Internet Explorer 6.0Hmmm. OK BEFORE you flame me for using IE.. ehhh… hang on and I’ll find a good reason… hmmm better than Mozilla ? *ducks* Anyhoo, if you have the aforementioned browser, have you spotted this little feature? With a browser window open so you can view the status bar (the bit bottom left that says ‘Done’ on it), right-click on the window’s taskbar button, and mouseover the options. Watch the status bar… (screenshot) Has it always done this? Am I just noticing a long standing Windows feature? And why can’t I get used to Mozilla’s tabbed display? Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

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RamblingsPopped up to the shop for lunch and on the way back two police horses (and riders obviously) were walking up the street. Which made me smile (which was nice…). Out for beer tonight with a couple of mates, one of whom I haven’t seen for… ohh about a year? Hey, it’s not like he was the best man at my wedding or anything… 😉 And our car needs MORE work done to it. Seemingly the garage weren’t happy taking £350 from us two weeks ago, they want another £70 for something else. So on Monday I will drop my wife at work, hightail it back to the garage, make my way home via taxi (ankle isn’t quite up to …

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Anti-SpamI get around 5 or 6 spam emails a day at work and 10-15 on my home account, so it’s not too bad, however I have noticed a rise in the last couple of months so I’ve started looking for a solution. Thankfully that clever bloke Fred Langa has done the same, so rather than me witter on about anti-spam devices/blockers/detectors and the like, it will probably be easier if you just go read the article yourself.

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Last night on TVCelebrity Big Brother – which I fear may be on more than it is off.A live autopsy – causing a lot of controversy. (The people that paid to see it live made a choice, the people that tuned to Channel 4 made a choice, now move along please..)Life of Mammals – which of the three ‘event’s happening tonight, was the only one I wanted to see. And of course, I missed it..

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RTFM

I’m published baby, yea! Finally got around to writing an article for Speakeasy, and whaddya know, that nice bloke Carey published it (and only a couple of grammatical errors to correct too, which were only in there to see if he was paying attention…). Titled “R.T.F.M. – The plight of the Technical Communicator” it is an insider view of my profession, or at least one aspect of it. If you’ve ever used product documentation, it might be of interest. So what are you waiting for? Go read it now.

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R.T.F.M.

If you work in I.T. you will no doubt have heard the abbreviation R.T.F.M. at some point. It stands for “Read The Frickin’ Manual”. As a Technical Communicator by trade it is always disappointing to hear it uttered. Hours and hours of research, learning and knowledge accumulation are pored into most software manuals, and all too frequently they are ignored. “No-one reads the manual”? So why do we bother? Like most professionals we take great pride in our work. We try and ensure that the information we present is technically accurate, written properly (frequently writing to ensure an easy translation is possible) and most importantly, of use to you the end user. So why don’t people use product documentation? The …

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Corporate Communication

I have a slight bee in my bonnet about bad communication. In our Information Age I can find out most things almost instantly these days (e.g. the origin of having a bee in your bonnet), yet within the walls of our office you hear a lot of things via the grapevine rather than through a formal source: “We believe the findings have significant implications for how companies should view and address the culture of sharing in the workplace.” Knowledge isn’t power, says Xerox. But which are you? A hoarder or a sharer?

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Trust meBeen looking about some celebrity blogs and so far, the best has to be RuPauls. No seriously, it has some very honest stuff in there, especially the bio – timeline. Worth a read if you ask me.

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