Saturday, January 29, 2005

The Onion | U.S. Children Still Traumatized One Year After Seeing Partially Exposed Breast On TV

The Onion | U.S. Children Still Traumatized One Year After Seeing Partially Exposed Breast On TV

The problem with "The Onion", is that once you've read the fake headline you've got the joke and most of the time there's not much point reading the rest of the story. This one is an exception though, the last line has a nice twist to it.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

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Between late flights and socialising with customers, I've been getting about 3 hours sleep per night! This had me terribly worried up until yesterday. We arrived from Hainan really late, and I went streight to bed, exhausted. But I still work up at 4:30am. I half expected to fall asleep half way through my presentation (or Bob's presentation), but I managed to keep going. Actually the meetings were sucessfull. Then I figured it out in the cab back to the hotel, I'll sleep when I'm tired, and worrying about not getting enough sleep is pointless - especially since it was probably keeping me awake. Armed with this new philosophy I managed to get a good seven hours last night. OK, it wasn't just the philosophy, the bottle of wine might have had something to do with it...


I think the key thing, if you sell software and related services, is to work with local people. I've added a slide to my presentation:

Yes, I had a Big Mac in China! Big Mac here is about 10 RMB (€0.90), and in Ireland it is about €3.50. The point is, developers here cost about one third what they do in Ireland but have more or less the same lifestyle (due to reduced cost of living). Also, they want local control of everything. Luckily there's plenty of scope in what we sell for local work - mapping, hosting, support, application development, etc.


Going to Beijing today. Tomorrow evening going back to Hong Kong, in Hong Kong until Monday night and I'll be home on Tuesday! Actually that's the original itinerary, it hasn't changed.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Back to China & Hong Kong

I'm going on Saturday to Hong Kong and I'm going to spend most of the following week in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hainan). I'll be back in Ireland on Tuesday 1st. This is my second trip to China but I'm still excited to be going there. I'll be spending the weekend of 29th/30th in Hong Kong, I've been told to check out Ned Kelly's Last Stand and their Jazz band.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Yahoo! Games - Downloads - Zuma

I am still on holidays! Nya nya na na nya etc.

Gives me plenty of time to look for a new office time waster, and I got told about this totally adictive Zuma game. Rolling marbles and cool sound effects. Best thing since TETRIS!!! Don't play it at work, you'll get the sack.