (7/29/2016) - On Thursday, 28 July we held Raise the Volume a secret charity gig at the Round Chapel. I say we I mean Duncan and Danny the founders of CoreCic (where I am a Trustee). The event was superbly hosted by Dana Alexander (nominated for “Best Comic” and “Best International Act” from Chortle and Black Comedy Awards). The line-up included electro-swing ska band Molatov Jukebox and Lisa Hannigan , fronted by lead singer Natalia Tena. Food was provided by Papi's Pickles, an award-winning social enterprise that I met at Nesta New Radicals earlier this month. They work with unemployed women from ... read more ...
kavita_seb Me and the Olympics (7/27/2016) - I am working at London 2012. In the words of a key sponsor I'm loving it. However my contracts say I can't talk about it. So I am keeping an adhoc diary for publication once the Olympics and Paralympics has been successfully staged. My first day and I am expecting to rock up, read a stack of documents and get working. This is London 2012 and first lesson don't expect anything. Initiation is simple. A slow death by PowerPoint. 9:30 am to 4:30pm, with 30 minutes for lunch (which I spend recovering a mobile phone. A loosing trend that continues for ... read more ...
26965918401_695ddf9876_z Practical Steps – Avoiding the Internet Echo Chamber (7/23/2016) - How on earth do I break out of my online echo chamber ? So widely discussed that this concept even has its own wiki entry and yet I can't find any adequate answers on how to find the chamber door. I get it. We gravitate to like-minded people both offline and online.  Articles on ditching toxic friends encourages us to construct perfect social communities. Read something vile or toxic online, the unfollow button is a click away.  Then a close friend unfriended me from Facebook. I don't normally notice such things except I really value his conservative perspective and was seeking out his ... read more ...
Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 11.27.49 AM The Radical Technologists on the European superstate doorstop – Life Post Brexit (7/3/2016) - The lovely adorable people of my birth nation have voted to leave the European Union. This debate has been going on so long that when I was really very little I imagined that Britain might be developing terraforming technologies to move itself to the falklands, but back then I thought only women or Hollywood stars were elected to run countries. A week after the referendum it appears our politicians are indeed reenacting a scary science fiction film. In my pre-referendum blog post I had said that the "British people will muddle through. While complaining." I also said if we voted out of the European Union I see ourselves "As radical technologists breaking down democratic ... read more ...
27477848962_4cebf96bbb_z (1) London Metropolitan University. Digital Toybox 2016 (6/10/2016) - Every year I get an invite to Digital Toybox the end of year London Met undergraduate show hosted by the fabulous Fiona French.  This has been the first time I have been able to go for a number of years. The quality has improved as the has the variety of games. Board games, 3d printing, robots as well as animation and game tech. The stuff that inspired me to get back to my own digital toybox included environmental robotic cars gameboy retro games 3d printing or lightsaber for the lightsaber academy
7339148288_221a4ee3e2_z In – Out – Shake it all about. European Union vs The Globe (6/4/2016) - As I sit to write this I am genuinely undecided. What should I have for lunch, where shall I call home, who shall I vote for in the European Referendum ? The question is set out as A ddylai'r Deyrnas Unedig aros yn aelod o'r Undeb Ewropeaidd neu adael yr Undeb Ewropeaidd? Aros yn aelod o'r Undeb Ewropeaidd Gadael yr Undeb Ewropeaidd Oh! You you need it in English Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? Remain a member of the European Union Leave the European Union There are no third way, ... read more ...
Takeaway NYC Resistor – Annual Interactive Show (5/16/2016) - NYC Resistor is a hacker collective with a really cool loft space located in Brooklyn USA. They have Raspberry Pi's in their vending machines. There are simply very cool.  I figured their Interactive Show would be equally cool and I wasn't disappointed. Well a little, I wish I was forewarned that everyone would be in ball dresses so I could have worn mine. There were loads of interesting projects from Liisa: Augmenting InnAr Beauty and several Selfi devices. I obviously got distracted by the arcade machine. Photo's and Music from the night...
8277741566_06bbb00d41 Mayor for London 2016 – The choice. (5/1/2016) - This week Londoners are being asked to vote. No, not for the The Voice or for a garden bridge but for a new Mayor. When it comes to politics I don't do tribes. The war paint doesn't suit me.  So I find myself having to decide on merit from the full list on my postal ballot paper and the list is VERY long. Creating a Short List Before reading manifesto's lets whittle it down a bit. Out goes any party that has a religion in their name. A brilliant tactic for European elections a rubbish one for 2016 Mayor Candidates. Which is probably ... read more ...
IMG_4121 Productivity Algorithms for Humans – The Zero Inbox and The Happiness Diary (4/3/2016) - In 2011 I was working flat-out but stopped for lunch with Steve. He was buying. As part of thanking me for a work introduction he imparted his productivity techniques from his workshops that cost gillisions. Steve (hi) I do hope they cost gillisions. Three days later I was on the phone to Steve berating him for his advice. It wasn't his fault we had an Olympics to stage and we still had several years of work to fit into a year. So began my quest for inbox sanity. It seems the world has recently caught up with its perpetual circulating internet ... read more ...
Copper box Connecting with 5.6 Billion – Global South Meet Up (3/30/2016) - Easter is a fun British holiday. A little like Christmas but a little too close to Christmas in that it always sneaks up on you. So when I agreed to speak on this panel the day after Easter Monday I didn't factor being full of chocolate eggs and jet lagged from the clocks going back. My specialist subject as ever was India. As I prep for my time on Mastermind I took the opportunity to talk about it at Global South event which reading the internet I don't think actually includes India. Oh well. https://twitter.com/drrichts/status/715530564288249857?lang=en-gb https://twitter.com/HaychH2/status/714944342822150144 https://twitter.com/wearejigsaw/status/714887886492053505?lang=en-gb https://twitter.com/mycars_club/status/714879566620332032?lang=en-gb https://twitter.com/kavitakapoor/status/714409610506010625
WMS_Logo_RGB_72 Tryzens and What’sMySize sign exclusive partnership deal (2/25/2016) - After 3 or 6 months, depending on how you count, the company I founded What'sMySize took the next step in it's journey. It now has a new home at Tryzens. Tryzens are a UK, Bulgaria and India based e-commerce technology company who work with brands that I love (Jack Wills, Whistles and Timberland). I am really excited about the deal as it means I get to work with a much bigger team (200 people) developing the software with established clients. In addition I have a desk in the Tryzens office in Moorgate where they have tons of space, a terrance roof garden as ... read more ...
24776544266_221e6881ec_o Global Games Jam 2016 (2/3/2016) - Fiona French Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University invited me to her Games Jam last weekend at the Accelerator in Shoreditch. I did no prior research on what Games Jam might be but signed up as Fiona and I have been friends for a long time (having done our masters degree together), her annual graduation exhibition is always fascinating and we hadn't hung out in ages. It turns out that Games Jam is a day or weekend hackathon of game developers who plan, design, and create either a digital or board game. Global Games Jam is an annual well sponsored event ... read more ...
bits2 BITS Pilani TEDx (1/27/2016) - BITS Pilani a well established private university in the Rajasthan dessert held a TedX this week and in their wisdom invited me to speak. I have to say I didn't really believe the email, when it arrived back in August last year, but I replied anyway and was surprised to get a quick response. The first challenge was picking a topic. The email said that the theme set was Bread and Butter. Later I learnt that the key sponsor was Amul. As the deadline for a talk theme loomed I was in the depths of writing my first book and after a ... read more ...
