Wet Stuff

After the “hot stuff” article of a few weeks ago, I thought I might as well shift focus towards another similarly inane topic, like showers. You see, one thing they seem really good at in the U.S. is doing showers (the bathroom type, not the weather type – though Redmond does seem to have an…

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Random In-house Publishing

Due to a combination of wild assumption and striking incompetence, I recently ended up repeating a long and pointless journey and overnight stay in the following week. I’m pleased to say that only the wild assumption was on my behalf – I assumed that an email containing details of a definite appointment meant that I…

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Lost in the Translation

I suppose most people have a “natural” language. I pride myself on the fact that I speak three languages: English, American, and Shouting (used in all other situations). However, while the majority of us geeks are probably mono-dialectic or bi-dialectic in terms of spoken languages, we do tend to be multi-syntactic in terms of computer…

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Hot Stuff

Last week I mused about how some instruction manuals (“guidance documents” in p&p-speak) are wonderfully accurate, really useful, and may even have helpful pictures. I guess the quality of the documentation depends to some extent on how much you pay for the product; and, hopefully, how dangerous it can be if you get using it…

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So, I Just Bought a Car from a Lady Prison Officer…

You know when you go to a car dealer and they say the one particular car you’re looking at has “had only one careful lady owner”, what they really mean is it’s been owned by five boy racers, a bus driver, and a DIY freak who rewired it for a bet. In fact the last…

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Journalistic Over-enthusiasm

Sometimes you just have to feel sorry for developers. They slave away with their high-powered computers, multiple monitors, and earphones stuffed into their ears; glued to the same chair day after day as they battle with endless lines that basically all say the same thing. With only a hundred or so different keywords they can…

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