Europe

Europe keeps cropping up at important moments in my life. I was born on the 8th of May, VE day, my first vote was the 1979 elections for the European Parliament (the first ever for a supra-national body), I moved to the Netherlands just before the introduction of Euro...

Fitbit export “service”

For the last few years I have carried a FitBit One tracker. My interest is primarily in activity, sleep and weight logs. Quite soon after buying the FitBit I signed up for their premium service, mainly because of the facility to export stats, in case I ever want to...

Hotspots & holidays … help at hand

After the shock of seeing how much data my laptop was sending I started to look for ways to monitor the amount of traffic. The first useful program that I found is called Bandwidth+, which is available through the Mac App Store. This puts a counter in your status bar...

Hotspots & holidays … beware

With assorted iPhones, iPads and Macs a wi-fi connection has become a standard criteria for selecting houses and apartments when my wife and I go on holiday. We haven’t had any problems with this until a recent holiday in Australia. Because of problems with their...

Synchronicity

A duff microphone means that my MacBook Air needs some attention from the techies at Apple. Last night I spent some time making sure that my spare laptop – a MacBook Pro – was ready to stand in for a few days. I have hardly used this laptop since I go the...

Selling something new

I just read this article in the Harvard Business Review. Although targeted to Social Media it struck me that the lessons/points made are equally applicable in any programme that is new to a business. Several of my previous roles have required me to convince and cajole...

Airport Security III

The latest wheeze at Schiphol is to ask you to open your laptop. Kind of 2000’s retro without having to actually having to “turn your laptop on please, sir”. Given that the laptop in question is a MacBook Air it might just have been disbelief on the...

Airport Security II

I have decided to come out of the closet. For years I have poured scorn on airport security internally and to those nearby but never online, in public as it were. However, with my second post in a year on the subject I cannot restrain myself any longer. Airport...