Book Cover MyKitaab Podcast (1/21/2016) - At the end of last year I was interviewed by MyKittab which was published during the Jaipur Literature Festival. For some reason we talked about the TV show Big Brother or Big Boss as it is known in India. Official Episode Info Kavita's journey has taken her to London 2012, a stint in Gurgaon, India, and now into entrepreneurship, where she runs her startup What'sMySize. Her book, Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Kham, is about working in India. In this episode, Kavita discusses the motivation behind her book, how she chose the title, cover design, and we talk about finding a printer ... read more ...
image002 Starting Up The Lean Way – Grace Hopper Bangalore 2015 (12/6/2015) - At Grace Hopper Bangalore India 2015 this week I was part of a fun session that offered speed mentoring for lean start ups. It was part of the entrepreneurship track designed for business owners, employees and those considering to start their own venture. Tathagat hosted the session which focused on the following case study with us the panelists: Mythily Ramesh talked about how she transitioned from the corporate world in Wipro to the start up world and her incredibly interesting social enterprise NextWealth which helps rural Indian university towns develop a sillicon economy based on cheaper off-shoring.  Zainab Bawa CEO of HasGeek Media talked ... read more ...
Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 2.11.57 pm BCS Disruption breakfast briefing – November 2015 – Highlights (11/27/2015) - In late November the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) had a breakfast seminar for its members on Business Disruption. Here I talk on camera about my impression.
book Choosing a Book Self Publishing Partner (10/27/2015) - I have decided to self publish my book starting with the Indian market. My main reason is that I want the control to manage the book into launch. Also time is important but traditional publisher such as Harper Collins suggest that it would take at least five to six months for your manuscript to be considered. I just don't want to wait that long. Deepak helpfully broke down the Publishing Process as follows ; Design a Book Cover Proof Read and Edit the Book Get an ISBN number Set the layout of the pages.  Get the output format ready according to publication required for print, for Kindle ebook, ... read more ...
Book Cover The Indian Startup Show Ep11 By Neil Patel (10/24/2015) - This week I was interviewed by the very nice Neil Patel for his podcast The Indian Startup Show the number one podcast of its kind in India. Its the first time I have talked about my new book in detail and I am a little surprised so much of my research has stuck. Neil also did his research well and asked me my views on Indian Sports, Women in Tech and this blog. Have a listen and let me know what you think. If you have a moment sign up for the book and check out Neil's other podcasts. October 23, 2015 - ... read more ...
Kavita's first design Twitter Experimental Marketing Results – Live Tweeting Sports (9/15/2015) - So what happens when you have built a new business in 12 hours? Apparently, according to lean approach to start up's, you need to do some measuring and review some data. What on earth does that mean ? As I hadn't read the books on lean I went with my gut and figured the goal had to be someone placing an order for a product on the Kalari Kites. Which means interacting with some potential customers.  As I built my minimum viable product in 12 hours I decided I wanted to do this stage in the same time frame. Richard did it but was it really possible ... read more ...
cropped-Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-10.10.29-am.png What’sMySize FashionSense, a mini conference about UX (9/13/2015) - On the 11th September we had a UX conference. https://twitter.com/wickedgeekie/status/642229733590233088 https://twitter.com/wickedgeekie/status/642246471996309504 https://twitter.com/kavitakapoor/status/642249735475171328 https://twitter.com/kavitakapoor/status/642263515269607424 https://twitter.com/wickedgeekie/status/642251456687566848 https://twitter.com/wickedgeekie/status/642242358130647040
AA2012 Model-1 Haryana The Lean Kite Fighting Machines – Creating an online brand in 12 hour (8/21/2015) - Some businesses you start are not so much of a good idea but a nagging obsession that you can't get rid off. As a result of several nagging obsessions I decided to create an online clothing brand, selling actual products. Remarkably Kalari Kites took a grand total of 12 hours to launch. This is how I did it... Seeds for an idea In a book I read about 10 years ago, the 4 hour Working Week, Tim Ferriss describes two concepts that I haven't been able to shake off. The first is having a self operational business. When you create technology that is available every hour of every day, having a ... read more ...
The Hack Manifesto – Strictly Come Taxes (8/1/2015) - We know that money is required to run a nation state. It's kind of nice to live in a country with roads and I suppose government workers need tea stations. After all we are British. Yet since the introduction of the Poor Tax in 1597 it feels as if we haven't yet had a fair distribute of wealth. We have been living with Pitt the Younger income tax and its variations for some time but much energy is spent in managing the system and not embracing the system. We should be embracing taxes in a big hug. If there is anything that Brit's are good ... read more ...
May Design your own Book Cover in Microsoft Word (7/11/2015) - I am writing a book. It needs to be promoted or I need to find a publisher. It needs a press kit. So can I without any credible designs skills and without spending money create a temporary book cover to help the project gather momentum ? Template of Inspirations The first thing I did was to look at Canva. This growing Australian company is great for producing a quick book cover based on pre made templates. Looking at everything they had I was inspired by a simple template with a single full page image. As mine is a non-fiction business book I also found ... read more ...
Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 2.32.52 pm The India Work Survey (6/30/2015) - Can you help me out by filling out this survey for my new book ? I would really appreciate it
book Don’t Let Aunt Anu Ruin your Life (6/23/2015) - All aunties are gossipy kitty party attendees and twenty somethings are all bar-hopping. Certainly not the Indian stereotypes that new yorkers have been asking me about this week. It is however the protagonists in the book  How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company. I stumbled over this self-help management book researching my own book. Varun Agarwal autobiography is a pulp-fiction novel. Chetan Bhagan light if you like. It's a page turner I wanted to know if Varun got the girl, gets the deal and if he ever braves Any Aunty directly. In it all I wanted to know if Varun learnt to take risks and follow ... read more ...
Why Hinglish is the most powerful programming language you can learn (6/15/2015) - "Ban everyone from speaking hindi in the office", was the sweeping advice I was given by a fellow Brit upon moving to Delhi. We were both leading large Gurgoan based teams for London headquartered companies and were discussing how hard it was to order a sugar free tea... As a developer you might learn a few programming languages before specialising in one at work. As a British programmer you might find yourself swapping the union jack for a white flag while you diligently take the u out of colour in your css, but spare a thought for our co-workers in South Asia or Ukraine ... read more ...
How to Attempt a Guinness World Record (6/13/2015) - On Saturday 13 June, The British Computing Society Women brought together 1093 people across 30 sites in the UK to attempt a Guinness World Record and promoted it as an Appathon. This is what I learnt; Not getting your first choice can be good. I signed up to the challenge late. Of course I did. So I ended up at The Crystal one of the world's most sustainable buildings. Located in east London its somewhere I had never been before. They kindly threw open their doors to their cities exhibition which was fun. Kids are programming With so many articles about skills shortage in the industry, to find myself in ... read more ...
