A Small Mystery: Solved

Why did Penguin Random House go after a 20 year old, out-of-print novel? I think I’ve figured it out!

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New Life for an Old Phone

My Samsung Galaxy S-III was getting a bit whiskery. Although it was six years old, it still did most of what I needed in a smartphone – made calls, sent…

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Can you judge a book by its cover?

Travelling around the islands on my first visit to Greece many years ago, it seemed as if every second person was sporting a copy of The Magus by John Fowles….

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Facebook Compromises Two-Factor Authentication

They say they want your phone number to enhance your security. Then they sell it to advertisers. Two-factor authentication is hardly a phrase to set your pulse racing, but it’s…

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Writer’s rights: Stories about Telling Stories

Rights aren’t something many writers give much thought to. In the rush of elation of at a publisher’s interest, they’re frequently overlooked. But they are important, especially if you ever…

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Footsteps

Wow …! … imagine each step you take represents 100 years of history. This simple conceit has stupefying implications. Let’s begin our walk; we’ll start at the present and head…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #12 : “Everyone will hate it!”

Reason #12 : “Everyone will hate it!” “This is not a book that should be tossed lightly aside. It should be hurled with great force.” — Dorothy Parker   So…

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Kicking whales and waving dead chickens

The Jargon File, also known as The New Hacker’s Dictionary, is a window into a golden age of computing. I still have a copy the latter (a third edition), and…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #11: “It’s still not perfect.”

    PART 3 LETTING GO “Writing is a mug’s game. It’s insanely competitive, appallingly paid, and the only good news about the terrible pay is that the job is…

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Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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