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It's Just Not Cricket Old Bean

It's Just Not Cricket Old Bean

A Scottish friend recently reminded me of a time and a place I enjoyed while playing tourist.  In my company was Joomla founder Johan Janssens and Rochen founder Christopher Adams.

Our group had ventured to Saltaire, a World Heritage site, famous for its socialistic roots created by Sir Titus Salt.  Salt had built a massive linen business with two huge knitting mills.  He built a town around the enterprise.  Workers were all given a house in which to live, schools were built, and sporting facilities added.

A tea-totaller, no pubs were built.  The nearest pub was high up on the vale of the valley.  The owner of that pub built an inclinator to make the trip comfortable for Saltaire types, much to Sir Titus' chagrin.  At it's peak it was the busiest cable car in Europe.

In town, there are two lions made of sandstone.  The story goes that they had been the original blanks made out of sandstone and meant to be bronzed for Picadilly Circus.  But the lions were rejected because they had all their "tackle" in place.  Not the kind of thing that was considered appropriate in Victorian times.  Salt bought them from the London designers at a bargain price.

We took Johan and Chris to see the locals playing cricket.  The "funny" rules of cricket were explained:

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.

Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in, and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.

Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out trying to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.

There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in, and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

Something Johan will never forget.  The look on his face — priceless!

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I'd Call it "Bugsy"

I'd Call it "Bugsy"

Every so often I get an email that I actually enjoy.  Rare but fun when it happens.  I was doing some research about screencasts and their effectiveness and came across "Bugsy."

Our brains process visuals 60,000x faster than text? With that fact in mind, it’s no surprise that videos have become one of the primary ways new and existing businesses educate consumers on their products and services.

Thanks to video hosting sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and the plethora of video creation software tools that now exist, it’s never been easier for businesses to create and share high-quality videos with people online.  Watch the video at the end of this story, you'll get what I mean.

Bugsy, actually a SKEYE Nano Drone, in the video below it is shown off like a dragonfly on steroidsThe drone weighs less than 12 grams and comes in at just 4 centimeters across so it can take off right from the palm of your hand. Like a bug!!!

It can be flown with incredible precision. Thanks to the low weight and high thrust capability, this drone is small enough to fly under the radar yet powerful enough to slip forward and backwards, handle banked turns, and even barrel roll.

All of these skills and tricks can be easily mastered over time using the easy to use handheld controller which is powered by two AAA batteries. As soon as you switch on the SKEYE Nano Drone it begins to calibrate itself and prepare for flight. Select your gyro sensitivity; adjustable between beginner, mid-level, and expert; and watch as the 6-axis flight control system keeps steady during all stunts and tricks.

You can enjoy flights up to eight minutes and go as far as 50 meters with the built in LEDs lighting the way.

Included with the SKEYE Nano Drone is the 4-channel 2.4Ghz controller, a USB charging cable, four replacement rotor blades, a protection guard, and user guide to get you off the ground.

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Facebook can Revitalise Your Business

Facebook can Revitalise Your Business

The days of newspapers dominating the local advertising landscape are over.  With generation Next being so smart mobile device savvy, social media platforms perform amazingly well compared to print.

A new media strategy, using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and others can get your business in front of targetted punters who are ready to buy your product or service.

Scenario One:  A business trying to source franchisees in a regional area spent thousands of dollars on newspaper and trade magazine advertisements.  The effort product a handful on inquiries.  Using Facebook to target by region, age, sex and profession cost about $400 over a month and produced about 50 inquiries.  The cost compared to benefit gap is huge.

Scenario Two:  An event promoted on Facebook in Shepparton reached 60,000 locals and generated a 20 per cent increase in sales over the Christmas period compared to the previous year — only using print.

These examples demonstrate how some clever use of the Facebook and other platforms can generate business leads and fuel a buzz for your products, services or events.

Top Gun has been implementing new media strategies since it opened and we generate a lot of our leads through these platforms.  People get brand recognition because many of the "stories" are evergreens (they hang around and are not tomorrow's fish and chips wrapper).

If you have a business large or small, consider having a chat to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. McPherson about your new media strategy.  Plus Top Gun owns the big digital sign on the corner of Wyndham Street and High Street (on the old Shepp Hotel).  The sign has incredible reach and has produced many sales for advertisers.

These days you have options as to how you spend your hard-earned profits on advertising.

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Siri Knows Best (She "Thinks")

Siri Knows Best (She "Thinks")

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon came unstuck in Parliament this week when his Apple iPhone attempted to answer a question he was tabling.

The smartphone decided to butt in to Xenaphon's delivery and offer a suggestion.

The audience listening roundly broke into laughter as Xenaphon attempted to silence the phone.

"I'll have to go Android," Xenaphon quipped after being upstated by Apple's artificial intelligence.

And it makes you wonder if this incident will see Siri's suggestions logged into Hansard (Parliament's printed record).

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To Be or Not to Be ... Connected?

To Be or Not to Be ... Connected?

In the digital age where everything is computerised and all tasks may be accomplished online as long as you can remember your login details, it strikes me as very strange that a simple thing like activating an internet service, could be so hard.

In the digital age of instant connection and immediate gratification how can a man be told that it will take 2-4 days to activate a phone line, and a further 4-10 days after that to connect the internet service?

iPrimus, an internet and telephony retailer, has been providing good service to us for over a year now except when it comes to relocating. We had a similar problem when we first moved to 2527, but I excused the delay because we were moving the huge distance of 20 kilometres.

Our recent move, which resulted from a totally unexpected eviction notice, saw us transport all our worldly possessions to a new home three doors down from the old one. Yes, three doors: not even 100 metres, and yet here we are, eight days in our new residence, without internet or any immediate prospect of it. We also don't have access to free to air television, but that's a different story.

February 4: I received a text message saying that a technician was required to connect the telephone and that one had been booked for the 18th of February. I called iPrimus, to say this was unacceptable and I was asked if I wanted to request an earlier appointment. I swallowed the large furry ball of sarcasm in my throat and said, 'Yes, please.' They're coming on Monday.

I am thankful for hotspotting. Although I only have 5GB of data on my phone, it should suffice until we have our internet service activated, if I avoid downloading videos.

I'm really mystified by the delay in connecting us to the World Wide Web. It's as simple as pushing a few buttons, isn't it? Or am I hanging my naivete out on the line for all to see? This could only happen in Australia, right? The land of exorbitant charges, and pitiful excuses for poor service.

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