Double Your Money

How would you like to be guaranteed a price for your products for the next thirty-five years, and at double the price you sell them for now? Sounds like a great idea. However, there are a couple of downsides… For example, you’ll be allowed to sell only the lowest priced item, even if the customer…

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Drowning in Drought

Perhaps all countries, states, and regions are naturally capital-city-centric, but it’s not often I am brutally reminded of that fact here in Ye Olde England where nowhere is very far away from anywhere else – at least in geographical terms. But, here in the wilds of rural Derbyshire, it’s becoming increasingly clear just how far…

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Leaping To Conclusions - Predictions for Leap Year 2012

After my resounding success predicting that 2011 would finally see the lingering and painful death of JavaScript, and that the interface of Windows 8 will consist solely of one large Flash animation, it’s time to apply my unerringly accurate predictional capabilities to this squeaky clean New Year. So if you aren’t quite sure what 2012…

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Should Blogs Have a Readme?

Those of us who read the documentation for software before installing it (though we are, it seems, members of a pitifully small minority) know that the most illuminating part is the “Known Issues” section. It’s here that, hopefully, you discover all the problems you are likely to face – and can make an educated decision…

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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 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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Weather It's Musical?

If I told you that my wonderful wife bought me a Vantage Pro 2 for my birthday, you might be thinking I was now spending every afternoon outside polishing a gleaming new custom sports car, or happily installing loads of exciting new applications on a super-fast new computer. Or perhaps even spending my weekends taking…

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Living in a Cage

Funny stuff, wireless. We take for granted that we can wander aimlessly about the office or home while maintaining a robust connection to the outside world, or just to the server down the hall. Let’s face it, modern kit and the connection it provides is pretty reliable. And, rather annoyingly, after the not inconsiderable effort…

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Suffering Suffixes, Batman

One of the features of working from home is that, if you aren’t careful, you can suddenly find that you haven’t been outside for several days. In fact, if you disregard a trip to the end of the drive to fetch the wheely bin, or across the garden to feed the goldfish, I probably haven’t…

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