Hardest button to button

I have a broken button. The 4th down on the shirt I’m wearing is broken, cracked in two, with each piece remaining attached by the merest of threads. When I get home I’ll unpick the spare button attached to the label, remove the broken button and sew on the spare button. Yes, I can sew. Well at least enough to put a button on a shirt. Hang on, that’s not right! What I meant to say was that, when I get home, I’ll take the shirt off and chuck it in the bin. I’ll buy a new one at the weekend, maybe two, and a new jacket, maybe even a pair of shoes. Yes, that’s what I’ll do. It’s what …

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Tech Comm Toolbox

Finally (this is an idea I had many moons ago) a one stop website which aims to list all technical communications (specific) tools. In their own words: One of the most common questions heard on many forums is “What tool do you use for [purpose]?” Answers vary, of course, because everyone has their own favorites and some folks will even answer that the right tool is “the one that best meets your needs”. Sometimes, many people will answer that you need to look at the different tools, download trial versions, and test. But where is the list of tools to choose from? It’s here at TechComm Toolbox, your online resource for all applications, services, and consultants related to technical communication. …

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Picasa for the Mac

I’ve used Picasa on my Windows machine for a few years now, it is my photo library and where I probably do most of my photo editing as well. I just love the way the application works as it ‘just works’. So to hear that, finally, it is available for Macs certainly does warm my cockles. (hang on, I’m not a cockney… there are no cockles here!) The thing about Picasa, something I’ve only really considered since hearing this news, is that the way it’s been designed seems almost Apple-like, with small touches well designed and well thought out. Of all the applications I run on my Windows PC, Picasa is the most pleasurable to use, it is a powerful …

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When to migrate?

I’ve waffled on about single source and our plans for long enough so, as we are finally starting the process itself, I thought I’d capture some information as we go along. However, it’s probably good to set the scene, so I’ll cover that stuff first. Over time you’ll be able to see all the posts related to this work here. By this point we have completed analysis of our content (looked at a few sample chapters and identified the main types of content that we have), we know the problems we face now and in the future (lack of intelligent structure, no re-use of content, slow turnaround, and limitations around the tooling) and what we need to do to fix …

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DIY Time?

Hellooooo Oooo ooo Blimey, isn’t the house big when you take down all the tat Christmas decorations. As ever, with the house returned to a semblance of order (ohh I do like a bit of order) thoughts turn to DIY. Namely the funny patches of paint just inside the living room door where we’ve daubed various shades of blue and grey in an effort to see which colour is best. I don’t mind painting, it’s fairly painless, it’s the preparation that is the hassle. Choosing the paint, buying the paint, getting out the old paint brushes, realising the old paint brushes weren’t cleaned properly and having to go back to the DIY store to buy new ones. Digging out the …

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My iPhone Apps

One of the problems with the iPhone, yes despite all the hype it has a few, is the sheer number of applications that are available. The simplest type of application will have several different offerings, some free, some paid, all of which will do, largely, the same thing. I’ve installed a lot of applications, mostly free ones and removed a fair share as well and as the current list hasn’t changed dramatically for quite a while now I thought it a good a time as any to have a flip through the screens and tell you what applications I have installed, and why.

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On TV food

No, I’m not making an appearance… I don’t watch a huge amount of TV. I tend to prefer movies and sport but I do watch the odd series, mostly American TV. Things like 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes… I fell away from Lost and Desperate Housewives, and lost interest in The Sopranos when they changed the time slot (this was before we had Sky+). I’ll happily watch 30mins of something entertaining to fill the time, but my boredom threshold is quite low and I’m soon hankering for something else. So it won’t come as a surprise that, beyond the initial intrigue, I don’t really care who is in the Celebrity Big Brother house. Tommy Sheridan is enough to make me turn …

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Good evening and goodnight

I’ve mentioned this before but the internet is evil and keeps me awake at night. Since then I’ve realised that the problem isn’t the computer, the internet, or anything that is posted on the internet. It’s me. Yeah, yeah, obvious, I know. So, what I think is really needed (something graybo hinted at in the comments to that post) is to add a human… wait! SOCIAL… factor. After all, isn’t these very social websites that are keeping us all up until the wee small hours? One last check for Facebook updates, a quick peek to see if anyone else has twittered in the last 3 minutes, and maybe just a teeny tiny glance at the RSS feeds, all of a …

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Day 1

The year is 2009. The day is less than 20 hours old and I’m pondering. Shall I try and post EVERY SINGLE DAY? (madness!). Shall I run a “T-Shirt off my back” competition (in tribute to Troubled Diva, of course). Or shall I simply switch this to my tumblr feed and let the twitters, delicious linkage, last.fm tracks, photos and random blog posts become the main focus? (or, perhaps, that would be something for gordonmclean.co.uk.. aha! an idea is forming!). And if I do decide to post EVERY SINGLE DAY, does it matter if most of them are, like this, complete, waffling, filler? Hmmmm, I ponder.

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