Back in the Saddle

  I know I’m truly back in the saddle when this hits my inbox.  Guitars and Open Source, well I never. There’s been something of a fashion for adding the Open Source tag to all manner of hardware lately.  To be honest, I’m not sure that this truly qualifies as open source, but it’s a […]

Musiclive 2008

  Yesterday was a day-trip to the Music Live show and the accompanying Guitarfest at the NEC.  It was a good day and, being Friday, not overly busy.  There were lots of goodies on display and some great bargains especially on the Roland/Boss stand.  It was interesting to see the differing approach of the exhibitors; […]

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Everyone knows that a picture paints a thousand words and that good charts and graphs are powerful communication tools.  I’m currently tickled (courtesy of August’s Wired magazine) by GraphJam.com, a fine testimony to the work of Edward Tufte. In particular, the following amused me: Technorati Tags: GraphJam.com,Wired,Tufte

The Art of Promotions

  ‘Tis the season to be jolly well inundated with special offers and promos.  Three promos I received today (along with a long-standing wish) made me ponder the art of creating good promotions and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Promotion One – Ill-conceived I had to refuel my car today and, stupidly, chose to do […]

Small Epiphanies

  Sometimes the smallest things have a disproportionate impact.  I’m currently delighting in a change of guitar pick (or plectrum).  For many years, I’ve used Fender Medium tortoise-shell picks.  However, I read a comment in this month’s Guitarist magazine which prompted me to experiment with a heavier type.  The local music store didn’t stock Fender […]

Prospects for Out-Sourcing to Central and Eastern Europe?

  I have been interested for some time in the opportunity which Central & Eastern Europe has to establish itself as a centre for outsourcing. Over the past year or so there has been increasing comment on the problems facing India’s IT and outsourcing industries.  Mostly, these have centred on two inter-related factors compounded by […]

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