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The Penna – a qwerkywriter alternative

I’m still looking for that elusive retro keyboard – affordable yet stylish. The qwerkywriter is out of my budget, so I’m hoping the Penna delivers on its promise to bring us quality at a reasonable price. It gets a decent review on The Verge,

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Is Moore’s Law dead?

Its death has frequently been predicted, but there was an interesting article in The Register recently pronouncing that Moore’s Law has finally turned up its toes. Moore’s Law has seen us through five decades of rapid growth in computing power,

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20 years of Bluetooth

I normally blog about writing or related technologies, but this month I wanted to pick up on the 20th anniversary of Bluetooth. There’s a great article by Neil Tyler in this week’s New Electronics, looking at the creation of Bluetooth

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Questions in headlines? That’s a no

You may not know it by name, but you may be applying Betteridge’s Law without realising. Put simply, it states that any headline that’s a yes/no question can in fact be answered ‘no’. Do aliens cause cancer? Will Facebook buy

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How do you know when you’re finished writing?

It’s always difficult to judge exactly when a piece of writing is finished. You’ll know when it’s reached that ‘just about good enough’ stage – all the right facts are in place, and it’s got the look of a coherent

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Noun and verb confusion

I’ve seen lots of blog posts and articles talking about commonly-confused nouns and verbs, and explaining the difference between, for example, ‘advice’ and ‘advise’. But to me there’s another angle that’s just as important. As writers, we need to think

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Peak hipster? The Qwerkywriter

I’ve blogged before about the Freewrite, a too-expensive word processor. That seemed, at the time, to be a peak of a particular kind of fashion, removing functions from devices to recapture the mojo of olde worlde typewriters. It’s now been

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The new rules for good writing?

There’s an interesting article by Sam Leith in today’s Guardian newspaper, grandly titled ‘The new rules for good writing in the 21st century’, with just a touch of hubris. I don’t agree with everything in the article, but there’s plenty of

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Semicolons: hero or zero?

It’s time for a showdown on the semicolon. In the blue corner, we have those who see semicolons as the devil’s work: indecisive and pretentious, according to Guy Bergstrom. In the red corner, many others hail them as the shining

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One thought per paragraph

It’s a writing tip I’ve alluded to in this blog before, but I realise I’ve never actually covered it properly: a great way to structure your writing is to stick to one idea per paragraph. Make a statement or a

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