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Balance the scale

If you've been wondering what the correct answer is, here's standard the calculation including the weight of the bar for balancing :-

Weight on left side x Length of left side of the bar + Weight of bar x ( Left length of bar - half the length of the bar ) = Weight on Right Side x ( Length of bar - length of left side of bar)

Now to put the known figures in

  • For the left hand side the downward torque is 2 x 400 + 2 x ( 400 - 300 ) = 1000
  • For the right hand side the downward torque is 4 x ( 600 - 400 ) = 800

Therefore in our situation Terry's side will drop to the floor.

So much in work and life is a balance. If you are having trouble balancing your work and life, there may be technology solutions that can help.Get in touch and let's see what can be done

Human integration with technology and systems.

Connecting all the time

Andrés Lucero of Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland recently published ( arXiv:1804.04833 [cs.HC] ) his autoethnography about his period of times in his life that he has voluntarily lived without a mobile phone. Since 1999 he spent two separate periods (2002-2008 and 2014-2017) without a phone. Both related to when he was working in academia and cycling to work. Interesting points to note were that even during these periods he had access to wifi enabled tablets, but the need for authentication codes and secure communications were the key areas that were affected by not having a mobile phone. Additionally in Finland at the age of 7 children receive their first mobile phone and house keys so that they can travel to school on their own.

With two factor authentication heavily reliant on mobile phones either for SMS/text codes or smart phone apps with authentication code production, it becomes more and more difficult to imagine the operation of today’s work environment without a phone. In one situation the service he was trying to use reluctantly ended up emailing the security details to an email address that they weren’t able to verify.

Moving back in to the connected world and embracing all forms of device, including wearable, Andrés Lucero also had to learn how to cope with synchronous and asynchronous forms of communication such as Whatsapp, where in a group things are said and discussed through the night which aren’t for people sleeping to respond to until they want to.

The paper makes for an interesting study, and demonstrates a number of situations where normal life is eased by the power of live connection. Eg. location and travelling directions, location based entertainment and two factor authentication services. The paper also shows how remaining in control of technology can help maintain control of stressors.

For security all businesses should be using two factor authentication where they can, and with smart phones being one of the most popular methods the need for all employees having access becomes apparent. However there are alternatives, if you’d like to discuss please contact us below.


Bank Holidays 2018 - It's time to remember to update for May 2018

May Day Bank Holiday 2018

With only 4 weeks to go before the first of the May bank holidays, have you prepared your opening hours and booked your relaxation therapies if you’re not working.

With the out of office functions set and scheduled, you should be all ready well ahead of schedule for the 2 bank holidays in the UK which are

  • 7 May
  • 28 May

*Please note sunshine and nice weather is not guaranteed. Although the 2nd Bank holiday may be quite nice according to

For the whole years list for the UK check out

And if you have a Google Business page, go to Google for Business and Click Edit , then you will have the option to add your holiday dates there too.


2018's Emerging Technologies - VR

If you blink, you might just miss them.

In the day and age of digital technology, it's hard to keep track of whats new and whats old. Here's a handy list of new and fast growing trends in the technology industry that you, as a consumer or a business, might benefit from.

Immersive technologies

By far one of the most exciting technologies that is steadily becoming available to consumers over time. Mostly designed and dreamt upon for the uses of gaming, modern Virtual & Augmented Reality has rapidly found more and more uses where the technology can be effectively utilised outside of the video game industry.

KFC were recently in the headlines for incorporating VR as part of their employee induction. Trainees would enter a virtual KFC kitchen, allowing them to learn health and safety, risks and methods without the associated risks of a real kitchen.

Skip Razzio, a clinical psychologist, has begun using VR to treat patients with psychological conditions such as PTSD, re-creating the emotions and feelings of war and helping them overcome them, or Autism, by helping people with the disability learn social skills and how to interact with people better.

The VR industry so far has seen nothing but an exponential curve in growth, from a $129m valued market in 2015, to a predicted $2.9b valued market in 2018. However, the main stunt to further growth is consumer availability. VR products, on a whole, are expensive. Whilst overtime these technologies will become cheaper due to increased competition, there are still only 2 main players in the market: Oculus and Vive.

Until this changes, VR will remain out of the hands of the average consumer and thus a danger to its future growth. Despite this, a future as pictured in the movie 'Ready Player One' is all too real.

Can you guess the next emerging technology of 2018? Find out next week!

The length of your tweet may be affecting your impact

Length of your tweet

New research ( arXiv:1804.02318 [cs.SI] ) into Twitter messaging has been carried out by Kristina Gligoric of EPFL, Ashton Anderson or University of Toronto, and Robert West of EPFL. Specifically they researched the differences in reactions of the public to tweets since Twitter expanded it’s character limit from 140 to 280 characters.

They analysed the retweets and favourites of almost 6 million tweets from before and after the change by Twitter. They excluded multi page tweets that were more common before the change and also did some analysis of the change of forms of words such as I’m to I am , and as might be expected after the shift there are less shortened wordings.

For most businesses and influencers though the key question is should they keep their tweets in the 140 character traditional style or start expanding their text to create lengthier prose.

After analysing almost 6 million tweets before and after the change, there was a clear answer. The longer the tweet the more successful on average it was, as captured by the number of retweets and favourites. Looking more deeply it was also noted that tweets that were constrained, ie. missed a word or shortened a word to fit the constraint tended to also be more successful. Though no conclusion was defined, the constrained tweets may have been of improved quality and hence why they were more successful, however further research is needed to confirm if the quality was higher in constrained tweets.

Next time you are looking to tweet the news of your latest development, ensure that you use the 280 characters, included some good quality information and make people want to get involved in the tweet.


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