Morning World

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Time moves on and these days I tend to watch Saturday Kitchen as opposed to Soccer AM (blame the new Soccer AM bloke, he’s rubbish). So whilst I sup on my coffee, Ken Hom is stirring up some Pork and Pineapple dish and I’m salivating. Anyway, today I’m doing a little research after an interesting…

Break it to fix it

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Work smarter, they say, so that’s what we are trying to do. In fact I’d hope that is what we are all trying to do but, like everyone else, it’s natural that once you have a process or a tool that works for you, you tend not to look about for a replacement. If it…

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Biscuit-iquette

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Custard Cream or Bourbon? Digestive or Hobnob? With this being the internet there is, of course, a website dedicated to this topic. In the office we, on a somewhat random basis, get free biscuits. It’s a limited selection and, as I work with a large number of people who aren’t that long out of university,…

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Just enough

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When I first started out in this industry I received little direction other than “make sure you check everything” so a lot of my original ideas of how I should work and what documentation should cover were largely my own. I looked at manuals for a variety of applications and took ideas from them, adapting…

Paralympics

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Having watched some of the opening ceremony I finally got a moment to catch the Paralympic coverage on TV last night, and it’s well worth it. During the Olympics I mentioned that what draws me in isn’t necesarily a love of sport (although that is part of it) but the story itself, and it’s even…

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What is our value?

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a.k.a Knowing when to stop Hey, here’s a good reason for more technical writers to start blogging, it’ll cut down on the vast amounts of prose, rhetoric and general bile that seems to be clogging up some of the mailing lists to which I am subscribed. Now, I’ve covered this topic before, but it seems…

Quack, quack

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Ladies and Gentlepeeps of the blogerati, I stand before you today, humbled and modest, to accept this sumptuous award. The rather lovely (and still on my list of bloggers to meet) Mike, has passed this gorgeous trophy to me and took a moment to give me that most very British of compliments. Yes, let it…

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Weekender

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The main focus of the past weekend was the engagement party for my sister and her fiancé, and if I’m not mistaken it went without a hitch. It was a self-catered affair in a local bowling green (cheap booze!), the DJ was good, everyone seemed to have a good time and there are rumours that…

My PC

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ss001, originally uploaded by Gordon. Since I was asked, here is my current Windows XP desktop. I keep the desktop clean, it’s my “inbox” where things are then filed or moved. The taskbar fades out when the mouse ISN’T over it, and yeah Xentient Thumbnails to get the icon of an image to display as…

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A new shiny browser

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Boy, am I ever glad I held back from posting about the new browser from Google. It’s been an interesting couple of days though, starting with the comic book style introduction which I kinda like. This raised several flags in my professional circle, both amongst the geeks (ohh we re-use the Javascript engine..) and the…

Driving Development

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Recently Daniel Brolund posted an idea around something he termed User Guide Driven Development, it’s an interesting read and, you know what, he’s almost right. Almost. First up you should note that Daniel works for the company that created the application he name drops in his post, Bumblebee. However his approach did ring a few…

I shopped

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Having managed to drag myself out of bed on Saturday morning, I found myself walking across the footbridge into Glasgow at some ungodly hour (anything before 10am on a Saturday is illegal, in my world). My plan of action was to head up to Buchanan Galleries and work my way back down to the train…