Okay, what’s the procedure for the approach of a humpback bridge?

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And again, if you know the answer to that one, you’re as old as I am. I certainly feel old today. Which is a clumsy segue into a story about another old man, this time at APCMag.com: Read Bill Gates’ scathing email about “unusable” Windows: “The Ex-MS supremo found Windows “unusable”. But which version?”

Who’s been gobbing in my lentils?

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There are times (and this is one of them) when I really, really don’t feel like writing much. All too often, these seem to coincide with my deadlines. And this is one of them. But I have no choice, so I continue onwards, scribing ever more words. And now’s your chance to read some of […]

Five minutes before the most important party of my life and the house is destroyed by a giant sandwich…

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Yeah, I’m on a “quote The Young Ones” kick again. You might as well get settled in and used to it. While you’re settled in, you can also read my latest Bluescreen column at APCMag.com: Microsoft to open stylish “MS Store”: “Glass staircase replaced by Glass Ballmer, giving you the opportunity to stamp on Steve’s… […]

My name is Alexei Yuri Gagarin Siege of Stalingrad Glorious Five-Year Plan Sputnik Pravda Moscow Dynamo Back Four Balowski.

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“Me Dad was a bit of a Communist, know what I mean?” Look, that quote has nothing to to do with my most recent paid writing work. But something has to bring a smile to my face right now, and that did. So there. Anyway, I completely missed this story, written last week for PC […]

Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular.

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I wish I’d written that gag, as opposed to appropriating it from the big bad Internet. Presumably somebody wrote it, but the source I nabbed it from didn’t mention it. Another thing I didn’t write — but did contribute to — was this week’s Australian Macworld Weekend Edition Podcast. Episode 27 — Are you ready […]

The one in which Alex breaks his “no working on the weekends” rule…

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Because sometimes, in the normal course of your weekend, you come across a story that’s worth writing right now. Like this one (although, it should be noted, I didn’t write the headline or standfirst; my originals were a touch lighter): eBay forces users onto PayPal-only auctions early … by mistake “eBay is requiring customers to […]

The art of being a proud Geek dad…

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I love my kids. That shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody who knows me, but I bring it up now because of one very particular incident today. My oldest son, James, attends Pre-school, and they’re doing “letter days”, where they go over the alphabet, and the kids bring in an object that corresponds to […]

Tumbleweeds…

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It’s been unusually quiet around here. Almost as though nothing was happening… But that of course hasn’t been the case. I’ve been flat out over the past couple of days, both covering for Di while she had her first exams in deleted years, giving presentations to PR types about what it’s like being a freelance […]

Getting funky like a monkey…

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Why do Monkeys have the monopoly on funk? Why not funky like a hippo? They’ve got the hips for it, after all… Anyway, speaking of “Da Funk”, I’ve got references to the Prince of Funk in my latest news story, live today at APCMag.com. Along with some very nasty jokes that only fans of said […]