Language, discrimination and software development

I recently noticed myself using gendered language to talk about computer things where gender was irrelevant.  This got me thinking about language, and prejudice and discrimination, more broadly.  Beyond the obvious, decency-related reasons, being more open to how people are different from you could help you do your job in IT. Gendered magic The trigger … Continue reading Language, discrimination and software development

Organising technical documents for a good user experience

I was doing some technical writing at work recently, and I realised that I had automatically and unconsciously used a particular structure for the document.  It’s not something that geeks like me are always taught – I know it only because my Dad used to help people improve their technical writing.  So, in case it’s … Continue reading Organising technical documents for a good user experience

Security and a voice-controlled internet-connected cooker

I have seen adverts for a NEFF cooker that you can control with your voice via Alexa. This is spiffy, but I can also see potential security problems.  I’m not advocating attacking Alexa or a NEFF cooker – this article is a standard-issue discussion of security problems, to help people improve security.  I hope I’m … Continue reading Security and a voice-controlled internet-connected cooker