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The learning we acquire during our working life with its associated career twists and turns tends to permanently influence our wider attitudes, opinions and behaviour. We accumulate a wealth of anecdotes which we often use in conversations with our colleagues, friends and families! The Information Badger’s Blog provides diverse reflections, anecdotes, encouragements and musings relevant to many of the Nuggets and Fragments on this site. Entries are no more than 500 words and many will make  you think!

Recent Blog entries can be accessed from the footer on any page of the site, by following the Badger on Twitter (@TheInfoBadger) or Facebook, or from the lists below. The first list covers the six most recent items with the most recent first. The second list contains earlier blog posts so you can dip into any that  might be of interest.

Current

Tech regulation; learn the lessons of the past…

If you can’t stand the heat…

Dubious data or dubious analysis lead to dubious decisions and distrust…

Dark comedy and driverless cars…

Millennials; 100 years ago and today…

In remembrance…and extended service contracts…

Earlier

The bathtub and smartphone reliability…

Everyone seems offended by everything all of the time!

The truth is always elusive…

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should…

Time to have a new meter…

‘Discuss, decide, do’…life’s full of decisions…

What goes up will come down…

An Epic battle…

So you think you’re not biased? Think again…

V-J Day, Animal Farm, and the digital world; a poignant moment…

Is the death of the physical desk finally nigh?

ITER – Another step forward to the world’s new normal

Your privacy? Look before you leap…

Less Twits, better education about what matters in life…

The ‘Smart’ prefix has had its day…

Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium…

The most powerful people in the world are not who you think…

With every generation comes change…

An 88 year-old’s take on tech during pandemic lockdown…

Hearing is not Listening…

Where have all the STEM-educated news correspondents gone?

Cyber attacks on the ‘Middleman’…

Want to be a Project Manager? Read Kipling’s ‘If’ first…

Time for a ‘Smart’ National Healthcare System…

What’s the purpose of this meeting and is it necessary?

From OneWeb to Hydrogen Fuel Cells…


The 6 Cs – Control, Care, Commerce, Community, Consumption & Communications

Crisis! A time that always exposes ‘True Colours’…

Quick to blame or complain, slow to praise…

There’s no ‘Smart Living’ without ‘Smart Working’…

‘We are all doomed!’… No we are not…

Time for ‘manned’ Space missions to be curtailed?

Software defects…a fact of life.

Anything ‘Smart’ or New Technology always has a downside…

Hone your Delivery Leadership skills by taking a central, company-wide role…

Robots in Nursing Homes…

Youngsters, gaming, ‘STEM’ and a 3D printer…

Being educated and aware of ‘Fake News’ leads to intellectual stimulation and entertainment…

A New Decade Beckons(2)…Bumble Bees and Satellite Constellations!

A new decade…’Sustainability’ will be its key word…

‘Swagger’ – A qualitative indicator of an organisation’s future.

‘Stench’ – a virtual fragrance for the festive season?

Don’t confuse enthusiasm with capability…all is never what it seems.

The Sillybilly Bank (TSB)…

Work Meetings: Be more selective with your attendance…

‘Smart’ motorways help to decide on a car purchase!

Have you been asked to ‘drain the swamp’ to fix a project?

Delivery is about people and teamwork…obviously!

Automation, AI, and recruitment interviews…

‘Techlash’…’Backlash’…An inevitable part of the lifecycle of progress…

Education – A powerful force wielded by a Jedi knight…

Has ‘Tech’ made life ‘better’ today than it was at the time of 9/11?

Recycle your hoarded personal tech…

An inspiring day out with codebreakers and the first electronic computer…

Customer centricity in online banking? It’s people not technology that make you feel valued…

A Tidy-up leads to ‘Privacy Rebellion’…

Quiz night, ‘What 3 Words’, and is tech solving problems that aren’t really problems?

‘A flock of corporate seagulls arriving from abroad’…

What’s more important….Fortnite, or an education?

Smartwatches? Remember to be an individual not a data point…

The Moon, Mars, and the next giant leap for mankind…

‘The arrogance of acquisition’…

‘People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think’…Probably not!

Mother to Daughter: ‘What would you do if all this ‘smart’ stuff stopped working?’

Social Media; Key for heritage and social history

Electric and self-driving vehicles for the masses? One day, but perhaps not soon

Smart Meters; Hardly a success…

Lest we forget; Today’s technology is tomorrow’s antiquity…

Consumers; key to helping the planet…

Explaining what’s at the roots of AI to a gardener…

Driverless cars; now there’s a transformation challenge!

Systems Integration; the downfall of many a plan…

The builder and his ‘critical infrastructure’…

Meetings; beware of the HIPPO and the Abilene Paradox!

It’s people that innovate…

Digital Transformation – is it really a new concept?

So, you want to be a project manager…

Software, AI & Robots – Are patents still relevant?

FANG breakup & regulation – The Force Strengthens?

Have large mainstream IT services companies become mediocre?

Smart meters & devices – How much do you value your privacy at home?

Laugh, laugh…and laugh some more.

Privacy & data protection education doesn’t auger well for social media goliaths…

Burglary, the Police, and ‘Smart Doorbells…

Do we, as individuals, think enough about digital devices and the environment?

Smart Shoes, the ‘Little guys’, and DAVOS…

‘Gadgets for Good’

When you give your knowledge to help others, you don’t lose it!

The Force Awakens!

If you are reading this today then…

Smart washing machines…is there a real need?

Smart phones, network glitches and people behaviour…

Called a Call Centre as a consumer? Was technology any help?

Why do I need a Smart Meter?… A question from the elderly.

Will Social Media Platforms make it to 30 years and beyond?

A Magna Carta for the Internet???

Orders, revenue & profit per employee – simple indicators of how well an IT services company is doing…

A little girl, science and engineering awareness…and Santa Claus!

What gets measured gets done…

Inspector Clouseau and the next weapon of mass destruction…

Testing, Testing and more Testing…

More recognition and less blame for Techies and Engineers…

An old laptop and a Mosaic browser – how things have changed!

Security – You are the weakest link…

AI – Are companies in the IT sector changing?

If you could pass on only one lesson to someone starting their career, what would it be?

Who decides to take a risk? A Computer or a Human…

Lions, donkeys, fresh oil and treacle…

ERP, CRM, CTI, IVR etc – Time for an acronym change…

Steak Tartare – A trigger for key learning points!

What’s the commodity of power in the 21st Century? Your data.

Which is best? E-Learning or Instructor-led Learning…

Outsourcing a Family’s IT?

What goes up, must come down…

Offshore IT Services – Still in the mix in a disruptive world

The Thai Cave Rescue – respect, respect and more respect…

Listening – A vital skill in any situation…

It can’t be done…oh, yes it can!

Call Centres – The good, the bad and the ugly…

The importance of thorough Go-Live readiness processes…

Smart Meters – Part of the slippery slope to WALL-E?

Juniorisation – a word to make you nervous…

The Right Attitude!

Getting the Disparate Public to take Responsibility (GDPR)…

Use your eyes and ears twice as much as your mouth…

Don’t judge a book by its cover…

Things are never what they seem to be

TSB: Leadership and judgement failure at all levels?

We’re all frightened of failure…

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow…