Wednesday, December 05, 2007
At the heart of his lecture was Life.
He touched on a couple of topics that are core to me. Focus on life outcomes rather than transactions.
Transforming education from memory factory to real world problem solving.
Prevention agenda on all fronts health to war.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
I liked the format. You get a whisky glass and vouchers to exchange for a sample of the water of life from a product of your choosing. My favourite single malt was The Benromach Single Highland Malt from Gordon & MacPhail, the world's only organic certified Scotch. Warm and smooth.
Cheers to all for making the event a great experience.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
at a new ISP and making it all html, php based. So you will see parts of the site, probably more accurate to say, all of the site disappearing from time to time as I learn some new tricks.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I am keen to hear from others that have chosen a countryside or Highland (as in Scotland for me) base for the Internet development or entrepreneurial base. james (at) aboynejames (dot) co (dot) uk
Equipped with entrepreneurship of the most able kind she trail blazed the causes of human, animal and environmental rights and put them at the heart of her business. Profits would come from caring for these causes. Her 'change the world' attitude and this wider meaning of what the word profit should mean, made her a entrepreneurial inspiration. I was fortunate enough to meet Anita a few times, while this will no longer be possible, she has left us many tales to read in her books and online and from observing the results of her actions, Bodyshop to volunteering.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
open source, free, impressive support, modular and themeable, wordpress plus, plus
Why choose? need to byspoke SME clients.
themes:bocks, and regions, you can ask the drupal engine.
beware, end website all look like drupal websites. UI needs more differenciation. This is now happening, more needed.
how to build
starting a theme
garland, default drupal theme. good XHTML layout, non tabular. Then striped of styling, as much as you can do.
removed CSS, chopped modular includes
removed what you can not use.
PHP template files underpin templates. nodes on page related to templates.php files.
Need to hardcode, to fix whole page look. PHP coded directly.
drupal good at flaksonomic or flat sites.
poor structured sites
one standard stcure, neu heirarch
can use category module. Had to create duplicate much core menu code. To make your own menu drop downs.
Content Construction kit
get more complex form from standard page or story page format
adds content hooks to node workflow
then create submenus, add extra fields, declare and create widgets and eit them
contributed code, NOT CORE. but well supported.
Forms, used plug in standard modules, signup etc.
Hacking the core.
NEVER EVER DO IT. core keeps moving
multiple development on the site, use subvertion to manage code base. use seperate files for each developer
.net developer c# asp
lack of motivation
geeks excess motivation
big contrasts, but what happens when you have both???
treatment, medication or exercise. Talk
Community, geek e.g. barcamp, understand what you say/mean. Feel accepted. Celebration of what you do.
Satisfaction in work, showing what you have done.
Test alot of cms. Took open source stance.
Look to roll out new site press of a button.
Chose drupal, quick setup.
Client, low cost, $2k website.
losts of benefit of drupal.
cons, lot of work to understand api? Some contraints.
walk through of how to use. Very useful.
Involves in short, villagers, a seer, a healer and warewolf(s). Villagers need to find warewolf before vice versa, who ever does first, wins.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
7 deadly sins.
1, happened UN website, 2 days to notice. basically insert commands in username/password input boxes
.net most prone to this, but php an other happen. You need to watch that data processing and pass around by the application is secure and not intercepted.
2. e.g. myspace worm , ajax code to attract new users took down wholesite.
3. store data on server better than cookie
4. spammer include cc in email box to send out virus.
dont put user email in headers, tip
5. uploads, set proactively the stuff you want.
6 cross domain form submission
risk e.g. one click buying access. or risk for emali apps within socialnetworks, e.g. flickr mail, use token with form to stop.
7 Cross domain api
www.ts0.com blog url for Tom
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I am enjoying the code and not so much the bugs!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
And an add on point. I have realised that social weather casts will becoming along. We need all the source weather forecasting informaiton and more as technology allows. However, I guess that one of the best sources of informatoin someone visiting Aboyne in Royal Deeside could do looking for a weather forecast and linking it to the outdoor things they want to do or any activity would be to ask me. Why I have lived here all my life. I can map the information to the experince of life. I have the most informaion on the subject.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
If you are interested, sign up to upcoming website and I'll see you there.
The opencoffee club are also promoting the SEEDCAMP unconference in London in September.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I read an interesting slide and document linked in this blog posting. It describes how we are at an impasse between The Industrialist and The Digitalist. The former driven by scarcity and the economics of Adam Smith and the latter driven by abundance and of a new 'adam smith' science that is just starting to be understood. The article uses history to show that when such shifts in society take place, the incumbent, in this case The Industrialist, will fail to see the new world, even if they are looking directly at it. Conversely, The Digitalist will be discounted.
