Moments of beauty

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A few days I ago I mentioned finding the beauty in things and I had a perfect example this morning as I drove to work. A glorious view unfurled beneath me as I drove down the hill. As usual my camera was tucked away in my bag. Mind you I was on the motorway so…

Getting to EXPERT

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The gaps in your documentation aren’t there because you haven’t consider a particular level of user; the gaps in your documentation are there because you haven’t considered how one level of user becomes another. How DO you get from Beginner to Expert? The question above was prompted by a presentation I attend last week, given…

Fate?

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What is it about these things, these events in life that all seem to collide. Days go by with only the merest ripple distorting the norm then … BLAMMO! … For example, take tomorrow. I need to be in the office to deliver a presentation as part of our induction and the kitchen fitters are…

Why having a cat is good…

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Too busy to blog? Just show a picture of your “far too cute for his own good” cat. Simple. (he’s sitting in the unfinished kitchen, BEFORE we ripped out the final set of units behind him)

Explorer showing multiple desktops?

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Windows XP has a bug in it, one that has bugged me for ages but is under the “can be tolerated” category. I’ve looked for a fix before but couldn’t find anything, mainly because it’s hard to describe within search terms (note to Google: how about searches based on uploaded screenshots??). The problem occurs when…

Recently Read

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Been a while since I did one of these and, as ever, they reflect some of the things that have caught my eye over the past week or so. A couple of things on DITA which have me rethinking my approach towards it, and a some links to posts discussing … welll community, social media,…

No searching…

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I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, to add a better (Google) search to this site. Alas because I have a hand-coded WordPress theme, and I last looked at it about a year ago, I’ve managed to bork the search results location. So, for now, the search isn’t working. Nuts. Thanks to Tom, it’s all working now, and…

A few random things…

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Twitter continues to absorb, offering an instant outlet for tiny thoughts and today was Muxtape day. As ever, Meg was near the front of the list, but I soon followed along. Completely illegal I’m sure so I don’t expect it to last… Asaph has caught my eye as I continue to find a way to…

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I see no… photos

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Flicking through Flickr … ahhhh I get it now … Anyway. I was … ummm … browsing Flickr last night and it struck me that I’m just not generally of a mind to take photos. I’m still very much a “go and take photos” type of photographer, rather than a “quick, take a snapshot” type…

A day in the life

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As featured in the Spring 2008 edition of Communicator, the magazine for ISTC members. I’m the Publications Team Lead at Graham Technology, a mid-sized (and growing) software company based in Scotland and like many people in this field, I have a wide range of duties. As well as the more traditional technical authoring work, I…

Laughing is good

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It’s fair to say that we are both fairly stressed with the ongoing ‘lack of kitchen’ saga, so it’s been good to have a hearty chuckle over the past couple of days. The cat flap we fitted for Ollie is working fine. It uses a magnetic lock to stop just any old feline wandering in,…

Remember to live

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It seems I can’t avoid this blog post so I may as well crack on and see what falls out of my head. My father-in-law lives in small town in Spain and, as such, is part of a tight-knit ex-pat community over there. Early this week a man we’ve met a few times, and who…

Hello to ISTC Communicator Readers

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I got home this evening to find the next issue of Communicator sitting on the mat. Thankfully it was in one piece so obviously the cat hadn’t found it… Anyway, just to confirm that, yes, I am the same Gordon McLean who features in the final piece in the magazine. Worryingly that means you now…

Current Mood: Ranty

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Idiots: Take 1 Orange have dropped my line rental by 20%. Yay. Orange have offered me an upgrade on my handset, and I hate my current handset. Yay. That would mean a new 18mth contract. Boo. And despite having chosen the phone on Monday, I was told yesterday that I’m in the “wrong band”. Boo….

Upcoming

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This post is entirely to save my own sanity. Feel free to skip it but if I don’t write all this down my head will explode. Today I await the arrival of a new kitchen worktop and need to visit the doctor (well the nurse) to get my blood pressure taken again. I’ve been pretty…