Move over Adobe

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As we are in the midst of rethinking our publishing processes, I’ve been looking at the current crop of tools, and (for our needs) three of them stand out over their competitors. Adobe, AuthorIT and MadCap seem to be heading for a battle royale, with the latter two the David to Adobe’s Goliath. But who…

The art of complaining

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Apparently we are rubbish at it, us Brits. We’d rather quietly seethe than give voice to any kind of negative comment or any hint that we are complaining. I’m an occasional complainer, mainly because I just don’t see the need to bother with things I consider mundane so I tend to save up my complainments*…

The one where I don't read any books

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Some wise person once said “Best laid plans are soonest avoided”. Admittedly it may have been me… My weekend was hiijacked by shopping (whilst we waited on the electricians finishing) so I have a couple of new shirts, a night out with our friends (and rather delicious steak!), and a car boot sale which included…

Are online communities worth it?

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The boom of the internet is better documented elsewhere but the one key and founding principles is the ability to converse with anyone, anywhere in the globe. From the early days of IRC and email, onto graphical websites and instant messaging through to the current swathe of, for want of a better phrase, Web 2.0…

We can haz electricitics?*

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We can!! Lessons learned, if you know someone in the ‘trade’, ask them for a recommendation. Not only have the guys done a bang up job, clearing up after themselves in the process, they were HALF the price we got quoted for a job that would’ve taken twice as long? When we told Danny, our…

How many books is too many?

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I have a lot of books. I have a lot of unread books. I keep saying I’ll go through the ones I’ve read and ditch some but I never do. Instead I buy more. I don’t know why I do that. Why do I do that? Why do I buy more? I have enough as…

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In the spirit of things

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I got told off by our security guard as I entered the building this morning. We met at the door just as he was leaving and he politely asked me not to smoke there. It’s nice that he was concerned for my health, although as I was huddled over trying to listen to my mobile…

Back to DITA?

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I’ve mentioned DITA a few times on this blog, and my DITA is not the answer post is still attracting attention. As I’ve said, I think the DITA standard is an excellent one for software documentation and the DITA movement is slowly catching up to the hype. I’ve never given up on DITA and had…

Adapting

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly you can adapt to your given circumstance. I’m sitting on the couch, laptop on, ehhh, my lap, to my immediate right is our dishwasher, to my left the washing machine blocks half of the other sofa, the fridge/freezer sitting behind it blocks the other. The other half of the living…

Vantage Point

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IMDB information Metacritic score I always enjoy movies that take a little care to be different and don’t pander to or ‘feed’ the audience too much. Vantage Point manages all this whilst remaining a fairly standard Hollywood blockbuster type movie. The story of a Presidential assasination is played out from several different viewpoints, each one…

Catching up

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Having been off ill for a couple of weeks, almost completely off-line for that time, I’m still catching up with work and my blog reading. The beauty of monitoring RSS feeds is that all I need to do is check through my unread items list in Google Reader and, finally, it’s approaching zero. Over on…

Needing a diversion

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We are considering going to the cinema tonight. Vantage Point looks like a nicely escapist kind of movie to take our minds of the state of our house at the moment, and the hassles we had last night. I’m not going into the details but suffice to say that I had to fill in an…

Things can only get better

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Yesterday: Kitchen fitters turn up. Kitchen fitters check the electrics. Kitchen fitters say we’ll need to get them upgraded. Kitchen fitters also say that the worktop for the sink area is wrong size, we have 600, should 700. Kitchen fitters phone warehouse to order new worktop. Earliest it MIGHT be with us is in one…

Progress

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Back to work tomorrow, as I feel almost human again. Still a little tired but I can cope with that as I’m no longer (as of yesterday) falling asleep halfway through the afternoon. It’s good timing as the next few days are going to be hectic. The kitchen fitters arrive tomorrow so last night we…

Snow White

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It’s March 3rd and we have about 3 inches of snow on the ground and it’s still falling. Ehhh, hello? Spring?? Louise tried to get to work twice this morning, and on her second attempt it took her an hour to get all of 8 miles so she turned round and came back home. I’m…