Apps I use…Entertainment 

These are some of the apps I use on my IPad or IPhone.   Currently use and IPad Air2and a combination of a Work Iphone6s and a personal 5C, although looking to replace that.


Apps in this case are quite straightforward 

  • Netflix– rarely use on the IPad mainly use this on my Smart TV
  • Soundcloud – I like Soundcloud for when I need some background music at work.  I find with Spotify or ITunes I’ll get distracted and bounce around to much.  
  • Sky+ – App for my Sky TV Box.  Use it for recording shows and general TV guide.  The bit I like about this app is that if there is a schedule clash it tells you and recommends other times the shows are on.  This is something the actual set top box doesn’t do!
  • Now TV – again I don’t really use this on my IPad, but I access Sky movies through this currently on My TV.  I have an offer at the moment where I am only paying £3.99a month but don’t get the movies in HD.  This is fine as it’s normally for family Friday movie night and so is more family/Kids movie than mega blockbuster.
  • Overcast– Podcast app of choice on my IPad and Mobiles.   I tend to find most car journeys involve me listening to a podcast playing via Overcast.
  • IMDB – for when you recognise and actress or actor and look them up.  Then find you have never watched anything there in.  So have no idea still why you recognise them!
  • Sky go – Download TV shows from sky to take with me. Useful for holidays 
  • My Sky -Manage Sky account And some loyalty rewards
  • Sky store – if you have brought a movie through sky yo can manage it through this app. Used twice really not worth it.
  • BBC IPlayer– Watch live or on demand BBC Shows

Notice Period

I’m currently in the last 3 weeks of what has been a 13 week notice period after I resigned from my current job.   It’s officially 3 months. It due to calendars it’s worked out a long 13 weeks.

Normally these things are 4 weeks but as I have management grade it’s longer.  I understand the idea is to allow a replacement to be recruited which takes a month then they have to resign and serve their notice period which maybe a month or even 3, so the. If your employer is lucky they get a months handover.   Now this isn’t the case for me as due to some changes in the business I’m not currently being replaced.

The first month I spent documenting and handing over bits, the second month trying to stop doing the bits I have already handed over.  The last month I’ve been mainly planning a leaving meal and sorting the odd contract renewals, nothing that anyone else really couldn’t pick up. The reality is I’m leaving 14 workdays but keep getting pulled in to things despite trying to distance myself, so the 3 months haven’t really forced anyone to pick things up.

Inches

I’m currently reading Legacy a book by James Kerr that covers the rule books that the all blacks rugby team put in place a few years ago.   I’ll write so,etching about it when I have finished it.   However there is a section that talks about marginal games.   The concept of lots of small differences adding up to make a big difference.   Team sky use a concept of lots of 1% changes and apparently the McLaren racing team call it tenths, where they look to shave a tenth of a second of every lap during a race.

This though reminded me of this clip from. Any Given Sunday, and it’s been  while since I watched this. Great clip, great message and great acting. 

Insurance needs to change

I’m currently renewing my house insurance which is an annual task I hate doing.   It always feels like a big gamble, how do I know if my house will fall down and how cub it will cost to rebuild.  The effort as well of filling in the same form getting quotes is just a pain as well.  Yes I can use a comparison site but the quotes are never right and really no better when you have made the policy match against a direct quote.

The other thing that’s has annoyed me is recent thing with the excess.   I accept that I will pay the first £200 of a claim.   However some companies now I still a mandatory excess of a further £100.  I know I can in theroy choose to have no excess but don’t stiff me twice.

Anyway why does it need to change.  Well with house and car insurance these are things we each year need to renew.  There is a lot of effort that goes into this on everyone part.  So why do we renew every year and not have a longer policy length? 3 years or 5 years seems reasonable. You can have life insurance policy for longer so I don’t believe its legislation thing?   

With my insurance policy the costs has gone up by £50 but I haven’t had a claim in the last year so why?  Surely if i haven’t had a claim I should be rewarded.  Instead I have found a better cheaper policy elesemwhere and will now move, only to repeat the charade next July.  A benefit of being in a longer policy and showing a commitment that if you stay claim free for 5 years it could mean a real rebate rather than some money of your policy if your lucky.   There would possibly be a need to take into account environmental factors that would normally cause your renewal to each year adjust and so there would need to be a way of handling this.   However I suspect this could be eradicated by the reduction in costs of the companies having to handle so much admin.

I’ve not fully thought this through but it feels like its ready to be disrupted.

A change is coming

In my job I don’t save lives or rescue people from burning buildings.  I won’t change the world or find a cure for an illness.  However I need to be challenged and feel that I deliver quality work that makes an impact in its own way.   That’s why over recent months I have found myself thinking about the below Steve Jobs quote.

The Refugee Crisis – Ted Talk

“65 million people displaced from their homes by violence and persecution last year. If it was a country, that would be the 21st largest country in the world. Most of those people, about 40 million, stay within their own home country, but 25 million are refugees. That means they cross a border into a neighboring state.” – David Miliband

Just consider that for a moment that fact, the number of Refugees displaced from their homes would make it the 21st largest country in the world. The 21st, that’s more than the UK at 22nd, and France currently at 21st.   Just think about that number for a second.

I came across this Ted Talk yesterday from David Milliband who now try to help the refugee crisis.   There are shocking points in this where it really hits home the size of the crisis.  One point, he talks to a young person and asks them where their home originally is.  They were born in the camp, and have been there that long.

Take 20 minutes of your time and watch this.

 

How to make Smores

Well we have had a couple of days of good weather in the U.K. And so everyone seems to behaving a BBQ.   Something to try if you never had is smores.    Now I would probably argue it’s more camp fire than BBQ but you can get a way with it I think.

If your not sure what they are, its marshmallow toasted over the fire, then chocolate and cracker/biscuit around it.   I was at a party the other week and this was done using chocolate biscuits and Marshmallows.   It was prett good, however I came across this video last night on Mr Porters YouTube page and it looks as though there is a key step I’ve always missed, toasting it all again after its been assembled.

Tech I Use: Anker Earphones

A couple of months ago I needed some new headphones for the gym and when I go running, and decided to go for some wireless ones.  I find that a cable generally gets in the way when doing any weights above my chest.  I dint want to spend a lot because I tend to lose them or damaage them.  I initaly purcahsed some a pair of Mpow earphones, but twice had an issue where one of the sides stopped working, plus they never sat quite right in my ears.     So I replaced these with a pair of Anker Soundbuds Slim.

I quite like the Anker products and have charges and holders (Read this on the Verge for more information on the company).   These sat in my ear well and didnt slip when running and happy with the sound for what I need.  A little feature I liked is the top of each ear piece has a magnet so you can put them out of the way around your neck.

The only mixed isue I have is the controls.  On one of the sides is a control button as part of the cable.  While this is convinent, I kept activating siri when trying to change songs.   Plus when running it seems to bounce to much and get in the way.

So I decided to switch these to the Anker Sports model, and for a current price of just under £20 there brilliant.  Same style but not magnet which is a shame, but the positive is there is no control ont he cable.  There is a simple power button and volume control on each ear bud, which is sufficent for my need.  I think I feel to self conscious of the controls to actually wear them out and about as it does seem to sit a bit ackwardly.     I have retaineed the original Ankers and just use these around the home and in the garden and still enjoy using them, but for value for money the sports model is the way to go.

This video gives more of an overview

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