Uncluttering My Office

Bags A Rubbish Shot !

I have been widening the range of sites that I keep an eye on through Google Reader; my reading list is here if you are interested.

One of the recent additions to my daily reading list has been http://unclutterer.com/ a site that does what it says on the tin!

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Google Documents – Gadgets

I have found myself using Google Documents more and more over the last few months.

One of the areas that was severely lacking was the ability to share parts of that content.

That is all changed now with Google Gadgets.

For example, for my training I had resorted to n HTML table on my training page http://www.rossgoodman.com/fundraising/training/ whilst not difficult it is not exactly elegant.

Now I am recording my times in a Google spreadsheet and using two gadgets, one to show a tabular list if the data and another to show an interactive time series chart, the same as is used on google finance.

Cool Huh !

More Media Exposure

Pick Me Up Logo

A while back my daughter; Emma Goodman, was interviewed by a researcher from The Press Association who was interested in her story.

She has just called to say that Emma will be featured in the Spring Special edition of the Pick Me Up magazine that goes on sale this Friday.

I have just picked up my copy: 14th march edition, page 27.

Guest Author


Creative Commons License photo credit: Yelnoc

I have had my first request for a guest author !

Ryan. one of my colleagues from Eclectic, or should that be Maxima now, has asked if he can use my blog to share some of his wisdom.

Look forward to seeing some articles from him in the near future !

Modelling Change In Your Dimensions

Money

You use dimension tables to hold the descriptive attributes that you want to use to analyse your measures.

This is fine but what do you do when this information changes? There are three common ways that you can handle changes in your dimensional model.

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Ideal Working Environment

My Home Office

I have just fine tuned my working environment and have come up with the ideal setup.

OK the monitor heights are a bit wonky but I very rarely span monitors, I like to have discrete items open in each and focus on one monitor at a time.

In this picture I have outlook split between monitors 1 & 2, thunderbird between 2 and 3 and firefox crossing all 3.

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Scary Mary !

Scary Mary !

I treated myself to an external flash for my camera, specifically a Nikon SB-800.

This allows me to play around with having the flash off camera. Mucking around produced the photo above, which also gives a sneak preview to the “face fungus” which I am currently cultivating.

As you may or may not know, i love the concept of openid which allows you to have a single authorisation location for multiple sites (including this blog). It also allows you to have a single profile page. It has just scared me the number of places where my profile photo may be, I’m going to spend the next hour seeing how many places I have put it!

OK, in 1 hour I have found 16 discrete sites, and I have not even started with the forums that I frequent !

Burn Baby Burn!

Burn Baby Burn

Since we had our extension built we have had continual problems with the isolator switch for the shower becoming really hot. It’s been replaced a few times. At the weekend, the whole hose was plunged into darkness and there was a puff of smike in Emma’s bedroom. One of the carers burned her hand switching the shower off. We were out of options until I read Larry Adkin’s guide, then I realized I needed professional help.

A call to a friendly electrician revealed the source of the problem above.

Today the electricians from the builders arrived and completely re-wired the shower and replaced the main breaker.

Speedy service !

Dimensional Modelling – Facts


Creative Commons License photo credit: Felipe Morin

I am often asked by my colleagues to explain dimensional modelling concepts to them. I will try to capture come on the concepts here. I am going to focus on Facts.

Specifically, types of facts: Accumulating, Factless, Transactions, Snapshots, Additive, SemiAdditive and Non Additive

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Flickr Favourite Surfing

Flickr

One of the core principles in Flickr is having the ability to mark any photo that you see as being a favourite.

This page http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/surf.php from Big Huge Labs lets you explore this concept further. Choose a contact, one of your own or just a random person and it will display some of their favourite photos.

Click on one to see it large. It then joms to the owner of the large photo and shows you their favourites and so on, and so on and so on……..

This is such a simple concept and so addictive.

You have been warned !