Hungary bound

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Camera, check. iPod, check. Books, check. Ohhh! Clothes.. check (kinda). Ummm… toiletries, check. Ehh… passport, check. Cash, check. Right. We’re off to Hungary. Back on Sunday. Ohh don’t worry, there’ll be a couple of posts along soon to keep you occupied. Viszontlátásra!

Learning from others

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I spent most of the weekend laying, re-laying, cutting and swearing at laminate flooring. I read the provided instructions, measured twice (hell, four or five times in most cases) but still it proved problematic. I re-read the instructions, googled a little and then, after some experimentation finally figured out what the problem was… me. Well…

We Haz Teh Kitchen!

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Laminate flooring is a bugger (or maybe it’s the instructions?). But, finally, it’s done!! Well, technically speaking there are a couple of small jobs to do but that’s the big stuff out of the way. You should’ve seen us when we laid that last bit of flooring, high-fiving like a couple of NBA All-Stars we…

Recently Read

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Blimey, another week has flown past and, as ever a few things have caught my eye. 9 ways to gather user feedback It’s often a struggle to get true user feedback on your documentation, Craig Haiss offers some suggestions to improve things in this area. Whilst I’ve tried some of these, and had heard of…

Distracted

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Looks like a day of constant drizzle ahead so I’m stuck indoors. Louise is away out to do some shopping and catchup with a friend over lunch and freshly brewed coffee is currently gurgling away in the kitchen. Tasks for the weekend are to finish the flooring in the kitchen. We failed last weekend as…

Got TED?

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Have you heard of the TED conference? (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) No? It’s been going a while now, and got started back in 1984 …out of the observation by Richard Saul Wurman of a powerful convergence between Technology, Entertainment and Design. The first TED included demos of the newly released Macintosh computer and…

Web 2.0 and Communities

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The timing of this post, and the announcement by the Cherryleaf blog that they’ve created a Facebook group for technical authors, is completely coincidental. However there does seem to be a genuine move towards online communities, or perhaps it’s just the latest fad? It’s an interesting time to be building an online community, and I’m…

Merge

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I really shouldn’t use that as a title for a post, all I now have in my head is Chandler (from Friends) talking about how funny it would be to have a Merge road-sign above the bed (“MERRGE”). Anyway, the week is rolling past at a fair old lick, and the countdown to our trip…

What do YOU do?

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Re-reading the article I submitted to the ISTC Communicator magazine, I realise that my average day isn’t: particularly average at all a true representation of everything I’m involved with I lead a team of writers so my typical day may not apply to everyone, and I also have a tendency to stick my nose in…

Don't panic

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Watching the news, watching the cars queue at the garages, sucking them dry. Which is all fine aside from the fact that OUR tank is close to empty. The car computer reports we have 94 miles left, so let’s presume we can squeeze that to around 120 miles (at the very very most). Given that…

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Text Preferences Survey What is the ideal text size to use on the web? What about line height and column (line) length? Most of the information in this area is based on print (at best) or anecdotal (at worst). A design agency in Brighton, Message, has decided to try and find out by carrying out…

Floored (plus other items of note)

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I’m lying on the bed, laptop perched on a tray, watching TV. It’s a little tricky to type because I’ve got a cut on the middle finger of my left hand, and my arms and hands are sore. Why? Laminate flooring. Previously the laminate flooring ran from the hallway through to the kitchen, it’s a…

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Design matters

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Why would you choose to make something difficult to use? Are you deliberately putting barriers in the road? Or are you just forgetting the main reason why people pick up a document or manual? Long ago, when I had just started out as a technical writer, I attended a course on designing for Print. It…

Modern Life is Rubbish

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Kitchen is almost finished. Last bit of tiling is getting done on Monday, most of the flooring will go down over the weekend, then it’s a couple of touch up jobs with a paintbrush, a little wallpaper and we’re done!! I’ve sent off my letter of complaint and received a phone call following up to…

Round up the usual suspects

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I love movies. I love the thrill of them, the cinematography, the way they move you, the way they lift you up and make you soar, or the way they quietly affect you and alter your point of view. I love big ridiculous blockbusters, loaded with special effects and noises, that don’t care about plot…