Ben Hamilton

Monthly Archives: September 2011

Future of Web

Dave Winer writes: The premise: The web is where the PC industry was before the Mac. No standard UIs. Big opportunity. Listened to Dave this morning on the ride to work. He’s mentioned Bootstrap from Twitter before, but in his podcast here he explains the why it is such a good thing. The great thing […]

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Jason Calacanis said:

Four days ago I wrote: How to Beat the iPad? If Microsoft, Sony, Google, HP and Samsung want to make an impact in the tablet space, there is a very, very simple solution: lose money. If I was running any of these companies, I would simply create a $99, $199 and $299 tablet and lose […]

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Fail Forward Fast

Larry Page (CEO of Google) says: There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions … There are only companies that have good fast decisions. As companies get bigger, they slow down decision making, and that’s a big problem. via Google’s Biggest Threat Is Google – NYTimes.com.

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Collapse Is Coming

Quote from an interview on the BBC: “This economic crisis is like a cancer, if you just wait and wait hoping it is going to go away, just like a cancer it is going to grow and it will be too late!” via BBC, via @mpesce [Update 30 Sept 2011] Not quite what it seemed. […]

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Goal vs. Goals

Min Zhao, an assistant professor of marketing, has this to say: If you have only one goal it puts you in a more action-oriented mindset and helps you save more … Too much thinking about which goal is more important keeps people from acting. via Rotman School of Management.

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Niche Thoughts

Gareth Macleod has a short, yet insightful article titled The Disconnected Niche. I think he’s spot on with his thoughts re identity, anonymity and the niche opportunity it presents.

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Fact Checking

Craig Wright is on the Board of Directors for GICSR (Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research) and has ‘fact checked’ the ‘Fact Check’ article written by Scot Terban. See article here: FACT CHECK: SCADA Systems Are Online Now. Of more interest to me than the fact checking, is the very common story I’ve seen of […]

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Ukulele (Lisa Hannigan)

Awesome video clip of Lisa Hannigan playing “Knots” on the ukulele: Source: YouTube.

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GTD for Organisations

Listened to the latest podcast from the David Allen Company (22nd Sept 2011) on the ride home today. It’s a discussion of the benefits of Holacracy approach, described as GTD for an organisation in the podcast, it sounded really interesting, worth a further look.

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Talking vs. Writing

This is why everyone should blog: Seth’s Blog: Talker’s block.

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Seth’s Blog: Forward or back?

Fresh post from Seth Godin, where he suggests we start some converstations with this: “We’d like to roll the … technology … back to the way it used to be, even though it almost never works out that way. Here’s why it’s going to be different this time.” via Seth’s Blog: Forward or back?. Me-thinks […]

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Red Hat expands Brisbane office

Neat. Red Hat has begun to expand its Brisbane headquarters, with plans to boost engineering and support staff for the Asia Pacific region after it added a third level to its facility. via Red Hat expands Brisbane office.

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Sage ACT! 2011 SP1 Hot Fix 5 now available

What a joy to see hot fix 5 for Sage ACT! 2011 out! And yes, it does fix the company name/contact name issue. When you enter a company name or contact name that exceeds the length of the field, the name is truncated. You can go get it here KB 27440 – How to Download and […]

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TinyLetter Email Marketing

A new take on email newsletters: …besides being created by the legendary Philip Kaplan (if you’re over 35 and were laid off by a dot-com you know who @pud is, and you know how great his email newsletter was), we think TinyLetter is a unique take on email marketing newsletters because: It was built from the ground up […]

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Desktop Laser Cutter

Oh yeah!, I’d LOVE one of these babies: ..a brand new entry level desktop laser engraver and cutter designed for hobbyists. The manufacturer, Full Spectrum Laser, has designed this machine as inexpensively as possible to make laser cutting a possibility to a larger audience that can’t afford an industry standard machine… via Inventables.com.

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What Version of Microsoft Installer?

Sage ACT! 2011 and 2012 require Microsoft Installer 4.5 or better to be installed. I like to know prior to running the Sage ACT! installer just which version is installed as the Sage ACT! installer will install it if it’s required and then do a reboot. And we all know that reboots are often not […]

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We Are All Weird

Seth Godin has a new book out called “We Are All Weird”, to quote: The bell curve is spreading, normal isn’t what it used to be and the age of mass is over. We’ve lived with mass all our lives, and now it’s gone. What are you going to do about it? How much longer […]

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Four tips for learning how to program – 37signals

John F. Mercer has posted an article in which he …identified four things that I’ve found were fundamental to my particular learning style… via Four tips for learning how to program – 37signals. The four tips/points resonated with myself also. The first tip essentially is “get started”.

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Best Practice Outlook 2010

Good read, if you’re into tech stuff: This guide represents our advice on how to get the most out of Outlook 2010. However, it is not a comprehensive guide. A few core scenarios are covered to help you leverage Outlook into your information management needs. Best practices for Outlook 2010 – Outlook – Office.com.

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No IMAP to Exchange 2003

So I ran into an issue I’ve not seen before yesterday. Couldn’t get Microsoft Outlook 2010 configured to talk via IMAP to Microsoft Exchange 2003, although the username and password was correct, it just would not connect. Turns out the answer is in this Microsoft KB article: Users Cannot Log On Using POP3 and the […]

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