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Skid marks on your soul

January 10th, 2008 · Comments Off

Over at Wired’s video gallery you can watch some amusing tech vintage commercials. While I find the ones for the old Mac, the Vic-20, and the Commodore chuckle worthy, my vote for the funniest – and the most creative – goes to the 1980s ad for the Atari 5200′s Pole Position. Back in those days, […]

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Wacky science

May 1st, 2007 · Comments Off

Can governments read people’s minds with radio waves? Many people believe so. In fact, in order to combat this unseen menace, a paranoid subculture has arisen around the wearing of tin foil hats. This seemingly bizarre practice has garnered such credibility that an MIT student conducted empirical research in order to debunk it. Curiously, his […]

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Cultural sensitivity in user documentation

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

When editing technical documents, how aware should you be of regional differences in pronunciation? Here is an interesting article on the subject by Brian Forte. Forte raises the following issue regarding the usage of an indefinite article with initialisms: How do you pronounce an initialism like HTML? I was taught English in public Australian schools […]

Tags: culture · documentation · editing · grammar · technical writing