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Entries from March 2007

Greed for speed

March 23rd, 2007 · Comments Off

After my nasty lesson with Google Accelerator you think I would have given up on my obsession with speeding up my Internet connection. Unfortunately, there’s nothing like the tantalizing lure of speed and power to blind even the most cautious of web surfers, especially if your Internet connection is agonizingly sluggish. It’s not surprising then, […]

Tags: technology

Does tech writing bore you?

March 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

A while ago Tom Johnson asked this question in one of his posts: “Is technical writing boring?”. He got such a plethora of responses on both sides of the issue that he and Heidi decided to explore the issue in a recent Tech Writer Voices podcast by the same name. It was so interesting I […]

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Writer’s challenge #1

March 17th, 2007 · Comments Off

As promised in my last post, here is a little segment I’m going to call…(insert drum-roll here)…THE WRITER’S CHALLENGE! Will you muster your courage and face the cunning challenge I’ve set before you? Here it is: I am holding an object in my hand. Guess what the object is by reading it’s patent description. Let […]

Tags: technical writing · technology · the writing challenge · writing

It’s your English – fight for it!

March 11th, 2007 · Comments Off

There is nothing more sickening than a piece of writing bloated and weighed down by heavy jargon and confusing language. Call it what you will – jargoneze, legalize, bureaucrateze, or just plain gobbledygook. If you’re spreading this kind of rot, you’re a language killer and should be tried and condemned by your peers as such.

Tags: documentation · technical writing · writing

Over 120000 free technical writing articles

March 8th, 2007 · Comments Off

Here is a valuable resource that no technical writer, or technical-writing student, can do without: The EServer TC Library, a free library of articles on all manner of relevant subjects: I’ll also put this up on my resources page. A lot of these articles are derived from STC conferences and are available in PDF format.

Tags: resources · technical writing