Don Jones

Tech | Career | Musings

Here’s a proposition for you to consider: 99% of all human social problems are the result of two or more groups of people holding different opinions, with each group lending no credence whatsoever to the others’. This happens almost constantly in life, and – unsurprisingly but almost always unrecognized – almost constantly in business.

When I was younger, I always wondered why companies were so on about “growth.” It’s like, look, your CEO makes good scratch. You’ve got a lot of employees, they’ve got solid insurance, and they’re all getting paid well. Your customers are happy. Aside from gaining new customers to replace ones that drop off, what’s this continuous …

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This isn’t actually a “policing” situation – it’s just something I thought you might find interesting. Writers – especially technical writers – often have to work within the scope of globalization. Globalization is a way of writing that lends itself to localization, which is the process of translating a communication into another language and culture. For example, you can help globalize …

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As most of you know, I write  lot. I enjoy it. I started out writing 800-page books; when I was offered by first 800-word monthly magazine column, a wise editor told me, “this’ll make you a better writer.” That’s because, when you only have 800 words, you choose every one with care. An unfortunate side …

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You do not utilize a computer. You use a computer. verb (used with object), used, using. 1. to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife. 2. to avail oneself of; apply to one’s own purposes: to use the facilities. 3. to expend or consume in use: We have used the money provided. 4. to treat or behave toward: He did not use his employees with much consideration. 5. to take unfair advantage of; exploit: to use people to gain one’s own ends. 6. to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually: to use drugs. 7. to habituate or accustom. Utilize is a word often used by people who think that it makes them sound smarter, because “z” and all that. These people are wrong. The word utilize is generally …

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Grab a copy of your company’s employee handbook. Chances are, it’s more than a couple of pages long. If you’re at a large company, it’s probably huge, and filled with rules – including complex time-off provisions, dress codes, policies, and more. You might, in fact, find some of it to be pretty ridiculous. But every …

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The US government, in particular, is doing this a lot. “We have a big cyber initiative.” “We’re very concerned about cyber.” Cyber, cyber, cyber. cyber Online sex that loners engage in if they are too ugly and boring to get a real boyfriend/girlfriend. Loner1: Hey wanna cyber? Loner2: Sure, baby, let me virtually take my …

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