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Most comments: 50

2011-07-11 11:09:46 (50 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Pretty sick of Circles now. They're not working for me at all. Circles for occasional privacy is useful (family, etc), but Google+ does not solve the problem of how to segment public posts by subject, so READERS can pick and choose what THEY want to read. Where people post on a number of subjects (which let's face it is most of us) it makes no sense that the poster has to decide what people want to read. Why are we being forced to post to private groups when many of us want to post publicly, to specific interest groups? Every time I get an "XXX is following you" message I am being asked to decide what this person is interested in - that's their job, not mine, half the time I've no idea, and it's irritating I'm being forced to do it. As +Terence Eden has said, readers should do the bulk of the organising, not the poster. +Vic Gundotra

Most reshares: 4

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2011-07-13 16:29:27 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A new form of dance. Unbelievable.

Most plusones: 14

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2011-11-18 23:08:13 (28 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Galaxy Nexus & ICS

Things I like:
Bright, crisp, sharp screen - especially text & watching HD video
A pleasant shape to hold
Light
Roboto
More intuitive UI
Ability to set the phone up to force StrictMode & visually display results
Plug it into my PC, and I can see the device filesystem
Integrated tips & explanations
The welcome email with links to help videos
The speedy Gallery (Nexus One gallery was painfully slow)
Fast camera
Market is very usable & slick, and apps install very fast
The much improved widgets & shortcuts interface
The kerning on the wifi/network icons top-right
The soothing colour scheme
The static set of four launcher icons
The permanent search box, with voice
The slimmed down and rotating Back/Home/Running icons

Things I don't like:... more »

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2014-03-05 17:33:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-01-02 16:35:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Some thoughts on the tado (www.tado.com) thermostat (I got bored waiting for Nest to launch theirs).

My aims with the product were to:
1. A system that came on and off automatically (when asleep, out of the house, on holiday, etc). British Gas Hive and others just provide app remote control, I wanted automation, beyond manual remote control.
2. A system I can actually operate, unlike the impenetrable UI on my boiler (my boiler has a "party mode", I mean seriously, wtf, who designs this shit?)
3. Remote monitoring, e.g. making sure the heating is off while on holiday (or on if very cold at home) and seeing what temperature the house is.

The pros....
- It does all the above. I have set the sleep temperature, the day-time temperature for when people are at home, and sleep/wake times. Last night we jumped on the train to come home, by the time we got home the... more »

Some thoughts on the tado (www.tado.com) thermostat (I got bored waiting for Nest to launch theirs).

My aims with the product were to:
1. A system that came on and off automatically (when asleep, out of the house, on holiday, etc). British Gas Hive and others just provide app remote control, I wanted automation, beyond manual remote control.
2. A system I can actually operate, unlike the impenetrable UI on my boiler (my boiler has a "party mode", I mean seriously, wtf, who designs this shit?)
3. Remote monitoring, e.g. making sure the heating is off while on holiday (or on if very cold at home) and seeing what temperature the house is.

The pros....
- It does all the above. I have set the sleep temperature, the day-time temperature for when people are at home, and sleep/wake times. Last night we jumped on the train to come home, by the time we got home the house was warming up nicely, having switched off automatically when we went out. Magic.
- Their staff are keen to help

The cons
- The service and software are certainly beta 
- Installation is painful. Let their UK contractor do it, or if you plan to do it yourself you'll probably need half a day, to be comfortable delving into a boiler with a screwdriver, and to call tado engineers to get advice (which they're happy to provide)
- The iOS and Android apps are ok, but not great. e.g. the Android app is a bit sluggish, it doesn't confirm to Android app design guidelines, and I find the UI pretty confusing at times, e.g. yesterday an icon of a pedestrian appeared and everything went green - to me it's not obvious that this means "you're out, the heating is now off". The app doesn't clearly show a binary status for the heating, you have to dig into the charts, that seems a shame. The iPhone app seems less successful at sending locations than Android.
- Similarly the web app is ok, but could be improved a lot. e.g. if you get the temp sensor hot at any point (e.g. put it near a heater by mistake) the scales on the heating charts will be permanently screwed by your erroneous max temp.
- The system is COMPLETELY reliant on the phones' ability to reliably send distance-from-home data to tado. All it takes is for one person to appear to be at home when they're not and your heating will be on all day when the house is empty. Background app function, GPS/wifi access, phone battery life, and mobile coverage are all important factors.
- I remain concerned about any company having access to my location. I don't know if the tado apps calculate the distance from home and send that to their servers, or my specific location.

