TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for May 3, 2013

technical communication recap for may 3, 2013TechWhirl is packing up and heading for Atlanta to attend the STC Summit.  If you’re planning to be there, stop by our booth and say hi, and hang around to hear Al at the Lightning Talks.  And, if you’d like to contribute to our Pinterest Board or Storify curations, we’re always happy to oblige.

Before we head out, we want to give you the highlights of this week’s TechWhirl activity in our communication recap for May 3. Settle in with a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy a good laugh with another classic humor piece from Lisa Higgins.  Take a look at what’s happening in tech comm social media and the blogosphere with Craig Cardimon’s Tech Writer This Week.  And remember to vote in the new technical communication poll on the impacts of ubiquitous computing.  More importantly, share your thoughts on the email discussion list, or by posting a comment to the poll introductory article.

Hope to see lots of Whirlers in Atlanta!

Have a great weekend!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

 Tech Writer This Week

Tech Writer This Week for May 2, 2013

Tech Writer This Week heads into some new territories, with a new topic area, and some controversy in our old standbys. First in the standbys is Technical Communication. I’d venture a guess that most people think of technical writers as the quiet sort (I do my best to fly under the radar). But being quiet doesn’t mean we shy away from controversy. Peruse User Experience and then Content Strategy & Curation. Dive into our new area of Customer Experience Management, and finish off with some Career and Life goodies.

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Technical Writing Humor: From the Sidelines on Family Tech Support

About a month ago, my dorky little brother was in town. As usual, he drove to Colorado from New Mexico with a truck full of stuff. Once, after he left, I counted fourteen bicycles in my garage. Once, I ended up with a cat. Always, though, I get computer stuff. This time, though, I didn’t get all of it. See, my mother lives maybe five miles away from me, and my brother gave her a computer, too.

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Technical Communication Poll: How Is Ubiquitous Computing Changing Tech Comm?

We started a fascinating conversation on TechWhirl with last week’s poll question. Respondents are almost evenly split on whether wearable computers will change tech comm. Based on the commentary, we’ve attempted to extend the question. Wearable computers are merely a new iteration of a concept first discussed 25 years ago—ubiquitous computing. The question is not whether it will change tech comm, but rather how is ubiquitous computing changing tech comm.

Technical Communication News:

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Connie Giordano

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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