technical communication recap

Technical Communication Recap for March 1, 2013

Our technical communication recap this week looks at the controversial as well as the informative, coming at the end of a big week in the news. It’s actually a bit refreshing to see the current debate raging about something other than style, formatting, or tool issues. Telecommuting is front and center in technical communication this week as are processes and technology for content management systems. Continue reading ...

technical communication recap

TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for April 20, 2012

On TechWhirl this week, we found ourselves deep into discussions about community--or lack thereof. Over on the email discussion list, whirlers are debating the usual assortment of word usage, punctuation, and tool issues. But they're also talking documentation in agile environments; the value of student interviews of professionals to get a handle on breaking into this community; and what constitutes great swag at conferences. Continue reading ...

Technical Writing Humor: The Sidelines View of Telecommuting

I've done two stretches of full-time telecommuting--the first for about six months, and the second for about three months. My home office is impossibly glamorous. I have one of those executive oak desks from the 1950's with a little shelf thingy on the front to hold my trophies. I have a ceiling fixture I made out of chicken wire and plastic beads, a series of turn-of-the-century tobacco card pictures of boxers, and rotary dial telephones in a veritable rainbow of colors. I can burn incense and drink beer and wear glow-in-the-dark boxer shorts and listen to Guitarwolf without headphones if I feel like it. And yeah, sometimes I feel like it. Continue reading ...