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April 5th, 2008

Aten't Ded (though the NAS box is)

It's been a while since I've posted anything at length here - and that's mainly because I've had so much to do over the last few weeks. Still, much of it is out the way (and there's enough in the pipeline to keep the wolf from the door, too).

All I need to do now is a handful of screenshots, and I'll have finished what will add up to 20K words or so of work researched, coded and written, on topics as diverse as a couple of whitepapers on social networking business models (thank you LJ for a fine example of how not to engage with a committed userbase), on building applications with Microsoft's new DeepZoom technology, on using the beta of the iPhone SDK, on Internet Explorer 8 for Designers and Developers, an introduction to software testing tools, and a 30,000 ft look at Oracle 11g for developers.

Phew. All done. And, more importantly for the bank balance, all invoiced.

In other, more interesting news, I recently had the opportunity to meet someone who's work I've admired for a long time, going back to my ubicomp days at GEC Hirst. Bill Buxton is one of the greats of HCI, and it was a great pleasure to talk to him about the role of research (with a capital R) in industry, and the importance of design in application development. he was launching a rather fascinating report on the role of design in the next generation of computer systems (both hardware and software), something that's left me with a lot to think about.

I learnt a lot of my HCI lessons the hard way in the relationship between design and technology and business the hard way, in the old .com boom days, when cross-disciplinary teams had to work together outside of their old silos.He's now working with MSR, and evangelising the role of design and HCI in applications. It's going to be interesting to see the effects of what he's doing on Microsoft over the next few years.

In somewhat more annoying news, one of the drives on out Buffalo NAS seems to have lunched itself, so I'm going to have to spend some time resurrecting the box. Hopefully things can be recovered - as it's RAID 5, but I suspect it'll take some time. While I've got a fair portion of my photos on this PC, quite a chunk are on that server, so getting them back is quite important (not to mention having to re-rip every single CD in the house...). In the meantime I've set up an alternate backup drive for the house server. I suspect this puts commissioning the new server up the agenda.

Right. Off to San Francisco tomorrow. We'll be doing RSA2008, the HP Partner Summit, and the Web 2.0 Expo. Perhaps we'll see some of you there?

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