Extreme Agile Sprint (6/5/2015) - This week we had a go at an Extreme Agile Sprint. [caption id="attachment_2428" align="alignright" width="300"] Our desk at Tate Modern[/caption] Why ?  We, or rather I, had been doing maintenance sprints over a more classical 3 week period and frankly after 3 sprints or 9 weeks I was bored. At What'sMySize we mess with sprints all the time, I have hacked in sales to agile and talked about its pro's and cons at conferences and we run 1 week sprints documented in our Playbook. However the Extreme Agile Sprint was a little different even for us. Was it possible to deliver something useful in a two ... read more ...
What East Anglia Threw Away – Castle Rising (5/13/2015) - Find out what secrets the Victorians buried for us to find... whatthevictoriansthrewaway.com/
eCommerce in China – Getting Started (4/23/2015) - You have a fabulous operation outside of China and wondering how to expand your operation ? We at What'sMySize and Fifty got together some very knowledgeable people to explain how. Baidu and entering China from Kavita Kapoor E commerce as an entry strategy to china (fifty technology) - april 2015 from Kavita Kapoor
Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 10.10.29 am Hacking The Sales Process with Agile (3/27/2015) - I was recently invited to give this talk at Agile India 2015. The sales process is hard. As a business owner, you spend your entire time doing it. Often wishing you were back, cutting code. If you are successful you might have a raft of sales people closing deals under their own process while your product people deliver under Agile. Your worlds are split and often, it breaks. Change that. Apply Agile and Kanban to supercharge your sales team. Get your developers and scrum master in on the action. Unify your company. Agile and sales 150324 from Kavita Kapoor https://twitter.com/wickedgeekie/status/581041161394999296 ... read more ...
The Apprentice – BT Away Day (3/7/2015) - The lovely BT Expedite team asked me to play the part of Karren Brady. Having never seen an episode of the The Apprentice I found myself watching episodes from behind a cushion. Mainly horrified at the ridiculousness of the TV participants but also with embarrassment recalling my own business degree and how many of the mistakes we made learning our craft. The structure of the day was rather brilliant. Enham Trust charity had organised a charity fashion show in Tatcham with Phase 8. The two teams had 5 hours to sell as many tickets as they could for the event. ... read more ...
Figleaves Reunion Party 2015 (2/19/2015) - "A long time ago we saw the internet coming along and had no idea what it was about and we started doing work for other people" Daniel founder of figleaves told me this week.  We had organised a figleaves reunion party to celebrate the Fifty year end. We also wanted to celebrate the internet company where in 2008 I met Anne Currie, Catherine Hall and Ross Fairbanks and many others who have worked together in various ventures since. Daniel started an e-commerce platforming company and acquired the figleaves brand to show case the platform. As early pioneers of e-commerce every aspect ... read more ...
What WikiReverse Teaches Me (2/10/2015) - Some weeks you talk to your colleagues and watch a documentary and feel unprepared to understand the world. This was one of those weeks. Ross was back in Camden and the last time he was here he had helped me take baby cloud steps while he got started on WikiReverse. Two and bit years later WikiReverse has been launched and this is what I learnt. There is this thing. Its called the Common Crawl. Really - you have crawled the internet again. Again ? Haven't we been doing this since gopher was mistaken for a red squirrel and everything was still in black and ... read more ...
The Delivery Conference 2015 (2/3/2015) - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, UK. Four things that caught my attention today... https://twitter.com/RPAnalyst/status/562618986450657280 https://twitter.com/RPAnalyst/status/562618714370347008 https://twitter.com/MetaPack/status/562606890665144320 https://twitter.com/MetaPack/status/562550235453747201  
Tech Adventure Night – British Computing Society London Central (1/31/2015) - Being British is 'Great'. After all its the home of computing with Alan Turing, Raspberry Pi and my Dad.  I thought Britain might be the home of Knitting but Wiki tells me, it was Egypt. Not only that, at a recently technology event I learnt that the classic form of British knitting I was taught as a kid, was inadequate. The event was the annual British Computing Society London Central hosted Tech Adventure Night and I went because it was hosted by the wonderful Dr Sue Black. My first session was Knitting for Programmers run by Anke Holst. We looked at knitting patterns as programming ... read more ...
600220_839847210048_1528390216_n Ensuring that your Companies Glamorous Away Day in Goa Sucks (1/9/2015) - [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="205"] Fifty - Prague 2014[/caption] One of the most exciting things about working at Fifty is meeting up with our international diaspora once a quarter. Our most recent meet-up was in Prague, the next is in Barcelona. Reykjavik is the one after. Obviously we are choosing fun, not sucky cities. Its easy, as that is where our team have chosen to live. Ok not Reykjavik, that really is picked for fun. Functional away days can be incredible, none more so than the ones I have experienced at London 2012. We have learnt to sing, dragon boat race ... read more ...
2012 London Paralympics - Day 9 - Athletics My London 2012 for Bupa Digital (12/4/2014) - Today I was kindly invited by Bupa Digital to come talk about London 2012. After a little Olympic recap we went on a journey around Mascots, Travel, Digital Security and Social Media some of the most hotly debated topics in the press. When you have CNN asking if the Mascots were creepy, how do you focus on your job, to give them a voice digitally ? Or when the Daily Mail is convinced that a 'perfect traffic storm' will bring Olympic chaos, how do you create a digital campaign to ensure it doesn't happen ? Borrowing from Matt at Berg ... read more ...
Press Release - LBD Little Black Dress Teams up with What’sMySize (11/25/2014) - This month we announced What'sMySize launch with the glamorous Little Black Dress. It is our first SaaS launch of What'sMySize on our Ruby on Rails platform. A big change from the Drupal site that we have been working on ab blogging about thus far on this site. Below is the text of the release. --- A HELPING HAND TO FIND YOUR PERFECT SIZE A unique concept has been introduced to LittleBlackDress.co.uk’s new Little Black Dress Collection, with the aim to help customers and their perfect dress size. The leading party dresses and occasionwear website has teamed up with revolutionary company What’sMySize, ... read more ...
What’sMySize Infographic (10/17/2014) - About a year after What'sMySize was founded my schedule opened up and I had the opportunity to join the company where I am investor and  board member. My brief to create a infographic. I had never done one before but had oohed and ahhed at several that I had seen previously. An infographic it turns out is like a marketing campaign inside a marketing campaign. By which I mean the graphic itself needs to be designed as a stand alone marketing asset but the promotion of the infographic for launch day has to be equally a campaign itself. The graphic needs to ... read more ...
Networking to find a new Job (9/3/2014) - I came across an email where I gave this advice for a friend worried about networking. I thought it was good advice so here you go... Firstly do a list of what you want your next job to include - just a few key bullets. Memories this for your conversations. Next do an Influence map. Put yourself in the middle and then have bubbles for Work, Study, Friends, Family, Flat mates, Sports etc In those groups start determining the key contacts that you would want to mail your CV too. Next where you can set up a coffee or a ... read more ...
