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27 May 2008

Back in Blog!
Another 9 months without blogging here - taking care of the new wonderful addition to the family, sending pictures and clips to the family and friends.

I just decided to start playing with Twitter on which I opened an account a while back : 387 days ago apparently after an afternoon in Bondi Beach - it feels like another life!

I'll probably use that more than the blog to just share some links/news I stumble upon regularly. Hey, you never know, I actually enjoyed updating my status on Gmail/FB/etc. for a while.

So, keep an eye on that "Twittering" box on the right side or follow me on twitter, straight from the feed!

13 August 2007

Dubai Dubai
A quickie from the not-so-quiet (driling, fire alarms) "quiet lounge" in Dubai airport on my way back to Sydney, just before boarding. I have spent a great two weeks in Europe working from the London office and then spending one week in Oléron with the family (amazingly with enough wind to windsurf most days). I always like to blog from airports, don't know why. I have loads to tell but a plane to catch - thought this would give the old blog some life back though ;)

24 July 2007

One Year
"One year..." I have been telling me this a few times over the last couple of weeks.

One year since graduation.

One year since all the good stuff that happened around graduation (desorientation, capstone class, summer ball...)

And today it's been one year since I joined American Express.

I don't want to sound nostalgic but these 2 years at London Business School and UCLA were clearly good times. And even if I got lucky with a rotation program taking me around the world, working life just can't match student life. :/

I'll be back in London next week and I'm sure I'll find a few MBAs to reenact our student life highlights at a trendy bar or a local pub.

On that note, I think it'd be fair to add soon: One year since I stopped posting on this blog regularly. But I've been a bit more thorough with our blog in Oz and more recently with this very stupid experiment: blogging my Gmail/Skype/Facebook status.

23 May 2007

Steve Jobs's Granny...
I just spotted this new "badge" on the Apple website a few days ago: "A Greener Apple".

For once, it isn't about a new product but more about old ones. The page being linked to is a memo from Steve Jobs in response to allegations that Apple doesn't do its fair share to be eco-responsible:

Apple has been criticized by some environmental organizations for not being a leader in removing toxic chemicals from its new products, and for not aggressively or properly recycling its old products. Upon investigating Apple’s current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas. Whatever other improvements we need to make, it is certainly clear that we have failed to communicate the things that we are doing well.

I think it's a good initiative but if Apple wants to be taken seriously, I doubt a once-a-year update and vague plans (as announced) are going to be good enough. Why not set a CSR blog instead to follow on initiatives and progress? I guess it's the Apple way again... being secretive.

So, Steve is on its way but still has some miles to go before making his Apple a Granny Smith.

Aside note: I wonder whether this will get Apple (formely known as Apple Computers) into more trouble with Apple (the Beatles' label) as Apple Records' logo was actually a granny smith... :)

03 May 2007

May the 4th be with you

May The 4th Be With You!

I just received this joke by email.
Hilarious it is, and resisting I couldn't.