Friday, January 26, 2007


The case study was written by a techie type at one of our customer organisations. For some unknown techie type reason he had chosen the medium of bold italic GREEN Times New Roman.

I gave it a title. I took out words like "seperacy" and I made my best guess as to what was actually meant by sentences like "The implementation can be broken down into a number of areas of interest which are often asked question but people considering exploring VoIP." My editorial skills were a fine-toothed comb run through the tangled knot of verbiage. Beneath my nimble fingers on the keyboard, a pig's ear was transformed into a silk purse.

Then came the editorial board ...

Any document that goes before the gaze of the public has to pass through the editorial board first. This consists of at least one technical person from the division concerned, to check that the document is, yanno, right. And the division head to check it fits into the overall grand plan for world domination of the internet. And the division communications manager who needs to know what the division is communicating. And my two colleagues, and our line manager, who check the commas, and our director who checks the company isn't saying anything silly that will upset our funding bodies. Any of the above has the power of veto.

Our (usually very literate) director's sole comment on the ed board form? "Good written piece of work."


  1. You seem like a very well-educated, literate man. I must confess, it's a breath of fresh air to read your blog! *curtsies* :)

  2. Madam, I blush.

  3. Anonymous12:41 am

    If you can't make up your own mumbo-jumbo I would recommend the following:

    Kind of funny. I thought so anyway.


  4. "Seize intuitive users"? And no doubt chuck 'em in prison because we want non-intuitive ones who can justify the existence of the helpdesk.

  5. i have a program similar to that that might be of use for the sci-fi writing.
    you input a word and it turns it into a technical-sounding name.
    "ben" got me: "backwoods tap ben matrix", "X-locality ben simulator" and "atomic clock-tolerance ben processor".

    this explains a lot about star trek methinks.

  6. damn straight... *Straight Face as I say that* hehehe

  7. Dave, I think you're plumbing depths of sophistication that Trek has yet to venture into.


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