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Friday, May 11, 2007

In Praise of English

Gorse Fox was just considering his day and the impact of education. When he was at school, he really enjoyed the sciences and tolerated everything else. He was moderately adept at most of the sciences and assumed that his future lay in that direction.

Now after 35-odd years in computing he has to admit that the sciences have rarely contributed directly to his specific jobs - though perhaps the ability to think was shaped at that time. In practice, however, English has been the core of his job. Day in and day out he seems to spend his time writing and editing documents; documents that describe strategy, design, business, organisation and just about anything in which the client may be interested. Today GF has been working on a strategy for mobile working in one document, and a comparison of competing document and records management technologies.

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