I was off work last week with a disturbingly early-in-the-season bout of flu but whilst I was sitting on the sofa watching Star Trek re-runs on Channel One and CBS Action my team quietly launched a new version of BBC iPlayer.
Posts about BBC
Taking a trip back in time to see what 6music was playing back in 2002.
Sssh! Don't tell anyone but I've always had this secret fantasy life. It was that one day I'd end up working behind the scenes at BBC Radio 6 music.
One of the things I'm always keen to do on large work projects is a bit of user testing - where we get real people to come in, try using our services and see what happens. The idea is to see what works, and more importantly, what doesn't.
Back when I was aged 9 in what we'd now call Year 4 at primary school, we had to get together in small groups to do a project together. The result was to create a sort of combined report on the chosen subject.
It's been kinda interesting reading the stories in the press about the BBC and its water cooler bill.
Yes there are some.
I recently spotted the addition of an option in the BBC iPlayer which asks you if you like the recommendations it shows on the programme page. It's currently an iPlayer Labs thing so isn't normally available.
I'm just going through one of my periodic blogging droughts, not helped by the last week and a half at work just being constant, never-ending hassle and mental effort caused by relentless firefighting. If something could go wrong, it probably did. Oh and to make things worse, half the team are either ill, on leave or exploring the delights of Manchester, on the "familiarisation trips" the BBC is running to try and persuade London based staff that Salford really is the place to be.
I mentioned the other week that I was in the process of digitising my VHS collection, to see what interesting things I could find for prosperity. Amongst it was a trailer from 1996 when the BBC was doing another of it's "the licence fee is great cos it gives you things no one else would" campaigns.