Daily Archives:August 13th, 2006

Desktop evolution

Windows 3.0
Seb Wills pointed me at a rather different type of museum – this nice chronology of desktop images from different operating systems.

Blogging from the ground up

Regular readers will know that I helped start a Seattle-based company called Exbiblio, which is based on some quite interesting technology and business concepts.

What’s also interesting is that Exbiblio have decided to blog about as much of their life as possible. Some of the blogs are for internal use only, and those are proving to be quite an effective communications mechanism. But there’s also a public blog which is written both by people on the inside and an outside observer, Hugh Fraser (no relation!), who has been brought in specifically to document the building of this somewhat unusual company.

Exbiblio, the company, is about changing the way we interact with paper documents. But it may also be about changing the way startups do business.

Travelling (not quite so) light

Pelican case
Like John, I’ve been wondering how I’m going to get all my fragile and valuable stuff home – most notably my laptop – when I’m not allowed any hand luggage.

So, yesterday, I treated myself to a Pelican case.

Pelican case
I’ve used Pelican cases before for transporting demo kit, including 17″ LCDs, around the world, and they’re fabulous – it’s almost the only container I’d really trust to survive airport baggage handlers. I’ve always wanted an excuse to buy one, and now I can also use it to bring back some pottery that Rose bought while over here.

Whether it’ll save laptops and vases from the careless unpacking and repacking of airport security personnel, however, is another question entirely…

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