The ThinkPad is 20

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ThinkPad range of laptop PCs is twenty years old.

It is, without doubt, a design classic.

I currently own a ThinkPad X60s (pictured), which has run for years without a problem.

Jack Schofield outlines the story behind ThinkPad laptops, originally an IBM brand, but since sold to Lenovo.

I went to WordPress London 14

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I went to meeting 14 of the WordPress London local group on 21 August 2012, held at the Google Campus.

The presentations included:

After the meeting it was beers at the nearby Masque Haunt.

WordPress London meets on a monthly basis – many thanks to Keith for organising the gathering.

If you’re not based in London, see if there’s a WordPress local group near you on the WPUK wiki.

Thames Barrier

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Thames Barrier at 1455 on 16 June 2012.

I went to WordPress London 13

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I attended thirteenth meeting of the WordPress London local group on 21 June 2012 held at Skills Matter.

The presentations included:

After the meeting it was beer at the Sutton Arms.

WordPress London meets on a monthly basis – many thanks to Keith for organising the gathering.

If you’re not based in London, see if there’s a WordPress local group near you on the WPUK wiki.

I went to MailCamp 2012

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I attended MailCamp 2012 held at the National Audit Office in Victoria on 17 May 2012.

The follow-up to MailCamp 2011 once again proved to be fascinating, and showed that email still has an incredibly important communications role to play.

The format was two series of (timed) five minute presentations, each followed by a 45 minute open session consisting of parallel breakout groups, with each group involving each presenter, allowing attendees to discuss the preceding sessions.

Reports of proceedings can be found on the event live coverage page.

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The event was held in the magnificent NAO building (formerly the Imperial Airways Empire Terminal), pictured above.

Many thanks to the NAO, the speakers, the sponsors and Steph for organising the event.

I went to WordPress London 12

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I went to meeting 12 of the WordPress London local group on 16 May 2012, held, for the first time, at the spiffing Google Campus.

The sessions included:

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Afterwards it was beers at the nearby Masque Haunt (pictured above).

WordPress London meets on a monthly basis – many thanks to Keith for organising the gathering.

If you’re not based in London, see if there’s a WordPress local group near you on the WPUK wiki.

Uniqlo flag in Regent Street

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Uniqlo in Regent Street at 1656 on 22 May 2012.

I went to TV Fast Train 2012

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I attended TV Fast Train 2012 at the BBC White City building on 16 May 2012.

Unfortunately, unlike last time, due to other commitments during the day, I could only attend two sessions:

  • Editing with FCP – A very useful introduction to the basics of using this popular non-linear editing system provided by DV Talent.
  • Design Futures and Innovation – This session looked at some of the methods used at the Prospect and Innovation Design Research Studio (Pi Studio) based in the Design Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The session included a practical timeline exercise looking at the past and possible future of the BBC – I’ll write further on this interesting technique in a future post.

Many thanks to the organisers and partners involved in arranging another great TV Fast Train.