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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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I would have to say that most instructions I come across are unimportant and some are harmful. Most instructions I get about software development process, I would say, would be harmful if I believed them and followed them. Most software process instructions I encounter are fairy tales, both in the sense of being made up and in the sense of being cartoonish. Some things that look like instructions, such as "do not try this at home" or "take out the safety card and follow along," are not properly instructions at all, they are really just ritual phrases uttered to dispel the evil spirits of legal liability.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 7/6/2015

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Comments/entry - 1.08
Hits/day - 399

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  08:01 PM

With a slight bit of trepidation I'm rolling out a new comments page for the blog. I never liked the old page much -- too much scrolling, for starters -- so I jury-rigged a tab-control-like thing. I also added a toolbar of buttons that will wrap formatting tags around text. Still a "Source view" kind of thing, but slightly improved, perhaps.

Anyway, I keep finding bugs, so I doubt they're all gone. Let me know, I guess. If it turns out that you can't leave a comment, then email me.

PS This won't make it into the download real soon -- I'm in the middle of a somewhat large refactoring exercise that's going to take some time.

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