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This is where a blog post would be if I had something I could or even wanted to post about. There would no doubt be some sentences, maybe a little attempt at humour, a quip or a pun, there MAY EVEN BE TEXT IN CAPITALS to signify that I’m feeling slightly indignant about something, or…

Ada Lovelace

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Thanks to my Mum for reminding me that today is Ada Lovelace Day. Who is Ada Lovelace? Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron, was an English writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Her notes…

Not written, yet

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Quite a lot going on at the moment, but don’t worry dear blog reader I’ve not forgotten about you, I’ve still got plenty of things to post here just not really finding the time (or requisite brain power) to focus on them and think them through properly. Here are some of the things I’ve started…

Role of Social Media

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A few months ago I was approached to write a piece that would be featured in a special supplement for the ISTC Communicator magazine. The supplement, sponsored by Adobe, was to be titled “The role of social media in technical communication” and after my presentation on blogging at the Technical Communications conference last year, I…

The long wait

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Travelling back from London last week, I landed at Glasgow on time so knew I had 30 minutes to kill until I was getting picked up. Plenty of time for a coffee and to continue reading the book that had held me engrossed for the short flight. Seating was at a premium, but I spotted…

Upcoming ISTC Events

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Organised under the ISTC, we hope you can join us for these events which are complimentary and open to all. London Group, Adobe Offices, Regent’s Park Sponsored by Adobe What: The Potential of using Video in Technical Communication When: Friday April 30th, 13:30 – 16:30 Followed by Drinks Reception and Finger Buffet hosted by Adobe…

5 am

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It’s still dark and somewhere two birds are singing, beautiful trills and chirrups fill the air. My head is full of other things though, but then it usually is, and right now it seems to be full of random thoughts about work. Which is why, I think, I’m awake. I’m a bit pissed off with…

Highs and Lows

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Saturday morning, a list clutched in my hand as we ventured out early. A few things to buy, a couple of things to do, a productive day stretched ahead. Saturday afternoon, things have been bought, and one item on the list has been started but not finished. This is largely due to the rapid onset…

The Wrong Domain

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For a few years now I’ve randomly been checking the WHOIS records for the mclean.co.uk domain, and throughout that time it’s sat there, holding nothing but adverts and any attempt by me to contact the owner with a view to purchasing said domain for a “reasonable” fee have fallen on increasingly deaf ears. Yes, it’s…

Further Webhelp hacking

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I mentioned in my previous post that we run a webhelp build of our content (a.k.a. our Knowledge Centre) on our developer community website, and that it was hosted in an iframe. I thought it worthwhile fleshing out the detail of that as it includes a bit of custom code some others might find useful….

I was in London

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And there I met some people I know, and some I don’t know, and hobnobbed with celebrities (not really), and ate and drank and walked about a lot and even went and stood in a big black box that was very very dark indeed. The main reason I was in London was to attend a…

Change of Venue

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Survived last nights party, just, and now I’m ready for more! Having now had a look at the bar we had arranged to meet in, think it will be better in the National Film Theatre bar (the one round the back not the one facing the water). It’s only 2 mins from the previous suggestion…

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Hit and Run (and party)

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I must be getting old, life seems to be speeding up. I remember thinking, yesterday, that I should really post something here and I’ve only just realised that wasn’t yesterday it was Monday, which is four days ago. Bad blogger! Work (capital W) continues to suck a lot of my energy but I’m still enjoying…

Hacking Author-it Webhelp

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Finding the right solution for a problem isn’t always easy but sometimes, if you are very lucky, the solution will fall straight into your lap. Such was the case with our switch to Author-it even though we didn’t fully realise it at the time. I’ve covered our reasons for switching from FrameMaker to Author-it elsewhere,…

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The Batmobile

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Also known as a Ford Fiesta Titanium, 1.6 TDCi, with Tech Pack (bluetooth, USB port, keyless entry and ignition) and Body Styling kit (front, rear and side skirts). Got about £3.5k off list price.

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