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mip
a writer and a tech geek
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I've been testing both the Blackberry Torch and the Samsung Focus over the past number of weeks. I've nearly completed blog posts for each of them, but thought I'd put a short post out to set the context for these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at mip's scan
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When you look at nature and the environment, why is it so important to save an area of wetland? Why is it important to save a type of wildlife? The reason is balance. An ecosystem is a delicately balanced environment.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at mip's scan
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Ah, I thought my title might provoke some raised eyebrows. It’s an important question don’t you think? Does size matter? Or perhaps more aptly put Is Bigger Better? Now before I go too much further and this blog leads you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at mip's scan
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I'd Tweeted enthusiastically last week about a meeting we'd had with our PR agency that focused on social media. After that a few people said to me in person "so it's for marketing, right?" The it's was referring to social... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at mip's scan
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Throughout my career I've been involved in numerous requirements gathering exercises. Whether its for the formulation of strategy or the requirements for the development of software, understanding and capturing users' requirements is key to the process. Over the past while... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at mip's scan
I had the pleasure of presenting at an event last week here in Toronto. My topic was Mobile Computing and Leveraging Cloud Services. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts as it pertains to the acceleration of certain trends... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at mip's scan
Hi Jim - thanks for your kind comment - I'm glad you are still reading my blog - it had bee a while since I'd posted and it's nice to be getting back into blogging.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on A Lesson in "Starting From Scratch" at mip's scan
Thanks for the comment Brydon. I took a look at your post and it was great! Your truck story reminded me of when I first got and drove the SMART car. As for Microsoft and their latest phone, I agree, they needed to be different, otherwise, they'd be lost in the sea of Android, Blackberry and iPhone features/functions/hype. I also think that making the phone "social-centric" with the live tiles is brilliant, given that the social layer that has emerged is increasingly becoming the conduit for everyone on the web.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on A Lesson in "Starting From Scratch" at mip's scan
Thanks for the comment - great perspective and examples you gave. I agree, it will be very interesting to see how the Playbook evolves. I have a blog post in the works to discuss the approach RIM is taking and their framework for delivery of apps. Should be posting that next week. Thanks again for reading and commenting. Ciao mip
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on A Lesson in "Starting From Scratch" at mip's scan
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Why is it that great products that hold commanding market share can't hold onto that advantage over time? We've seen it time and time again. Take RIM and their Blackberry. It was revolutionary. It was a fantastic device that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at mip's scan
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The iPad defies explanation - very hard to describe until you hold it, use it and feel comfortable with it's strengths. For example, today, I've used only my iPad through the full day. I haven't missed my laptop at all. It alters how content is consumed - whether that content is an email, a PowerPoint document, an excel sheet, photos, a book or a movie. It just all "feels" right.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2010 on Ken Olson and iPADs at Project X Discussions
This is the stuff dreams are made of, for real! I've been carrying my iPad around all week, in some instances, not bringing a laptop with me at all. I've been trying to see how far I can push the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at mip's scan
Well I got my iPad early yesterday morning and I've been using it now for the past 24 hours. I've had several client meetings yesterday and had the opportunity to start putting the iPad through it's paces. I will of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at mip's scan
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Here is another brilliant looking app I'm looking forward to putting to good use once I get my iPad (boy it is going to be a long April waiting for it). I've used numerous tools for developing wireframe mockups in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at mip's scan
The stream of iPad apps that will be available has been trickling in all weekend long. This morning I saw a video of one app that I'm looking forward to. Kobo! I'm already a huge Kobo fan on my iPhone.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at mip's scan
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Social media / social networking has obviously taken the Internet by storm - individuals continue to flock to it, mainstream companies have developed marketing strategies to leverage it, budgets once assigned for traditional marketing campaigns are now starting to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at mip's scan
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Michael O'Conner Clark - I'm glad you liked the review. Thanks for providing the added detail in your comment. I agree totally with the added advantages. I will continue to use Freshbooks and if I have questions I will definitely reach out and let you know. Michael Detwiler - thanks for the comment, it's always great to get real world input from end-users who are benefiting from the tools directly. I'm glad to hear that Freshbooks was a winner for you. Thanks for sharing.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2010 on Freshbooks at mip's scan
I like this tongue and cheek checklist that the Harvard Business Review came up with so I thought I'd share it. Of course, this is really telling you what NOT TO DO if you want to have innovation become a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at mip's scan
I'm always on the look out for valuable applications and tools that can be leveraged by businesses. Cloud-based services really interest me and I think they are increasingly going to become the way of the future. I believe that to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at mip's scan
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Today's post isn't so much about tech itself, but rather, business and books. I love to read. I read a lot. In fact, I read as much as I can get my hands on, both fiction and non-fiction. Both from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2010 at mip's scan
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Mar 15, 2010
The issue here is not really about collaborating. Lack of collaboration is a symptom, not the problem. When you collaborate with someone, or a group of people, all the people collaborating are taking equal responsibility for the end-result. That shared responsibility is accepted whether the end-result is good or bad. People who don't want to take any responsibility resist situations where they have to collaborate. They are happy to partake in group sessions, but they aren't active participants. So if you want to foster an environment of collaboration, you have to breakdown the barriers of accepting responsibility. Get the team to know that making mistakes is ok - it is part of the learning experience. If they refuse to change their behaviour in terms of being accountable, then you need to change out team members. If you don't, any attempt to collaborate, whether it be with tools, processes, etc...they will all fail.
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Here is the latest podcast in mp3 format. It is the same audio content as what I posted over on the mipcast minus the enhanced items that are found in the one posted at the mipcast (by enhanced I mean... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at mip's scan
I came across a brief post and excellent video over at Wired. I watched it, was excited and Twittered it. Now, as the day has drawn on, the video demonstration of what their magazine will look like and how it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at mip's scan
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I was sitting this evening tinkering with some prototype ideas for a client-facing iPad application. That led me to think about the iPad and the effect that it will have on the consumption of content. This was something I'd written... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at mip's scan