For anyone interested in the installation process.... tado comprises three boxes which comes all pre-paired to each other:
1. The temperature sensor. Battery operated, chargeable via USB, stick it on the wall anywhere you like. Easy. Mine had some problems communicating initially but I suspect that's because the battery was flat when it was delivered, it's fine since being charged.
2. The tado network/bridge box. Plugs into the router ethernet port. It needs USB power, I'm using a router USB socket. Again, very easy.
3. The tado box. This beast is conceptually much like a switch that connects two points inside the boiler - when they are joined the boiler is on, when not it's off. It also needs power. Installing this is the challenge.

That tado box can be connected in two ways:
1. One (surface) cable goes from the tado box into the boiler guts, connecting to where a thermostat would normally be wired (this was pretty easy in my boiler, just wire into the connection block using the manual instructions). The tado box then gets power over USB. Sadly with this method the original thermostat ends up being blanked off as it's not being used (you could put the temp sensor on the front of the blanking plate if you wanted, it's designed for that). You also end up with the tado box with a wire going into the boiler, and one going to USB power, if your boiler is on a wall and visible this doesn't look great. If your boiler is in a cupboard, it's probably fine. You need a power socket near the boiler.
or
2. The "premium" installation is to replace the original wired wall thermostat with the tado box, in such a way there are no visible wires. The result will be much neater, if your thermostat is in a sensible place. This approach relies on the existing wiring in the wall from the boiler to the thermostat. That wiring is used to feed the two switching connections in the tado box (to turn the boiler on and off) and power in the form of 230V neutral. If the existing cable is three core (earth + 2) you'll likely have to use earth to feed neutral power, and the other two for the switching circuit. If it's four core (earth +3 ) cable it's better as earth can remain earth. Either way, the boiler end of the neutral power line needs to be connected to neutral mains inside the boiler, how easy or possible that is depends on your boiler. I've not found the connection yet so my tado box is hanging from a cable under the boiler.

Tado suggested to me their installers will only do the basic install, so if you want the wires hidden away like the second method you'll likely need to do it yourself or pay a professional.

As a home-owner I hated the installation, but so far having got past that it works pretty well though it's early days.

As a landlord, would I install this in rented properties? I suspect not as the install will be difficult, and I think it's too bleeding edge, but in the long-term, who knows - it does have the potential to make life easier and save money on bills.___

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2011-11-18 23:08:13 (28 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Galaxy Nexus & ICS

Things I like:
Bright, crisp, sharp screen - especially text & watching HD video
A pleasant shape to hold
Light
Roboto
More intuitive UI
Ability to set the phone up to force StrictMode & visually display results
Plug it into my PC, and I can see the device filesystem
Integrated tips & explanations
The welcome email with links to help videos
The speedy Gallery (Nexus One gallery was painfully slow)
Fast camera
Market is very usable & slick, and apps install very fast
The much improved widgets & shortcuts interface
The kerning on the wifi/network icons top-right
The soothing colour scheme
The static set of four launcher icons
The permanent search box, with voice
The slimmed down and rotating Back/Home/Running icons

Things I don't like:... more »

Galaxy Nexus & ICS

Things I like:
Bright, crisp, sharp screen - especially text & watching HD video
A pleasant shape to hold
Light
Roboto
More intuitive UI
Ability to set the phone up to force StrictMode & visually display results
Plug it into my PC, and I can see the device filesystem
Integrated tips & explanations
The welcome email with links to help videos
The speedy Gallery (Nexus One gallery was painfully slow)
Fast camera
Market is very usable & slick, and apps install very fast
The much improved widgets & shortcuts interface
The kerning on the wifi/network icons top-right
The soothing colour scheme
The static set of four launcher icons
The permanent search box, with voice
The slimmed down and rotating Back/Home/Running icons

