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  Ian Hickman articles published in magazines or books, and sundry other items



1) To view an article on SPAM  (published in Electronics World) Click Here

2) To view various leader articles (published in Electronics World) Click Here

3) To view "The Catt Anomaly" (published in Electronics World October 2004) Click Here

4) To view "Memoires of a Radio Serviceman" Click Here

5) To see a list of old technical books Click Here

6) Useful assistance with report writing:-

[Reproduced from Newsweek (May 6, 1968, pp. 104, 104B, 104C) and copyright owned by Newsweek, Inc.] Isn't it interesting how little things 
have changed in 30 years! A then-63 year old D.S. Public Health Service official named Philip Broughton hit upon a sure-fire method of 
converting frustrations into fulfilment (jargon-wise). Euphemistically called the Systematic Buzz Phrase Projector, Broughton's system 
employs a lexicon of 30 carefully chosen "buzzwords". 
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
0.integrated 0.options 1.organisational 1.flexibility
2.systematized 2.monitored 2.capability
3.parallel 3.reciprocal 3.mobility
4.functional 4.programming
5.responsive 5.logistical 5.concept
6.optional 6.transitional 6.timephase
7.synchronised 7.incremental 7.projection
8.compatible 8.third-generation 8.hardware
9.balanced 9.policy 9.contingency

The procedure is simple. Think of any three-digit number, then select the corresponding buzzword from each column. For instance, number 257 produces "systemitized logistical projection", a phrase that can be dropped into virtually any report. "With that ring of decisive, knowledgeable authority, no one will have the slightest idea of what you're talking about", said Broughton, "but the important thing is that they're not about to admit it." So whether you want some responsive organizational flexibility or some functional management options, this is the chart for you. Happy report writing!

 7)Low Cost Names

Your Internet Service Provider gives you a few megabytes or more of space for your personal website. This appears as a subpage on the
 ISP's server, so access to your website probably appears as something like
You could have an address , which is a lot easier for you and your friends to remember, but this would
involve you in the expense of maintaining your own server.  But there is an alternative.  At the site you
can find out if the domain name "" is available (not already taken by someone else, in which case you could perhaps
have or etc.) You can then for a modest fee (for two years, renewable thereafter) register the domain name and LCN will provide a
translation/forwarding service. So when someone accesses the request is automatically re-routed 
to, without any indication that this has occurred.  Thus, in effect, it appears that you actually have 
a presence directly on the world wide web.

8) Smile please

Scottish hellfire preacher "Ye'll none of ye get tae heaven unless ye're purrfect, and which one of ye can say that?"
Silence, then a little man in the back row, in a shabby mac, stands up. "Ye mean tae say, mon, that ye think ye're purrfect?"
"No, no, not me. I'm just standing proxy for my wife's first husband."

Two motorists collide head-on; no one's fault; both cars obviously write-offs.
Man driver: "Are you hurt?"  Lady driver: "No, not at all. Are you?"  He: "No. It's a miracle." She: "Almost as though we were meant to meet."
He: "We ought to celebrate."  She: "I've a bottle of wine in my car." comes back "Look, it's not broken - can you open it?" He uses Swiss army
knife and offers the bottle to her. She: "No, no; after you."  He drinks half, then offers it to her again. She replaces the cork. He: "Aren't
you going to drink yours?" She: "Oh, yes. Later. After the police have been."

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This page prepared and maintained by Ian Hickman Partners (Eur. Ing. D.I. H. May BSc.Hons, C.Eng, MIEE, MIEEE, and D. M. May B.A.Hons, A.I.L.)