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  • Tearing down obstacles to OpenStack documentation contributions

    Just Write Click
    annegentle
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Rip. Shred. Tear. Let’s gather up the obstacles to documentation contribution and tear them down one by one. I’ve designed a survey with the help of the OpenStack docs team to determine blockers for docs contributions. If you’ve contributed to OpenStack, please fill it out here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/136-BssH-OxjVo8vNoOD-gW4x8fDFpvixbgCfeV1w_do/viewform I want to use this survey to avoid shouting opinions and instead make sure we gather data first. This survey helps us find the biggest barriers so that we can build the best collaboration systems for documentation…
  • Strategies for using links with DITA

    I'd Rather Be Writing
    Tom Johnson
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the strategies that always seems to cause me dilemmas with DITA is how to best handle linking. Mark Baker has an in-depth essay on linking, where he explores many of the issues associated with links. I would point you to the post, but whether to insert the link here or elsewhere is at the heart of many discussions about linking. So I’ll briefly delay inserting the link while exploring the risks of doing so. If I insert the link to Mark’s post here, two potential problems occur: 1. You might immediately jump to his post and, because it is rather long, never return here.
  • User Assistance: Electronic Ink

    I Came, I Saw, I Learned...
    Kevin Siegel
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    by Tony Self   Electronic ink technology (eInk) is one of the most overlooked inventions in publishing. eInk has been around for a decade, and by rights should now be far more prevalent than it is today. But things may be about to change as innovators are starting to use eInk to make amazing new products, including some that may cause big changes in technical publications. eInk is the technology used in most dedicated eBook readers, such as Kindle and Nook. While some consider eInk to be a "screen" technology, it is closer to a "paper" technology. In Australia, as in…
  • how can Google maps help your business?

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    Nextechage
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Are you a small business owner?, and rely on advertising a lot to generate revenue, you might have also experienced, different directory services and even might have spent countless hours online searching for different ways to advertise your business or products, for your small business with a small budget. Then you need to think about Google maps as through Google maps, you can easily let people know about your services. The service provided by Google map is absolutely free.I am sure that you’re familiar with the Google’s name in term of its search engine, but there is a lot more…
  • Amazon acquires Digital comic app comiXology.

    Nextechage
    Nextechage
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    Amazon  has recently acquired cloud based digital comic platform known as Comixology, which  is a digital comic book service and has a huge base of user and hundreds of app for all types of platform.Who are Comixology?It was founded in year 2007, with a mission to spread the love of comics and graphic novel in all forms by David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. It offers a broad library of digital contents from over 75 of the top publisher and top independent creators. It uses a reading technology known as ComiXology Guided View™ which has transform the comic book medium…
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  • Login or log in – a way to choose one word or two

    Sarah Maddox
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    ‘Login’ or ‘log in’? One word or two? It’s an oft-debated question. I’m not proposing a hard-and-fast rule, though I do have my preferences. What this post offers is a handy way of choosing between one word and two, if it’s important to you. It’s not just logging in that’s affected. There are plenty more cases where we need to choose one word or two: ‘logon’ or ‘log on’ ‘logout’ or ‘log out’ ‘signup’ or ‘sign up’ ‘shutdown’ or ‘shut down’…
  • Are conference proceedings papers useful

    Sarah Maddox
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I’m composing my proceedings paper for STC Summit 2014. Not all conferences require a proceedings paper. This set me wondering: Do people find proceedings papers useful? Do you read them, either during or after the conference, or perhaps not at all? The “proceedings” of a conference is a collection of papers written by conference speakers. The content of a proceedings paper may be a summary of the talk, or an academic treatment of the topic of the talk, or a deep dive into one aspect of the talk. My upcoming presentation at STC Summit 2014 is API Technical Writing: What,…
  • What I get from speaking at conferences

    Sarah Maddox
    8 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m in the throes of composition. My presentation for STC Summit 2014 is in good shape, and I’m working on the proceedings paper right now. I got to thinking about why I put myself up for speaking at conferences. It’s a lot of work! Is it worth it? I also saw a post from Neal Kaplan, who doesn’t get conferences. So I decided to blog my thoughts. If you’d told me five years ago that you’d seen me speaking at a conference, my reaction would have been Ha ha, nope, that must have been some other Sarah. Public speaking scared me to death. (Actually, it still…
  • API types

    Sarah Maddox
    15 Feb 2014 | 11:25 pm
    I’m putting together a list of the various types of API we might encounter. This is primarily a resource for technical writers, who may need to know what type of thing they could be asked to document if they take on the role of API tech writer. A Google search didn’t reveal much material about API types. The best source of information is the Wikipedia page on APIs. I tried searching for “API classification” and received plenty of information about engine oil. :D So here goes… my attempt at an API classification. Before we start: What is an API? API stands for…
  • World’s best API documentation – what do you think

    Sarah Maddox
    8 Feb 2014 | 11:36 pm
    I’m curious to see how things have changed since I last asked this question, back in March 2012: What’s your favourite API documentation, and why? Part of the reason for asking is that I’ll soon present a session at STC Summit 2014 on API technical writing. I want to give examples of excellent documentation. I have some favourite documentation sets myself, but it’s great to get the opinions of developers and other technical writers too. So, have at it! Please comment on this post. What’s your favourite API documentation, and why? I’ll also collect any…
 
