The PowerPoint Problem

I’m going to go through this slowly, because I’ve been having great difficulty making myself understood when I asked what I thought was a very simple question on Twitter about 6 hours ago. I’m still trying to clarify it – hence this blog post.

I’m making a PowerPoint presentation for a speech I’m giving next week.

I use PowerPoint for Mac to create presentations, and I’m making it on my Macbook Pro.

On my Mac, I have a range of lovely fonts to choose from in PowerPoint. Usually, I use Helvetica Neue. I generally use white text on a black background.

However, in this particular case, I’ve been asked to send the PowerPoint presentation as a file via email to the conference organisers, who will then pre-load it on the computer in the auditorium.

That computer is a PC.

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30 days of ideas – 27: Tamagotchi Gardening


Photo by aidanbrooks

Today’s idea is a terribly simple one – so much so, I’m astonished nobody else seems to have thought of it: Tamagotchi Gardening.

Instead of looking after a pet, you tend a garden. Dig it over, choose what to plant, care for it, water it, and reap the rewards.

But it’s not simply about the satisfaction of growing your own (virtual) food.

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Obligatory iPhone App post

It occurs to me that I’ve had an iPhone for 6 months already, and still not done the obligatory ‘Apps I Love’ blog post.

My friend Dave Harte got himself one today, and I was about to recommend him a couple – but I thought this would be a good opportunity to fulfill my blogging requirements. Kill two birds with one enormous stone.

You’ll note that there are apps that you can’t delete – like Mail and Clock, Calendar and (inexplicably) Stocks. And then there are the apps you add yourself.

Here are the apps I use. You don’t need squillions of them, despite what will probably be an overwhelming desire to try as many as you can. I have downloaded, and over time, have deleted far more apps off my phone than I currently have on it. Right now, it’s pretty much trimmed to the bone. These, to me, are the essentials.

Some of them are the most useful tools of any kind I’ve ever owned – and some are just really nice to have. Hope this is helpful and/or interesting.

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30 days of ideas – 01: Keymash


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Today I start my 30 days of ideas.

The way it works is this: Each day, for the next 30 days, I’ll have an idea for something: a business, a system, a book, a website, a concept, a piece of software, a new sandwich filling – whatever it might be.

I’ll describe it and explain how it works here on my blog… then it’s all yours. You can take the idea and run with it. You don’t need to ask me – or even tell me. I don’t claim any intellectual property.

A community has sprung up around this concept under the banner of Project Idealism, and I hope I can do that community some justice with the quality and originality of my 30 ideas… but they are presented here on an ‘as-is, where-is’ basis. I offer no guarantees as to whether they’re actually any good – or even that nobody else in the world has ever thought of them before. Who knows?

So – disclaimers out of the way, here’s my first idea.

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