I wouldn’t normally post a movie trailer, but this Alan Turing biopic has got me marking my calendar already for the mid-November release

"Good design is good business"

Thomas Watson Jr

"A small team of A-Plus players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players"

Steve Jobs
Finally, a bullet proof reason to ensure all aircraft are fitted with ACARS

Finally, a bullet proof reason to ensure all aircraft are fitted with ACARS

Here is the audio to go with my recent Mobility Deep Dive presentation which I gave in San Antonio at the ATA eBusiness and S1000D User Forum. Apologies for the dodgy audio quality, but it was recorded on my iPhone.

I stumbled across this presentation by Adam Buxton whilst researching the dConstruct Conference in Brighton which I’m hoping to attend later this year. I’m a big fan of Adam’s, being an avid listener of his work on the Adam and Joe show on BBC 6 Music. My kids love his work as well, especially his award winning David Bowie documentary which is on hard rotation in my household.

I think this is a great example of how to blend a traditional slide deck, multimedia and humour in a technology talk. This is a great source of inspiration to me and I hope to emulate it in my future presentations.

5 barriers to comfortable air travel for tall people

Being a six footer, I rarely get a comfortable flight. I can count the times I have flown business class on one hand. I mainly fly long haul, and admittedly not as regularly as I used to, but I’m still what you would class as a frequent flyer. Its not very often on the routes that I fly that I get a row of seats to myself, so what exactly makes flying economy so uncomfortable for someone who is 6 foot 3 inches and around (cough) 100 kilos?

1. Seat Pitch

Technically seat pitch is the distance from a fixed point on one seat, to the same point on the seat in front (or behind). A published seat pitch value can be a little bit misleading as other factors such as seat depth play a part in determining how much leg room you have. However seat pitch seems to have become the de facto measurement to determine how much leg room is available. When seated normally the distance from my back to my knees is around 70cm or 28 inches, but I have only been in one or two economy seats where this amount of room is available to me. Typically I would estimate that most economy seats only allow about 26 or 27 inches which makes it impossible to sit in a natural position. Instead I am forced to sit with my legs apart, encroaching into my neighbouring passenger’s space or with some artificial leg angle which can be quite uncomfortable over the course of the flight. According to Seat Guru the seat pitch on the British Airways B787 which I fly most regularly these days from London Heathrow to Austin, Texas has a seat pitch of 31 inches whilst the Emirates A380 has a much more comfortable 32-34 inches depending on configuration. On that aircraft I have a clear one or two inches between my knees and the seat in front when seated normally. That extra inch really does make a big difference.

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San Antonio Presentation

Last week’s trip to San Antonio for the ATA eBusiness & S1000D User Forum went well. My demo and presentation were both well received and it was a great conference with a much more focussed and well versed audience than some of the other aviation conferences I normally attend. My presentation made it to the front page of Slideshare and had some good coverage from their Twitter feed. Here are the slides.

Mobility Deep Dive - San Antonio 2014 from Paul Saunders

Not at Heathrow

For the first time in what seems like years, I will not be attending one of the Aircraft Commerce Airline & Aerospace MRO IT Conferences. Missing the conference in Heathrow in a couple of weeks breaks a 100% attendance combo going back to June 2010, covering 12 shows and venues in London, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Bangkok, Singapore and Miami. I have presented at all but one of those shows, sometimes twice and in Miami this year three times in one day.

Instead I’m going to be attending my first ATA eBusiness Forum & S1000D User Forum which is on the same week in San Antonio, Texas. I’ve got my presentation ready and am working on some mobility demos. However my biggest concern is how I’m going to be able to watch the World Cup. In fact England play Costa Rica right in the middle of day two of the show. Hopefully the technology I have lined up to watch the coverage whilst I’m overseas won’t let me down.

Touch ID on iOS8

One new feature that caught my eye in Apple’s WWDC Keynote the other day was the news that they’re opening up the Touch ID API to developers in iOS8. This means that the concept of extending finger print recognition for identity and electronic signature gets one step nearer reality for aerospace iOS apps. Unfortunately Touch ID is only available on the iPhone 5S right now, but you can bet that this feature will be expanded soon to other hardware like the iPad and MacBook.

John Oliver on Net Neutrality


Today I learned of a new technical acronym from my colleague and fellow Tumblr-er Julie Fouque. It’s P.I.C.N.I.C. which stands for:

Problem In Chair Not In Computer

Or in other words: “User Error”

"Failure is no fun. It can be awful. But living so cautiously that you never fail is worse."

J.K. Rowling

What is a photocopier?