A file compression experiment 1

I wanted to make an archive backup of my Parallels Windows 10 virtual machine file. The file itself is 54.51 GB, and I used Keka, a compressor application for OSX available from the Mac’s App Store to compress using the ‘more compression’ setting on each of five different compression standards: 7z – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7z Zip – […]

Compression results

Open Data

Podcast Episode 2: Innovation in Data   Recently updated !

Innovation in Data We live in the ‘Information Age’ where the creation and use of data is prolific. Data drives business operations, social media and more. Data is important, but my passion is for open data. That’s data that is freely available in data files that you can download and import into a spreadsheet or […]


Tesco “Feet On The Floor” returns… without me!

I’ve just read in The Grocer that more than 7,000 Tesco head office staff are to be sent to work in-store between September and December this year. It’s weird to think that, after all these years, I won’t be stacking the shelves or picking online orders alongside my Tesco colleagues this Christmas. In Tesco.com we […]


Judging the 24-hour Retail Week House of Fraser Hackathon

I’m delighted to be chairing the judging panel once again for the second hackathon event from Retail Week. Last year’s fantastic entries set a high bar and I’m looking forward to witnessing the creativity that will undoubtedly abound in this year’s group of teams! You can read up more about the teams selected to compete […]


Podcast Episode 1: The Culture of Innovation 1   Recently updated !

Welcome to this first full episode of Innovation Lab! If a company describes itself as ‘innovative’, what are its employees actually doing differently? How does a company with a known culture of innovation actually work? To tackle these questions, Nick’s inaugural guest is Audun Clark, the former Head of innovation Culture and Communications at Tesco […]

Engage & Excite - The Culture Of Innovation

Windows 10 start menu

How to ‘force’ your Windows PC to upgrade to Windows 10 now

If you have a Windows 7 or 8 PC and you really can’t wait until Microsoft gets round to sending you the upgrade application, you can get upgrading pretty much immediately. It just so happens that I run my Windows PC as a virtual machine (using Parallels) on my Mac but the task of upgrading […]


Innovation Lab – Episode 0: Introduction

Welcome to the very first show from Innovation Lab, entitled ” “Innovation Lab – Episode 0: Introduction”. The purpose of this first episode is for me to work out how to record, produce and distribute a podcast, and for you to work out how to listen to it, make sure it is what you are […]


Nick behind a studio microphone

Innovation Lab Podcast now airing!

I’m delighted to announce that the Innovation Lab show is now airing as a podcast. It will appear on iTunes shortly (fingers crossed) but you can this feed manually to your podcast ‘receiver’ application to get listening immediately. Show notes and a direct link the audio file will also appear in entries on this blog […]


New ‘Weather-Pi’ upgraded to Raspberry Pi 2

The new Raspberry PI 2 model B has arrived, and has just taken over from the the B+ Pi that has been running the weewx weather system for the last few months. Packing a faster ARMv7 CPU processor with 4 cores, and double the memory at 1024MB, there is much more ‘ceiling’ for the Weather […]

Raspberry Pi 2 computer in a transparent case shown next to a UK 5p coin for size.

The Joy of Async JavaScript

This weekend I wanted to ensure that lansley.com works well on all screens from standard web broswers to mobile and TV. After all I can hardly espouse about the internet of things if my own web site can’t work on them where applicable! I used the Google PageSpeed web site tester, and all was well […]