The RAF Museum London

The RAF Museum is situated on the historic site of Hendon’s London Aerodrome in Colindale, the North London Museum, is one of two sites belonging to the U.K’s only national museum that tells the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections. The collections in London include some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft. Below are some of those aircraft. Photos taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020.

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The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
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The Messerschmitt Me 262
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F-35 Lightning
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The Avro Lancaster
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B-17 Flying Fortress
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The Messerschmitt Bf 109

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Facebook Failures

Many Facebook products have failed. Instead of fixing the issues with Facebook, the owner who thinks he is some tech god (he just got lucky) thinks he can produce more hits. Facebook’s desire to convert its 600 million users into paying customers for advertisers is only the latest attempt. All previous attempts failed. Here’s a list of bold new Facebook products, designed to monetize users, replace Internet features or boost engagement. Now he is trying to make the messenger platform a platform – it will just add more crap to the feed which is what none wants. It is most likely Oculas Rift will also go the same way. Here is the ash heap of failed Facebook products:

  • Facebook Home, which was an attempt to put Facebook as a skin on top of Android.
  • Facebook Deals, a coupon service launched in 2011.
  • Facebook Gifts, a way for Facebook members to send actual, physical gifts to other members — gifts like candy, cookies and stuffed animals.
  • Facebook Offers, basically coupons that could be redeemed when buying stuff online.
  • Facebook Credits, a virtual currency (each “Credit” was worth a dime) for buying virtual goods on FarmVille and other Facebook-embedded games.
  • Autofill with Facebook, which was meant to use Facebook credentials to buy things outside Facebook (It required users to add their credit card information into Facebook).
  • Facebook Inbox, which gave each Facebook users an email address.
  • Facebook FBML, Facebook’s failed attempt to replace HTML with its own proprietary version.
  • Facebook Lite, which was a minimalist version of Facebook.
  • Facebook Poke, the company’s first attempt at a Snapchat killer.
  • Facebook Slingshot, the company’s second attempt at a Snapchat killer.
  • Facebook Questions, which is a kind of polling feature that was tried and then discontinued.
  • Facebook Places, a response to the then success of Foursquare, enabled users to check in to locations and share their locations on Facebook.
  • Frictionless sharing, an approach to sharing without user intervention promoted by CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 in 2011.
  • Facebook Beacon, an idea for Facebook to track what users bought online, then share that information with Facebook advertisers so they could be targeted better with Facebook ads.
  • Facebook Sponsored Stories, a way to convert “Likes” into testimonials, often without the permission of users. A $20 million lawsuit led to a settlement and the killing of Sponsored Stories.
  • The Facebook Phone, also called the HTC First, which flopped disastrously.


While walking along the Thames River in London, took these photos with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia Lumia 520. The day was sunny with the winter sun to the right of each photo. Both Lumia’s are set on automatic. Click on the photo to see the full resolution version.

taken with the Lumia 520
taken with the Lumia 520
taken with the Lumia 1020
taken with the Lumia 520
taken with the Lumia 520
taken with the Lumia 1020
taken with the Lumia 1020
taken with the Lumia 520
taken with the Lumia 520
taken with the Lumia 1020
taken with the Lumia 1020
taken with a Lumia 520
taken with a Lumia 520
taken with a Lumia 1020
taken with a Lumia 1020

and lastly, this one just from the Lumia 1020

taken with the Lumia 1020
taken with the Lumia 1020

Project Polly-App

SpeedingDragon has been asked (and we accepted) to design and manage the new service currently called Polly-App. The Polly-App Pilot program expected to start late 2015. All we can say about the Polly-App is it will be based in London and will be funded by internal and external sources. More details will be announced when we are allowed.