Onshoring: a Zombie Success Story – Part 1

The whoosh of six simultaneously released bated breaths drowned out Cook's next words. We’d been expecting the worst, and had spent more time during the last month helping each other polish our résumés than actually documenting the software. Nobody had noticed, lending an uncomfortable amount of credibility to the rumors. Continue reading ...

Tips and Tricks or Treats: A Tech Writer’s Guide to Zombie Spotting

Currently, we have hundreds of books and countless YouTube videos telling us how to survive the zombiepocalypse, and many of them provide useful technical and non-technical content. But what about detecting the first signs of next coming of zombies before they strike? Here are some signs savvy technical communicators should be on the lookout before it’s too late. Continue reading ...

Happy Halloween! TechWhirl’s Halloween Playhouse Podcast

Join Connie, Craig and Al for our First Annual TechWhirl Halloween Playhouse.We converted a few of our Halloween articles and regular articles into online plays. You may as well give the show a try since it doesn't cost anything. No really, this one is completely free since there's no way we could charge for it. Our show contains bad Halloween jokes, variable audio levels and some pretty good music. Continue reading ...

Deadline from Hell

Tech Writer Halloween Horror Stories: As my manager, Diane, was passing by on a Monday morning, she stuck her head in my cube to ask if I would document an interface. I said sure, remembering to ask who my point of contact was. She replied, “I am. I’ll send you the info.” Continue reading ...

The Computer Graveyard, Part II – The Conclusion

Tech Writer Halloween Horror Stories: I wasn't waking up, and my hands trembled and my heart pounded despite the best efforts of the coffee. When the service ended, the robot and his followers passed among the dormant computers. As they came to each member of the horde, they sprinkled anti-static liquid across the waiting computer, then set about disassembling the patiently waiting machine. As they did, the lesser robots that followed in their wake whisked covers off trays to reveal row upon row of neatly stacked chips, tiny metal legs pointed at the ceiling like so many dead insects. Continue reading ...

The Computer Graveyard, Part I

Tech Writer Halloween Horrors: When I awoke that morning and stumbled past my office door, the 420XL was gone and in its place sat a new 520. While I washed and scraped the beard from my face, the significance escaped me, but a few cups of coffee later, what passed for my brain at that hour noted the discrepancy. Hadn't it been only a couple weeks since I'd unpacked the 420XL? Not that it was a really big deal, but taking the time to check it out would give the old wetware a few minutes to warm up to operating speed. Continue reading ...

A Tech Writer’s Halloween Tale

Our first story for Tech Writer Halloween Horror Stories Week.  This week we’re celebrating Halloween and the scary, nee terrifying, things that happen to technical communicators. It was a dark and stormy night and we had to work overtime. Our deadline was only an hour away and the chief engineer had just been found unconscious in […] Continue reading ...