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Entries from April 2008

Firefox 3 coming June

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

With the recent release of Firefox 3 Beta 5, the end is in sight for an official release of this popular browser (in the meantime, Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 has just come out). Here are some of the improvements Firefox 3 has over it’s predecessor: Faster (better memory management). Two to four times faster […]

Tags: software · the internet

A tech writer theme song

April 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

Every profession needs a theme song, right? Here’s one I found about technical writing, unashamedly cannibalized from the Beatles song “Paperback Writer.”      This little ditty isn’t exactly inspiring with lyrics like these: “So I spend my day inside a lonely pod, but I need a job, so I gotta be a technical writer.” But […]

Tags: technical writing · writing humour

Find a tech-writing job in Vancouver – Part 2

April 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

I mentioned in part one of this series that 80% of jobs can only be found in that elusive place called “the hidden job market.” About 20% of those gigs can be gotten through employment services, cold calling, and other tactics, such as information interviews. But the other 60% are landed through referrals. That makes […]

Tags: employment · technical writing · working

Is Brijit liberating or enslaving?

April 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Brijit is a website that publishes 100-word summaries of various web, TV, radio, and print media. The idea is that there is so much information out there – wouldn’t it be nice if we had the short-short version so we can get the gist of it […]

Tags: freelancing · journalism · the internet · web 2.0 · writing

Dangers of boring work

April 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

Have you ever had a job that bored you into zombie mode faster than Seabiscuit on steroids? According to this BBC article, scientists have developed a headset that measures when our brains are about to switch into autopilot mode. This state of cognitive rest is the brain’s way of saving cogitations for something more mentally […]

Tags: technology · working