I seem to spend half my life in Google Docs. Now I can spend the other half.
It’s ridiculous I know. I average one pair of new footwear every two years. I wear shoes until they fall apart and then I buy one more pair. That’s now utterly changed.
I bought my Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas exactly one month ago. Running on a treadmill with them is genuinely like having new legs. Unfortunately, like a fool, I ran on the road only two weeks in and I’m still suffering with a pain in one foot. But I’m a convert and an evangelist already.
The one downside – they stink and washing only helps for a day or two. I wanted to wear them all the time.
Tuesday I was in Dublin and after a really interesting mobile tech workshop, I wandered down to The Happy Foot Co on Liffey Street, off Henry Street. I remembered that the last shop I went into on Liffey St was Hector Gray’s when I was a kid.
The Happy Foot Co shop is amazing. Loads of different types of VFFs and a bajillion pairs of Crocs. I’ll be bringing the kids back soon to get their summer Crocs.
The two ladies running the place could not have been more helpful. They even offered to post down any pair that they didn’t have in stock. I wanted a pair for general day to day use that wouldn’t look too freakish. I tried on a few types including one of their new ones made of kangaroo skin. Sooooo soft.
In the end, I went with the KSO, the most popular men’s model. They are incredibly comfortable and equally good in a meeting or on a mountain (allegedly). They go beautifully with Black Tie, Pinstripe, Jeans, Shorts, Speedos or Thongs. I intend to try them in all those scenarios.
I’ve been doing a bit of reading on VFFs and it looks like I’m doing the same thing as all n00bies; I’m running almost on the balls of my feet because of everything we’ve been told about heel-strikes being bad. One blogger likened it to looking like a bizarre ballerina. Of course I’ve been told many times of my striking resemblance to the Black Swan, ignoring my bigger boobs and my opposite eating disorder.
Two pairs of shoes in a month and I’m already thinking about a pair of Classics instead of flip-flops for my summer holidays. Next thing I’ll be watching Project Runway.
How the hell am I only hearing about this now?
I find that the @eircom account on Twitter is generally extremely responsive and is the fastest way to get an answer to questions. @VodafoneIreland is very good too. However, they both (and O2, Meteor, emobile etc) need to implement status accounts, either a global one each or regional ones. So rather than tons of people badgering them about outages (in particular), we can go to the status account and see what's going on.
I'm at a technology workshop tomorrow and you can be sure most of the people there will have MBPs and Airs. In a desperate attempt to blend in, I have covered my old Dell D420 in a coat of Dulux Pure Brilliant White Gloss and installed Macbuntu. I'm sitting here looking at my messed up Ubuntu and giggling.
Amazon on Android is a bad joke if you live outside of the US. Apart from a UK specific MP3 store, you are screwed everywhere else. So I was thrilled to get both their Android App Store and US MP3 Store working on my Irish phone this evening. (Hint: USUnlocked.com->Get US Credit Card->Create New US Amazon account->Set English-US on your phone->Buy initial apps on amazon.com incl MP3 App->Result)
I blogged recently about the pain of upgrading a machine from XP to Win 7 due to the dreaded Sage. So I've continued to hold off. But I just had a total brainwave for a potential solution and it looks like it is possible.
Short but great video of David Cameron on transparency and the right of people in the UK to Government data.
It looked like something might happen here when the previous crew talked about a Government CIO/CTO and setup the Innovation Taskforce talking shop.
Have any efforts started in the new Government? If so, by who? Not a snark, I genuinely want to know.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Android is the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro of this generation. Google AppInventor nails it on the software side. Now check this out: A USB breakout board with software to control it. Think of the cool things you could build!
Oooooh just had a thought. Google should buy MindStorms off Lego, integrate this IOIO, drop the price to $30 and send to schools everywhere along with AppInventor and a few dev phones.