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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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Cringley's Second Law: Ease of use with equivalent performance varies with the square root of the cost of development. That means that to design a computer that's ten times easier to use would cost 100 times as much.

— Robert Cringley



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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 5/24/2019

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  08:46 AM

We (well, I) normally associate being a language jerk with the combination of concepts involving editor, stick, rear end, and up. At least the first part of that complex, however, need not be true.

Someone posted a question on an internal alias the other day in which the subject line said:

regualr expressions

This was, as you might guess, a question about regular expressions. Several generations into the thread, the subject line started appearing this way:

Re: regualr [sic] expressions

Do you see what happened here? Someone spotted the typo. They didn't ignore it. They didn't fix it. They pointed it out for everyone to notice.

Why did they do that, you might ask? See subject line for this entry.

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