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Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance

As my very first book review, I’ve been reading Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance by Matthew Syad.

Skipping any introduction this goes straight into a true story of a healthy mother of two who has a routine operation but, as a result of mistakes made, dies. As a father of two myself it’s quite a traumatic start to the book but is here to demonstrate the initial discussion point – mistakes and how they’re dealt with.  It starkly contrasts the aviation industry with healthcare (specifically hospitals). Whereas the first learn from mistakes, sharing that knowledge more broadly, healthcare does otherwise – with Doctors and Surgeons wishing to protect their reputation they will not admit to failings, hence, nobody learns and the mistakes continue.  Some states in the US do have an open policy in Hospitals, allowing any noticed problems to be reported (and some hospitals have thousands of things reported every month as a result) – even Doctors reporting themselves – leading to great understanding and learning. And, guess what? Less insurance too as people are less likely to sue if they are told the truth – more often than not suing someone only occurs so that they can get at the truth.

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Do Sony Do Anything About Abusive PSN Messages? (NSFW)

Yesterday I was playing Overwatch, which I’m relatively new to. Not only that but I was trying out a different character which I had little experience with. Combine both of these, the former reflected in the fact that I’m only rank 12, and, yeah, I’m not a brilliant player. But I’m not THAT bad.

Someone though thought differently as I was suddenly sent a message on my PS4.

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Until now I’ve run various test WordPress sites as sub-folders to this domain. However, with potentially insecure sites sitting in the same folder structure as this site this adds an understandable security risk. I’ve therefore purchased a secondary domain (MyWPPlug.in) from which I will now perform all development and testing.

Heading to any root URL for that domain will get you forwarded to my plugin portfolio page on this site. However, I have sub-folders for my test sites (which I don’t publicise) and bug tracking (I’ve also setup a redirect so my links to the old bug-tracking URL will forward to the new one – in time, I’ll correct these URLs), which now ensures that the only thing installed on this domain is the single WordPress installation.

SoundPEATS B20 Earphones

I’ve recently reviewed a number of cordless SoundPEATS headphones but today it’s a more traditional wired set.

The B20 earphones have a rather unusual style too. Behind the swappable rubber ear tips (you get 3 different sized pairs)  is a bright red metal section, finalised by a light wooden end. Whether it’s real wood or not I can’t tell but I’d suggest that you’ll either love or hate the rather unusual look. They are, however, quite long with both those metal and wood sections and stick out of the ear quite far – none-the-less, they were comfy and didn’t fall out.

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My Wedding Singer Diary – Part 3

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More scenes are now complete including, last night, one set in a shopping mall. Unbeknown to me I’m in that too, so chalk up another character for the show. Actually, no, two. I’m seen first of all shopping and then, later, in the dress shop trying to flog a bridal gown (so, I’m assuming they’re different characters). And if you want to see me dance with a mannequin then this is the time to do it!

But you know what this also means, don’t you? More costumes.

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Using Google’s Wi-Fi Assistant

Available for sometime in the USA, Google’s Wi-Fi Assistant has made its way to the UK for those people with Nexus devices.

In a nutshell, Wi-Fi Assistant, when switched on, will automatically connect you to approved public Wi-Fi hotspots whenever you’re in range. For security they have to be Google approved but, also, it runs everything through a VPN.

Chances are, even if you’ve not realised it, you have the option available to you. When 3 other people in the office (2 with a Nexus 6P and 1 with a Nexus 5X) all had it, a quick reboot of my phone added it to my own. After a while, if you don’t switch it on, you may get a pop-up about it but it’s easy to miss.

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SoundPEATS Q22 Bluetooth Headphones

The Q22s are the latest Bluetooth headphones from SoundPEATS. These, unlike some of the others I’ve reviewed, have a higher quality metal design and look very nice. But are they as good as the previous models, which I’ve been impressed with?

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After the announcement of the iPhone 7 there was a flurry of amusing Tweets about the new £160 “AirPod” cordless earphones and the fact that phone has got rid of the headphone socket. Here are my person favourites.

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Why you should buy a PlayStation Pro even if you don’t have a 4K TV

Most people think that the PS4 Pro is for those who have 4K TVs, even though it’s already been pointed out that few games are likely to run anywhere near this resolution natively. But, no, I’d argue that it’s the ideal upgrade from the standard PS4 for those with just a humble HD TV.

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SocialBookCo – Cheap and even free books!

SocialBookCo is a great site for book lovers, or even the casual reader – a simple to use search engine for books that will hunt down and display the cheapest place to get your next read. Genuinely, now I’m aware of it, I wouldn’t think of getting another book without using this first.

However, it’s not that aspect of their site that I’m posting about today because they also have a programme for Book Reviews. Yes, they’ll send you books, free of charge, for review.

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