This and that

Summer holidays make it easy to keep on top of RSS feeds, and easier to spot some ace new blogs. Check out this one, I think it could be quite good. ∞ My father-in-law is back in Scotland for the month, so we’re off to see him tonight and I’m really REALLY hoping he wants us to bring in a fish supper for dinner. I’ve not had fish and chips for ages and currently have a real craving for them. ∞ XNeat Windows Manager is yet another application capable of doing some nice UI effects in Windows. Best of all, and the reason it wins out over many other similar applications for me, is that with it installed you can …

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Usability Matters

Anyone working in the software industry will know the term “usability” and have a reasonable idea of what it entails. As a technical writer, a user advocate within the development team, there is typically an overlap between how we think, and how usability specialists think. For starters, anyone who is delivering information should know who their audience is and why they require the information. With a good understanding of your audience, you will know what information they require because you will understand how they use your product. It seems obvious yet it’s something that many people struggle with, and I wonder if it is partly because, rightly, usability is a distinct field which has many experts and practitioners. However, many …

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Weekender

Friday night – a LARGE meal and a few beers left me feeling a bit bleurgh, but it was a good laugh. Was quite happy to get the last train home for a change. Saturday – lunch in Perth, absolutely first class meal, then off to Dunkeld to catch the bride and groom emerging from the cathedral, before we headed up to the Hilton for the reception. Very nice place that, right on the banks of the Tay, and the reception was in a marquee out in the grounds. I’ve still to sort through the 200-odd photos we took (although at one point Louise and her brother were having some sort of stupid photo face-off (I’m guessing Paul will win …

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Writer River is back!

I dropped Tom an email about Writer River last week, and he alluded to some of the issues he mentions in his post in his reply. Little did I know that Writer River was soon to be hacked! I love the idea behind the website though, so it’s good to see Tom is still keen on pushing things forward. If you previously registered I’d urge you to go back and register on the new version of the website. The premise is the same, a website which will collate the best Technical Communications stories and blog posts. Head over to Writer River, the more people who sign up and join in, the better it will become.

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Mundane life

Well I think I’ve spoiled you all enough for the moment, so I’ll withhold my next piece of literary ramblings for another time. That makes it sound like there is something waiting in the wings. There isn’t, just to be clear. I make it up as I go along, honest. And so to everyday matters. Tonight we say goodbye to our Support Manager which, of course, means a night out of food and alcohol. Thankfully my cold has started to shift so I should manage to stay awake longer than 8pm.. I hope. Then on Saturday we are driving up to Dunkeld, stopping at Perth for lunch, to attend the wedding reception of my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s twin sister. Lunch on …

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