On The Road To Nowhere?

Back in June, when I signed my life away and made my pact with the blue badge, it seemed like a good idea to restrain my exuberance in one or two areas. Wandering aimlessly around the world attending conferences, and pleading with Web site editors to buy my articles, were obvious first steps. And a…

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Take Two Aspirins And Call Me In The Morning

I seem to have spent a large proportion of my time this month worrying about health. OK, so a week of that was spent in the US where, every time I turned on the TV, it scared me to death to see all the adverts for drugs to cure the incredible range of illnesses I…

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Top 10 Tips for New or Nervous Computer Users

It may seem like this week’s disjointed ramblings follows on from last week’s topic, in some lexographically eerie and unexpected way. I can assure you that this wasn’t intentional – the capability to avoid straying off topic during the course of a single short article has so far always eluded me, and I see no…

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Rusty 0s and Broken 1s

So I was on-site at a dev shop the other day watching three guys fighting with a printer. It seems they needed some particular project report to send to a customer, and the printer was refusing to play ball. I watched them try various combinations of “press-and-hold” buttons on the printer, check the network cable,…

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Tragile Documentation

I just discovered last week that I’m supposed to be able to “move quickly and lightly”, be “as sleek and agile as a gymnast”, and be “fleet of foot”. Either that or I’m supposed to be an X-ray and Gamma ray astronomical satellite belonging to the Italian Space Agency. Not much hope of any of…

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