200px-Tic_tac_toe.svg HTML 5 and CSS3 Tic Tac Toe (7/20/2014) - My Head of Creative Technology was visiting our Delhi team from Singapore last week and upon touching back down at Regional HQ set us the Challenge of creating a Tic Tac Toe game with nothing but HTML 5 and CSS3 So naturally I googled and got this http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/topic/247361-simple-tic-tac-toe-using-html5-css3-and-javascript/ and http://rodrigo-silveira.com/html5-tic-tac-toe-challenge/ In the second post Rodrigo had decided to see how fast he can code a tic-tac-toe game. Crazy but it spurred me on. Its close to 43 degrees in Delhi and rising so while I am trapped in air-conditioning lets go... I barely remember how to create a new file ... read more ...
Just a training session ? Run, Hike, Bike and Ski the Himalayas (7/11/2014) - Its half way through 2013 and I now live closer to the Himalayas than at any point in my life. Yet for 6 months I have only seen my offices or my front room. To inspire me to see more of these gorgeous Mountains I came up with a 6 month plan to Run, Hike, Bike and Ski the Himalayas . I started the journey, or so I thought, by booking a cheap flight to Katmandu and finding a great deal at Dwarika Hotel. Super excited this has been a country I have wanted to visit since I heard they raced ... read more ...
Kevin Smokler – Practical Classics (10/13/2013) - Of the 50 books that Smokler invites us to reread I had only read two. Those two I read on the long haul. Delivering large print editions to my Grandmother, who would have devoured them at the time of their publication and has talked about them as close friends ever since. Of the 7 books I was assigned in A-Level English not one was recommended although a few were mentioned. So there is little for me to reread and I had everything to learn, which made Smoklers book for me a page turner. Each essay is short and packed with ... read more ...
Aug London 2012, Rio 2016 and Digital (9/17/2013) - I was recently interviewed by Ashley for his Masters thesis... Q1: In the years leading up to the games how hard was it to plan New Media strategies for channels such as i.e social/mobile as these channels were still in the infancy? For content strategy it was actually easy. Finn Concannon our Social Media Lead was clear from start we would focus on key social/mobile channels and we had a consistent set of channels on which our campaigns could run. So planning became a matter of understanding the channels and the audience reach. For example when I launched each new ... read more ...
VPython 3d Programming (7/20/2013) - A few weeks ago I headed over to Finland and upon arriving in Helsinki was greeted with a pot luck picnic. Somewhere between courses of rogue jaffa cakes and polenta lasagne I met Andrew. I was forwarned, Andrew was a programmer. A keen fish enthusiast displaced from his home in kentucky USA he had chosen vPython to create himself a fish tank. A few weeks later I invited him to address the various iris digital teams scattered between London and Asia. Andrew spoke about VPython, simple and clean 3d programming. It takes minutes to set up and launch. Actually it took ... read more ...
Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 10.26.42 pm Times of India Competition (7/14/2013) - The team I lead in Delhi are rather an incredible bunch of hard working individuals. I am massively luckily to be hanging out with them. It was brought home to me this week when I got a call from Muskan. She has only gone and got herself short listed for for the Times of India competition being run by AFAQs. Times of India are one of those brands like the Guardian or the New York Times that has been around a long time and gives a country it's distinct identity, one of its many conversation starters. Thus I am very ... read more ...
SXSW Key Note : Google’s Amit Singhal (4/12/2013) - As a newly resident (but often non resident) Indian, it has always intrigued me to see Indian talent leading the US technology revolution. Hosted by Guy Kawasaki this keynote was the first time I’ve had an upfront and personal reflection on the journey that my own parents might have made. Amit is a search junkie, which is good, as he is the Head of Search at Google. It was obvious that he designs his product with everyone in mind. “Due to his roots as an immigrant” he feels a strong sense of responsibility. He rifted on the theme for a ... read more ...
Asian Start-ups The future is now – sxsw (4/12/2013) - Day 4, decided to multitask by wandering around sxsw Trade Show. There was a moment after rows and rows and rows of stands we hit the Asian aisle and I was hit by a wave of excitement. Here was Japan’s neurowear launching their new product “micro”. Music inspiration from the sub conscious. Sounds futuristic to me but looks like a silent disco. Lovely people wearing headgear making various funny facial movements. A service I have never thought about before was found in Steve Bealing hands. youcommentate.com slogan isFriends don’t let friends listen to crap commentary. As an Australian based in ... read more ...
getting to sxsw (3/8/2013) - My train trip ride from LA to SXSW
iris Worldwide appoints Kavita Kapoor as Regional Digital Director of Operations (2/28/2013) - In January of this year I decided to take a role at iris Worlwide, looking after their Indian digital team. I am sure I shall talk lots of about it in this blog but for now this is what the local press had to say ; Indiantelevision.com http://www.exchange4media.com http://www.campaignasia.com http://www.campaignbrief.com http://www.adgully.com http://www.marketing-interactive.com/news/38844
SJP Big Data in everyday project governance (Spectator Journey Planner for London 2012) (11/26/2012) - This month I attended the close down meeting for the London 2012 Spectator Journey planner (SJP or more affectionately known as Sarah Jessica Parker) and we determined what we had learnt. The learnings included the comical, like not including my personal handset on the mobile testing list, which resulted in some serious retesting at the eleventh hour. As well the hindsight moment of knowing that we planned well for Olympic scale but had to define processes respectively for reducing capacity. One for all cloud architects everywhere. I am a big advocate for defining interfaces including full UI designs upfront. Our DFD ... read more ...
Olympic and Paralympics Games Makers wins a Special IOIC Institute award (11/21/2012) - The Games Makers were given an award by the IOIC Institute and I was bought a very nice three course lunch as a result. ‘The Games Makers deserve recognition alongside our Communicator of the Year because of the way they transmitted the spirit of the Games so successfully and consistently to the people who came,’ says IoIC chief executive Steve Doswell. ‘They epitomise what we have to say in internal communication about being ambassadors, brand advocates and putting in effort above and beyond the call of duty. IOIC My products that made it to delivery included the Games Maker Sale ... read more ...
Wrap up: closing ceremony – we are going live to the world – photography exhibit 8th Nov 2012 (11/9/2012) - On the 8th Nov Avi and I held a photography exhibit at The Black Heart. The full catalog is available or below is a little reflection of the evening. In a digital age where connection possibilities are endless it can be hard to actually 'feel' connected. So it was a surprise, that the purchase of my first digital SLR made me feel very much part of the world again. Having a camera in my hand at all times I was now part of the story. Part of the event. I inherited a love of computational machines and cameras from my ... read more ...
My first EC2 Amazon Web Service (11/4/2012) - Being locked away on the Olympic Park I was wondering has the technology world moved on a pace leaving me in need of Usain's ability?  At first everything looked the same. The services, the websites. Silicon roundabout. Then Ross stopped by for dinner and asked if we could spend the evening playing with the cloud. Why not? I have bought a lot of cloud hosted solutions in the last few year and had a small army of people to look after them for me. However here was an opportunity to create my first "Hello World" html page on the cloud ... read more ...
