News Update: Chicago vs. Microsoft Reps for Manuals Rumble in Memphis

On March 14, 2012, officers from the Memphis Police Department, Raines Station responded to a call to 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd (Graceland) at 11:31 a.m. Witnesses at the scene reported an altercation between two touring groups. Both groups were attending the Memphis WritersUA conference. Continue reading ...

Technical Communications Recap for March 9, 2012

Packing for the WritersUA conference and dodging solar flares couldn’t keep TechWhirl from providing some insightful, humorous and questioning content, or giving our community a taste of all the news in technical communications this week. We even found time to remember that TechWhirl turns 19 today… We’re taking our now fully adult status in stride as we prepare for next week’s conference. Safe travels to everyone heading to Memphis and for the love of the ducks, don’t forget your towel. Continue reading ...

TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for February 10, 2012

Am I the only one who thinks February is actually the longest month, no matter what the calendar says? We’re only into the second week of the month, but it seems like at least three or four weeks already. Like the duration of a pretty cold month, perception has much more to do with technical writing and technical communications than we realize during the course of a so-called average day. Continue reading ...

TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for February 3, 2012

Six more weeks of winter (as predicted by various groundhogs across the United States) gives us plenty of time to delve into our topic of “More than 1000 words-techniques for visual communications.” So we’re asking for your ideas and contributions to provide useful and relevant information to your technical communications colleagues. However, six more weeks of winter can’t change the fact that today is the last day of our Meet us in Memphis @WritersUA guest writers contest. Continue reading ...

TechWhirl: Technical Communications Recap for January 27, 2012

We’re approaching the end of our January focus on back to basics, and this past week as been chock full of all sorts of related topics on the technical writer discussion list and in the magazine. Deadlines, juggling, determining how much or if any documentation all factor into how you view quality and how your organization manages it. That seemed like a good segue to this week’s Technical Writer Poll on quality. And everything segues to our latest contest and the chance to Meet us in Memphis @WritersUA in March. Continue reading ...