Convoluted, Devoluted, Or Just Engblish?

Maybe I’ve been asleep for the last few months, or just head-down working on my current project, but it seems I am the only person in the world who wasn’t aware that a new version of Windows was on the way. Well, the only geek anyway. I don’t mean the “Mojave” stunt – I mean…

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Easter Bonnets and Adverse Automation

A couple of initially unconnected events last week conspired to nudge my brain into some kind of half-awake state where it combined them into a surreal view of “automatic” stuff. One of the events was the return from Tina, our editor and proof-reader, of my article about the Team System Management Model Designer Power Tool…

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Whose Time Is It Anyway?

Here in our quiet little corner of the People’s Republic of Europe, our Government decided a while ago to flog off the radio spectrum in order to pay for their countless spin doctors, pointless focus groups, endless ministerial jaunts, never-ending quangos, and failed experiments with Socialism. In return, they gave us the opportunity to enter…

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How p&p Makes Cheese Sandwiches

OK, so we don’t actually make cheese sandwiches here at p&p. Well, as far as I know we don’t (but if we did, they’d probably be the best cheese sandwiches in the world…). When I’m over in Redmond I have to stroll across the bridge to Building 4 and buy one from the canteen, though…

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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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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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