It Was Missing When I Opened The Box…

It’s becoming clear that creating guidance on cloud computing is great deal more difficult than for most other development environments. Or, to be more precise, following our usual practice of combining written guidance with a reference implementation (RI) code sample is turning out to be what you might whimsically call “an interesting experience”. It’s not…

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How Much Is It Worth?

I discovered this week that I was severely overcharged when I bought a new TV from our local branch of Comet (a national electrical retailer) some months back. According to a back of an envelope calculation, my TV was actually worth somewhere around one five thousandth of a penny. This must be true because an…

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Happy 60th Birthday, LEO

According to folklore, in 1943 IBM’s chairman Thomas J. Watson said that the world would only ever need five computers. Whether he actually did say this is doubtful, but according to various archives this was the general opinion around that time. And it prompts the question: how many computers actually existed then? You’d expect, obviously,…

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Optimistic Euphemisms

Buried in a recent issue of my newspaper the other day, squashed into a corner between an advert for luxury cruise holidays and a delightful close-up photo of some newly-discovered bacterium, was a short item about a recall by a major UK-based motor manufacturer. It said that in some circumstances the cruise control of some…

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Documentary Evidence

You’d think that, with only a couple of different letters, “documentary” and “documentation” were reasonably similar things. But it seems that the makers of TV documentaries have different ideas. It’s all a bit like the music of my generation – prog rock. There’s plenty of hidden (and often indecipherable) underlying meaning, but it’s exposed only…

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