Defensive Writing

One of the facts of life when you write technical documentation and guidance is that it will get reviewed by other people, resulting in regular changes to the content as you try to follow shifting advice, conflicting feedback, and suggestions that sometimes even make sense. It doesn’t help, of course, if the technology you are…

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Snakin’ All Over

My new pet snake is installed, working, and really flies. Deathly silent, yet it instantly responds to every command. It’s like somebody speeded up the world. Or at least speeded up my television. And, yes, this is a follow-on from last week’s rambling post about our new “Mamba” Media Center box from QuietPC.com. In fact,…

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Papa Loves Mamba

Media Center is alive and well! Yes, you can buy a proper no-noise Media Center appliance that just works out of the box, does satellite and terrestrial TV, and looks good on your TV stand. You can even watch the YouTube video on it that inspired the title of this week’s rambling post. Our current…

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my data are getting littler

It looks like our Big Data is getting smaller. At least that’s the impression I get from the exhaustive investigation carried out by the editor on our current project. Of course, “data” is actually a plural word so perhaps it’s just that each datum is getting smaller. Or maybe there are fewer (not “less”) of…

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Seventeen Syllable File Delete in ASP.NET

The days when I played with ASP.NET web sites all the time have, perhaps unfortunately, gone. Now my day job has me delving into grown-up stuff such as the wonderful worlds of cloud service infrastructure, design patterns, systems and software architectural, Big Data, and even open source projects named after animals. So a simple task…

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The Internet Of Letterboxes

It’s currently fashionable here in England to castigate large companies for not voluntarily paying more tax that they are legally obliged to do. Amongst the so-called offenders is Amazon, who have grown a huge order management, warehousing, and distribution network throughout the UK. Probably because we seem to be one of the countries that has…

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Bluetooth Made Me Un-picture My Contacts

Can software become more complicated and yet still be easy to use? It seems that, unfortunately in some cases, it can – and does so whether you like it or not. I just spent two hours trying to fix the Bluetooth connection between my wife’s phone and her car, and discovered just how unfortunate it…

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Digitally Impecunious Pop Stars

It seems that being a pop star is no longer the route to guaranteed wealth. According to several reports I’ve been reading, stars such as Lily Allen earn peanuts from writing and releasing songs and albums. Should we be feeling sorry for them…? The trouble is, they say, that nobody actually buys music albums any…

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Recertified, Un-moused, and Port-holed

You can’t believe just how fast a year goes by. It seems like only yesterday I was rebooting all the Hyper-V virtual machines because the server certificate for Hyper-V had expired. And now it’s gone and done it again. The certificate is renewed automatically, but it disconnects the VMs when it does this. Which causes…

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Digital Trainspotting

I know that computers and digital electronics have almost completely taken over our world, but it was still an eye-opening experience to see just how much they have infiltrated one of my peripheral interests: model railways. Many years ago, when space and time permitted, I indulged physically in the world of railway modelling. It’s almost…

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