Predicting The Future – What 1981 Got Wrong

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A microchip with a British flag on it. Technology and the office of the future There is considerable scope for improving the productivity in offices. The major technological advances which will have an impact on this sector are the low-cost VDU, mass data storage, the digital network and voice command by B.W.Manley

As part of my MSc, I fell down a research rabbit-hole of 1980s “Office Of THE FUTURE!!” articles. Ultimately, I couldn’t find a way to include it in my research – so you’re getting my cast offs. So, I present to you some choice predictions from “Technology and the office of the future” by B.…

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Weeknotes: Vaccinated – Part 1

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Me holding my NHS vaccination card.

I know exactly what I was doing on 9th April 2020. I was worrying about open-sourcing the NHS Covid Tracing app. I was worrying about tech standards for booking test slots. I was worrying if I’d ever see my family and friends again. I was worrying if the NHS websites would contain enough semantic HTML…

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Is it stealing to read by the light of your neighbour’s candle? Or, should companies pay for employees’ broadband?

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A speed test result.

Back when I worked for an ISP, my employer paid for me to have broadband. I was expected to work from home a few days a month and they needed their workers to have high-bandwidth connectivity. Because it was a business expense, we all received BIG SCARY WARNINGS that the broadband was only to be…

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These are no longer “unprecedented times”

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It has been a full calendar year since my office sent me home for the last time. A few weeks later, lockdown was announced. For years, the biggest lie from customer service call centres was “Your call is important to us!” Then, a few years ago, it became “Due to unusually high call volumes, it…

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I only know you from above the shoulders

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Two dogs sat at a computer. One says "On the Internet nobody knows you're a dog."

One of my lovely colleagues made an small speech during a recent meeting. She was delighted to announce that she was heading off on maternity leave next month and looked forward to seeing us all next year once the pandemic was over. There were the usual round of congratulations and how-will-we-cope-without-yous. But a few of…

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Don’t think of it as Working From Home – Think of it as Extreme Hotdesking!!

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A c omplex mechanical unit to adjust the height of a laptop.

I once drove my company car to my company’s office and then drove around the company car park for 20 minutes looking in vain for a parking space. Whereupon I double-parked across a couple of cars, flipped on my hazard lights, and dialled in to my Very Important Meeting. Half-an-hour later, I drove home to…

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You have no idea of the changes which are coming

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The New National Health Service.

I wrote this before the pandemic. I chickened out of publishing it because I was working for NHSX at the time. Some of these things have come to pass. Some are yet to come. I’ll never forget the look of horror on my professor’s face when I told him I didn’t think his university course…

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All the jobs I failed to get

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

A few years ago, Johannes Haushofer published a CV of failures. In it, he lists all the grants he wasn’t awarded, positions he didn’t get, papers rejected. I think that people need to be more open about failure. None of us are perfect – despite what our social media presence says – and all of…

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Forced into the FIRE

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

I’m an ambivalent convert to FIRE – Financial Independence Retire Early. The basic gist is: Minimise your expenditure, Save 20x your annual expenditure, Retire early while maintaining the same lifestyle. That’s it. There are a lot of crappy books about FIRE, but the concept is simple. So I try to spend a little less, and…

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Giving up on phone contracts

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Table showing my mobile usage. 5 minutes, 4 texts, 1 MB.

Another weird economic casualty of COVID19. I’m not wearing out my socks and shoes. I cancelled my train season ticket. And now, I’m giving up my mobile contract. For a decade, I worked in the mobile industry – and always had an unlimited SIM card. Rejoining the real world, some years ago, was a bit…

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