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Hey Siri, Open Google.. OK, Google

Siri’s not that smart. Don’t get my wrong, I really like Siri and use her frequently for dictation, timers and simple tasks like playing music and opening apps. But when it comes to knowledge, she’s just not all there. This is an area that Apple really needs to work on. Perhaps considering IBM’s current stock […]

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What was marketing called before 1900?

Google has a great little tool called Ngram that is fascinating and an incredibly underutilised resource. You simply provide one or more words and Ngram charts the number of times that those words appear in books throughout history (Google has scanned millions of books from libraries around the world). Today, I put in Marketing and […]

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DayOne-Feature

Your own private Facebook

Social media platforms like Facebook are great places to share information with your friends and family. But sometimes, people over-share. They document every cup of coffee, every baby photo, every holiday snap and every opinion or mishap. Some of these posts are interesting to the rest of us, but sometimes they are simply a form […]

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My 2014 Reading List

I finally got my site moved to a new host which removed any excuse not to start writing again… and so here is my first post for 2015 – my reading list from 2014. I read so many great non-fiction books every year and I started to become concerned that I was forgetting some of […]

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Passion is a force-multiplier

Take two people. One has more skills and ability, but the other has incredible passion for what they do; an energy and intensity that is contagious. They know that they’re not as good [yet], but their desire to get better and their work ethic makes up for any deficiency. Who would you rather have on […]

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How to correct lens distortion with Phantom Vision+

How to correct lens distortion with Phantom Vision+ photos

With it’s 14 megapixel camera, the Phantom Vision+ takes some great photos but they unfortunately suffer from distortion which is especially noticeable at higher elevations or when using the wide angle lens.  But if you use Photoshop, then this issue can be fixed pretty easily. As you can see from this image, the results are pretty impressive. And so, […]

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My first autonomous flight – now it’s a drone

I’ve always considered the term “drone” to be an emotive word.  Most of the devices out there are simply radio-controlled model aircraft with a small camera attached – devices that have been around for decades without any real public or media interest.  For me, in order for something to really become a drone it needs to […]

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How to Automatically OCR Scanned PDF Docs

I moved to a paperless office system a few years back. This means that any and all statements, invoices, bills and receipts get scanned, OCR’d, stored on a secure drive and then shredded. The OCR aspect of this is important as it means that the scanned documents are indexed and searchable by Spotlight on my […]

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Nested Tagging is the Future

I’ve always thought that adding tags to files, iPhoto photos and blog content was a useful form of categorisation; but nothing more. After using Evernote’s nested tags for the past month, I now believe that this is how we will organise our digital media in the future.. simple, yet completely game-changing. Folders and sub-folders We […]

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