We are living in such times. The Digitalists do exist, the author lists, CEO of Google, as an example of how they drive a different message to the State (Government) and the rest of the corporate world.
As a startup entrepreneur and visionary I put myself in the Digitalist category and have been so for 10 years or so. I am not sure I knew or appreciated this until very recently. Looking back on my experiences it easy to see some repetitive lessions and feedback. I can see the way to how tomorrow will be but virtually no one around me would see it, they didn't even understand the vocabulary I use, words they know but in combinations foreign to their thinking.
Moving to silicon valley surrounded me with Digitalists. Conversations can be engaged with no schooling required. But its not just a case of moving to find like minded people, I need to learn as an entrepreneur new ways to communicate and show a stable and sensible or business case to encourage industrailists large and small to change. I feel more equipped to do this.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Today, just some 7 years on, comparison shopping websites are selling for hundreds of millions and romnours of $4bn UK floatation. The industry is profitable.
As an entrepreneur you have the vision to see these times, ahead of time. That is the easy part. The part I failed in back then was sticking to my guns, using my creative abilities and engery to guide a team throught the tough and often dark times to see the market opportuinty realised further along the line. You learn from failure and are better equiped to lead next time on the startup rollercoaster.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Mountain View is a great place to live, my 'Aboyne' of Silicon Valley. I have swam and trained more on this trip, still not consistent but enough for me to compete in a master short course championships and my first ever competitive open water swim. Not every thing went to plan but you learn and let the vision guide you forward.
All the above is possible because of the great people I have met and now call friends from co-founders, entrepreneurs, swimmers, co-workers, event organisers, people that have listen to me pitch, and many more. Thank you all for making my time here the best.
Friday, June 01, 2007
We created healthcamp to help in getting those conversation going.
His Dark Materials, will launch in December, with The Northlights for us UK readers, The golden compass or something like that for the US. Why the name change, will lords of the rings, ring gold, gold compass. Some producers behind both films. Looks like they are making a good adaptation of the book.
War theme, I have also been reading more history than usual. War is a constant happen there too. Are we bound to follow this trend. Inevitable?
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
For those that can not attend, I am going to experiment with the websites that allow you to stream video live. If I get it working I will post the link on the wiki.
Looking forward to meeting all you health2.0'ers tomorrow
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Of all the unconferences I have attended, this one's use of open space has been the best. I am learning a lot.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I think, those two combine to set up a great metaphor for the use of the Internet. We have choice. We can choose where to search, we bias what we are looking for by what we type in. The search engines are not reading our minds (they are starting to try). So, we have access to all this information, make sure you get diversity of content and remember, all possible interpretation of information will be presented. Judgement is require, our judgement, don't assume all the judgements taken to retrieve your information align with you. Hone your judgement skills and you will get more out of the world of information on the Internet each and every day.
Open space techniques are used at un-conferences to help people meet the right people at the right time in the right context. Or the complete opposite, if that is what is required to gain the knowledge to empower our paths forward.
A simple concept at heart. No rules, no cost to participation. I would guess that if such experiences are not in your life right now, they will be real soon, whether that be a rest, work or play.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
mepath.com entered the speedgeeking yesterday and picked up 7 tokens in the end.
More importantly we were asked great questions and we thank you all for the feedback and support.
Monday, May 07, 2007
At their heart they are all authored by me.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
In all that was my favourite race of the day the mens 200 freestyle relay, I took the third leg and we were placed in the top 8.
It was a fun weekend being part of the Mountain View Masters Swim team.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Over all, VISTA business is OK. Nothing wow about it. It works, still crashes on hibernate too much for my liking. The biggest difference is the new screen on the Vaio. I am not sure the new screen has anything to do with Microsoft except the new icons are 3D'ish.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
I will have more to say on the role politics, government and states role is playing in this. But for now, I put out the concept, we are at the start of climate management, not responding to climate change.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Today, I am waitng for my new laptop. A day too late, but my timing was almost perfect, the old one just gave out yesterday. One day out still brings pain, the need to wait in to sign for the new one and not having access to my local email history etc. All files are backed up on the web so I will download them to the new machine. In fact, most of my files are online now so all I needed was to ask a friend for access to their PC, which I was grateful for the use of today.