Sep We are Lovies (10/16/2012) - The London 2012 New Media team, which I am privileged to be a member, were given Lovie status today. The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences awarded us; Gold for best Sports Website London 2012 website Silver for (my beloved) Mascots dressing up and web cam games Shortlisted for Best Practice on the London 2012 website Shortlisted - Social Game Tweet/Support Your Team There were over 1,000 entries from 20 plus European countries. So their maths suggest that to make it to the Shortlist alone means we were in the top 15% of all work entered. www.lovieawards.eu/winners
The Spectator Journey Planner for London 2012 – Open, Big and Evolving Data (10/12/2012) - London 2012 stated aim from the outset was to stage a ‘public transport’ Games. In the city that has the oldest underground network this was always going to be a challenge. As the press were keen to debate with one year to go. Part of the challenge was to ensure that ticket holders knew where they were going and how long it would take. When I was assigned this project, as part of my Product Manager role at London Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee (LOCOG), I randomly polled a few friends. Most knew that the Olympics Park was being built in Stratford East ... read more ...
closing ceremony – we are going live to the world – photography exhibit 8th Nov 2012 (9/25/2012) - Kavita Kapoor and Avi Bercovich have joined forces to bring you a games-inspired evening of Photography, Art and Live music. As London rumbles on in a post-olympic world we are taking a moment to reflect on and share our photographs from inside and outside the world of 2012. Singer-songwriter Tom Price-Stephens who played continuously around Olympics Park for athletes and spectators during the games. Come witness a couple of mesmerising photographs by Justin Setterfield who recently had a photo selected in the final 24, in this years Royal Photographic Society competition. Our guests are invited to bring their own photograph related to ... read more ...
Londinium MMXII Hackathon. (7/29/2012) - As the Olympics opened its crazy schedule of sports Hackathon was taking place at http://centralworking.com near Tottenham Court Road in London. Just in case you are wondering I couldn't possibly attend as I was mostly sleeping, working or watching beach volleyball that weekend. In fact I was mostly sleeping, as at that point I had worked five nights straight. I digress, details on the Hackathon can be found at; http://blog.new-bamboo.co.uk/2012/07/30/web-makers-gather-for-24-hour-app-making-marathon-for-the-summer-of-sport And the result web page http://hackathon.new-bamboo.co.uk I was a bit disappointed that non of my lovely travel data. However I think there are genuinely a couple of great ideas here for ... read more ...
Bomb – Camden’s Skarteboard Art (6/3/2012) - Bomb - Camden's Skarteboard Art.
TFL prepares to monitor big data during London 2012 (5/17/2012) - TFL prepares to monitor big data during London Olympics 2012 [Video].
Big Data, Hadoop and Sports (5/6/2012) - Last week I stumbled over yet another buzz term in digital. Big Data. For sometime I've known that lovely people are working very hard on Hadoop projects, secretly in glamorous places. Telling me snippets of exciting news. I really didn't get the link till I went to see my brilliant friend Hilary on a panel with Hadoop founder Doug Cutting at London Big Data. Apparently, and the audience weren't sure but ‘Big data’ refers to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of everyday software tools to capture, manage, and process within a reasonable time. I don't understand this. ... read more ...
Travel, Open Data, London 2012, Wired Magazine (5/3/2012) - Working with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) it seemed important to ensure that as much road and travel changes due to staging the biggest sporting event in the word made it into the public domain. For spectators this means a dedicated website with travel information organised by the rail operators a year in advance on the web and mobile. Road data has been released under an open data structure as part of an agreement that has seen the ODA's Travel Demand Managment team working closely with Transport for London. Wired Magazine explains more.
Remote Control – ICA (4/15/2012) - Poor exhibits are upsetting. As is writing the review. You get excited about organising yourself on a quiet Easter weekend, make the effort just to be disappointed. As annoying as flicking through the hundreds of channels on Sky television to find that there is really nothing to watch. That probably is the problem with the Remote Control exhibit. Television has indeed had an enormous impact on our culture but perhaps it is to vast to cram into two small galleries in the ICA. Since the Internet hit and I embedded myself squarely in its development I have been looking for ... read more ...
Arduino Iris Hack Day (3/4/2012) - For a few years I have been wondering what I would make if I had electronics training rather than software. We maybe about to find out. Iris were kind enough to invite me to their Arduino Hack Day [gallery columns="5" orderby="rand"]   Ref first user of the breadboard http://exosite.com/project/basic-arduino-temperature-web-monitor
Make a Book – with a needle and thread (3/1/2012) - Don't just write one. Make one. In the quest to make code sometimes it is good to diversify and do something non tech. Cook. Garden. Make books ? After all books are the lifeblood of development. When I was small I needed magazines and books for copying little bits of assembler codes. Now google has the answers. Last year when I learnt Ruby I didn't go near a book. It was some delight that the Arduino hack day this month had books littered around. The book making class jcn and I attended was part of Selfridges Words Words Words campaign.  ... read more ...
635698098992970257 Inspire coders, value coders and make coding accessible (12/28/2011) - The lovely Dr Sue Black has created a little facebook poll asking us about our first programming language. Mine was Basic. I must have been 12. My family were on the usual Saturday drudge around central Milton Keynes shopping centre. Instead of spending it in the library we wandered into a store selling computers and walkman's. My dad walked up to a computer and showed me how to program the following ; 10 Print "Hello World"; 20 Goto 10; Within a week I was locking up school computers with naughty hacks of the above. Within a year I was buying ... read more ...
Mac, MS Exchange and Mobile Phone Happiness (10/2/2011) - For the longest time I have wanted a Calendar that works as well as an IMAP e-mail account. Every time I change my phone or computer I spend ages getting set up. A remote access Calendar will save me oodles of time. After the death of my iPhone, my requirement for a remote hosted calendar become urgent. The obvious choice is Google. Frankly it creeps me out Google will  happily trawl your content in the hopes of better advertising. I know it's not a sentient application but I wouldn't let anyone read my diary or correspondence, so by extension, potentially bug ... read more ...
British Library’s ‘Out of This World’ exhibition and Lectures (9/25/2011) - [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="UFO"][/caption] I noticed that the British Library had decided to trawl its vast archive and draw together a Science Fiction exhibition. It sounded phenomenal. A lecture on Lem, J G Ballard and a full exhibition. As I checked in on four square each week, I was surprised that others shared my excitement. The truth is that this series is perhaps far to intellectual for me or perhaps too focused on the literary geek. I chose the lecture on Lem because I was sucked into a Radio 4 haunting adaptation of Solaris.  I read J G Ballard ... read more ...
Local Leaders Play and Dance along with the London 2012 Mascots (film) (9/25/2011) - My life at London 2012 started when the Marketing team asked me to deliver a new section of the Mascot website. It contains a series of Flash Games and the ability to dress the Mascots in outfits inspired by sport and the UK. Happily the Mascots and their fans have been delighted. I love the Beano series out now. Anyway this week to celebrate the launch of Mascot Music Maker, Finn and I made this;
Brain-Computer Interfaces (9/23/2011) - As long as we have had API's (application programming interfaces), I have always claimed then we should design applications that may eventually talk directly to the brain. Even though I have been saying this for 10 years, I was surprised that my co-workers are still freaked out by the idea. Thus I had to check out the NESTA breakfast (22nd September 2011) who's speakers included Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading and Emlyn Clay, Director of Openvivo and Dr Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University. The full video of the event is worth checking ... read more ...
