Christmas Presents for Geeks

I guess it’s that time of year when I ought to acknowledge that the festive season is upon us. You can always tell when Christmas is on the way because computer magazines are full of “ideas for presents for computer users”. I don’t know about you, but a 2GB USB memory stick doesn’t really seem…

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Under Compression

Last week I was creating short introduction videos for our Architecture Guide project. You’d assume that this would be easy enough – write some slides and record the commentary, and then generate a WMV file from the recording. I used Camtasia, which integrates with PowerPoint and makes it really easy to create the recording and…

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Head in the Clouds

What is it with airports? I mean, if I built an airport in the town called Mansfield, I would probably seriously consider calling it “Mansfield Airport”. It seems a good name since it identifies where the airport is, and what region or area it serves. The island of Madeira has only one airport (which, I…

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Time Flies Like An Arrow, But Not At Frankfurt Airport

As a writer, I enjoy the weirdness of words. In the English (and US English) language, and particularly in technical writing, words often mean something distinctly different from their initially apparent meaning. When I’m looking at text provided by other members of the teams I work with, such as developers and architects, I often come…

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