Podcast Episode 4: The Future of Robotics

The Future of Robotics In this episode I explore the future of robots with robotics specialist Luke Hickton who is studying a Doctor of Philosophy on the interactions between robots and humans. Images: Above is a Scamperbot robot built using a 3D printer with onboard servos and arduino processor. Below is Scamperbot inventor and developer […]


Techfortesco server back online soon 8

UPDATE: All working now! Well done Adrian and the Tesco Labs engineering team. https://secure.techfortesco.com/tescoapiweb/login.aspx — Hello if you’ve reached this blog when you thought you were going to techfortesco.com’s API server. It’s OK, my lovely ex-colleagues at Tesco Labs are sorting out a new server to host the API and it will be back online […]

Kirisun DM680 – switching from Chinese to English plus digital demo (video)

This is a focused radio article for my fellow radio amateur enthusiasts In this video I show you how to switch the on-screen menus from Chinese to English on a Kirisun DM680 digital mobile radio. I also give you a demonstration of a digital audio conversation, and show the raw signal on a computer screen […]

Kirisun DM680 mobile radio

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Podcast Episode 3: Innovation in Hackathons

Innovations in Hackathons Hackathons are an excellent way of helping colleagues think up great ideas to solve problems (or ‘make things better’) and this episode takes you behind the scenes at the 2015 Retail Week House of Fraser Hackathon in association with Infosys. I designed the methodology behind this hackathon, so in this episode I […]

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

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

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

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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 […]