Today, something very strange popped up on my phone, at 10:22am. I’m used to the lovely BBC Breaking news music going off every now and again, so I when I hear it, I have to check and see what’s going on. However, the message on my phone this time wasn’t quiet the breaking news I’m used to (if you can be used to such a thing)
IGNORE THE JOURNALISTS!!!!
I’ve always been a practical learner — I understand things a lot better when I’m actually doing them. Theoretical things just never make sense to me straight away; it takes time for my brain to appreciate what is going on. You could say I have to imagine the theoretical as practical events in my mind before they stick.
Since I started my 2nd year at University, I’ve had the bug. You know, the developer bug. The bug that starts with a problem that you know you can solve, but you don’t quite know how, and ends in you realising you’ve not slept for 7 days but you have learned a new programming language during that time.
A couple of weeks ago I had to pop to my local sorting office to collect a parcel. Parking in this place is always a nightmare, so I ventured around the back to what I assumed was the Staff Car park, and pulled in.
Whilst walking back to the collection desk, I noticed a rather untidy collection of Royal Mail bikes, next to the main Bike shed in the car park. Being nosey (and a bit of a bike-enthusiast), I went over to have a look at these (kind of) iconic specimens.
When I first moved to Cardiff, I got involved in a public speaking event called “Ignite“. Being new to the area, and the job, I didn’t really know many people, and had no idea what I could talk about. So I decided to talk about something that, hopefully, the majority of people in the room would have in common. And that subject was Twitter.
But not just anything twitter related, I decided to talk specifically about the nature of the tweets in the Cardiff area. Being a geek (I’m allowed to call myself that) I wrote a little script to catch all the Tweets within a given radius from the center of Cardiff and analyse them periodically for certain words, emoticons and so on.
I left this running for a few weeks, then went back to prepare my presentation:
We spend (on average) 11.5 years of our life at work. That is nearly 100, 000 hours in the office. And that, is a lot of time. I’m very lucky with my career, in that, my job is my hobby. If I wasn’t paid to do it, I’d be doing it in my spare time any way. It’s something I’m passionate about, and that excites me. If that ever changes, I’ll change my career.
Today I visited the Internet World show at Earls Court, London. The first expo that I’d been to for a couple of years. Upon arrival, myself and my colleagues established a hit list of companies we wanted to talk to, both existing Business to Business relationships and potential new companies to work with.
It soon became apparent that the companies we currently work with are offering so much more than we thought. Within a few words, we’d established that, for the money we invest, we’re really getting far less from the service than we should do. As we walked from Stall to Stall, it got me thinking about why this was happening.
You can have mine!
That’s the generic response I’ve had from people when I’ve had this discussion with them. I miss clients.
A bold statement I know, but that’s the honest truth. They do actually make Project Management easier. In my previous job, I remember leaving the office, popping to the nearest watering hole and chewing away at the events of the day, before a mad rush for the train back home. You know, in between the beverages and games of Pool, the majority of time was spent talking about clients, situations, what’s happened, good or bad, and making the best of the days events.
We’ve all done it before. You get home, get your laptop out to check your emails, and before you know it you’ve wasted an hour of your life on the internet; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and so on. And still, the emails remain unread! But have you ever considered how many other people in the world are doing just that? Well, here’s something that might just interest you….from Intel, here’s what happens in an “Internet Minute”
Just 60 seconds
- 20 New victims of Identify theft – That’s a staggering 1200 people being defrauded every hour.
- 320+ New Twitter Accounts – (#amazing); Nearly 20,000 new users an hour
- 3,000 Image uploads to Flickr
- 2 Million Google Search Queries
- 6 Million Facebook views
Take a look for yourself at the infographic below