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An old one but just as true today as it was when I first saw it many years ago:

One of these days customers will be able to explain in Plain English what they actually want. And maybe on that day, the analyst might understand Plain English, so they build a usable solution that the customer actually wanted and still needs.

Happy designing 🙂


Posted: March 17, 2018 in computing, television, weather
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It’s to use your imagination!

Imagine it’s an evening, it’s dark outside, you’re in your house safe and warm, sitting with your feet up watching the tv. All of a sudden a thunderstorm starts. It get’s closer and closer until it sounds as though it’s almost directly overhead.

Bang! There’s a thud, and then all the lights and the power goes off. You’re plunged into darkness.

So you’ve no power, so no lights, no tv…

What do you do now?

I guess for some of us, our laptops and/or tablets or phones will still have charge in them, so we’ll still be able to browse the internet and/or play games on our devices. But imagine the power runs out on your devices while the power is still off, so then what do you do?

I suspect for me, if there nothing I can really do, I would probably go to bed and sleep!

How about you what would you do?

A warning for all programmers out there!

Always code as if guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. ~ Martin Golding

It might be a little over the top, but it is true, when you write code, it’s always good practice to make sure you write it in a way that makes it easily understandable to the next person who has the unfortunate task of having to amend it.Otherwise your name will become mud!

Happy programming 🙂

Time to shop

Posted: January 27, 2018 in computing, finance, Shopping

Are you someone who likes or hates shopping?


Maybe it depends what you’re shopping for, or whether you’re shopping online or in person?

When it comes to shopping in person, I can’t say I’m a fan. I just want to get to shop find what I’m looking for as quickly as possible and get out of there! And that includes food shopping, clothes shopping and any other kind of shopping.

It’s food shopping I hate doing most. All that wandering up and down aisles, getting blocked by, or bumped by other people’s’ trolleys – I really do detest that!

When it comes to online shopping, that’s a different story – I browse from wherever, for however long I want, without worrying about whether it’s going to rain and I’ll get soaked, or whether it’s cold outside.

So for me, if I really must shop, I’d rather do it online. How about you?


Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose either the option that best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Curtains or blinds
  2. Fitbit or smartwatch
  3. Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair or curls
  5. Visa or Mastercard
  6. Fleece or sweatshirt
  7. Yellow, rose or white gold
  8. First name or nickname
  9. Windows or iOS
  10. Hairdresser or barber


A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Curtains
  2. Smartwatch
  3. Semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair
  5. Mastercard
  6. Fleece
  7. White gold
  8. First name
  9. iOS
  10. Hairdresser


Posted: September 24, 2017 in belief, computing, life, mobile phone, music, quotes, religion
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When we have problems with our laptops/tablets/phones we restart them to try to fix the problem. How about life, what do we do when we face problems in life?

Well, just as when we restart our devices when they fail, we can restart our lives by letting God into our lives and making us new.

A few months ago I did a series of posts called ‘Slogans’. Today it’s time for another one!

In my previous “Slogans” posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Taste the rainbow
  2. Get more out of now
  3. Bread wi’ nowt taken out
  4. Think different
  5. The world’s local bank
  6. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers
  7. Beyond precision
  8. Power style
  9. Let’s make excellent happen
  10. What’s in your wallet?

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?


So here’s the answers…

  1. Skittles
  2. Dell
  3. Allinson’s bread
  4. Apple
  5. HSBC
  6. Radio shack
  7. Citizen
  8. Fila
  9. New balance
  10. Capital One

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

That moment when you get into work in the morning, you press in the button on your computer to turn it on, and then realise you left it on the previous day because a job you were running on it, hadn’t finished when you left the office and you needed to let it finish successfully.

I assume you realise what the problem is with what I’ve described? Yes, I’d pressed the on/off button on my pc to allegedly turn it on, but instead, because it was on, as soon as I released the button, my pc was going to shut down before I could see whether the job I’d left running on it the day before had finished, and if it had finished successfully.

