So, that was 2007, was it?

I've always meant to do something like this but never found the time... ohh ok, the inclination, before. Perhaps that's because it is somewhat overly narcissistic but, well, that's never stopped me before.. So here is a (skewed) look at the past year, as seen through the eyes of this blog: In January I tried

Conversation V.I.P.s

Revisiting an old post over on the Cherryleaf blog, where Ellis was prompted to ask "Can technical authors be part of 'the conversation' in the connected Web 2.0 world that's emerging?" (excuse the paraphrasing). As a long-term blogger, and someone who believes that there are many tools in the Web 2.0 world that can and

Product Design

As a technical writer, I often find myself bemused by the design decisions made by developers and product designers. Any time I find myself bemused by a product I tend to look towards the supporting information. However, the technical writer also has guard against such things, as evidenced by the instruction manual I received with

Do you have the receipt?

So, did you get anything nice? You DID! Ohh you must've been very good then. I got some excellent presents this year, but I have to admit that as time marches my attitude towards Christmas is changing. I'm fairly agnostic these days, and look upon such Christian-based holidays in a more spiritual sense. Christmas is

Shhhh, can you hear Santa?

It's Christmas Eve which means it's time for our traditional watching of the Muppets Christmas Carol, a few glasses of wine and possibly even a mincemeat pie*. I hope, whether you celebrate it or not, that you are having a peaceful time with you and yours, and I hope that Santa is good to you

Ho Ho Ho

I hope, whether you celebrate it or not, that you are having a peaceful time with you and yours, and I hope that Santa is good to you (not YOU obviously, you've been bad). Have a wonderful day tomorrow, and remember that it's all about the people you love, not the presents you get or

Improve the experience

Recently, Tom suggested that: if someone can figure out how to make help whallop the user with wonder and awe, it will be the creative innovation of the century. Once we begin to establish a standard and a precedence, people’s beliefs will change from feeling that "all help is useless and unimportant" to "the help

Freezing Fog

It's all gone now, but the previous three days saw us drive to and from work in freezing fog. During that time, the country road that we take got whiter and whiter. So, on Friday afternoon as I was home earlier than I expected, I nipped back out with my camera. I should point out


I can't help it. It's not my fault. I try and fight it, honest I do. I do my best but.. well.. I am but a man, there is only so much I can do. Normally I can resist, I mean it's not like I've not had practice at this sort of thing and I've

New RSS Feed

It took me a while to 'get' RSS feeds but now that I have I find myself quite happily subscribing to them, willy-nilly. I figure I'd rather have a lot of sources than not enough. This does mean that sometimes I don't read all the posts, but I've made my peace with the "Mark as


Mr Cadbury and Miss Rowntree met on a Double Decker, it was After Eight. She was from Quality Street; he was a Fisherman's Friend. On the way they stopped at a Yorkie Bar, he had a Rum and Butter, she had a Wine Gum. He asked her name, "Polo, I'm the one with the hole"

Cold mornings ahead

A thin layer of white renders the land a frosty glitter. Warm breath floats into the black above. One by one the neighbours emerge from their warmth, and the ritual begins. Engines chug, fans blow, and slowly the ices drips away. I love such mornings, with the crisp air pinching your cheeks, seeking out the

Recently Read

Christmas looms large, and the days are "fair drawing in" as they say in these parts. I'm taking a couple of weeks off to relax and recharge, and no doubt to eat, drink and be (very) merry. As ever this time of year is pretty hectic, so here are few things that caught my eye


Busy day ahead, so I'll be brief. My Office Christmas party was on Saturday night. Drawing up at the main entrance, I was greeted with a red carpet, and gladly accepted a glass of fine champagne. I turned down the partridge and quail The meal was served in the atrium area of our office (the

Where do we go from here?

MP3, USB, JPEG, some factors of our technological life are now "standard". If I get a new gadget and it doesn't have a USB connection or USB power cable then.. well actually, I probably wouldn't buy it if it didn't so that's a bit of a moot point. I've mentioned before that I'm slowly ripping