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Friday 21 August 2009, 11:54

Rory Cellan-Jones Rory Cellan-Jones is BBC technology correspondent

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Ever been on an online discussion forum to inquire about some technical problem you're trying to sort out? Then it's quite likely that after a while you will have received a terse message from some smart-alec, which will end with the acronym RTM, followed by a number of exclamations marks. That apparently stands for Read The Manual! - and in fact the acronym usually includes the letter "f" placed before the "m" to supply added emphasis.

Well, sorry, I'm not going to read the manual, as I explained to the makers of a charming Radio 4 programme which you can hear this morning at 1100...

Read the rest of Rory's post and leave comments on the BBC Technology blog. Listen to the programme, which includes an interview with Rory, here.

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