Things I don't like:
Getting Google Apps & Device Policy working was a PITA, took half an hour of tinkering to get my work emails on the device
When it asked me to provide my name as the phone's owner, it put the keyboard in numeric mode (!)
Scrolling still not as smooth as iOS devices
Camera picture quality doesn't seem to be much better than the Nexus One
The price
The pathetic excuse for a "launch". Lots of time on the phone to actually find one to buy.
Battery life looks poor. I managed to use 15% of the battery in one hour
The weird fuzzyness on flat areas of screen colour - I assume pentile artefacts
The fact that a lot of buttons now are just text in a subtle outline. Sometimes it's hard to tell what is a title (not tappable) and what's a button. I should perhaps reserve judgement here, but it does seem odd to lose that "touch here, I'm a button!" cue.
No quad-core CPU, SD card

Overall my impression after the first few hours is very positive. It's a joy to have all this gorgeous glossy screen real estate to use especially when it's so responsive.___

2011-11-16 16:08:05 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Wonderful work, +Simon Meacham http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15739984

Wonderful work, +Simon Meacham http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15739984___

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2011-09-25 17:27:49 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Warrior is a truly incredible film. Nick Nolte is phenomenal. I think it's probably the best film I've seen this year.

The trailer makes it look like a film about to guys fighting, but there's so much more to it than that.

Warrior - Official Trailer [HD]

Warrior is a truly incredible film. Nick Nolte is phenomenal. I think it's probably the best film I've seen this year.

The trailer makes it look like a film about to guys fighting, but there's so much more to it than that.

Warrior - Official Trailer [HD]___

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2011-09-22 21:16:12 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This looks promising

Really impressed and excited by BankSimple's UI demo--I sure hope I can use it soon! :) Congrats to Alex Payne and crew!

/via http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/21/banksimple-shows-its-web-based-banking-tool-on-video/___This looks promising

2011-08-24 13:31:42 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This certainly looks to me like a sign Google+ is gaining traction outside the world of tech-heads
http://madonna.com/news/title/join-madonna-on-google

This certainly looks to me like a sign Google+ is gaining traction outside the world of tech-heads
http://madonna.com/news/title/join-madonna-on-google___

2011-07-23 07:42:42 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Flying is much safer than going to hospital
http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/research/article/1028883--fear-of-flying-better-fear-a-trip-to-the-hospital-says-who?bn=1

Flying is much safer than going to hospital
http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/research/article/1028883--fear-of-flying-better-fear-a-trip-to-the-hospital-says-who?bn=1___

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2011-07-22 13:45:15 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm really pleased to see this has been published. Doctors and researchers from around the globe who have experience with ME/CFS have come together to create a full set of criteria to define & diagnose M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) as distinct from generalised fatigue. Anyone with M.E. knows that it is to "fatigue" what emphysema is to coughing and this document provides a guide for doctors faced with the challenge of differentiating. It should also help with research as it much more clearly defines the condition. These new international consensus criteria are an update to (and replace) the Canadian consensus criteria (that I wrote about in the BMJ). If you know anyone with M.E. they might find it useful to show this document to their doctor.
http://www.meassociation.org.uk/?p=7173

I'm really pleased to see this has been published. Doctors and researchers from around the globe who have experience with ME/CFS have come together to create a full set of criteria to define & diagnose M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) as distinct from generalised fatigue. Anyone with M.E. knows that it is to "fatigue" what emphysema is to coughing and this document provides a guide for doctors faced with the challenge of differentiating. It should also help with research as it much more clearly defines the condition. These new international consensus criteria are an update to (and replace) the Canadian consensus criteria (that I wrote about in the BMJ). If you know anyone with M.E. they might find it useful to show this document to their doctor.
http://www.meassociation.org.uk/?p=7173___

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2011-07-22 11:47:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Nearly a million people in the UK using Google+ already. That's about 1.5% of the population in less than a month
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904233404576460394032418286.html

Nearly a million people in the UK using Google+ already. That's about 1.5% of the population in less than a month
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904233404576460394032418286.html___

2011-07-21 15:20:15 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Wow, a lot of people REALLY don't like their lawyers.
http://solicitorsfromhell.co.uk/

Unsurprisingly the site is being sued for defamation by fifteen law firms

Wow, a lot of people REALLY don't like their lawyers.
http://solicitorsfromhell.co.uk/

Unsurprisingly the site is being sued for defamation by fifteen law firms___

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2011-07-20 08:44:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

