Now I need to take that massive presentation and all of the boring stuff, throw it far away and put a story together to tell in a total of up to 3 minutes. Exciting stuff.
When we opened up the office for the new year, Nicholas told me he had dropped his HTC Sensation in the Ocean, on a family trip to the Beach, over the holidays. He did his best to save it, drying it out, but it was too late. He had lost his HTC to water damage.
He needed to be connected, so I gave him my Nexus S, to get him back online.
Up until recently I have been carrying a Nexus S and an iPhone 4, so this is the first time I’ve been flying solo with an iPhone only.
One of the first things I noticed was that the apps I used to use regularly on my Android performed a little better on iOS or at least that is how I perceived it. The iPhone only experience has been pretty good so far, Gmail for iOS is great, Google Maps is Great, the one thing I do miss is Google Talk.
At work we run most of what we do with Google based services and Android really does this better than iOS. Google have however made most of their apps available as Native installs for iOS and they all work really well.
I’d dig to get my hands on a new Android at some point, preferably a Nexus 4, but until then I’m pretty comfortable using my iPhone as my primary communication device.
Rudie and I were talking and decided we should do something differently at G3ECS to try and get everyone engaged and ensure we’re catering for the different levels of skill within the group.
Tonight Rudie split everyone into four groups, each focused on a different level of our learning programme.
- Group one was looking at the basics of electronics and making some throwees.
- Group two was getting started with Arduino.
- Group three was focused on more advanced Arduino and programming.
- Group four was the project table, but they ended up tearing a printer apart.
It looks like this approach worked quite well, so I’m going to try and come up with a similar split for the coding sessions.
I popped in this morning to give it a try and it’s great, the connection is backed by fibre so it’s got a super low ping and is perfect for catching up on mail or getting some work done away from the office.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery during the work day or just feeling like a good cup of coffee, do yourself a favour and pop in at Caloroso.
The Lynn Schroeder Team went all out and arranged a really awesome spread.
They kept the talking to a minimum and showed us a BMW Demo Video. I’m sure everyone left wanting a BMW Motor Bike after that.
Carli introduced the chamber to the ProtoCon Exhibition and I got quite a bit of positive feedback from some of the members.
We also discussed the concept of Prototyping Ideas instead of spending money on research papers and this was well received. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of the Protothon next month.
Rudie also joined us tonight for his first networking evening, let’s hope it’s not going to be his last.