I thought my day was complete when I received an email this morning which promised me a “positive unboxing experience”. Well, I thought, that’s the ridiculous quota for the day filled right up! Turns out I was wrong, private sector nonsense isn’t a patch on public sector nonsense.

When writing copy a certain amount of truthiness plus fun beats unvarnished truth every time. The non-story of NASA's efforts to develop a "space pen" is a prime example.

Fellow member of the Board of the XMPP Standards Foundation, Adam Brault, makes an interesting suggestion to move XMPP forward ..... stop using it! OK, I may be exaggerating but it's still interesting. 

The assumption that, in order to make a product 'better', one has to add more features and complexity is common in the software industry. This is despite the many, many times you hear developers and marketers ridicule Microsoft's decade-long descent into bloatware production. In marketing, where the driver is to tick as many boxes as possible, this approach often makes even a straightforward product seem needlessly complex.