The English language is from England, not the USA I am writing this post in exasperation, and out of frustration, after receiving a number of messages, emails and social media comments from US grammar nazis in recent weeks, who through their ignorance, fail to comprehend that I write in British English. US English is merely a dialect, and as such, has its own set of grammar, spelling and lexical forms, which differ from British English. However, these American grammar nazis seem to believe that US English is gospel. Well, it ain’t! American English, or United States (U.S.) English, is the set of dialects of the English language native to the United
So what’s new in tech? Well, nothing really. Tech has come to a grinding halt on three fronts for me. This though, while extremely boring, is also saving me a lot of money in one way. On other fronts though, it costs me. Apple I’ll start with Apple, who of course were everyone’s favourite company just a few short years ago. So cool were Apple, that people used to queue up for days, just so they could be first to donate huge wads of cash to the Apple god. Today however, where are the queues of Apple tech heads with fat wallets of cash? Like me, people have learnt the lesson.
Software update available. Do not touch!! How often do you have a notification for a software update? Often I guess. It’s almost a daily occurrence. But my advice, after a week of pain, is to ignore these dastardly red flashing alerts, once and for all. Why? Because unlike the good old days, updates are so often rushed out and are now normally full of bugs, not tested and should be labelled, ‘only for the damned brave’. It doesn’t matter if the update is for your iPhone, your Android phone, your computer’s operating system, or like for me this week, WordPress. All I can say, after my last few days of losing
If you have a WordPress blog, you know. Never update plugins! WordPress is fantastic, and is without doubt the best blogging platform available. However, for those who have a self-hosted WordPress blog, you will know the pain of plugin updates, and how they can drive you crazy. The problem is, that many plugins are written by part-time coders, and not all of them really know how to, or even bother with doing a pre-test of a new version of their plugin, other than to release it, and then try to solve all the problems from users that occur, and appear as screams on their support pages. For free plugins, I can accept
But blogging is so much fun Why? Well, first of all, blogs are shorter and mush easier to write than a 100,000 word novel. Believe me, that many words is a lot of hard work. Not only do I have to concentrate, for long periods of time, but I also have to make sure that all the words are spelled correctly and that my grammar is perfect. Whereas, in a blog, I can make little mistakes and drive the Grammar Nazis crazy. Their is nothing that soothes my soul more that having the Grammar Police visit my blog and increase my comment count once they have pounced on my typos