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Great video of a Clipper race yacht knock-down in the Southern Ocean. Bet there were a few bruises afterwards!

This happened in November 2013 after the crew had left South Africa, heading into the Southern Ocean. The poor helmsman is knocked over and the crew demonstrate the importance of being strapped on.
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As part of my paperless drive I scan and destroy all my credit card and till receipts. Today I had an item to return to my local DIY store so searched and found (thank you Alfred) the receipt PDF, printed it out on A4 paper and went back for a refund.
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The Mast Walk


Sailor Alex Thomson has filmed another of his super cool yachting stunts, this time walking to the top of a 30m mast while out at sea and heeling over dramatically.

Great video on YouTube shows the whole thing.

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I am a prolific user of Evernote. For those who are not familiar with the product, it is a cloud based virtual ‘notebook’ which is available on all popular platforms. With the capability to hold text, graphics, sound and other documents there is not much you can’t put into a note.

I have the Evernote client installed on my desktop (Mac) computers, iPad and iPhone. I also use the web based version when I am working away on a PC. The ability to sync instantly between the various clients is so useful, meaning that you can start a note on the mobile and then finish it at home when at the desktop.

PDF’s and Paperless

Evernote enables you to insert a PDF into a note which it then OCS’s and indexes. This means that the search is very powerful and makes it virtually impossible to lose your information. The whole set up provides an excellent platform for going paperless.

An account is free to set up and a ‘pro’ option is available which provides more features and a higher upload limit.  See the Evernote web site to download and try for free.

Post-It Notes again

As of late 2013, Evernote have breathed new life into Post-it Notes. The app, in conjunction with the iPhone camera lets you take photos of Post-it Notes which it then recognises. Evernote identifies the colour, extracts the handwriting and places it onto a digital representation of the paper inside a note. See the Evernote blog for more details.


Do you believe that making experienced staff redundant would help your organisation achieve cost reduction goals? There are many arguments for and against this stance and it can be a tough decision when a company is faced with cutting their cost base significantly.
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Apple Mac

Two years ago I decided to move from PC to an Apple iMac as my main desktop computer. So with 24 month of use behind me, what are my thoughts on this operating systems and hardware setup which is loved by so many? [click to continue…]