Proper tracks…

Vettel prefers “proper tracks” like Road America to Miami · RaceFans

Don’t we all??? Seriously, this season was over before it really started.

Below in bold are the eight, of twenty, tracks this year that included a hill. It was two months before we saw if the cars could climb a hill!

  • Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit
  • Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Saudi Arabia Jeddah Corniche Circuit
  • Australian Grand Prix – Australia Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Italy – Imola Circuit, Imola
  • Miami Grand Prix United States – Miami International Autodrome, Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Spanish Grand Prix Spain – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló
  • Monaco Grand Prix Monaco – Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
  • Azerbaijan Grand Prix Azerbaijan – Baku City Circuit, Baku
  • Canadian Grand Prix Canada – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal
  • British Grand Prix United Kingdom – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
  • Austrian Grand Prix Austria – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
  • French Grand Prix France – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
  • Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary – Hungaroring, Mogyoród
  • Belgian Grand Prix Belgium – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
  • Dutch Grand Prix Netherlands – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
  • Italian Grand Prix Italy – Monza Circuit, Monza
  • Singapore Grand Prix Singapore – Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
  • Japanese Grand Prix Japan – Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
  • United States Grand Prix United States – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
  • Mexico City Grand Prix Mexico – Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
  • São Paulo Grand Prix Brazil – Interlagos Circuit, São Paulo
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix United Arab Emirates – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Think about it, four of the races are in dark and one is in a car park.


Alexa Blues…

I’ve written here before about how I hate using the Alexa App. It’s a series of bad web objects thrown together at random by someone with something more important to do elsewhere. To add to this, the screen is too small.

Think of the fun you have mapping your house assigning objects into a graphic representation of your home. Mapping sounds, colours and scenes. Instead it’s the SAP of Home management.

There is nothing more confusing than long lists of devices where the virtual model is out of sync with the app and reality…

So finally Amazon have decided to solve the issue. They’re closing the only large screen interface that they offer!!!


IT is like…

I have a pet hate with IT opinion pieces that compare our business to other industries. This is an example but it’s one of millions…

RT @DOES_USA: A few things #enterprise #IT can learn from car production… ?@mik_kersten? ?@Tasktop? #DOES18— Gene Kim (@RealGeneKim) October 23, 2018

More often than not we’re compared to car factories or airlines. I don’t understand why. I waited for months for my car and I can talk to you for hours about the issues of airlines. Is there anyone left in the western world who doesn’t have a horror story about flying?

What’s special about these industries other than cars and planes appeal to middle aged men? I’d also argue that there is as much variation within these industries than there is in common. I think that Aston Martin and Skoda look as different as RyanAir and Emirates. 

Why aren’t we comparing ourselves to McDonald’s, Goldman Sachs, Real Madrid or Red Bull? I can only think that it’s the appeal is because they’re engineering companies with large physical machines that move.

There is also the risk of comparing whole industries as if they had a single culture and operating model. They don’t, never had and never will.

First prize goes to the person that compares us to a religion or an animal! 😉

Sterling’s long-term decline…

Sterling’s long-term decline | Financial Times

And since then it’s dropped still further. I don’t understand why this isn’t in the news more.

Random thoughts…