Not here

I don't think I've done this before and to be honest it's more an experiment than anything that has particularly good reasoning behind it, yet here I am, tapping away on my iPhone. It's because I can, pure and simple, yet there is a part of me screaming "SWITCH IT OFF!!" and begging me to

Instructions and ethics

Two things are currently making me GRRRRRRRR quite a bit. One is a minor annoyance that crops up frequently, the other a fairly fundamental gripe with a certain profession. In reverse order then, my main gripe is with the current batch of moaning politicians who are saying that it isn't fair that they are having

At the conference

Morning, in a short while I'll be delivering my presentation, trying to keep everyone awake whilst I waffle on about why blogging is the best thing ever and WHY AREN'T YOU DOING IT?? Or words to that effect... Don't worry though, dear reader, you can view the presentation and read through some of my notes

Ada Lovelace Day

Yesterday was Ada Lovelace day, a day when women in technology, particularly those who blog, take a moment to highlight some of the heroines (am I still allowed to use that word?). Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their

Learning from others

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

Got TED?

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

Recently Read

Been a while since I did one of these and, as ever, they reflect some of the things that have caught my eye over the past week or so. A couple of things on DITA which have me rethinking my approach towards it, and a some links to posts discussing ... welll community, social media,

The Big Picture

Deliverables are dead. Long live multi-format, anytime, anywhere delivery of information! The more I think about it, the more I am beginning to see that creating content, writing and styling and planning, for "print" is no longer valid. Quick caveat: Know your audience and the requirements. Many places mandate printed documentation in one format or

Why AuthorIT?

As I mentioned before, we are planning to migrate content from FrameMaker to AuthorIT, staging the migration across two different product sets (and no small amount of time!). I'm in the process of evaluating AuthorIT for, despite having used it before, it has recently been overhauled with a spiffy new UI and some new features.

Dreaming of dreams

I had a lucid dream the other morning. Louise had gotten up early and I dozed off again to grab a final 15 mins in bed. When I say dozed off, I really mean that I was vaguely aware of her alarm going off before nodding back off some seconds later. Nanoseconds that is... When

State of the Union

Some council workers got sacked because they spent too much time on the internet (eBay in particular). Apparently this isn't really their fault, with Union officials blaming bosses for "putting temptation in their way" - by allowing access to the internet. Now, I've never had access to, or worked within an organisation that has, a

Skill Set

Without meaning to I seem to have taken some inspiration from this post, whilst I'm not directly offering a counterpoint, it's worth a read. ~ Every trade or profession has a skill set, a unique set of talents that make one role different from another. For most people in the IT industry we all have

Ranty moan

Why is the weather so crap at the moment? It's almost June and I was freezing standing at the station this morning. Why are people complaining about Big Brother? Surely they are used to it by now? Shouldn't they just be ignoring it? Why do people make such a fuss about whether Scots are supporting


Heart racing, palms sweaty, discarded beer bottles on the floor. Perched on the edge of my seat, subjecting the television to random shouts of "OFFSIDE!" and "KICK IT!!!", and minutes earlier I'd just said: "You know what'll happen, they'll score a try, and then get a penalty in the dying seconds..." Yes, some good old