So realising what was about to happen, I then proceeded to do a bit of a conjuring act, as with one finger I continued to hold in the on/off button so my pc didn’t turn off, while with my other hand, tried to turn on my monitors and type in my login/password information so I could then see the results of the job that I’d left running.

After getting the details I needed, I obviously then had to release the on/off button and shut down my pc, as I certainly could be a contortionist all day!

I’ve actually done this a few times, and ended up having to stick post-it notes over the on/off button of my pc reminding me not to turn it off, to try to stop me having repeat of this ‘moment when’.

These days, most ‘jobs’ run on remote servers which our pcs are simply connecting to, so turning off your pc/laptop isn’t the same issue it once was.

The other day when I was using my laptop, a reminder popped up to remind me to respond to a request I’d received last week. The reminder popped up when I was in the middle of doing something else, so I simple clicked the button to ask to be reminded again later.

How many times has a reminder come up on your phone, tablet or laptop reminding you of a task that you need to undertake, but, like me, you’re to busy to deal with it at that time and just hit remind me later or snooze?

As I sat later on and thought about how easy it was for me to click a button to dismiss a request and indicate I should be reminded later, it got me thinking about how I respond when God asks me to do something. Sadly I think I respond in much the same way to God at times, by telling Him “now isn’t good for me“, “I’m too busy just now” or “I don’t want to do this just now“.

While “remind me later” may be an acceptable response to reminders that come up on my mobile, tablet or laptop, it’s not a response I should be giving God!

This year why not join me in pledging to respond positively to God when he asks me to do something, rather than saying “remind me later“.


I was just looking around for some poems for Christmas, and came across he following poem which I thought I’d share with you tonight – I hope you enjoy it!

T’was the Internet Night Before Christmas by Author Unknown

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the Net,
There were hacker’s a surfing. Nerds? Yeah, you bet.
The e-mails were stacked by the modem with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The newbies were nestled all snug by their screens,
While visions of Java danced in their dreams.
My wife on the sofa and me with a snack,
We just settled down at my rig (it’s a Mac).

When out in the Web there arose such a clatter,
I jumped to the site to see what was the matter.
To a new page my Mac flew like a flash,
Then made a slight gurgle. It started to crash!!

I gasped at the thought and started to grouse,
Then turned my head sideways and clicked on my mouse.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
My Mac jumped to a page that wasn’t quite clear.

When the image resolved, so bright and so quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!
More rapid than mainframes, more graphics they came,
Then Nick glanced toward my screen, my Mac called them by name;

“Now Compaq! Now Acer!”, my speaker did reel;
“On Apple! On Gateway!” Santa started to squeal!
“Jump onto the circuits! And into the chip!
Now speed it up! Speed it up! Make this thing hip!”

The screen gave a flicker, he was into my “Ram”,
Then into my room rose a full hologram!
He was dressed in all red, from his head to his shoes,
Which were black (the white socks he really should lose).

He pulled out some discs he had stored in his backpack.
Santa looked like a dude who was rarin’ to hack!
His eyes, how they twinkled! His glasses, how techno!
This ain’t the same Santa that I used to know!

With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head,
Santa soon let me know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, gave my Mac a quick poke,
And accessed my C drive with only a stroke.

He defragged my hard drive, and added a “Dimm”,
Then threw in some cool games, just on a whim!
He worked without noise, his fingers they flew!
He distorted some pictures with Kai’s Power Goo!

He updated Office, Excel and Quicken,
Then added a screensaver with a red clucking chicken!
My eyes widened a bit, my mouth stood agape,
As he added the latest version of Netscape.

The drive gave a whirl, as if it were pleased,
St. Nick coyly smiled, the computer appeased.
Then placing his finger on the bridge of his nose,
Santa turned into nothing but ones and zeros!

He flew back into my screen and through my uplink,
Back into the net with barely a blink.
But I heard his sweet voice as he flew from my sight,
“Happy surfing to all, and to all a good byte!”