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Roku Premiere and video on demand

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Some history and thoughts on the streaming/content eco-system as I get Apple TV+ and Disney+ in full 4K glory! And a mini-review of sorts of the Roku Premiere. This week I purchased a Roku Premiere player. The Roku system has an interesting history. It started out as a Netflix project , and is now one of the widely supported platforms. Other content providers like Sky have even re-badged them for their streaming set top boxes. Building infrastructure It feels like we are entering a new phase of the on-demand television journey. There are two aspects that are required for digital delivery - processing power and network capacity. I remember upgrading my old 486 PC in 1996 to a Cyrix 5x86 - and for the first time had something that could decode and play MPEG movies with respectable quality. Of course dial up internet at that time was painfully slow! So everything had to be delivered physically. Not long after WebTV appeared, but even with Microsoft buying it and re-branding as MSN TV it

I've joined WayFare Travel!

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I have recently begun a new chapter of my life in  #travelte ch  - and I’m still excited to be joining  Jamal Whorms-MonDésir  and  Andrew Diggle  as co-founders and part of the flamboyance🦩 at  WayFare  🛫 The "Jetscape Navigator" of the team ;-) In a lot of ways it’s continuing the same long term mission as  15below  in improving  #paxex  and  #cx , making travel systems suck a little less. However, the move from B2B to B2C opens up new ways of fulfilling that. There is so much we can do in the search, inspiration, and booking spaces to make things easier and more social Trying to avoid the cliched phrases of unprecedented times and new normal , there are two aspects that need to be addressed in getting people back flying - 1) minimising the physical risk to passengers' health and 2) financial risk from cancellations. We are looking at how we can use layaway for the airfare portion to help alleviate the financial issue. Making it easier to save and book flights, withou

CONFERENCE: SofaConf2020 - Day 1 - Product stream

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First day of a new conference - SofaConf 2020 "A stay-at-home conference"  - that came about in reaction to COVID-19 and lockdown/travel restrictions. Overall very good content so far, lots of sessions that speak to real issues in doing product development in the real world. Slight technical issue with quality of Andy Budd's broadcast that was quickly sorted. The Secret Weapon to Finding Focus - Melissa Perri Melissa explained the build trap, where features are not seen as "what is the business value I want to provide" but rather "here are some features we want as  output". Netflix realised that they were in the build trap with Roku, and getting into competition with hardware companies that they could partner with. So they spun it out and so that they could then double down on their core competency. Now is the time to focus, what can we do to win? .... first you need a good product Strategy framework. alignment builds autonomous teams. The right level

BRIEFING: ThoughtWorks TECHNOLOGY RADAR Vol 22

Last week was the briefing webinar for the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar. Like many of us, this was the first time they had gone through a process remotely which appeared as the pun/theme "the elephant in the zoom". It is interesting to hear from experts in specific technology areas discuss the latest trends and techniques. This time I was struck by the story behind how the Tech Radar came about.  It didn't start as a external "thought leadership" or sales device, It was a reaction to business growth and internal knowledge management issues. I think it's the bi-directional process of the teams feeding in the ideas, the advisory board then collating and debating them to pull out patterns and asses the different maturity levels makes it powerful. Also this is based on actual experience from their projects, rather than desk analysis that you might get from a report like Gartners. They also offer advice on how to make your own , which is great to get people sha

My photography workflow 2020

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Setting up a "workflow" or an organisation to your work, is a key part of moving from a beginner to immediate kill and above. So a bit about my photography workflow since I am slowly retiring my old Mac Mini and OSX Snow Leopard and moving to an old Windows 10 desktop. Just before COVID-19 turned the world upside down I had also got a new camera not supported by any of the RAW converters I was using.  Shooting For my veteran Canon 450D I have a couple of styles setup from Cinescopophilia shooting RAW + JPEG. I have in the past sometimes shot RAW only, but it was a pain if software didn't support it. But now even my phone can process the CR2 RAW files! On my X100 and X-T100 mirrorless cameras I have started to try and follow the tips from In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight Out of the Camera by Gordon Laing  with general settings from  Fredrik Averpil and Film simulation settings on Fuji Weekly The X100 is also another veteran now, but being a premium camera when

Using RStudio with a Chromebook

Given my interest in using R as an analysis tool and using a Chromebook as my main laptop at home and on side projects for 2 years, thought I'd take a quick  look at some options for combining the two. Option 1 - Using RStudio on AWS This has been my main usage of R at home, using RStudio on Windows 10 at work. With a couple of preset images created it's easy to get up and running. I used the image created by  Louis Aslett . There are a few alternatives around now, even the Amazon have an article that goes into a bit more depth on  Running R on AWS . THis allows you to fine tune what is setup. I have been using this for about a year now and the experience is so seamless on a Chromebook, since everything else is also running as a Chrome app. Pros:  Use computing power in the cloud, can easily share Consistent experience no matter the computer you use to access it Cons:  AWS management consoles do have a learning curve Small monthly charge for storage option in

MEETUP: Discovery is a mindset not a stage - creating a learning organisation at ProductTank Brighton

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Last night was the latest installment of ProductTank in Brighton . We were lucky to have an overview of continuous discovery from Teresa Torres. She started off by discussing how discovery and delivery should be more intertwined and not separate phases - this can be a problem with “dual track” as it can be impression it gives. She then asked " Continuous discovery ... are you really doing it like this?" Or is it research with a project mindset? Getting better week after week The question to guide setting up product discovery is “How do we get better week over week” We make product decisions every day, so if we want to be truly customer centric then we need to engage with our customers every week so that our decisions are infused with their input. Need to avoid cognitive bias because we are thinking about product all day every day, check the decisions with what our customers expect.  Shooting here for co-creating with a product mindset. Otherwise you