Off to hospital

Posted by Chris Green on Tuesday October 26 @ 9:17 pm

Tomorrow I’m off to hospital for surgery on my shoulder.

Many of you will know I’ve been having problems with my left shoulder for several years now, and have been experiencing increasing problems with reduced mobility in my left arm. It has got considerably worse in the last year, with a lump that has formed on my shoulder becoming significantly serious as to cause real discomfort and mobility problems.

Having put it off for far too long, I’ve finally taken action to get things fixed, and that means an operation to remove the lump and nail my shoulder back together. It’s not something I’m looking forward to, I hate hospitals and I hate being unwell. I also don’t like the idea of being knocked out for the opp – I’ve never been put under a general anaesthetic before (everything I’ve ever had done surgery-wise in the past has always been under a local, but there’s a number of reasons why that isn’t a viable option for me any more) and I’m not entirely comfortable with the loss of control that brings. Apart from a succession of sports injuries as a teenager (including several to my left shoulder), I’ve always been in reasonably good nick. If I was a used car, I’d command the higher end of the book price. But still, I don’t do ill well, and I really don’t do hospitals well, even seemingly nice ones like the shiny private one I’m off to for my opp.

But, it needs to be done – too many people are getting worried about me and its getting harder for me to ignore the fact that my shoulder needs fixing. I’m assured by my surgeon that there’s nothing to worry about, and he’s confident that I can be patched up and discharged from hospital same day. He’s also confident that I’ll make a full and quick recovery. I hope so, as I’m also not looking forward to not being able to drive for a while.

Like I said, I don’t do ill well…..

Radio and TV appearances: Windows Phone 7 launch

Posted by Chris Green on Sunday October 10 @ 12:34 pm
Windows Phone 7 press conference invite

Windows Phone 7 press conference invite

Tomorrow (Monday) marks the official launch of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform.

Windows Phone 7 is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s operating system for smartphones and PDAs. The new version marks a major departure from the traditional Windows Phone/Windows Mobile user interface, with a move to a larger finger-friendly interface that has been influenced significantly by Microsoft’s Zune MP3 player platform.

Microsoft needed to undertake a major overhaul of Windows Phone in the face of overwhelming device and software competition from Apple, RIM and Google. Only Nokia appears to be struggling worse than Microsoft to gain a footing in the smartphone market.

I’m doing a number of media appearances tomorrow to talk about the new phone platform and where it fits into a crowded and competitive smartphone market. You can see and hear me on the following stations and shows:

Monday October 11th 2010 – all times are BST
5.30am – Wake Up To Money (BBC Radio 5 Live)
6.15am – Today (BBC Radio 4)
6.50am – BBC Breakfast (BBC 1 TV)
7.30am – World Business Report (BBC World TV) – Not officially available in the UK, international viewers only

If you can, do take a look.

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