That last post relates to (and references) this piece I wrote for the British Medical Journal in June, describing my experience with ME/CFS. http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3836.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=ZWOFdwR8iozaEPQ

That last post relates to (and references) this piece I wrote for the British Medical Journal in June, describing my experience with ME/CFS. http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3836.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=ZWOFdwR8iozaEPQ___

2011-07-18 20:51:32 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Stigma of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

http://m.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201104/the-stigma-chronic-fatigue-syndrome

The Stigma of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

http://m.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201104/the-stigma-chronic-fatigue-syndrome___

2011-07-16 09:40:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Another paper discussing immune system dysfunction in ME/CFS patients
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21756995

Another paper discussing immune system dysfunction in ME/CFS patients
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21756995___

2011-07-15 12:55:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My local doctors surgery's automated telephone appointment-booking service is closed for lunch. I wonder what it's having?

My local doctors surgery's automated telephone appointment-booking service is closed for lunch. I wonder what it's having?___

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2011-07-13 16:29:27 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Love it!

A new form of dance. Unbelievable.___Love it!

2011-07-13 12:50:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm really pleased to see British politicians working together to solve problems today. I always feel a sense of deep unease and irritation when they point-score and play their immature little games instead of focusing on what the country needs from them. Tom Watson is a bloody hero.

I'm really pleased to see British politicians working together to solve problems today. I always feel a sense of deep unease and irritation when they point-score and play their immature little games instead of focusing on what the country needs from them. Tom Watson is a bloody hero.___

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2011-07-11 19:49:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

People often don't believe I can juggle fire, so here is evidence that I can (or I'm very good with Photoshop - you decide). I don't do it very often as it takes a bit of planning to transport fuel and kit, but strangely I've always found it very relaxing & hypnotic.

People often don't believe I can juggle fire, so here is evidence that I can (or I'm very good with Photoshop - you decide). I don't do it very often as it takes a bit of planning to transport fuel and kit, but strangely I've always found it very relaxing & hypnotic.___

2011-07-11 18:33:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

If my phone was hacked I'd not be "shocked", I'd be fucking pissed off.

If my phone was hacked I'd not be "shocked", I'd be fucking pissed off.___

2011-07-11 11:09:46 (50 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Pretty sick of Circles now. They're not working for me at all. Circles for occasional privacy is useful (family, etc), but Google+ does not solve the problem of how to segment public posts by subject, so READERS can pick and choose what THEY want to read. Where people post on a number of subjects (which let's face it is most of us) it makes no sense that the poster has to decide what people want to read. Why are we being forced to post to private groups when many of us want to post publicly, to specific interest groups? Every time I get an "XXX is following you" message I am being asked to decide what this person is interested in - that's their job, not mine, half the time I've no idea, and it's irritating I'm being forced to do it. As +Terence Eden has said, readers should do the bulk of the organising, not the poster. +Vic Gundotra

Pretty sick of Circles now. They're not working for me at all. Circles for occasional privacy is useful (family, etc), but Google+ does not solve the problem of how to segment public posts by subject, so READERS can pick and choose what THEY want to read. Where people post on a number of subjects (which let's face it is most of us) it makes no sense that the poster has to decide what people want to read. Why are we being forced to post to private groups when many of us want to post publicly, to specific interest groups? Every time I get an "XXX is following you" message I am being asked to decide what this person is interested in - that's their job, not mine, half the time I've no idea, and it's irritating I'm being forced to do it. As +Terence Eden has said, readers should do the bulk of the organising, not the poster. +Vic Gundotra___

2011-07-10 22:35:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

They say politicians are like nappies/diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason. There must be an equivalent metaphor for media moguls who lack a moral compass.

They say politicians are like nappies/diapers, they should be changed often, and for the same reason. There must be an equivalent metaphor for media moguls who lack a moral compass.___

2011-07-06 15:44:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Amazon same-day delivery still seems like a form of magic to me. We can all enjoy our inner petulant child that wants things NOW (for a price!)

Amazon same-day delivery still seems like a form of magic to me. We can all enjoy our inner petulant child that wants things NOW (for a price!)___

2011-07-04 22:26:32 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

We're not totally reliant on political democracy to sort out Murdoch - we have commercial democracy; If you don't like what they do don't buy their papers or pay for Sky. Buying does more than encourage them, it funds them.

