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Always learning

How do you keep interested in your job, year after year? For me, one of the most important motivators that gets me out of bed is knowing that I will learn something new, every day. Being a freelance technology writer

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Think about your online presence – all of it

Recently, I was researching a company I’d not previously heard of, so I started by just typing its name into Google. Interestingly, one of the first results was its profile on Glassdoor.com, which primarily consists of anonymous reviews written by

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Over-excited, or not

Is it just me? Or does everyone feel a mild shiver of revulsion when they read how a company suit is ‘excited’ about some really dull news of a new widget? I’m sure it’s not just me, actually. If you’re

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How to write good award entries

In most industries, winning an award can be great publicity, and a useful door-opener. But how do you write an award entry so the judges will sit up and take notice? I’ve written successful award submissions for many clients, and

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The FAQ on FAQs

This month, I was going to write a post on writing FAQs, and specifically writing FAQ pages for the web. Then I did some research and found this page on FAQs from a copywriter called Susan Greene, and it seemed so comprehensive

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Should I use jargon in my writing?

If you’ve studied how to be a writer, you’ve read blogs like mine, or you’ve stopped to think about your writing for five minutes, you will inevitably think of jargon as a bad thing. At best, it’s a necessary evil.

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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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