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December 19, 2008

Panic Over

Phew. After an upgrade to v14 of my N95 firmware, the browser is now working again.

Unfortunately it's the T-mobile edit of the firmware. This was writ large after the upgrade. What deluded person in marketing thought that I'd want my ringtone changed to their tone, to have an extra bit of T-mobile music on startup, my desktop updated? Did they really think that this behaviour would make me love them more?

Posted by Tom Dolan at 12:50 AM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2008


I'm stymied.

Totally stuffed.

My own worst habits can no longer be fulfilled, even though they're a key part of what I am.

My previously sterling Nokia N95's web browser has packed up. Just crashes and returns to the main menu.

The network layer is fine, and so Twibble will just about keep me going for twitter, but that means I'm without my fix of facebook, flickr, a few key forums (including one I run), webmail for work, the TfL journey planner site and....well, everything.

I feel totally hobbled. Like a huge barrier has come down between me and the on-demand-every-moment web. And it's going to be at least a week before I've got the time to pick it apart and fix it.

Time will tell if it makes for a richer life though...

Posted by Tom Dolan at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2008

Too Busy to be Doing Nothing

This afternoon I am trying not to multitask.

As I am writing this blog post, it should be apparent to all that I'm failing, but fingers crossed this will be a temporary aberration.

I'm looking after the kids, while the dear wife visits an emigrating friend to collect a large amount of discount furniture we bought from them. And possibly have a glass of wine.

At the moment, one of them is having a long-overdue Big Fat Sleep, and I'm helping the other write Christmas cards to her schoolfriends. It's wonderfully calming 'small world' stuff...and I'm finding it almost impossible to be so still.

Work does a really good job of tricking us into thinking we've always got to be running at 110%, juggling five things at once, looking ahead - to the point where we lose the ability to stop.

But it's time for another try...

Posted by Tom Dolan at 02:57 PM | Comments (0)

December 12, 2008

Pro-Am Blogging

Oh the irony.

In the last few days I've been asked to make a regular contribution to the company blog, and sat in a (really rather interesting) presentation about SEO where the consequences of not keeping content current was laid bare.

And meanwhile, this place is like a strange barren desert.

I blame messageboards. And real communities of people. I guess I've found a few places where I fit in, enjoy the banter a lot, and it sates a large part of what used to drive the rather solitary willy-waving experience that having a blog often is. As I only got a comment about once every six months, it seemed that I wasn't exactly centre of anyone's universe. Probably not even mine.

(The tactic of posting once every six months and still getting that comment hasn't worked either.)

But all is good in the world of Tom at the moment. Have had my first major professional victory this week, opening a door that wouldn't open before. Looking forward to that one, and laying some pretty grotty experiences in the last few years to rest.

But I guess, just in case I don't get round to posting again, I should leave a Christmas message to all you lovely reader:

Don't watch 'Mamma Mia' the movie. Simply don't. Okay?

Posted by Tom Dolan at 11:28 PM | Comments (0)