User-focussed Design Works!

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Proof, if more proof were needed that keeping the user in mind when designing a product, document or website really does work. Renewing a support contract with a client, I was asking them if the website had been beneficial and if there was anything about it that had worked well. The response wasn’t quite what…

Find a blog

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Right you lot, let’s shake some of those summer holiday cobwebs out of our systems! Yes, I think it’s about time we all put a little more effort into our blogs, and spent less time faffing about in real life doing interesting things. I don’t want to hear about your holiday, I don’t want to…

Weekender

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Friday night. Games night at work, with a Wiimbledon tournament running on one wall (using the overhead projector) and a Pro Evolution Soccer tournament running on one of the small LCD tvs.. a third TV had an XBox hooked up for various games, and a second Wii was chopping and changing another set of games….

My Mother is an idiot

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First things first, she’s not really, but I’ll get to that… This is a post in two parts although it wasn’t planned that way. Considering the title of this post (which was hard to type, believe me) I thought it prudent to pre-warn Mumsy less the shock prove to much and send her to the…

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Content Audits

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The basic premise behind auditing your content is to better understand both the structure and the content itself. Conceptually the idea seems simple enough, but in reality performing a content audit can be fairly boring. However, whether you are conducting the audit as part of a single source conversion project, or if you have recently…

A good society

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I love you guys. Seriously, you continue to inspire and provoke and without YOU (yes, even YOU) then this blog would have died a long time ago. Specifically looking at the comments left yesterday, I’m dead chuffed that you took my somewhat hastily written post and turned it into a discussion about the current decline…

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I think I’m safe, for now. Wherever I go it isn’t long before they find me. It seems The Mezin are connected to every aspect of humanity, from culture and religion to our most advanced technology I have to be more careful contacting all of you. When I began I thought I could safely speak…

Tech Writer Blog Directory

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Ahh the joy of site stats and referrers. With them I may not have spotted that some kind soul had added this humble blog to the Tech Writer Blog Directory. Whoever it was, thanks! (yes, I’m guessing it was Tom). I’ve updated my details, stopping short of listing all of my websites.. To everyone else,…

Who ARE you people?!

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I continue to dip in and out of the current crop of social networking.. umm.. websites … applications? … ummm webapps.. or however the hell they are collectively known (I’m desperately trying NOT to use the “Web 2.0” tag here). None of them have particularly stuck with me, at least not yet, and they all…

The Best Man

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In a rather lovely turn of events… ohh god, “rather lovely”, I can’t say that… in fact I’m not sure what I want to say about what it is that I want to say something about, bear with me. The basic facts are thus; my good friend Stuart is getting hitched, he phoned me last…

Bloody Typical

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A busy weekend planned, and I wake up and manage to tweak a muscle in my back. Agony. I can find one comfortable position, and I’m currently typing this on the laptop with one hand, the other raised up over the back of the sofa. It’s comfy. For now. I did manage to get one…

This, that and the other

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Yesterday’s post highlighted something for me, namely that I really REALLY need to get the miniblog area of my sidebar sorted out. At the moment it pulls from a del.icio.us account but that means you can’t comment on it, which kind of defeats the purpose for me. The miniblog is supposed to be just that,…

Whilst I remember…

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… the contact form now works. … you HAVE to read mike’s post about blogging book deals. … Pownce (It’s POUNCE!!! ARGGH!! And yes, I have 6 invites, see the first item in this post..). … John Smeaton, legend or laughable? I reckon his “this is Glesga, if you [the terrorists] come ‘ere, we’ll just…

How do you do yours?

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Have you ever watched someone performing a basic task and wondered why you don’t do it the same way? I’ve just witnessed, from the corner of my eye, someone brushing their teeth. The fact they are brushing their teeth at work isn’t the issue here, although I have to commend them on their commitment to…

Terror! Inept?

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Some brief thoughts that sparked through my head after the “terror” attack on Glasgow Airport. 1. Glasgow, my home city. All of a sudden it’s close to home. Doubly so as I drive right past the runway every day on my way to work every day. 2. Glasgow, isn’t a capital city, why didn’t they…