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Leveson and the Home Office

I have been generally in favour of the reforms proposed by the Leveson Inquiry as I felt that the tabloid press excesses proved that internal management of newspapers and the PCC could not meaningfully regulate, moderate or control the behaviour of journalists. However looking at the way the government of the day tends to dick around with the BBC: banning ...

Ferdinand Mount on the EU

I have been reading Ferdinand Mount's The New Few, a blistering attack on the centralising and oligarchical tendencies of modern Britain. Generally it has been a great read and it is interesting to see a right-wing take on the problems of consolidated commerce and political power.

However in the section on the EU he ends up tying himself in ...

Lowdi - first impressions

The Lowdi is a speaker with a tremendous sense of aesthetic but an underwhelming design. There are lots of little irritations.

It is difficult to know whether it is drawing power or not, it doesn't use a standard USB connector despite being big enough to not require any special mini-port, it automatically enters Bluetooth connection mode, flashing a led ...

My favourite gadgets

I have a number of favourite gadgets and for the moment I am someone who prefers to have several dedicated devices rather than a single integrated device. My main preference is for things that are portable with a long battery life.

For travelling I think it is hard to beat a Kindle 3G, the free 3G is amazingly convenient ...

(un)structure talk

Last night I gave a talk about trying to strip back Agile processes to increase productivity at Pivtol Labs and Wazoku's Agile on the Rocks event.

The other speakers were also putting challenges to received wisdom. Estimating is clearly a general battleground issue for people and I think after the after-talk discussion the reason is that it is ...