The Digital Press Office (8/21/2011) - Tim Lloyd last month asked the question What Does a Digital Press Office Look Like ? What caught my attention was that the press office Lloyd pictures has a TV screen for displaying a social media dashboard. Which is exactly what we have in the office. With the explosion of social media I have worked with a number of teams who are either located in the Marketing department (such as at Figleaves.com), or online teams who are either editorial (Sun Newspaper) or merchandising (Agent Provocateur) depending on the products they support. I am currently experiencing what it is like to ... read more ...
Sense and The City exhibit @ London Transport Museum (7/30/2011) - During the buzz of London 2012 One Year to Go celebrations and my teams very well received competitive tweeting campaign I was introduced to Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith.We loved his teams visualisations of the 1yr2go campaign, so it was with excitement that I tore myself away from work 's summer party for my first visit to the London Transport Museum. London Transport Museum is exquisite. One has to wander through an array of London buses old and new to attend the exhibit. I met Hudson-Smith sheltering in a proposed future bus shelter and he kindly showed me the city scape data ... read more ...
Mountain Boarding Basic’s (7/21/2011) - The basic's involves the power slide (how to stop) and turning. This is a rather good video on the subject.
The Bamboo Phone – Free Range Expo (7/16/2011) - On invitation by emerging new talent Eleanor Litten I attended the Free Range Exhibition this weekend. London based Eleanor Litten is a Graphiste and Illustrator. She specialises in mixed media illustrations using lino print, and technology such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Her awesome illustrations compliment any published material. Also she must have the coolest domain name crouching-pencil.org.uk. Her piece in exhibition is a meditative publication. I could easily have spent my time curled up in a corner consuming the illustrations. However that wasn't an option as this is UK's largest graduate art and design show and there was a ... read more ...
Technology and Dysfunctional Organsations – News International (7/12/2011) - I can't possibly comment on the current controversy surrounding News International. For the 6 months I architected the 2010 elections version of MySun and delivered The Times and Sunday Times Paywall. I was so busy I barely noticed the news desks of News of the World let alone their working morals. What I did notice was the working practices of News International and more specifically how it impacted my technology projects. It is often the case, in any technology projects that your manager or customer asks you to do something that you feel will jeopardise your project. A good employee ... read more ...
Mountain Boarding – Lesson 4 (6/27/2011) - Lesson four was rather amazing but my next session on the slopes went too fast and resulted in a crunched ankle. We took lesson four at Haredown and just as my martial arts teaches me I decided to set some goals for our instructor Les. We had found that our first few lessons has been the same focusing on traversing the slopes with the toe and heel turns. I therefore wanted to know ; The Power Slide Rollers Haredown's Blue Run The Power Slide is the way one stops in Mountain Boarding we were shown it on our first few ... read more ...
Mountain Boarding ATBA International Series 2011 Round 2 (6/25/2011) - The National Governing Body for Mountainboarding in the UK just held round 2 of it's four part International Series. And awesome it was too. By the time we arrived mid morning on 18th of June, The Edge entrance resembled a mini festival with most of the 80 participants having arrived the night before to camp onsite. Our friends from Haredown were in place and pointed us around camp. The multi purpose site of The Edge is not deeply picturesque but is highly functional. Ideal for both border x and freestyle competition. It was designed by MBS Europe’s Ajay Watkins and ... read more ...
Cory Arcangel Beat the Champ installation at the Barbican (5/13/2011) - Spent an evening considering @cory_arcangel Beat the Champ installation at the Barbican with @SmileyBen, @rossf7, Jon and Ira. The first thing I noticed was the space. I had suggested that we meet at the entrance and found that space ran arched around the back of  the orchestra pit. As there were two potential rendezvous point my first experience of the show was racing through the elongated round. I felt like the protagonist of a 1980's cyber film set inside a game. 14 massive projected video games screens and their associated noise kept me company. I really wanted to grab a ... read more ...
Where my iPhone thinks I have been (4/25/2011) - After all the fuss this week I decided to see if my iPhone really tracked my movements or like my iPhone Google maps it was flaky. It was flaky. I used Peter Warden's nifty code iPhoneTracker. This is my ski trip to Norway. I love the cluster of 4 spots north of 253. I didn't go there, but there was a transmitter up on that side of the valley.  
Software Architect Involves a Lot of Drawing Boxes… (4/24/2011) - ... and waving your arms around. Bob Rhubart in his May/June Oracle Magazine article more seriously argues the role it was about communication. Some listening but a lot of explaining. Rhubart also suggests the software architect role is little understood. This isn't surprising often the role depends on the personality of the person doing the role and the characteristics of the company in which they work. Software Architecture (or Technical Design Authority as it was called when I was training) in a large technical organisation such as Fujitsu, BT and Oracle is very much focused on designing new solution to ... read more ...
Big Cats (3/28/2011) - Tad obsessed after watching the first episode of the the recent BBC documentary on lions. I didn't know that lions could count or that they roamed most of the earth some 32 thousand years ago. I think of Big Cats as fundamental to India. However I was painfully made aware that this is not longer the case. Once on a trip to Jim Corbett's park I didn't see a single tiger not even a paw print. Elephant rides desecrated swaths of the so called jungle which was more like a home counties forest found on the edge of a nice ... read more ...
Uploading Video on Cisco EOS (3/21/2011) - My notes for uploading video on Cisco EOS platform. If the video is more than 100Mb  then you'll have to use FTP to upload (which requires FTP login gained from contacting Cisco). Login to the Eos admin system On the top of the screen hit the 'Library' tab On the left hand side choose 'Web Uploader' Choose a Group and Folder (I have everything set up into Default Group and Default Folder - but what would happen if I were organised?) Upload Media (navigate hard drive) Now I don't enter a description and title (because it isn’t shown to the public) Once the red bar ... read more ...
My First Steps with Ruby On Rails (12/28/2010) - It is time I become acquainted with the Ruby programming language. It served me well on a recent project and my friends at Indaba Music love it. Installation on a Mac I did try the following, but I think actually you can go straight to the tutorial and follow the steps there. Download the latest zip file Unpack into a directory and move into your directory Open a Terminal cd from your home directory into the new directory  (cd rubygems-1.3.X/) run: sudo ruby setup.rb Warning It appears that Ruby on Rails has changed a lot between versions. So starting the ... read more ...
Enterprise Architect for the Mac (11/1/2010) - I adore Enterprise Architect. I have used a vast array of tools for software and network modeling  but none make me as happy as opening up Enterprise Architect. Partly it is because I love UML. However I take a lot of 'stick' for this adoration. My friends often mock me suggesting I will one day draw diagrams for getting us all a drink in a brewery. I can't help it. Once,  while working with a design agency on a paid pitch for the iPlayer interface, I was asked if the stick men could wear outfits. I am now a Mac ... read more ...
