How to make a cup of tea

Further to my Too Simple post, and in response to the comment from Annie about the state of software manuals, I thought I’d try and give a bit of insight into the basic workings of my profession. Yes, that’s right I DO have a day job. I am a technical author and I write software documentation (actually I don’t like the “technical author” job title but that’s a different story). Before I begin I’ll state that I’m not the most experienced technical author (there are people who have been doing this for 40 years), I’ve only ever worked in a software environment, and as in most professions there are a number of different methodologies and working practises which I can …

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arena flowers

Valentine’s Day looms, flowers to be purchased. We all know the prices go up, but only Arena Flowers actually state that (and explain why!) when you try and order ‘non-Valentines flowers’. So bonus points to them. You can get a 10% discount as well by entering VOUCHERCODES when purchasing flowers.

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Too simple

So here’s the thing. We all use computers to do things. Whether it’s hardcore hacking, or browsing the internet for aubergine recipes, it’s just a tool that does ‘stuff’. Right? As such, once you’ve mastered the basics and understand the main conceptual ideas, it’s a pretty easy tool to use. The mouse is relatively intuitive after a quick demonstration, the keyboard remains familiar to those who remember those clicky-clacky things that occasionally went shzipp-BING! You know, the ones you see in old movies. Typist writers I think they were called. On the whole, the mechanics of using a computer are pretty straightforward. Conceptually you can explain a lot of the workings of a computer using simple, common, metaphors. You have …

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Too.. many.. posts..

Anyone else get this? Over the past couple of weeks I struggled to find inspiration for posts, I kinda clawed at a few things just to fill the space but I was aware it was an effort. Didn’t bother all that much, I’d just started a new job and my brain was busy processing a gazillion other things, but it still annoyed me. This week though, bloody hell, I can’t STOP coming up with post ideas. So, and with the caveat that this may, or may not, be expanded at a later date (ohh who am I kidding, I’ll chuck them in this post and forget about them), here are some of those potential blog post topics in brief: News …

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weird louis theroux

Weird, or just wanting? Louis Theroux is an authority on weirdness. But he says his time off from TV has made him ask whether weird is just in the eye of the beholder – “the strangest behaviours are always answering some very normal human need – for love, for religious meaning, for a place in the world”

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Friday Quiz

Not long before I left my last place of work we started a Friday Quiz email. The winner has to post the questions for the forthcoming week and as I won last week.. 20 questions, a possible 28 points up for grabs and absolutely the best non-prize ever. Answers will be posted on Sunday. The Questions Question: Who coined the term ‘Oedipus Complex’? Question: What is the one word title for when a person is turned on by a womans worn underwear? Question: The Gimli Glider is what? Question: How many major airports serve New York City? Question: Name them. 1 point for each correct answer. Question: What is a Tiki? Question: Sn is the symbol for which chemical element? …

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