Three sentences in a trench coat pretending to be a coherent thought

At least once a week when I'm reading, or editing, copy related to work I'll skim over something and realize that what I just read makes no sense. Sure, the words are used properly. The paragraph is composed of sentences that seem grammatically correct. But if you stop to think about what the copy is … Continue reading Three sentences in a trench coat pretending to be a coherent thought

What every admin should know about email

Email is a fantastic tool, when used correctly. It almost never is. Rikki Endsley asked me if I’d like to write something for USENIX ;login; logout, and it happened to be right after processing a slew of terrible email: people sending two-line replies at the end of several hundred lines of text, inexcusable top-posting, HTML-ized … Continue reading What every admin should know about email

9 phrases we should stop seeing in tech journalism

“This reporter” – Just use the first person. It might have worked for Edward R. Murrow, but with tech journalism – particularly blogs – it sounds like a ridiculous affectation. If you wouldn’t say it out loud when retelling a story, don’t write it. (And if you would say this out loud when telling a story, … Continue reading 9 phrases we should stop seeing in tech journalism