Hotjar: an essential addition to your analytics arsenal

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I have been using Hotjar in both my freelance and Edinburgh Napier work for about a year. Hotjar is an analytics tool that shows how users interact with web and app content, using tools like heatmaps and recordings.

Hotjar has been available since 2014 and is very simple to use. It offers a wide range of pricing options (including free) depending on the numbers of user visits you want to track and the number of reports you want to run at one time. Continue reading “Hotjar: an essential addition to your analytics arsenal”

Using technology to improve fitness

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I’ve been overweight since I was at high school. Over the years I’ve made various efforts to shift the kilos and improve my fitness with mixed results.

My wife and I follow the Slimming World plan and are seeing positive results. We’ve also both been training for races in a bid to improve our overall fitness.

Losing weight or sticking to an exercise programme can be hard so I thought I’d share some of my experience in case it might help others trying to do the same. Continue reading “Using technology to improve fitness”

Harlaw Hydro: a case study in collaborative working

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In my post on flexible working in June 2017 I mentioned work I’d done for Harlaw Hydro. This community-based, crowd-funded hydro electric scheme has a small generator installed at the outflow of Harlaw Reservoir near Balerno, Scotland.

I was involved in the development of the Harlaw Hydro website used to raise awareness of, and funds for, the project.

With the pump in place, they were keen to display the power being generated. Continue reading “Harlaw Hydro: a case study in collaborative working”

Flexible working: tools to free you from the office

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The office environment is a changin’. The introduction of flexible working practices and the advancement of technology mean that today’s work spaces are vastly different to those even five years ago. Lancaster University’s Work Foundation predict that over half of all organisations in the UK will have adopted flexible working practices by 2017, and over 70% by 2020.

Flexible working defines:

  • how you work – whether you’re full-time or part-time
  • when you work – the traditional 9 to 5, flexi-time, shift work or compressed hours
  • where you work – one person – one desk, hot-desking, remote working or a mixture of each.

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