Is open plan a bad thing?

According to the Harvard Business Review, it is easier to focus in a coffee shop than in an open-plan office. This is yet another attack on a style of working that has been very much in vogue. Walls have been ripped down and we have all been expected to work with colleagues as far as … Continue reading Is open plan a bad thing?

Does the word cyber put people off?

I’ve been involved quite heavily in the world of cyber recently, not on the dark side I hasten to add, I am firmly in the light. I have been doing some work on helping to build a regional cluster and this is the reason that I keep blogging about the topic. But what is cyber? … Continue reading Does the word cyber put people off?

Tight security

It is a long time since I have been to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. So long in fact that I ended up at the Cricket Ground. Fortunately they are only a short walk away. The last time was when I went to see Newcastle United get beaten two nil but that could have … Continue reading Tight security

Hard cyber

I’m not sure if cyber is a word that is used much outside the pages of a William Gibson novel or the Cyber security industry itself. It may not be many people’s vernacular yet it is a word that has come to dominate a lot of my time, both as an employ of the local … Continue reading Hard cyber

Six degrees of database separation

According to Frigyes Karinthy, everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by six degrees of separation. You know some people and they now some other people and they know some others etc. until eventually everyone knows everyone. In my peregrinations of late I am becoming more convinced that this is true, People I … Continue reading Six degrees of database separation

I don’t agree with you

Twice today I have been told that someone doesn’t agree with me.  For a fraction of a second I was hurt and in a way I probably still am.  I am blogging about it after all.   Yet the more I think about it the less concerned I become. Everyone deep down believes that what … Continue reading I don’t agree with you

Guest lecturing

Guest lecturing is a first for me.  It is something that I have been thinking about for some time yet the opportunities don’t always arise.  I thought it was a way of giving back to society by helping more students to think about digital as a career.  It is funny how these things work out.  … Continue reading Guest lecturing