Eyes closed

A soft coating of dust is not an usual sight in my home office. Every now and then it gets sufficiently bad that the naughty words and pictures drawn in it are a little too obvious and it’s time get the dusters and polish out from the cupboard under the sink, and spend a little time making my little corner of the house a little more habitable. Inevitably it will also involve reorganising my desk or bookshelves, and the production of at least one big black bin bag of rubbish. Such a momentous event occurred last weekend and I can happily report that my home office is now spick and span and.. ohh wait.. it’s not really. I had started …

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CSS for layout

… and why you should use it. Separating content from structure and style is a common theory, widely accepted to those of us either using or investigating single source solutions for our documentation. The same theory has been applied to web development and offers similar benefits. CSS-based web design developed in parallel with the growing movement towards (and promotion of) the use of standards on the web. The web standards movement was a direct response to the increasing problems faced by web designers as they struggled to keep pace with the bespoke features introduced by the browser software of the day. Advocating support for the W3 maintained standards around, initially, HTML it soon found a band of supporters who were …

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Lost Contacts

No, not LinkedIn or FaceBook, I’m talking about contacts with phone numbers and addresses and so on, not the pseudo-friends that the current crop of social web apps favour. You see, thanks to my Samsung mobile phone or, more specifically, the crap software that came with it, I’ve lost a lot of contact details. Not only have a lost entire contacts, but every remaining contact has been royally screwed up and now has only two fields, one a truncated name (think ‘GordonMcLe’) the other a phone number, with a mix of home, mobile and work, seemingly at random. For some people in my contacts that’s not a problem as I only have one number for them, for others it now …

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Because it made my Mum laugh

Short of time, inspiration and more. Here is a joke I heard last weekend. It is not my joke, and probably loses some of the appeal as you don’t get my “actions” to go with it. Feel free to do your own or just imagine me… actually, let’s not go down that road, just read the joke. An Spaniard, an Italian and a Scotsman are travelling across America when captured by a tribe of Red Indians. The chief declares that, as they had violated sacred burial lands, they would all receive “death by a thousand cuts”, the most gruesome of all Red Indian fates. As he was a man of honour, the chief decreed that each man be granted one …

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Recently read

From my own blogging experience, posting regularly is a good thing. Mr. Neilsen (who, despite reports to the contrary, is sometimes correct) suggests that quality not quantity is the way to go and, for this blog at least, it is something I’m striving towards. Nailing a posting schedule is part of this and, as the evidence within demonstrates, I’ve yet to crack that egg. In an effort to force myself I’m going to try flipping that argument around for the time being and just posting whenever something catches my eye. No idea if it’ll make any difference but hey, you never know. So, with that in mind, here are some interesting sites and articles that have zipped across my radar …

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Whilst I remember…

A few things I’ve been meaning to mention, none of which really warrant an entire blog post. 1. I’m rebranding The “one man” brand is getting an update, and all of my sites will get a few design tweaks. Whilst I’m in the midst of that, is there anything I need to do for this site? I know about the comment numbers in IE (cropped on the left), and that the search isn’t working from all pages but, those aside, are there any other major issues that need fixed, or anything that you’d like to see? 2. Mac fanboys suck I’m including Steve Jobs in that as he sets the trend. Googling for anything that includes the terms Mac and …

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