Author Archives: Rob Ryan
20 June 2014 - 12:30 pm The one where it’s my last post.
If you have read any of the other ‘goodbye’ posts from my fellow interns (here, here and here) you’ll notice a common trend: no one likes saying goodbye apparently. Understandable; saying goodbye means you have to leave the people, things and places you have become attached to, the things that have shaped who you are as a person. Personally, I’ve never really had any issues with goodbyes, I’ve had to leaves jobs, people and of course colleges and schools before but I’ve never really looked at goodbyes in a negative way. I usually always look at them positively, excited to tackle the next thing ahead of me. But this one feels different, this one is going to be harder.
11 June 2014 - 12:20 pm Apple is aiming for enterprise.
I’ve got to admit, I’m a bit of an Apple fanboy. It obviously all started with the iPod and it’s superiority in the MP3 market. I then spent all the money I worked all summer to earn on a Macbook Pro before I came to University. Despite this having pretty big repercussions on my university finances (you don’t want to see my overdraft…) I carry it around everywhere and it’s become like another arm. I then completed the ‘set’ with an iPhone 5S and an iPad Air over the past year. Seriously, I’m a self-confessed sucker for Apple products and I’m not alone. Apple dominates the consumer market but interestingly – in America at least – the company still has room to grow in the corporate sector (according to a survey by JAMF Software). Perhaps unsurprisingly then, when unveiling their latest iOS and Mac OS revisions, Apple revealed a number of enterprise features that have the corporate sector locked in their sights. Continue reading “Apple is aiming for enterprise.” »
4 June 2014 - 2:30 pm Blog Post #1000!
We’re really proud to announce that our award-winning blog has now hit one thousand blog-posts! Ok actually this is blog post one thousand and two (the honour of blog post number one thousand goes to my blog post about summer – I promise I didn’t orchestrate this) but this is still a momentous occasion! Since launching in September 2009 – with this post that can be accredited with making public the internally much-debated topic of whether USE is actually yellow or orange (personally I’m on team orange) – our blog has hosted the most diverse, engaging and enterprising posts ever seen in one place. I can’t confirm whether that’s the case officially but I’m going to hazard a guess and say the USE blog is the best place on the internet to read about enterprise in an entertaining way. Continue reading “Blog Post #1000!” »
30 May 2014 - 11:17 am Summer – what are you doing?
I FINISHED MY DEGR- sorry, I got a bit excited. But yes, I have actually finished formal education forever, unless I venture back for a masters (probably unlikely). Apologies if you’re reading this and you’ve got numerous exams left but keep going, there’s really not long left! You will soon be free from getting up at 7 to secure yourself a place in the IC. Free from spending £10 a day on snacks from Sainsburys to keep yourself motivated (“if I read another lecture I’ll allow myself a cookie – or four…”). You’ll soon be free from textbooks, MOLE and exam hall stresses and ready to enjoy all three months of summer. You probably already have plenty of plans for summer but my question to you is this – if money wasn’t an issue, what would you do with your summer?
22 May 2014 - 1:00 pm Made In… the 1920’s?
Yes, this is a Made In Chelsea post everybody. Now before I get a polite email in my inbox reminding me that the USE blog is a blog about enterprise and not a place for me to rant about things to a captive audience (ahem), let me just say this is going to lead somewhere. We at USE define enterprise as ‘making ideas happen’ and well I had quite a few ideas after watching this week’s episode of Made In Chelsea (largely levelled at the males of SW3). It got me thinking about representation on TV – reality TV nonetheless – and how I think the power of it is not to be underestimated. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we consume so much of what we see on television and I’m not sure the powers that be are taking that responsibility too seriously.
18 May 2014 - 2:00 pm Hollywood needs a shot of innovation.
Without descending into ‘USE does film reviews’ territory, I went to watch the newly-rebooted/remade/re-imagined Godzilla this week. The film, led by a terrific performance from everyone’s favourite meth-dealer Bryan Cranston (disclaimer: he doesn’t actually deal meth, famous character and all that) and on-screen son Aaron Taylor Johnson (who delivers some of the best ‘smell the fart acting‘ since Joey Tribbiani himself) sees the return of cultural icon Godzilla to the big screen. The film, whilst really good fun and thankfully at least true to it’s source material this time (I’m looking at you 1998 Godzilla/Jurassic Park-zilla) got me thinking about the state of Hollywood and it’s current output. Put it this way: if you don’t like reboots or sequels, find a different hobby.
6 May 2014 - 5:15 pm Students + lecturers + gunge = lives saved
Quite the title, right? Well Rob, now you’ve got to explain how your somewhat strange equation makes any kind of sense. How do you save lives through students, lecturers and gunge?
27 March 2014 - 10:01 am Enactus. What a funny word.
The time has finally come. I’ve been itching to write something about Enactus for so long but thought I should perhaps wait for the right moment. Heaven knows my family and friends are probably sick of the word by now (at least the remaining few friends I have who aren’t in Enactus) so that was another consideration. I’d quite like to keep my family and friends so bludgeoning them over the heads with Enactus 24/7 is something I’ve attempted to refrain from. However, turns out you guys have been typing Enactus in that little search box quite a lot recently so I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and risk losing my loved ones by
serenading writing about Enactus and why it’s just about the best thing since Pepsi Max made their bottles bigger for the same price (my true second love in life: Pepsi). What is Enactus? What do we do? Is it a Harry Potter spell? All good questions, let me explain. Continue reading “Enactus. What a funny word.” »
19 February 2014 - 10:36 am Spring semester is here. Let the great job rush commence!
After what feels like a year off for Christmas, we’re finally back. Autumn semester has gone on annual leave for nine months and spring semester has come around jumping up and down like a playful puppy that won’t be satisfied until we’re crawling hands and knees to the nearest airport crying out for a week in the sun and a stiff cocktail. I had my first lecture last week and I just about managed to remember how a lecture works about five minutes before the end of it when I realised I had absorbed absolutely no knowledge whatsoever. WELCOME BACK EVERYONE.
10 December 2013 - 9:59 am How important is your degree?
How important is your degree? I’ve tiptoed around this notion for a few weeks now – toying with the idea in my head and going back and forth. Had I made an amazing revelation that would free me from the shackles of IC-related pressures or was I actually making feeble excuses for my admittedly questionable dedication to my degree? Well, even as I’m typing this, I’ve yet to actually decide. Yes, I realise that doesn’t exactly set up this post in the best way, but BEAR WITH, I promise to make this a clear and concise articulation of my internal struggle. I’ve never let you down before now, have I?