E-commerce Platform Review (10/26/2010) - I'm just back from a couple of big London E-commerce expo's and I have updated my platform review... these are my top line notes.... [table id=8] If you would like a full copy then contact me via KSL Consultants. The final document is chargeable but you could try bribing me with a earl grey tea. related reading http://econsultancy.com/reports/e-commerce-platforms-buyer-s-guide-2009
Comments on Free Pixel (10/24/2010) - I am just collecting the various comments (I like) on the Free Pixel film in one place; rob_white "I'm prepared to be convinced, I just can't envisage "free pixels", they will always be bound even if the boundary is flexible" Roghaydonmitch "Those of us with gifts and power to link imagination and technology could devote ourselves to making it freely available" followdontstalk "Check out -- Free Pixels youtube.com/watch?v=tIAdAc… wow! this is my media teacher loool but well worth a watch! :)" Net (on facebook) "My favourite bit.. "like so much silver dust". Pause ... Cheeky grin. Great!" C Gyford (on ... read more ...
Concept Phones Films (10/24/2010) - I got the following my inbox today "congratulations on the film [Free Pixels]. i like the concept but it maybe feels a little corporate. maybe it's the office setting, the even light & the music. the stop frame is excellent and very cute. i also imagine how difficult it must be do to the inserts and media stretching!" He was right. Although the film was shot for less than 100 uk pounds in my front living room we wanted the movie to feel corporate. Why ? Because we felt this was where (if anywhere) Brit's should and will, be inventing ... read more ...
The next Axial Age ? (10/24/2010) - I think we might be starting the next Axial Age. German philosopher Karl Jaspers coined the term Axial Age to describe similar revolutionary thinking which appeared in China, India and what we now call the middle east. My understanding of the period running from 800 BCE to 200 BCE is shaped entirely by Karen Armstrong's incredible book The Great Transformation. As I read Armstrong's book Buddhism I wonder if we could be at the start of another Axial Age bolstered and supported by the Internet and other forms of technology. Malcolm Gladwell's 'Small Change Why the revolution will not be ... read more ...
My Mobile Phone (10/10/2010) - I got my first phone in 1995. It was a massive Motorola brick. It was so heavy it wore out all the pockets in my jeans. My phone needed to be smaller or my jeans stronger. As the century rolled over my mobile phone finally become tiny. Small. Beautiful. It broke, if dropped once. I connected it to my HP PDA and used it to download email and news content. Juggling both devices and my non existent iPod meant something would be dropped sooner or later. In a rush at Gatwick airport I smashed my lovely PDA and blamed the ... read more ...
The Bamboo Phone Future Technology for Mobile Phone’s (10/5/2010) - The background research on the Free Pixel film ... read more ...
How to edit text in Final Cut Pro Adding a Title Card in Final Cut Pro (9/28/2010) - Just working through how I can add Title Cards with quotes in Final Cut Pro. In other editing tools I would have made a card in some paint program and then dragged it into the project. In the end I followed Guide for Dummies. This was after  William Stopha showed me how to do this and then immediately forgot what he had said. The hard part was managing the location where your text appears on-screen. This can be done by clicking the Origins cross icon in the Controls tab. Your mouse pointer becomes a red cross symbol, and you can ... read more ...
Reviewing E-commerce Web Stats (9/24/2010) - Recently I was given a dump of raw logs for a large e-commerce website and asked what I made of them. This is what Anne said I should look at; Where are customers coming from ? Define the online retail channels. Are blogs, PPC or direct traffic Which customers are converting (which channel is doing best) ? Where are customers dropping off in the process ? Who do the customer claim to be (gender, age) ? What products are selling well (split by merchandising areas) ? Can the products be split differently (such as by price or region) and does ... read more ...
Hang on, What is Mountain Boarding Exactly ? (9/19/2010) - I told my house guest I was going Mountain Boarding and she asked what it entailed. I had to admit, I had no idea. I still had no idea when my friends picked me up and we started our drive out of London. I imagined it would be a like Sandboarding and therefore Snowboarding. However slight panic set in when I was told the boards had wheels. Skateboarding especially down steep slopes was something I had long ago discounted as sensible. I calmed myself. After all there isn't a mountain anywhere in England. The first thing that struck me was ... read more ...
My iPhone Notes (8/11/2010) - Laura Behrens, analyst at Gartner once explained, that when new technology is introduced there is "tremendous excitement, followed by disillusionment." We have probably only just going through the first wave of this experience with the recent iPhone 4 release. So what better time than now to review  the band wagon ? Apple claimed to have sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 in the first three days after launch (June 24 2010) and 3 million iPads in 80 days. According to Goldman Sachs the first 1 Million iPhone 3G was sold typical to larger GDP's with UK 6th on ... read more ...
Drupal’s Invite Module Install Notes (8/3/2010) - Recently we added a competition to Whatsmysize.com to encourage our current users to invite their friends to use the website. After much research we chose the Invite Module.  When downloading this module grab the token module as well.  Upload both modules to your Drupal Server and extract. I can never remember how to do this so I use a video to remind me. First enable the Token module in your admin section of Drupal. Once done go back and enable the  Invite Statistics and Invite at the same time For  Whatsmysize.com the "Invite a friend" appeared in exactly the right ... read more ...
Adding a new Module on Drupal (7/20/2010) - The location for modules is [drupal site name]/sites/all/modules.
How much do you charge for an electronic service ? (7/10/2010) - Are you going to the US within the next two years ? Then get your ESTA thingamajig now while it is free. According to Martin's Money Saving Expert a bill has been passed in the US Congress which has given permission for a "cover the cost" charge on ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). The charge is expected to be $10.  See Article I applied for an ESTA recently and it is a rather basic website which asked similar questions to the ones asked from you on the plane on a bit of paper (not even a whole sheet) supplied ... read more ...
Drupal Logs and favicon’s (7/5/2010) - Where are my Drupal Error Logs ? Weirdly I found them inside the Admin http://[domain]/[site name]/admin/reports/dblog. However I don't know where this is physically on the server. How do I add a favicon.ico ? I added the icon to both the root and the /[site]/misc/ location where I found the drupal favicon. Then remembered that I needed to refresh the cache inside the Drupal   /admin/settings/performance section
Trains (6/18/2010) - I love train rides. Probably my favorite way to travel. In the US I have been from North Carolina via a stop in DC to NYC. Met some amazing people making ends meet migrating from state to state to work. In Europe one elbows business people traveling from London to Cannes Film Festival or long trips across Switzerland and Austria for ones ski fix. Watching out the window is simply uplifting. I spend a lot of time covering the UK by train especially cherished is the 6 hours to Scotland. In Asia I have spent a lot of time in ... read more ...
Marketing and the TCK (6/15/2010) - The World Cup is on. As a TCK this should be easy I live in England and my parents birth country didn't qualify. However as I am visiting South Korea I want my host nation to do well. Even more gut wrenching NYC my preferred second home means USA is high on my list and will be riding higher that England in their shared group based on the first game performance. Complicated as this is for the  TCK squared it is also a huge opportunity for people with a product to sell. TCK's group have an interesting demographic. They come ... read more ...
TCK Squared. (6/14/2010) - I write this blog from an American Airbase in Korea while on vacation. Wait, I mean holiday. While I am taking a break from business and technology things observing 3rd Culture Kids (TCK) up close means I am not taking a break from ideas. TCK was coined back in the 60's for children raised in another culture than there parents. By grouping themselves with other local based children from other different parents they form a new third culture. Like the kids here on base or my own upbringing. In the 1990's I called my TCK friends Internationals. However when I ... read more ...