We're not totally reliant on political democracy to sort out Murdoch - we have commercial democracy; If you don't like what they do don't buy their papers or pay for Sky. Buying does more than encourage them, it funds them.___

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2011-07-04 10:29:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Very happy to now have a copy of this pic of me at Moss' desk on the set of The IT Crowd last year :-)

Very happy to now have a copy of this pic of me at Moss' desk on the set of The IT Crowd last year :-)___

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2011-07-04 10:26:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

2011-07-04

2011-07-04___

2011-07-01 09:32:40 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Someone just posted a comment on +Matt Cutts stream saying "i just deleted you from my Circles because to be honest, I couldn't care less about your shoes or cats." and therein lies my bugbear with G+ - no way to specific what kind of stuff you want to know about a person.

Someone just posted a comment on +Matt Cutts stream saying "i just deleted you from my Circles because to be honest, I couldn't care less about your shoes or cats." and therein lies my bugbear with G+ - no way to specific what kind of stuff you want to know about a person.___

2011-06-29 16:35:55 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Realistically people won't stop using Twitter and Facebook to just use G+, and especially when network migration is hard. Can't help but wonder how the three of them will co-exist. Many will want accounts on all three, but how to manage cross-posting?

Realistically people won't stop using Twitter and Facebook to just use G+, and especially when network migration is hard. Can't help but wonder how the three of them will co-exist. Many will want accounts on all three, but how to manage cross-posting?___

2011-06-29 14:13:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm hoping at some point there will be a way to say "Follow ABC, but only when they tweet about X" - maybe let people post to "public circles" that people can follow, or even better follow someone and REMOVE public circles to filter the content down to the interesting stuff. e.g. if someone posts about Personal and Work, some people will want both (work friends), some will want Work only (colleagues) and some will want Personal only (parents and friends). Circles seem too restrictive for this as I have to add people.

I'm hoping at some point there will be a way to say "Follow ABC, but only when they tweet about X" - maybe let people post to "public circles" that people can follow, or even better follow someone and REMOVE public circles to filter the content down to the interesting stuff. e.g. if someone posts about Personal and Work, some people will want both (work friends), some will want Work only (colleagues) and some will want Personal only (parents and friends). Circles seem too restrictive for this as I have to add people.___

2011-06-29 12:53:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hard to understand at this stage how Google+ works for someone with one GApps account and a personal Gmail account. I want work related social alerts to go to my personal email, work ones to go to work email, and access to + from both. Hopefully can avoid two + accounts, that would suck as human relationships aren't discrete (some work people are also friends)

Hard to understand at this stage how Google+ works for someone with one GApps account and a personal Gmail account. I want work related social alerts to go to my personal email, work ones to go to work email, and access to + from both. Hopefully can avoid two + accounts, that would suck as human relationships aren't discrete (some work people are also friends)___

2011-06-29 12:48:24 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I misunderstood posting to circles. I thought it was categorisation, but it locks access to the specific people in the circle. Makes more sense now. Like Twitter, best way to figure it out is to use it.

I misunderstood posting to circles. I thought it was categorisation, but it locks access to the specific people in the circle. Makes more sense now. Like Twitter, best way to figure it out is to use it.___

2011-06-29 12:38:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I have three Twitter accounts for different areas of my life (@ollieandroid, @juicyproperty and @ollie72) and was tempted to set up a fourth. Google+ provides a delightfully simple solution to sharing to specific groups, encouraging a lot more sharing and contact. Hopefully it'll be possible eventually to link Googe+ to Twitter & Facebook so I can drive them all, but steer with one.

I have three Twitter accounts for different areas of my life (@ollieandroid, @juicyproperty and @ollie72) and was tempted to set up a fourth. Google+ provides a delightfully simple solution to sharing to specific groups, encouraging a lot more sharing and contact. Hopefully it'll be possible eventually to link Googe+ to Twitter & Facebook so I can drive them all, but steer with one.___

2011-06-29 12:37:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm gonna need to replace the Nexus One to make space for the Google+ app. I'm really liking it so far, especially the visual styling

I'm gonna need to replace the Nexus One to make space for the Google+ app. I'm really liking it so far, especially the visual styling___

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