Category Interests

Recycling fence palings for tree borders

I had some old treated pine fence palings left over from when I replaced all the side gate palings. My wife suggested I use them to fix up the borders...

Down the rabbit hole with Mr Whippy

What started with hearing an odd ice cream truck tune playing turned into a fascinating history lesson about soft serve ice cream in Austraila.

Stern modernises SAM to SPIKE

Moving pinball to a distibuted computing model

Using open source to reinvigorate Pinball 2000

I remember when I was restoring pinball machines that I learned a very important lesson about computer repair. I accidentally caused mainboard damage to a Pinball 2000 (Pin2K) game: Star Wars:...

Ways to reduce paper reliance through technology

I read a blog post about identifying bad processes which suggested that:

Category Workarounds

Category Open Source

Package messages FAILED when using fedora fedup system upgrade tool

After doing something pretty stupid with gParted and LVM last night, I find myself reinstalling Fedora 20 today. I’ve found a fix to the FAILED package messages you get if...

Category Technology

Fix an unstable, wobbly drum in a Miele W3831 front-loader washing machine

I discovered that if your Miele W3831 front-loading washing machine is making lots of banging noises, that you most likely need to get it looked at. The chances are high...

Use a personal access token to access GitLab using SourceTree

Back in August 2018, the SourceTree blog announced that version 3.0 introduced support for a number of different Git hosts based on growing customer demand. One of the most requested...

Use a SSH key to access GitLab through SourceTree

If you want to make the switch to from GitHub, or BitBucket Cloud or Server, you can use SourceTree 3.0 to manage your repositories on your local system.

How to delete old category labels from Google Groups

Something that has been puzzling me for a while is how Tags and Categories labels are displayed in Google Groups. I’ve had a breakthrough today with deleting a whole stack...

A modular christmas lights idea that is begging to be made

During a Christmas long past, I had the most unpleasant job of untangling a 300 string set of these Christmas Lights. Being the smart geek, I had wound them around...

Category Tech Writing

Being Switzerland Has Its Advantages

"Becoming the Switzerland of your Organisation" may evolve your Technical Writing career into an invaluable interface layer between departments.

RAML for managing the API lifecycle

I’ve already talked about Tom Johnson’s podcast series I’d Rather Be Writing, where he shares his thoughts and experiences about writing API documentation in the burgeoning San Francisco technology and...

APIs, and why Tech Writers need to know about them

Try out Tom Johnson’s podcast and learn some stuff while you commute.

How social media can open doors to new opportunities

Using social media to post about your passions and problems may get you surprising results.