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September 7, 2016  7:44 PM

Irregardless and regardless

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
IT grammar, proposal writing, Writing
Which is correct?
a. Irregardless of the cost, we should seriously think about moving to a converged infrastructure.
b. Regardless of the cost, we should seriously think about moving to a converged infrastructure.

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February 10, 2016  6:35 PM

Uncanny valley graph

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

The graph below illustrates our definition of the uncanny valley, a feeling of unease experienced in reaction to simulations of humans that approach — but don’t achieve — realism. For further explanation and a video demonstration, see the full definition.
uncanny valley graph

The graph was adapted  by Smurrayinchesterself-made, based on image by Masahiro Mori and Karl MacDorman at http://www.androidscience.com/theuncannyvalley/proceedings2005/uncannyvalley.html

The image is made available through a Creative Commons license (CC BY SA 3.0).


February 23, 2015  5:00 PM

Utilizing pomodori: use vs. utilize

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

Which is correct?
interrobang

Francesco Cirillo developed the pomodoro technique in the late 1980s, when he _______ his tomato-shaped kitchen timer to organize his work schedule.   

a. utilized

b. used

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November 13, 2014  3:58 PM

Inside a USB flash drive

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

The image below displays the inside of a USB flash drive. On the left is the flash memory chip; the controller is on the right.

Inside flash drive

A Cruzer Titanium Drive Opened after being nearly destroyed. (Uploaded by User:Nrbelex)

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
You are free:
to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
to remix – to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:
attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.


October 6, 2014  8:26 PM

Check yourself before you wreck yourself: Using reflexive pronouns correctly

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

Which is correct?

interrobang Call __________ if you have any problems setting up the new modem.  

  1. myself or Gerald
  2. Gerald or myself
  3. Me or Gerald
  4. Gerald or me
  5. Gerald or I
  6. I or Gerald

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July 2, 2014  12:20 PM

Vocabulary: Does hapless mean unhappy, unlucky or ineffectual?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

What does this sentence mean?

interrobang When the hapless contestant is fired at the end of Apprentice, it is usually because he has failed as a project manager.  Does hapless mean:

a. Unhappy

b. Unlucky

c. Ineffectual

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June 17, 2014  2:51 PM

Vocabulary: Does protean mean beginning, changeable or heroic?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

What does this sentence mean?

interrobang To satisfy the WebOps job description, an applicant must have a protean career history.  

a. The applicant would need to be just starting out.

b. The applicant would need experience in many different jobs.

c. The applicant would need to have demonstrated heroic efforts.

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May 7, 2014  2:44 PM

Subject / verb agreement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
typing Which is correct?
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ____ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
a. was
b. were

Answer: a

Explanation: One is the subject of the sentence. One is a singular subject, so it requires the singular verb, was. Ignore prepositional phrases when deciding upon a singular or plural verb.

The survey results taught us that one (in three network administrators) was interested in learning more about software-defined networking.


 


April 30, 2014  3:20 PM

Prefer to, prefer than or prefer over?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

Our data shows that a vast majority of customers prefer Brand A  ____ Brand B.
a. to
b. than
c. over

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April 11, 2014  3:50 PM

Misplaced modifiers: I don’t think that sentence means what you think it means

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

What’s wrong with this sentence?

interrobang The new iPad Air’s Retina display has the same resolution as the previous model, 264 ppi. 

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