The World Changed at 10:30 AM

While I can’t say that I’m a fanatical weather watcher, I am interested in the way that the contributing factors change and provide the rudimentary basis for weather forecasting (at least in the short term). Tapping the glass of the old wood and bellows barometer to see which way it’s moving is fine for a…

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It’s Non-Denominational Gift Giving Season Again

Some while back, I was explaining why “USB” stands for “Unexpected System Behavior” (see Top 10 Tips for New or Nervous Computer Users). However, while roaming the web looking for something different for my wife for Christmas, I discovered that what it really stands for is “Useless Separate Bauble”. You only have to explore some…

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today (Not)…

So here a question: in how many consecutive years must something happen before it stops being a once-in-twenty-year event? I only ask because it would be nice if the people who pretend to run the country were at least a bit prepared for such an event. I refer, of course, to the recent snow we’ve…

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In England’s White and Pleasant Land

I received an invitation to attend a “highly recommended” course this week on how to maximize use of Office Communicator, Live Meeting, and the Office Conferencing System. Specially timed, no doubt, to coincide with the rather interesting weather we are currently experiencing here in Britain. And obviously a really vital event to reduce the need for…

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Let Them Eat Cheese

When you think about it, it’s clear that software architects and developers should rule the world. Not that – in reality – they don’t already. Let’s face it, almost everything that goes on in the world today, from air traffic control to motor cars to the microwave oven in your kitchen is powered by software….

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So Far, So Near…

So here’s the problem with the Internet. They say it’s supposed to bring everyone closer together and make the world a smaller place. But actually, at least in a virtual sense, the opposite is happening. Things that are geographically “next door” now seem like they are hundreds of miles away. It’s all a bit like…

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Getting Knitted

So it’s been an interesting couple of weeks. I’ve been enthralled by some ancient mechanical technology, discovered that I can no longer buy a very ordinary item of computing equipment, pondered on the business logic inside foreign ATM cash dispensers, and become very familiar with ladies stockings. OK, so maybe I should start by explaining…

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When Did the Web Get a Small "w"?

Here in England, the well-known and much loved actress Emma Thompson recently started a debate about the use by kids of slang terms that only serve to make them sound stupid. She cites things such as “yeahbut”, “like”, “innit” (perhaps an abbreviated form of “I’m a nitwit”), and use of the word “well” in phrases…

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Invoking the Dark Side (using a cassette player)

I previously thought that the reason you used to see miles of cassette taped entwined in the bushes at the side of motorways was because the driver discovered that his or her Mother had accidently put a “James Last Plays Christmas Carols” tape back in the driver’s Black Sabbath or Pink Floyd cassette box. Needless…

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Joie de VB-er

Well I’d have to say I haven’t had so much fun for ages. Playing with familiar stuff (and some less familiar stuff) has revived my joy of writing complicated algorithms and creating useful utilities. It’s almost like being back in the old days of creating COM components for classic ASP web sites to do the…

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