Monthly Archives: January 2004

Put your proofing skills to work

January 6, 2004
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Sheila Lennon posted this notice on her blog: Is there a copy editor lurking inside you? You might want to help the all-volunteer Distributed Proofreaders put more free texts online for Project Gutenberg: The first step to take to help us out would be to register to be a new proofreader… After you register...

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Good news for Pod People

January 6, 2004
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Apple’s iPod just got cheaper and smaller. (And more colorful.)

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Memorize this

January 6, 2004
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From a Washington Post story last month about the guy who took on Apple when his Ipod’s battery died: Like a doctor with zero bedside manner, Ryan pretty quickly gets to the point: Since Neistat’s iPod is past the year-long warranty, the cost of parts, labor and shipping will nearly equal the cost of...

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Year of the gadget

January 6, 2004
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OK, so within 24 hours of placing my order for my new Mac laptop, I learn of two people who also bought new Mac laptops. And yesterday I’m at work and I notice one of the guys on the National Desk has this shiny new digicam in his hand. Me: “Hey, what kinda camera...

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Sorry for the dearth o’ posts

January 5, 2004
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I’ve been busy buying a bunch of new toys (Mac iBook laptop, Canon A70 digicam), but I do have a couple links of note: Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe has a nice piece on the promise & peril of blogging and the workplace. Bottom line: It can be good for business, so long...

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‘Rock is dead they say’

January 2, 2004
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Or, well, rock criticism is. I’d suggest the real problem isn’t our obsession with celebrities, it’s our obsession with the notion that things were better in the good old days.

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The last thing I will ever write about hyphenation

January 2, 2004
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As Phillip Blanchard would say, this is simple: If adding a hyphen to a compound modifier makes something more clear or more accurate, then add it. If leaving the hyphen out makes it inaccurate, then for God’s sake put it in there. The key point is: adding a hyphen must add meaning. If it’s...

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Best blogs of 2003

January 2, 2004
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I know, 2003 is so last year, but listmeister Fimoculous has tossed together a nice list of savvy blogs worth checking out if you haven’t already. Speaking of the Fimo-dude, he inspired a mighty fine “best of” list over at Side Salad.

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