A long time ago in a job far, far away, I rose to the position of Engineering Manager, but one of my core functions until the day the company collapsed was proof-reading documentation produced by my fellow engineers and consultants. As a computer science graduate who had spent pretty much every free elective in senior… Read More »
When I first started writing, my most common mistake was ornateness. Now, I believe the best writing is defined not by what you say, but what you choose not to say. There is a crispness to Spartan writing, and the simple premise is that your reader’s time is precious. That’s not to say you can’t tell… Read More »
I was unfortunate enough to go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the last days of my annual leave. Before I went, I’d heard mixed reviews. There were those who argued that the introduction of a female action hero elf was the height of blasphemy against Tolkienism, and there were others that argued that… Read More »
A tribute to the News of the World and News Corp. Sing along to the music from “The Sound of Silence” (or this instrumental version if it helps): Hello News Corp, my old friend I see you’ve hacked my phones again Because a rumour had you thinking That you’d delve while I was sleeping And… Read More »
When I was just a little over 18 years of age, I left home and packed my things to head off to University in Newcastle. At the time, compared to Parkes, Newcastle could have seemed like the “big smoke”, but I was already aware that it was small fry to Sydney. Over time though first… Read More »
There is a vast punctuation chasm that a lot of people fail to jump, and personally it drives me nuts. I know I’ll be accused of being a punctuation freak with what I’m about to say, but you can’t defend the indefensible, and for people who know and love language, you can’t just say “ignore… Read More »
While I don’t claim to be infallible, I’m a stickler for spelling and punctuation. Common mistakes, such as they’re/their/there drive me nuts. This site has one of the best explanations, even using pretty pictures as examples, of the most common spelling mistakes. I heartily recommend everyone use check it out – the oatmeal.
Matt, over at Standalone Sysadmin this morning tweeted a link to a fantastic article that probably helps to explain why I feel driven to write something every day. Across my NetWorker and Cloud blogs, perhaps now this as well, and my other writing, I try to write something every day, without fail. It may be… Read More »