You need good ideas and then some

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises, shows us that things take time to develop. We may find ourselves one day to be bankrupt when in truth, if we care to look back, we would find that it had … Continue reading You need good ideas and then some

The logical conclusion

There is a fundamental difference between computing technology and us humans, at least for a while. One is based upon logic and we are not. Never confuse humans with logic, we are simply not geared up, however well we may think we may be, to make logical decisions. There are too many hormones and emotions … Continue reading The logical conclusion

A world without work

My eldest daughter has been listening to a series of podcasts from the BBC called Beyond Today in which a topic from the news is explored in greater detail than can be covered in a short bulletin. She thought I would like one entitled ‘Could AI do your job?’ and so I gave it a … Continue reading A world without work

Cyber 101 boot camp #3

This is the third and probably last blog that I will get out of this year’s fantastic cyber 101 boot camp that was held at the end of November.  The focus of the afternoon was on business function, making sure that you had the right processes, people and, of course, access to money.  Once again … Continue reading Cyber 101 boot camp #3

Cyber 101 boot camp #2

I said that I would get a few blogs out of the fantastic Cybere 101 boot camp that we held last month. Here is the second.  The format of the event was quite different to anything that I had been before, with a mixture of presentations and mentoring. It was a game of two halves, … Continue reading Cyber 101 boot camp #2

Do moles drown when it rains?

These are the kind of questions that occupy my mind, especially if I have a quiet time. Recently I was perplexed by the thought that ‘if it is dark outside and you have the lights on and you open the curtains, will the room become darker? Will the light seep out of the window rather … Continue reading Do moles drown when it rains?

Barclays AI Frenzy Fraud event 

Artificial intelligence, if there is such a thing, is not something that I think I am involved in, yet last week I  took part in my second event on the subject. The first was when I hosted a session put on by Durham University at Proto in Gateshead and the second was last week at … Continue reading Barclays AI Frenzy Fraud event 

A ski slope of data

There have been many times throughout my career in tech when the problem described is not the problem that needs to be solved. This has often been the case when people have complained about the ineffectiveness of a software application only to find out that it is not set up correctly or that they have … Continue reading A ski slope of data

The same three things

I must have mentioned this over and over again this morning. I was with Simon, a photographer living in the middle of Northumberland, blissfully miles from anywhere and talking to him about developing, or rather redeveloping his business. I have mentioned him before as he is someone I have the pleasure of being involved with … Continue reading The same three things

Mentoring again

It’s some time since I have written about mentoring yet I have sessions ongoing with three people. It is a kind of background activity, something I try to fit in around everything else I am up to and an activity which gives me a great  amount of pleasure. I know a few people who are … Continue reading Mentoring again