Classic Literature as Fortune Cookie Fortunes

A Christmas Carol: You will become better acquainted with a coworker. Frankenstein: A friend is a present you give yourself. Metamorphosis: A dream you have will finally come true. More…

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New Year’s Revolution

If you’re thinking of making a New Year’s resolution in a couple of days time, don’t! Around 80% of people do, apparently, and one-third of those don’t survive beyond the…

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Diagnosing Mac Hardware Problems

Your Mac’s acting up. It’s been all right for hours. Days, even. Then you have a rush on. You need something in a hurry. A look at a database or…

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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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