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email habits

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via 43folders: Shut off auto-check – Either turn off automatic checking completely, or set it to something reasonable, like every 20 minutes or so. If you’re doing anything with new email more than every few minutes, you might want to rethink your approach. I’m sure that some of you working in North Korean missile silos […]

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one of those blogging days…

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today is just one of those blogging days, when I say to myself there are other hobbies out there… like fishing, or knitting! Hobbies which are less affected by intruders. Woke up this morning to find a MySQL error displaying… somehow I managed to resolve that. Sun is shining and I’m sitting here trying to […]

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picasa

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I installed Picasa2 this week. Cos I am curious. Curious what Google is up to. So far I like it… It visualizes those long forgotten .jpgs deep down in the backwater of my hard disk across all directories. It’s like IrfanView but with a better user interface. I haven’t tried the basic fixes or tuning […]

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in times of outsourcing

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and offshoring, work means much more than doing your job. 6 tips to keep you working: Do not plan to write code for your entire career – code is a commodity and can be created by others for much less money Learn to communicate effectively – develop your public speaking and writing skills Develop people […]

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free and searchable corpus

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Linguists, however, are slowly coming to discover the joys of a free and searchable corpus of maybe 10 trillion words that is available to anyone with an internet connection: the world wide web.

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pre-emptive project planning

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I took part in last week’s STC web seminar on pre-emptive project planning by John Hedtke. Found it practical and useful. His main points: Plan ahead The real problem is the projects you don’t know about that land on your desk suddenly and without warning. Keep it simple Use a simple excel sheet to track […]

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Throw out that Strunk & White…

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stumbled across this entry at Language Log: […] The Elements of Style offers prejudiced pronouncements on a rather small number of topics, frequently unsupported, and unsupportable, by evidence. It simply isn’t true that the constructions they instruct you not to use are not used by good writers. Take just one illustrative example, the advice not […]

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beautiful day

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it’s sunny and cold. just right for jogging in the woods. did about 3km. it feels good to have the cold fresh air rushing in. Maxwell is right: Motivation comes when you get started. i’ve started cleaning up my olde laptop (4+ years old). there’s no space left on the hard disk. it doesn’t shut […]

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sending sms via the web

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At times it is useful to send a text message… Some friends keep asking how i manage to send text messages to their cell phones even though i don’t have one myself. Well, here’s the secret… (oh nooo, i can see all of my faithful geek readers yawning) I use the text services at sms.de […]

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managing complexity

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The Economist on software development. the problem: 30% of all software projects are cancelled, nearly half come in over budget, 60% are considered failures by the organisations that initiated them, and nine out of ten come in late the solution: better software tools and processes The three big industry trends—lifecycle management, testing and open source—come […]

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nothing much

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It’s Sunday evening and I can’t think of anything blog-worthy to write. Feel tired and restless. Weather has been unusually warm for January. Yesterday felt a bit like spring. Beautiful sunshine and about 15 degrees warm. For those of you that are waiting for snow, here’s a snow photo I took 3 weeks ago: or […]

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about hardship programming

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interesting read: Joe Winchester’s JDJ article, Who Needs “Hardship Programming”? quote: Let’s take cars, for example – my attitude is that when they break I take them to the mechanic; what’s fun isn’t so much tinkering with the engine myself and gaining some kind of machismo pride in doing so, it’s the journeys I take […]

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Massimo Rocchi in Basel

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Massimo Rocchi will be performing at the Tabourettli from 11th Jan to 12th Feb. The CD “äUä” is great… and it was at the same time my first formal introduction to Swiss German, when I was still staying far away from the Swiss German Kantons in southern Switzerland. I particularly like his observations on language […]

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British journalist in Malawi

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Read Gwyneth Rees’ report on working for The Chronicle in Lilongwe. […] when freedom of the press is supposedly guaranteed under the constitution, journalists should not have to rely on the say-so of one man to go about their business. [update Jan 11, 2005] Here’s another article: Demoted from editor to delivery girl, overnight

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text snippets

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UK deports Zim asylum seekers – one million Zimbabweans are estimated to be living and working, some of them illegally, in Britain. English version of Spiegel.de available at spiegel.de/international What is your favourite African song? Nominate your favorite African produced song here.

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Earthquake in southern Germany

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And I didn’t notice a thing… Epicenter: near Waldkirch / Emmendingen. Measured 5.4 on the Richter scale. See also: Spiegel Report your earthmoving experience. Fill out the form at: http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/networks/macroseismic/macro_form_eneu.html They’re also interested to hear from you, if you did NOT feel the earthquake.

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dreaming of Lake Malawi

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On rainy and stormy days there is little to do. Listening to music and reading have their limits. It is then that the housebound mind takes its own journeys, unfettered by time or place. One sails, once again in the Philippines’ Camotes Sea, walks on England’s moors, swims in Lake Malawi, kneels in Vienna’s Saint […]

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Canoo.net ist das Werkzeug…

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Wer sich dennoch mit den neuen Gepflogenheiten näher befassen möchte, dem sei Canoo.net ans Herz gelegt: Einfach ein Wort wie z. B. Gämse eintippen und auf «Suche» drücken. Das Wort wird nun der entsprechenden neuen Regel zugeordnet. Im Falle der Gämse wäre dies die Schreibregel «Stammprinzip-Umlautbildung». Diese Regel wird nun leicht verständlich und mit Beispielen […]

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Basler Brunsli

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Apparently the Basel German word for biscuits/cookies/Kekse is Gutzi and not Gutzli. I was fairly confident that the bakery at the supermarket across the road from my office had introduced a typo. Turns out it’s not a typo. In my part of Switzerland, people say Gutzi, while in the Zurich area they say Gutzli. Anyway… […]