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TVNZ and TV3 On Demand on Apple TV

My wife watches more on-demand shows than broadcast tv but she has to watch it on her 13″ MacBook rather than the 30″ tv on the wall. Being the wonderful husband I am, I set about on a little geek DIY mission to get TVNZ and TV3 on demand playing through our Apple TV.

It was a lot harder than I thought and quite a few people asked how I pulled it off, so here’s the lowdown, if you give this a try yourself, please leave a comment about how you got on :)

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Pre-Release Promotion

My wife and I are self-publishing our own children’s book at the moment and we get a lot of questions about how we pull it all together.  There are a million pieces of the puzzle that we’d like to share but today I’ll start with our pre-release signup site – just a single page website that gets us in touch with potential customers and rewards them to spread the word for us.

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Building an iPhone App

Back in 2010 I was approached by Mobile Orchard to write an article about how my Plethora iPhone app was made.  Well I finally wrote the article this week and here’s the intro…

After nine months of after-hours work, I released Plethora for iPhone in June 2010. Plethora is a design gallery that is powered by over 90 of the world’s top design blogs. All of the posts are manually curated by our team so that only the best designs make it through to the actual app.

I have been running design and other companies for nine years but Plethora was my first iPhone app so I probably approached the project quite differently to how most iPhone development houses would have. Here’s how we did it.

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Time Travel

I’ve always thought a great use of a genie’s three wishes would be to never have to sleep, then you could do twice as much with your life. After reading Rework and The Myth of Multitasking I realised that perhaps I could get twice as much out of my life without the need for a mythical lamp or 1.21 jiggawatts. It has now been six weeks since I completely changed my daily routine and thought I’d record my progress… and hurdles.

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Working Like Batman

The first time I spoke at UCOL I spoke about the different types of jobs in this world.  I got a lot of good feedback so thought I’d put an abridged version up here.

Three are three categories of jobs in this world:

  1. Having a Job
  2. Owning a Job
  3. Owning a Business

All of them have their plusses and minuses but just make sure you understand which one you’re aiming for it will make your life a lot easier.  Let me break each of these down…

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