Technical Communication UK Conference

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Technical Communication UK 22nd-24th September 2009 http://www.technicalcommunicationuk.com Technical Communication UK is the new annual conference that aims to meet the needs of technical communicators, their managers and clients, from every corner of the industry. The conference is hosted by the ISTC, and run in partnership with X-pubs. Technical Communication UK runs on 23rd and 24th…

Censorship

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I’ve been writing this blog for quite a while, so I must admit that I’m surprised that this is the first time I’ve found myself in my current position. Perhaps it’s because I tend not to make inflammatory statements (aside from that post about the Bible being a work of fiction written by the Devil,…

It's hard

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Listening to the news on the way to work this morning, some chav sounding lassie from some London suburb or other was bemoaning the fact that she found it hard not to bunk off school. Yes, that’s right. She wasn’t finding it hard to attend school just hard not to bunk off at least once…

What do you write?

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I’m currently pushing a business case to allow me to hire a new member for our team. The premise is that, particularly with our product set, there will always be areas of technical content that need writing but that with an additional member we can start to create other forms of content. Which begs the…

I am not a morning person

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It’s 10am on Sunday morning, I pick up my water bottle, a small towel and head out the door. I arrive at an almost empty gym and start to warm up. My body resists, my mind suggests that going back to bed might be a better idea and by and large the next hour or…

Ill Communication

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Twitter is changing. Whilst the technology is the same, the way it is being used (or perhaps the way I use it?) has been slowly evolving. Evolution is a good thing, but that does mean that I now find myself evolving how I use and interact with Twitter. Maybe I need to slim down my…

Conferences

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I’ve mentioned before that I’ll be attending, and presenting at, the Technical Communication Conference this year, but as the programme is now full I’ve been trying to pick my way through which sessions to attend. I think I’ve got it sussed. Wednesday Kicking off with the keynote from Peter Anghelides (who recently re-tweeted me on…

Day in the life

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Woke up, fell out of bed, Dragged a comb across my head; If only the second line were true. My day has a routine, I doubt very much that this is an usual fact. I mean I’d imagine most people do pretty much what I do every day. Actually that’s probably not true. Most people…

The Slick Blade

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His muscles strain as he tenses against the movement beneath him. His grip remains firm as he shifts his weight slightly, fully immobilising the writhing mass that twitches at his feet. He looks down with impunity, almost with a sense of pity but he knows what must be done. He has trained a long time…

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The white stuff

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I have white stuff all over my hands. I really should wash it off. I would’ve washed it off earlier after the first time, but I knew I’d be doing it again so, you know, what’s the point? It’s like showering before going to the gym. Actually that’s a bad example as there are some…

Tracking Progress

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Like most technical writing teams we are small in number. As such, monitoring and tracking both the work that needs done as well as the work that is in progress can be a challenge. So I’m currently casting my net far and wide to find a good way to keep a handle on this so…

When is just enough?

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I’m currently scoping some work to provide a set of user guides for an application. The functionality is, mostly, split into two areas with one set for those administering the system and the other for those who use the system to complete their work. Previously it would have been a matter of doing some task…

The impossible bike ride

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My legs are pumping, sweat drips from my brow, trickling down my nose, my hands are slipping on the grips and through half shut eyes I watch the distance slowly rise. More! Faster! COME ON!! I silently urge myself, blocking out the slow burn of acid in my muscles, pushing myself on, adrenalin surging round…

The Picnic

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It was a glorious day yesterday, wisps of cloud slowly meandered across the sky as the gentle breeze softly buffeted the long grass. Somewhere in Balloch Park a group of people were sitting on the grass, picking at various foodstuffs, drinking various concoctions, and chatting and laughing with nary a care in the world. We…

Author-it Hints, Tips, & Useful Info

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The following are not in any particular order. Some are tips gleaned from experience, some are links to the knowledge being shared by others, all have helped us get us from a standing start to a full content conversion and production delivery in under 4 months. We started with ~2450 topics of imported content, and…

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