Startups and perfect timing. I think all entrepreneurs would take perfect timing over all other variables e.g. skill, intellect, money, people. Being at the right place at the right time wins out, history would show. While missing a bus is a big pain but being early is just a wait, being early in a startup market is/can be painful ie. the costs in terms of time, money or frustration on the response of others can accumulate to a point where failure is reached. However, true grit, determination and persistance can win out as you expand the odds of perfect timing heading your way.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Met a few familiar faces and the geek chat is in full flow.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
I also knew that I was getting off in the train on a couple of stops, many before the Tasmin station so I was thinking about what I could do before leaving. Luckily, the stop before I left a new passenger got on the train so I went up to them to explain the situation and ask if they could point out when the train arrived a Tasmin station. They were happy to help. And as I left the train, I heard the lady talking to the passenger. I had the feeling she would find her way. I hope I was right.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
One of the main themes, (meme's I think they call them around here, silicon valley) is the WISDOM OF THE CROWD, some comment that all start ups have a play on this concept. In my view, if they are not then trouble could be coming ahead for their ventures.
But what I had not really connected in my thinking was that COMMON SENSE and the WISDOM OF THE CROWD are from the same school of thought. So, if we are looking for or indeed need a 12 centuary set of intellectual conepts of thinking to give a frame work for the evolution of society then, the Wisdom of the Crowd is the new application of common sense that will take us forward.
My first networking event last week was hosted by the American German Startup Association, or something like that.
Just like one of my first events of last year, one of the panel set out the fact that the big silicon valley ideas and success come from a mix of outsiders and locals. No words could inspire more.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
The School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh were our hosts and the venue provided lots of space, open areas, lecture rooms and smaller rooms. And people turned up in great numbers. I took a spell at the registration table and they all took to the idea of writing three tag words to their name badge. Those wanting to present soon added their name to the open grids.
A plug for Edinburgh Uni. was presented then we all got a chance to introduce ourself in a round of speed introductions. Then the event got off and running.
All, in all the day was over before I realized. Felt like we had just begun. Well done to all those that participated and the co-planners that made it happen. I plan to post some video and photos are on flickr.
Here to the next one.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The starter blows on a whistle to get you on to the blocks then they will say, 'take your marks' and then it's a case of listening for the beep from the gun. my toes tucked around the front of the starting block, I tensed up in readiness for the beep. But this had also put a slight wobble on my balance. A wobble that grew with each passing milli-second but the beep, still did not come. I am off, splash.
But the beep had not been fired. A false start. I am not sure I have ever recorded a competitive false start ever in my life. I sat at the side of the pool, head shaking while the start procedure was restarted for the rest of the swimmers. Today, swimming rules are strict, one false start and you are out. As a child swimmer, you were allowed one false start. For some reason there were quite a few false starts yesterday.
Over my next 5 races of the afternoon I am pleased to report that I did make it to the finish. My times are listed below, but the 100IM (individual medley) was my best performance of the day, apart from a reasonable time, I also felt a good controlled swim. Overall, I was down (meaning more, worse) on my best times, 1 to 3 seconds on the sprints and 3-6 seconds down over the hundreds and over 200m freestyle I was 11 seconds down. My main goal was to get the times recorded and put on the board, I didn't train that well or at all for long periods of time in 2006 and colds over Christmas also dent times. Overall, I am encouraged, motived to train and to get those times heading south again. Thank you to all the SCB officials and volunteers that made the event and buffet a success.
Times to be confirmed.
50m backcrawl 36.75 seconds
100m breaststroke Disqualifed
100m IM 1.18.23
50m Butterfly 34.35 seconds
200m Freestyle 2.36.15
100m backcrawl 1.24.17
50m breaststroke 39.45 seconds
Friday, February 02, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
I think is would be fair to say, I create aboynejames, for me first. I use it every day to make my online experience the best and most efficient. The links to the website I visit every day, with the hardware I use, acting like single sign on, why, the identity industry can not do that for me right now is beyond me. I know the reason why, they are working on empowering websites, not individuals with that empowerment.
ithink, the words I introduced the last paragraph is a new section I have introduced. The big idea for aboynejames.co.uk is to aggregate my blog feeds and other media assets, photos so that all the recent changes found in my whole online life are reflected on this page. Peopleaggregator.com was my hope for outsourcing this too but I now understand what they are up too. It's not what I thought originally but it still needs to be created, the ability to create your own decentralised social community. However, I want to aggregate that community with all the others I belong too, online and off. Only, me can do that. What the Internet community can do is help me find the parts I need to make it all happen.
As present, each social community has its own help and tools for collecting feedback etc. So, I as an individual, I need to learn all those methods, plus I may not be even using their website when I think of the feedback. me aggregation will expand to provide give me with the empowerment to create that world. I won't write the code, but I will find it.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I was lucky to be told about the first ever Design/Web2.0 breakfast in Edinburgh on Thursday morning. Mike was the founder of the idea and his enthuiasm for all things web2.0 was heartening to see. It is going to be a weekly event so keep tabs on the wiki.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
One of the central themes in the book with the historical Union of Scotland with England. And by pure coincidence the 300th year anniversary was this week. Just a coincidence?