Stepping Back

Reading time: 2 mins

I was recently chatting to someone who has a plan. He is retiring at aged 50 and going off to live in the wilds of Canada. He’s Canadian so it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds, but the really scary part is that he is deliberately going to be “off-grid”. He’s a self-confessed geek so…

Recently Read

Reading time: 2 mins

With the TICAD conference last week, a couple of days in my sick bed, and the imminent product release I’m working towards, I’ve not had a lot of time to post here. However, the RSS feeds keep trickling in, so here are a few items that caught my eye over the past couple of weeks….

(Don't) Call me

Reading time: 2 mins

I need some advice. I want either cheaper TV, Broadband and Telephone calls, how do I get them? Actually that’s a lie, I only really want cheaper telephone calls. Currently we have contracts with both Sky and Virgin Media. We have Sky for our TV viewing and we take all the movies and sports channels,…

Torrents of TV

Reading time: 2 mins

In response to a plea on Twitter, where I’d just mentioned that I’d thoroughly enjoyed Episode 7 of Series 2 of Heroes (and with apologies for the delay), this post will take you through how I get the latest greatest episodes of my favourite US TV shows long before they are shown in the UK….

CategoriesUncategorized

Dilbert does it again (again)

Reading time: < 1 min

(What are the odds? If he smashes the nail on the head again tomorrow I WON’T post it here, I promise) I really don’t know how Scott Adams manages to tap into these things, or is the software industry REALLY that similar the world over? As the discussion of what we call ourselves, how much…

CategoriesUncategorized

Dilbert does it again

Reading time: < 1 min

I really don’t know how Scott Adams manages to tap into these things, or is the software industry REALLY that similar the world over? Regardless suffice to say that, in our Extreme Programming (XP) development group (XP is a form of Agile development), todays’ Dilbert raised a bit of a chuckle: (click for bigger)

CategoriesUncategorized

Quiet your moaning

Reading time: < 1 min

I hate people who moan. Which is odd as I do like a good old-fashioned whine from time to time but that’s more a cathartic reaction to a crap day than a perpetual state of bloody-minded dourness. Some people probably spend large portions of their life wondering why they have few friends and why they…

Site Notes

Reading time: < 1 min

Just a couple of things to point out. RSS Feeds Adrian pointed out, quite rightly, that I have 4 RSS Feeds when I only really need 3, and even then they aren’t brilliantly titled. So I’ve sorted that out. If you have any issues you may need to resubscribe. Sorry for the hassle. Archives Switched…

FAO (some) bloggers*

Reading time: 2 mins

Dear, …grayblog…, A beautiful revolution: blog, Amateur Shutterbug, An Unreliable Witness, Autoblography, Back in a Bit, Becky’s T-Blog, bitful, Blackbeltjones/Work, Blogging and Knitting; The Home of Domesticated Bloggage, Blogzira…, bloomfield.me.uk, Blue Witch, bob’s yer uncle, Boob Pencil, Boob Pencil, Chasing Daisy, Comfortable Disorientation, d4d, Dave Gorman, Day to Day Life of a Very Lazy Gardener,…

This is not a video

Reading time: 2 mins

As I mentioned previously, the opening presentation at TICAD was by Adobe and featured their vision of the future of Technical Communications and information development. Apparently that future includes video. Video has been available to many for a few years now, yet it is never really the main focus of a documentation team. Tom has…

Eyes Open

Reading time: 3 mins

Note: This is the last of my posts written whilst on the train home on Thursday. Hotel life is odd. I don’t think i could be the travelling businessman, constantly moving from one hotel room to another, eating over-priced, rather average food, and ultimately being very very lonely. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice for…

Homeward Bound

Reading time: 2 mins

The sun slinks away across the fields, the soft faded glow trailing in its wake as the hills become mountains again. He is heading home. As the train rattles and rushes onwards a solitary face stares past the reflections to the distant hills. The remnants of daylight pick out a cottage on the hillside, lights…

CategoriesUncategorized

Thoughts from TICAD 2007

Reading time: 6 mins

Pre-Conference Dinner The first day of a conference is always a little awkward, introducing yourself to complete strangers is always fraught with danger. So a ‘mingle’ activity is a nice idea, particularly as the TICAD conference makes some play of the networking opportunities, and the an informal dinner beforehand certainly made the following day a…

Homeward Bound

Reading time: 2 mins

The sun slinks away across the fields, the soft faded glow trailing in its wake as the hills become mountains again. He is heading home. As the train rattles and rushes onwards a solitary face stares past the reflections to the distant hills. The remnants of daylight pick out a cottage on the hillside, lights…

CategoriesUncategorized

Heading home

Reading time: 2 mins

Almost packed, but I think I can get this flaky wireless connection to stay online for long enough to post some quick thoughts. The conference was very informative, and it was good to meet other TechPubs Managers and chat about the variety of responsibilities and “challenges” we all face. My presentation went well, although I…