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In no particular order they are:

(UPDATE: Dead links sorted out. Sorry!)








8. What not to write when applying for a job



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Remember Murphy’s law? Anything that can screw up, will. Especially computers.

And we all know how just how reliable Microsoft is, right?

It’s not just Microsoft though…so long as it’s a computer, it will find a way, when you’re least expecting it, to kick you in the nether region (regardless of gender) and laugh in your face.

I once read that 100% of people working on computers have lost their work somehow. Thousands of computers die and/or software crashes every second, losing some, most or all of our hard work. Regardless of how advanced auto-saving and network harddrives etc are, we’re still going to lose work one way or the other.

Here’s a guide to saving yourself the pain from losing work. Here is the beginning of a series that I am devoting to these little things that we take for granted, but by paying attention to them will save us from those little pangs of depression brought forth by nasty surprises. Continue Reading »


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The world will soon bow down to awesome might of Tesco (and/or Wal-Mart, too, my American counterparts). Tesco, as we all know, expands their business like crazy, like a plague! Recently, like bunnies on Viagra, they’ve introduced more virus into the marketplace. First car insurance comparison website – because their car insurance is quite well regarded, hey, let’s do a comparison site. Then came the Tesco shopping comparison site! Hey, we’re a retail outlet, let’s do a shopping comparison of our products. But most profoundly, they’re taking on Adobe and Microsoft as well. See for yourself:



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I regularly visit several copywriting and general writing blogs. Commenting one of the entries, I thought I’d turn into an entry too, since I see it as being of some use to some of my friends as well as the general public.

Pretty much all of us use Microsoft Word, right? And probably lots of you depend on it completely, right? Many of you also know that despite the fact that it is not 100% reliable, you rely on it almost 100%, right?

Now, the problem with Word is that although it’s a very powerful tool, it’s not very smart. It’s like a contestant from the World’s Strongest Man – very handy when you need to do some power lifting, but when it comes to anything intelligent remotely related to lifting, they’re about as smart as a cactus.

The new Office has been launched. From my expert testing and benchmarking* I can conclude that it is faster, and stronger, somewhat prettier, but still as stupid. Here’s an example. We all use autocorrect, yes? So we know what it is. I typed (something along the lines of):

“They’re hairy monsters from the planet Zargos”

Word asked me if I actually meant “Their hairy monsters from planet Zargos?”

To clear my doubts, s a blogmate of mine told me, “their” and “they’re” are not interchangeable in the US. So then why are there so many people using it that way? I suspect they trusted Word too much.

Here’s a tip: if you have words that you use often but can never spell them properly, this is how you train yourself.

When you type it on Word and the dreaded red line comes up, do not right click! No matter how time pressed you are, don’t do it. On a sheet of paper (you know, those things that you use a pen *gasp* to write on?), try and spell the word out, spelling it out aloud, even! Then type it into Word. Repeat until you get the right spelling. Do this several times and you will remember it.

We are the last generation to have grown up with pen and paper. And be reverting back to our childhood learning techniques, we will better ourselves and rid ourselves of the need to rely on computers to “speak” on our behalf. God knows how the kids these days will learn. Their methods and probably even the way they think is different. They are the internet generation.

Having said that, I will from now on regularly write about tips on improving your learning style. I’ve got a few tips and tricks that I know you will benefit from. And I’m always on the lookout for new ones. So come back often and pretty soon you’ll find a whole section dedicated to learning

 10 Practical Tips for Writing in English


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Let’s do a quick and interesting experiment.

Those of you who doesn’t know what an iPod is, hands up.

Now, go jump off a cliff/tree/building/motorway/bridge near you.

Told you that was quick, didn’t I?

Now, to those remaining, have you ever wondered where Apple got the name iPod from? It’s a name, or word, so synonymous with this generation and like many things, we take for granted where the name came from. And being a marketing / branding expert, I could not possibly live with myself if I do not try and figure out the origins of the brand iPod.

First of all, let’s break the name up so we can properly analyse it.
The “I” was a fad. Nowadays, apart from Apple, any company that comes up with a product (or *gasp* a service) that starts with an “I” will either a. get laughed at or b. get shot, then laughed at. The “I” was like the “e”. First came eBusiness and then you had e-commerce and e-tail. Then there was eMassage Oils and eStupidFurnitureFromScandinavia and eImNotTooCoolSoIllJustAddAn”e”ToMyBrand.

Then you have the Pod – what were they thinking? A Kinder egg looks like a Pod, a mouse (the thing you click with) looks like Pod, even a scrotum looks like a Pod – a rather floppy one – but nonetheless, a Pod! That square thing when it was launched looked more like a biscuit, or a piece of toast, or (insert rectangular, non-food item here). If you disagree, think about this. What do you think of when you hear the word pod? Something round, or cyclindrical or at least rounded. Go look it up if you don’t believe me. Dictionaries say “round,or cylindrical encasing.”

My point is this: although it was not a Pod per se, but hey, look at how smart they were. This is purely speculation but this is my theory: it was a time of portable things, CDs computers, stuff! And you wanted stuff on demand, Word, PowerPoint, music, MTV. They could have easily called it Music on Demand, which then it would iMod, and that would have restricted them to only music. And today, they would surely have problems selling iMod and iVod (no points for getting that one right) separately. But they didn’t. And the reason is this: they actually a gypsy chained up in their secret underground lab who told them that in future, iPods could play video! With that in mind, and both music and video being “playback”, the thing became known as intelligent Playback On Demand! That is how name the iPod came about.

This has always been my theory for years, until some rumours of the real origin surfaced, and I still believe that my theory is right and their Space Odyssey story is a cover up. It’s so that the world will never know about their future-seeing gypsy woman. Just like area 51 and MJ.

Crawling the WWW, I’ve come across some other opinions, some interesting and some downright stupid.:

“Internet Palm Operated Device”

“i mean its so self explanatory…the thing looks like a damn pod and they just added an ‘i’ to it to make it sound computery. ” (Like, ohmygod, I’m so like totally, literally, blonde. And I know computery words too!)

“pod=leg i=i and= my leg” (My personal favourite. Makes absolutely no sense, just like yours truly)

“Personal Organizer Device”

“Product Of Da’future”

“Painfully Overpriced Device”

“Predator of Dell”

“Until I get my iPod fixed *again*, I’m dubbing it “Piece of Dung.”

“I p****d on Diamond” (Makers of the Rio Mp3 players)

” ephod-iazô , Ion. epod- , means furnish with supplies for a journey”