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The Humble MiniDisc

Posted: 2018-08-29 | 14 minute read

Ah, the humble little disc in a hard shell known as a MiniDisc. It’s a little hard to believe how old the format really is! Today’s blog comes to you with kind support from ATRAC and the magneto optical community. Yes, it’s the world of MD. A history lesson Today’s blog will focus on the period I know best: late 1990’s until more recently. But first… Sony worked to develop the MiniDisc technology as a competitor to Panasonic’s Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) and Sony’s own Digital Audio Tape (DAT).


Why I openly share my calendar across the whole org and you should too

Posted: 2018-08-24 | 5 minute read

I’ve spent more than a decade working in large organisations across a variety of roles with an open calendar, so here are my thoughts on why I did it and why I think everyone else should give it a try, too. Some Background Previously, I worked at Lendlease for 9 years (yes, I gave up long service leave). Early on, I decided to open my calendar as ‘read’ for whole organisation.


Ryuichi Sakamoto's Coda: A Review

Posted: 2018-08-16 | 8 minute read

Recently, Cynthia and I had the pleasure of watching a film called Coda which showcases more recent musical endeavours of Ryuichi Sakamoto and the very personal impact of dealing with the news of cancer. This post is probably full of spoilers in the traditional sense and less of a film review, however don’t let that deter you. His story is very real and for me, the film was more about the experience and how it changes the way you see the world.


Why the Sega Dreamcast is the best console of all time

Posted: 2018-08-13 | 11 minute read

Getting back into the “not-so-serious” blog series, here are my thoughts on why the Sega Dreamcast is the best video game console of all time. Of course this is biased. But you already knew that! North-American readers will note the blue hue of this logo: it was red in the US but blue in Europe, to avoid similarities to the Tivola logo. Australia got the European version - to match the PAL standard no doubt


How I manage a product backlog with my version of Kanban

Posted: 2018-08-09 | 6 minute read

I’ve written a bit about the technical side of building a serverless CMS product called Koi CMS, but I thought it might be nice to talk about the other side of things: the side that involves Sharpies and Post-It® Notes. Oh yes, this is going to be a Product blog. Or something like that. I probably haven’t even experienced real Kanban, so this is just a good way to capture my experiences so far.