Free Press Release Sites (6/12/2010) - We have used a number of methods to increase traffic on our sites but for once we have decided to use a free press release service. These are the ones we used. pitchengine.com PRLog.org PressMethod.com Free-Press-Release.com It didn't have much of an impact but we did get noticed by our competitors who dropped us congratulations.
Whatmsyize.com launches a new site (5/27/2010) - We have launched a new Drupal website and are having a party ! Drop me an email if you are missing an invite and here is our hot of the presses, press release. --- TSB winner Whatmsyize.com launches new site Whatsmysize.com launch: Welcome to frustration free online shopping. Whatsmysize.com launch: Welcome to frustration free online shopping. Whatsmysize.com is an online clothing size calculator, with sizes from a wide selection of brands. Today we’re pulling back the virtual curtain on our improved fitting room in your sitting room, free from surly attendant, hall of mirrors trauma and hideous lighting. While at ... read more ...
Newspapers (5/6/2010) - After four months of working with Rupert Murdoch's News International (The Times and The Sun) this sketch from Yes Minister explains it all.
Technology Strategy Board’s Digital Britain Whatmysize.com Collaboration Nation (3/31/2010) - Update: Collaboration Nation - Inspiring Innovations for a Digital Britain Wednesday 31st March 2010. Collaboration Nation: Inspiring Innovations for a Digital Britain was our opportunity to showcase What'sMySize along side other innovative technology projects and companies - winners of the Technology Strategy Board's Digital Britain 2009 feasibility study competitions. We were in the same room as the open innovators and the funding community to collaborate and bring new ideas to market. The event focused on several specific technology areas: Access to public services and public services data, enabling technologies for the internet, online application and services, and the deployment and operation of digital ... read more ...
Mac, Drupal and XAMPP (2/1/2010) - Loving XAMPP . It's a kin to having the messiah arrive in Trafalgar Sq without media coverage. The team on whatsmysize.com suggested I use XAMPP when I asked for a replica dev environment on my shiny new Mac. As I used to have a 10 page installation guide for Digital Deli (a LAMP setup) I was somewhat reticent to embark on this adventure. Especially on a mac, which reminds me of the La Nausée opening chapter by Jean-Paul Sartre Firstly check out  http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-macosx.html . If you are also installing Drupal then ignore it's flipant remark of getting the latest version. Instead get ... read more ...
Disha’s Cocktail Book (11/29/2009) - [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="190" caption="Disha's Cocktail Book"][/caption] I was invited (nay demanded) to create the cocktail list for Disha's wedding reception. Thus here is the book of cocktails that shall be on offer should you be able to stand still and actually enjoy them... or translate the request into Hindi. Gutted not to be there to enjoy it. With Thanks to; Amit's mate Darren Sprague facebook profile for everyones else Amit for disha's engagement photos Geoff for his recipe flickr.com/people/ebertek flickr.com/people/opyh/ flickr.com/people/stewart/ flickr.com/people/thomashawk/
Whatmysize.com wins support from Technology Strategy Board Competition: Feasibility Studies for Digital Britain. (10/27/2009) - This is a big deal for my start-up as the competition was exceptionally well supported with 580 valid applicants. 84 were assessed as suitable for funding.  The Technology Strategy Board said that the overall the quality of applications had been high Us girls at Whatmsyize.com (provider of dress size measurements online) are delighted to be a recipient of the competition. We are supported by the lead organisation KSL Consultants which is committing 25 % of the project funding along with WorkingProgram.com.
cool stuff at e-commerce expo (10/20/2009) - The cool people at e-commerce expo today in earls court... (in no order) redfish - new way to display products more like a catalog less like a search engine TeamiQ.com ex accountant Richard has an interesting software solution which includes CVS, bugzilla and project management services  in a outlook setting. Yes one for the developers. www.smart-infosys.com I have looked at a number of product finders over the last two years and becuase of bandwidth and coding constraints they always end up being very similar. You could let these nice people provide yours as an online service. Markus Linder based in ... read more ...
another social media site awaits you… (10/18/2009) - This has been an amazing week for social media  in the UK. But as long as we have been online we have had placed our social networks centre stage online.  Social media is all about how we (or those pesky brands) utilise our networks and make ourselves visible online. To understand the future (and yes how to monetize it)  one has to understand what kind of patterns emerge from the past.  I reckon it can be shown that utility of service and speed of adoption will dictate any future we shall eventually  be clamoring towards. By the mid 1994 there ... read more ...
XBRL and UK accounts (9/16/2009) - The team at KSL Consultants who produce the accounts brought to my attention that by 2011 we will no longer be able to provide our accounts to the UK government in PDF format. Instead some scratching of heads occurred as we googled XBRL formats. As a SME we of course had the immediate panic, our current software doesn’t produce such a format and will we need a costly systems upgrade, but this is just a new file format. We will probably just need a new version of whatever we are using or widget that creates such a file (bit like ... read more ...
Using Fantastico to update Drupal (7/21/2009) - I decided to use Fantastico to take my Druapl 6.07 to 6.10 this evening. After following the instructions in Fantastico I had a nasty scare when the Drupal website failed to come back up. To fix it... 1.  I needed to save my theme again. Go to the Admin -> themes.  Choose to configue the theme you have previously used. 2. I then had to update any php scripts that I had changed including user-profile.tpl.php. The thing that got me scratching my head however was that Drupal needed to be told to override the default user profile layout and rebuild ... read more ...
Tracking Vists on another website (7/2/2009) - WhatsMySize.com is a Clothes Size Calculator which recommends great clothes based on your actually body measurements.  This month I want to track my visitor journey on third party websites to establish how well WhatsMySize.com is doing in finding the right clothes  for our users. WhatsMySize.com uses Google Analytics and after a heck of a lot of surfing (hence this post) I found an article on the Google Analytics website that might help. To test the article I created a basic html page on another completely different domain (KSLConsultants.com). <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <title>My Page Title</title> ... read more ...
The Visitation – a mocumentary (3/15/2005) - A short film directed by JJ Guest and produced by me.
The Box (1/1/2005) -
logo_beeb beeb.com (8/30/2003) - Update : In 1999 I was dropped into the BBC's Beeb.com, as their head software engineer by Fitjitsu ICL. We were asked to update various websites (including Radio Time, Gardeners World) in time for an advertising campaign mentioned in the article below. On the basis of this year long project I was promoted to Jr Technical Design Authority and moved into the more prestigious financial services division. An achievement that still makes me very proud. Also an achievement that required working countless weekends and a 6am start to watch Angela Ripon present this advert on sky while checking our servers hadn't melted. This article ... read more ...
my first website (5/1/1996) - Update : I can't find the code but this what I said about it for my final year programming class in May 1996; This assignment is designed to implement a Web page which demonstrates the use of a form. The form initiates a CGI script at the server. As requested the form demonstrates the use of; Input Boxes (radio, text and checkboxes). Selection Boxes (multiple and single selections). Inputs A Block Of Text. The CGI script; accepts the form and validate it -invalid entries produce a request to reenter data

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