For an overview of live text please go here. And for an old look at live text and widgets, travel back in time to early 2008.

The most common use of live text recognising a post code is plotting the place on a Google Map… but you can also see the local weather forecast (for what it’s worth), find the nearest NCP car park or BT Openzone hot-spot, find a hotel, get local government information, and sometimes find the nearest Starbucks (I say “sometimes” because their store locator is a bit unreliable).

Following the introduction of the new crime and policing information web site (for England and Wales), you can now click on a post code in Lotus Notes and find out how likely it is that you’ll get mugged or assaulted during your visit. All you need is this widget and, if you haven’t done it already, to turn on live text and the My Widgets panel, like so…

  • Go to File, Preferences… Widgets, and click the option for ‘Show Widget Toolbar and the My Widgets Sidebar panel’.
  • Then go to the preference for Live Text and click on the option for ‘Enable Live Text by default for all supported content’.

Then drag the widget into the My Widgets panel, find an e-mail or calendar appointment containing a post code, and you’re ready to go. If you’re travelling to IBM Hursley, you should be pretty safe. IBM South Bank…? Let’s be careful out there.

So, of course, the first thing you do is look at your area. Our road is not exactly crime-central (one burglary) but the centre of Camberley is apparently a hot-bed of anti-social behaviour and ‘other crime’ (shoplifting in Poundland maybe). Oddly, the peak spot corresponds with the location of a number of bars and pubs and the one night-club on Camberley High Street. And the other peak spot is one of Camberley’s less salubrious residential locations.

I just received an e-mail from a colleague who’s currently in Basingstoke, and he’s now too scared to leave the building. Personally, I’d be more worried if I was in Bristol.