Writing ... or Just Practicing?

Random Disconnected Diatribes of a p&p Documentation Engineer

  • Blog Post: All I Want For Christmas...

    So I continue to battle with Windows 8.1 and Outlook 2103 on my nice big Dell workstation. Our IT support department have given up on me, saying it's obviously a problem with my own network configuration. And it looks like they are correct. It's just a shame they can't tell me what the problem is. ...
  • Blog Post: The Network Ate My Shortcuts!

    It's a bit scary when you turn on your computer and it's different from when you left it the day before. I don't mean it's a different computer (though sometimes that would be nice), but that something changed while you were in the land of nod. This happened to me last week. As I sat yawning and stretching...
  • Blog Post: Taming Microsoft Media Center

    So I'm still fighting to keep Media Center as the main TV system here at chez Derbyshire, despite the veritable aggro it seems to spew out at regular intervals. On top of the increasing vagueness of the program categorization in the guide (it seems to think that "The Only Way Is Essex" is a documentary...
  • Blog Post: Keep Taking the Tablets

    I was quite proud of the fact that I've finally managed to expunge all vestiges of Windows XP from my network, and my client machines are now running only Vista and Windows 7. So I suppose it's time to think about the next upgrade - Windows 8. But how will I get on with it when my computing requirements...
  • Blog Post: My Guide's Got Duff GUIDs

    It started with Windows XP Media Center Edition, continued through Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, and now extends into Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Are we sadomasochists, or is the pain of keeping our glorious multi-media, big screen experience worth it? Do I really need another computer in the house...
  • Blog Post: Seven Heaven, or Wait for Eight?

    There's lots of comment at the moment about the "post-PC age". Seemingly everyone will just use some Internet tablet or device that installs the O/S and applications from the cloud, keeps all of the data in the cloud, and uses only services running in the cloud. No need for a fast processor, hard drive...
  • Blog Post: They Promised Us the World (in HD)

    I suppose it isn't easy switching a whole country over from old-fashioned analogue TV to the wondrous delights of multi-channel digital, but here in Britain it's hard to see how they could have made more of a pigs-ear of it. Not only is it taking five years, but they seem to be doing it as an unpredictable...
  • Blog Post: Keep Calm and Eat Cake

    One of the wondrous features of Windows from Vista onwards is Network Location Awareness (NLA). It means that, while the whole family can view your photo collection at home, when you pick up your laptop and wander out for coffee everyone else in Starbucks can't see the holiday pictures of you in embarrassing...
  • Blog Post: Another Bad Where? Day

    Sometimes I stop and wonder if I'm having one of those "more-senile-than-usual" moments. Did I click the wrong button, or have I forgotten to set some weird option before I started the process that looks like it will still be running when I get up tomorrow morning? What on earth am I trying to do that...
  • Blog Post: Joie de VB-er

    Well I'd have to say I haven't had so much fun for ages. Playing with familiar stuff (and some less familiar stuff) has revived my joy of writing complicated algorithms and creating useful utilities. It's almost like being back in the old days of creating COM components for classic ASP web sites to do...
  • Blog Post: Image-inary Complexity

    Like most computer geeks, my needs are simple and few - a quad core box with a big disk, a decent connection to the 'Net, plus occasional injections of coffee and cold pizza. My daily bread-winning tasks generally involve only three applications: Outlook, Word, and Internet Explorer. Perhaps, when I...
  • Blog Post: A Big Box of Windows

    I watched some property development program on TV the other week about a "contemporary" new house with a "streamlined yet powerful" design. The comment from the presenter was that it looked like "a big box with windows". Aha! That's what I've just bought! Though mine was delivered in a cardboard box...
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