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Tasty looking refurb

Posted: October 23rd, 2008 in News, People

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David, David and Maria pose outside our new look office

David, David and Maria pose outside our new look office

Our offices are looking pretty tasty now. But not quite as tasty as this nifty gingerbread house (Tesco £9.99) that Sally and Nic knocked up during yesterday lunchtime when they were bored. Sadly, their masterpiece has nearly all been eaten now and looks more like a bomb damaged building in wartime London. 

We’ve been undergoing a bit of a refurb here at Cornish Place. The sticky old lino has been replaced by smart dark grey carpet tiles, we’ve all got spanking new desks and we’ve filled several skips with Creative Reviews dating back to the mid eighties and old Comstock photolibrary books full of images of businesspeople with big hair high-fiving each other outside glossy office buildings. It’s just like that round here at Cornish Place at lunchtime. The builders are currently in the process of creating two meeting spaces downstairs and we hope it’ll all be finished in the next week or two.

In the process of the clear-out we unearthed a few priceless items: in particular a Leo Sayer song book (may his perm never wilt), a rubber chicken (sadly too perished to save) and some photographs of David and Maria back in the dark ages when they started Iris. They both look about Credit union fourteen years old.

 

 

FOWA is all done!

Posted: October 11th, 2008 in Out and about

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Photo by Benjamin Ellis used under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license.

The second and final day of the FOWA expo (or third and final day if you attended the workshops on the 8th) has now concluded with what was surely a riotous filming of diggnation with Kevin Rose and co. Starting much as the first day did with a stellar keynote, this time by Tim Bray of Sun Microsystems and XML fame, followed by Adam Gross of Salesforce giving a quick demo of his company’s online offering. Tim certainly started off the proceedings strongly with a frank and intelligent exploration of how web applications and more specifically, those developing them, can survive in hard times; while other attendees touched on the banking situation, none covered it quite so lucidly and with such brilliant advice attached. Adam’s talk was part marketing, part demo and, unfortunately, all forgettable.

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First day of FOWA wrap-up

Posted: October 9th, 2008 in Out and about

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Image by Pip, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike license

The first day of the Future of Web Apps conference has drawn to a close and an excellent day it has been so far. The day kicked off with a bang with a talk by Kevin Rose (of digg fame and as close to a web apps rock star as is possible) on the future of news, specifically social news and what can be done to make it more appealing to users. This was followed closely by a short talk by Edwin Aoki of AOL with possible prognostications on where web-apps are going and how they’ve evolved since his talk at the last FOWA in London.

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Iris is off to FOWA!

Posted: October 8th, 2008 in Out and about

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The Future of Web Applications conference is visiting London for the fourth time and I’ll be there for the second time, soaking up the talks and atmosphere of the cutting edge of online digital development. Last year’s event managed to fit in talks from industry luminaries such as Kevin Rose, Om Malik, Michael Arrington and Matt Mullenweg with company representation from Microsoft, Yahoo, Adobe, AOL, Facebook and many more. This year looks to expand on that line-up with Google, Sun Microsystems and Amazon Web Services joining the mix.

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