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11 Jan 2012

Much To Do About Nothing

by Jessica

It seems there is a new ‘to-do list’ application on the market almost every day. Many come and go quietly, hardly a blip on the competitive landscape, falling short with their usability and design. Others come from developers trying to scratch an itch; talented people who lack the time or desire to be there for […]

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22 Dec 2011

After the hangover

by Jessica

Here we are just a few days before Christmas, and amidst the frantic shopping, parties and rushing to get work finished, we find ourselves thinking about the New Year ahead. There is something so enticing about the ‘fresh start’; the next step, the chance to make change in our lives. It is this feeling of […]

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10 Dec 2011

Talking the walk

by Harry

Somewhere along the line something went wrong. Before we started living our lives through computers, didn’t we used to show more respect? Raised voices and shouting were reserved for situations of real urgency; times when you had no choice but to verbally shake the person you were talking to. But now it seems to happen […]

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19 Oct 2011

Contextual Communication

by Harry

There’s something very respectful about the practice of letter writing – the way you give all of your attention and energy to communicate with someone who isn’t there to respond. And there’s something charming about the way, in days gone by, people would hand-write a complete account of their life at any given time – […]

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3 Oct 2011

Focus

by Jessica

I’ve had several unsuccessful attempts at writing this article before now. It’s not that I don’t know what I want to talk about. It’s not even that I don’t want to do it; I enjoy writing for our blog. Sometimes urgent unexpected things come up, but often it’s non urgent distractions. For example I’ll be looking […]

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29 Sep 2011

Picture this

by John

Last week I needed to implement some image resizing and optimising functionality to Luumin, something for handling images like avatars and previewing content. Having used ImageMagick for the last several years by calling the executable directly, it seemed like an opportune time to see what other libraries were available and what ones were able to […]

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3 Aug 2011

A trip to the lake

by Jessica

Sometimes a walk around the block isn’t sufficient and we feel the need to go a long way down the road – as in 3 or 4 hours drive away! This weekend we did just that and ended up here, at the beautiful Lake Tarawera in the Central North Island: Hunkered down in a traditional kiwi bach, […]

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29 Jul 2011

The perfectionist problem

by Jessica

We all know the stereotypical perfectionist. Perfectly groomed with everything in order, but a slightly maniacal glint in the eye and a tremor in the hand as things fall out of line. One of the most interesting paradoxes we have found in our research is how often those who are viewed as ‘disorganized’ display many […]

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21 Jul 2011

Walking on the moon

by Harry

I used to think that people who procrastinated (myself included) were simply bad at managing time. What I’ve come to learn is that it’s actually more about denial than anything else. When we are supposed to do something, and we just don’t do it, the reason is seldom that we forgot it when planning our […]

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12 Jul 2011

A pebble in my shoe

by Jessica

There was a task on my to-do list that I had been putting off for weeks. It started off as a trivial matter, just a bit of a pain, a pebble stuck in my shoe. The first couple of days were hectic and I didn’t get to it. It wasn’t the highest priority thing, and […]

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