Writing ... or Just Practicing?

Random disconnected diatribes of a documentation engineer

Over-egging the Curator's View

At one time you had to work in a museum to be a curator, but the wonders of information technology...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 09/21/2013

Patternal Conflict

No, this post isn't about parental difficulties and I didn't spell "paternal" wrong in the title,...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 09/15/2013

Watch or Glass? Or Both?

My rather staid daily newspaper occasionally makes an attempt to be cool and trendy by squeezing an...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 09/08/2013

Ultra Paranoid Computing

Much as I complain about some TV documentaries being dumbed down (for example, showing a clip of an...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 08/31/2013

More Night-time Wildlife

As summer continues to exhibit its typical level of weather unpredictability here in Ye Olde...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 08/25/2013

The Little Bang Theory?

According to a news item this week it seems that both CBS television and the City of London may need...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 08/17/2013

Soft Drink Cans and a Man Named Norman

So I finally got round to reading Bill Bryson's book "A Short History of Nearly Everything". OK, so...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 08/11/2013

Learning to Walk Again

This week has been an interesting combination of learning and re-acquaintance opportunities....

Author: Alex Homer Date: 08/04/2013

Warning! Warning! New Laptop Encountered!

So at last my new company computer arrived. And, like all competent technology users, I carefully...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 07/28/2013

Monkeys, Castles, Seals, and the Seaside

With our Big Data guide now finished (at least for the preview release) I managed to grab a few days...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 07/20/2013

The Moving Hoover Hooveth

Would you buy a vacuum cleaner just for your cat to play with? After my wife watched some videos on...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 07/14/2013

An Insight Into The Future Of Data Analysis?

It seems like everything is "HD" these days. Your laptop has a "high density" plastic case, your car...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 07/06/2013

Inverted Charting

So I considered naming this week's post "Climb Up On My Roof Sunny Boy", but I'd probably get sued...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 06/30/2013

Measuring Distance by Journey Duration

At a meeting of our remote workers group the other day I noticed how competitive people are about...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 06/23/2013

Clock This Writer

It's easy to imagine that the computer is a recent invention. A search of the web reveals a host of...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 06/16/2013

A Very Short Financial Honeymoon

It comes as a bit of a shock when you phone your bank with a routine enquiry, only to be told that...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 06/09/2013

Touch, But Don't Look

So my Windows 8 adventure has been terminated after only a brief foray into the delights of the new...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 06/02/2013

A Green Train Of Thought

It's safe to assume that nobody could accuse me of being an eco-warrior. I buy cars that have more...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 05/26/2013

Peeping Out From The Microsoft Matrix

I suppose it's a bit like that film The Matrix - you realize that you live in an ethereal and closed...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 05/18/2013

Wot? No Webcam? And No Rock Music Either...

So this week we had another digital failure in our household. At least I'm happy about the fact it...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 05/12/2013

Evolution Through Technology Selection

You have to wonder whether the increasing use of tablet computers and touchscreens means we'll soon...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 05/04/2013

Taming Microsoft Media Center

So I'm still fighting to keep Media Center as the main TV system here at chez Derbyshire, despite...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 04/28/2013

The Windows Server Update Service That Doesn't

One of the great things about being a technology pessimist is that you don't suffer that sinking...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 04/20/2013

Highly Distributed Insights

Why would you want to use a "Big Data" solution? It's a question that we've been trying to answer in...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 04/14/2013

You've Got To Pick A Tablet Or Two

So we've gone from a tabletless state to a twin fondleslab-equipped household in a little under two...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 04/06/2013

Matrices or Mattresses?

Nobody could accuse me of being posh, and compared to most of the developers I work with here at...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 03/31/2013

No Network? Forget It

Sometimes I think I'm the only person who takes Wi-Fi security seriously. Unlike all of my...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 03/24/2013

Re-chromed, But Still Not Shiny

So here's a question: why aren't our European masters hounding a certain well-known company to stop...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 03/17/2013

Big Data, Big Guidance Problem

You'd think that, after all the years I've been writing guidance for Microsoft technologies and...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 03/10/2013

Talk To The Mouse 'Cos The Keyboard Ain't Listening

So it's true. Senility had obviously settled in and my addled brain can no longer maintain even the...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 03/02/2013

Is it a Scenario? Is it a Case Study? No, it's an Opportunity

A few influential people in our little world of Developer Guidance here are Microsoft have recently...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 02/23/2013

Just Press F1!

I'm increasingly seeing how big the disconnect is between people who use computers occasionally just...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 02/17/2013

UPS I Did It Again

There's something rather disturbing about sitting on the sofa looking at a large brown water stain...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 02/10/2013

In Search of the Mysterious Yellow Wire

Thankfully I don't get many desperate requests for computer-related assistance from friends and...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 02/03/2013

Do Only Old People Buy Bicycles?

Some years ago I was forcefully introduced to the concept of statistical quality control, where the...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 01/26/2013

Hey, You, Get Offa My Pictures Folder!

It's amazing how often you get the feeling with computers that someone has virtually trampled on...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 01/19/2013

A Database By Any Other Name...

Some friends have just adopted a rather cute ginger cat and decided to name it Juno, perhaps after...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 01/13/2013

This Year I'll Do It Myself

So it's New Year resolution time again, and it's pretty clear after many previous unsuccessful...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 01/06/2013

What Color Is Your Field?

So, at last, we're done. After fighting with multiple new versions of the Windows Azure SDK, updated...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 12/23/2012

UPS Outside Your Head

Does lateral thinking mean you need to look outside your own head instead of just accepting the most...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 12/16/2012

Passing In The Night (and Day)

I love those scenes in nature documentaries where they deploy a remote camera, and the local...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 12/09/2012

Sitting Comfortably On The Cloud

It's been four months since I moved all my websites to the Windows Azure Web Sites platform, so...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 12/02/2012

A Sticky Situation

I discovered this week why builders always have a tube of Superglue in their pockets, and how daft...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 11/25/2012

Is Digital Analogous to Analogue?

It seems that, contrary to expectations, the few remaining record stores still selling old-fashioned...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 11/18/2012

An Unmoving Experience

It seems, from the regular emails containing instructions about the delivery of packing boxes and...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 11/11/2012

A Busman's Holiday, or Just a Hard Drive?

They say that plumbers typically have leaky pipes in their own house, and that the wives of painters...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 11/04/2012

It's Not Intellectual Property - It's Just Cupboards!

It's been a very long time since I exercised my DIY skills fitting out a kitchen and a bathroom...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 10/28/2012

Do I Want A Flash(ed) Router?

It's easy to forget just how much modern devices depend on software. OK, so it's pretty obvious that...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 10/21/2012

Cloudy, But No Rain So Far...

It's been a month or so since I swallowed the Azure blue pill and moved all my local and community...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 10/13/2012

I Bet They Wish They'd Called It Facebooc

Some days it would be nice if things just did what you expected. Like music coming out of your MP3...

Author: Alex Homer Date: 10/07/2012

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