TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for February 21, 2014

technical communication recapIt’s been an alliterative week on TechWhirl, with TechWhirl.com publishing poetry and pieces on parallelism, and professional flatpack assembly. The TechWhirl community forums and email discussion list grokking on ghost towns, google searches and glitches.

OK I’ll stop there, but feel free to continue in a similar vein if you’d like, all you weekend warriors (couldn’t help that one.)

Settle into your weekend with some informative and entertaining content, and remember the forums and email list don’t close for the weekend. Add your thoughts and comments by registering for the forum. Don’t forget to check out the archives, and subscribe to the email list to see who’s talking about what.

Have a wondrous weekend,

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

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Tech Writer This Week for February 20, 2014

This edition of Tech Writer This Week is going old school. In fact, copy was pounded out on an IBM Selectric II before we handed over to the bunnies in the control room to do whatever they do to ensure that we can see the notes inside this illuminated screen thing-y. Who knows, maybe these computers will catch-on in the future.

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Word Wise: Parallelism Gives Your Writing a Left Edge

Parallelism. The word itself sports a pair of rails, conjuring images of things perfectly aligned. Rows of corn. Ribs of corduroy. Rings of latitude. When you write and speak, you align words. You do this naturally. You dash off to the store saying, “I’m going to get pistachios, tuna, and champagne.” You don’t think, I’m aligning a series of nouns

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Useless Assistance: Frustration Relief for Hire

A foggy morning in Central London. A man wipes his brow with his sleeve and consults some instructions during a shelf unit assembly, while an attractive curly haired woman in a white housecoat sips coffee and looks on from a nearby sofa. This is not a plot from the latest hit 50 Shades of Gray-type romance novel. He is a professional flatpack assembler.

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A is for Acrobat: The Tech Writer’s Cursory Rhyme

Yehoshua Paul recently tried his hand at developing a rhyming song in the fine tradition of teaching the English alphabet to children. If your workplace often seems like a pre-school nursery with brats, cherubs, crybabies and rugrats, you can probably relate.

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Connie Giordano is a partner in INKtopia Limited and editor of TechWhirl's Tech Writer Today online magazine. She has been a list member and contributor since the days when 14,400 baud was high speed communications, and Windows 95 was state-of-the-art.

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