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February Resolutions

Partly due to circumstance, partly by choice, I tend to let January just 'happen' and avoid any specific resolutions if I can. Admittedly, this month I've been getting my head into my new job, handing over previous responsibilities and as I spent last week in Sunnyvale working I've not had a routine around which to

Space

I'm sitting in a hotel room, it's 8am, I've had breakfast, and we leave for the office in 20 mins. I have a couple of meetings scheduled, but thankfully I'm not too busy today. This is not been the story for the rest of this week. Instead we've been leaving at 8am and starting full

Everything Changes

Everything Changes A new year, a fresh challenge. I've been working in the Technical Communications field my entire career. From those first days, stumbling my way around FrameMaker 4 with only a vague idea of what I should be doing (and largely using the FrameMaker User Guide as a sample of both approach and layout)

Everything Changes

A new year, a fresh challenge. I've been working in the Technical Communications field my entire career. From those first days, stumbling my way around FrameMaker 4 with only a vague idea of what I should be doing (and largely using the FrameMaker User Guide as a sample of both approach and layout) to my

Faith less

I can't get no sleep. That was pretty much the story of last week, with a million and one thoughts rushing through my head. I'd go to bed, read to relax and drop off, only to awaken a couple of hours later, wide awake. Sometimes I'd get back to sleep after a couple of hours

Going Global

One of the challenges the team will face this year is how to coordinate the creation of product documentation with geographically dispersed teams, across different product lines. At present we have engineering teams in Glasgow, Belfast, Limerick, Jakarta, Sunnyvale CA, and Bedford NH, building four products and maintaining five other legacy applications. Currently we have six technical

Travelling home

Dumbarton Common, rainfall at dusk, originally uploaded by Gordon. The train pulls out of the station, slowly gathers speed as I head to my home town. I am cocooned in steel, my music and my own thoughts. Face tingling from the fresh air. There are several stops to be made, familiar names from my past.

Happily uncreative

I aspire. I desire. (I perspire). I want. But, it seems, it's just not meant to be. Whilst I can appreciate art in many forms, place value on the productions of others, it seems that I'm just not particularly creative. Not that I can't be creative to a certain level but I've long since realised

Happy New Year

Looking forward is always a good thing, but I'm going to start this year by looking back at the lessons to be learned. Things I will need to improve upon include better planning of work, there is one big project that I will head up that needs to be delivered by September, so I'll be

Hello 2013

Around this time last year I realised that I had already begun my resolution. Not that I do the whole New Year Resolution thing, and technically this change of attitude had already kicked in but, regardless, it became a bit of a theme for me. Largely my focus was to avoid negativity and, for the