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  • Tearing down obstacles to OpenStack documentation contributions

    annegentle
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Rip. Shred. Tear. Let’s gather up the obstacles to documentation contribution and tear them down one by one. I’ve designed a survey with the help of the OpenStack docs team to determine blockers for docs contributions. If you’ve contributed to OpenStack, please fill it out here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/136-BssH-OxjVo8vNoOD-gW4x8fDFpvixbgCfeV1w_do/viewform I want to use this survey to avoid shouting opinions and instead make sure we gather data first. This survey helps us find the biggest barriers so that we can build the best collaboration systems for documentation…
  • How to Build OpenStack Docs and Contributors through Community

    annegentle
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I’m well past the three year mark, working on a new open source project that grows and grows every six months. I’ve been working closely with Diane Fleming at Rackspace to focus completely on upstream OpenStack. Upstream means that all of our documentation work goes to the open source project itself. So while Rackspace runs OpenStack in production and for our customers private clouds, Diane and I focus on documentation that helps any organization run and use OpenStack. We have put together an outline of what we do to make upstream OpenStack documentation better all the time.
  • Finding an OpenStack Mentor

    annegentle
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Last week I ran an internal “So You Want to be an OpenStack Contributor?” workshop showing the different ways to work on OpenStack. Here’s the slide show so you can see the way I approached it. As the Documentation Program Technical Lead you’d think I’d steer people straight to the documentation bug backlog, but I try to find out where interests lie before going straight to doc fixes. Definitely people should read the docs as a great start. So You Want to be an OpenStack Contributor from Anne Gentle You can work on OpenStack in non-code ways, such as bug…
  • OpenStack Operations Guide Mini Sprint

    annegentle
    2 Feb 2014 | 10:19 am
    We held a two-day mini-sprint in Boston at the end of January to update the OpenStack Operations Guide. You may remember the first five-day sprint was in Austin in February 2013. This time, the sprint was shorter with fewer people in Boston and a few remote, but we had quite specific goals: Update from Folsom to Havana (about a year’s worth of OpenStack features) Roadmap discussion about nova-network and neutron, the two software-defined networking solutions implemented for OpenStack Add upgrade instructions from grizzly to havana Implement and test the use of parts to encapsulate…
  • A Few of my Favorite Things for 2013

    annegentle
    29 Dec 2013 | 3:31 am
    This year has been filled with interesting finds, discoveries, and productivity. Plus oxford commas! Here are my favorite things for 2013. The Hunger Games trilogy, because it’s like a window into a mind of a smart writer who writes with purpose. The Documentation chapter of the Developer Support Handbook has to be one of my very favorite things I discovered this year. I’m on the Developer Relations Group team at Rackspace and this is a great handbook for all of our team. Animated GIFs, pronounced jifs, am I right? OpenStack Reactions cracks me up. Grace Hopper Conference by the…
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  • eLearning: Is Right-Clicking Right?

    Kevin Siegel
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    by Kevin Siegel    Most computer programs offer multiple ways to accomplish any one task. For instance, in Microsoft Word you can make a selected word bold using a menu, a toolbar button, pressing a keyboard shortcut, or by right-clicking the text. If you're responsible for creating a software simulation that teaches a learner how to make Word text bold, which of the commands are you going to simulate? While you could simulate multiple options, I'd encourage you to focus on just one (adding multiple options is going to take you too long to produce). Personally,…
  • eLearning & Presentations: More Free Images. A MILLION more!

    Kevin Siegel
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    by AJ Walther   Want more free images for your eLearning or PowerPoint presentations? How about over a MILLION more? In December of last year, the British Library released into the public domain a huge collection of scanned images from more than 65,000 books spanning the 16th to 19th centuries. Yes, that's right, I said public domain. That means these images are free to use, share, and modify in any way that you see fit. The library asks only that you help to populate the metadata for the images to help make them more easily searchable--and to help spread the knowledge.
  • User Assistance: Electronic Ink

    Kevin Siegel
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    by Tony Self   Electronic ink technology (eInk) is one of the most overlooked inventions in publishing. eInk has been around for a decade, and by rights should now be far more prevalent than it is today. But things may be about to change as innovators are starting to use eInk to make amazing new products, including some that may cause big changes in technical publications. eInk is the technology used in most dedicated eBook readers, such as Kindle and Nook. While some consider eInk to be a "screen" technology, it is closer to a "paper" technology. In Australia,…
  • Adobe Captivate: Bookmarking Without an LMS

    Kevin Siegel
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    by Kevin Siegel    Bookmarking a lesson provides the learner an opportunity to continue viewing a lesson from the exact spot where they left off. If you've uploaded your eLearning lesson into a Learning Management System, bookmarking is enabled by default in every lesson that you publish.  If you're not working with an LMS and you still want to enable bookmarking, you're out of luck, right? Not exactly. With a few simple clicks, you can enable bookmarking within any Captivate project. Once enabled, learners will see the following message should they…
  • Adobe eLearning Community Formed Supporting Maryland, DC, and Virginia

    Kevin Siegel
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    IconLogic's Kevin Siegel has been named the manager of Adobe's eLearning Community supporting eLearning developers living in or around DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Kevin and the IconLogic team will be hosting regular meetings featuring tips and tricks on creating effective eLearning using such tools as Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter. Join the group on LinkedIn to keep up to date on meetings and share your experiences with other developers. More information.
 
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  • The need for robust tech comm authoring tools

    Tom Johnson
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Neal Kaplan recently posted about the search for a perfectly adequate authoring tool, which got me thinking about the tools I use. At the time I joined my current company, I had to change my help authoring tools quite a bit. At my previous company, I used Mediawiki and Madcap Flare. Both tools worked pretty well. At my present company, we publish on Drupal, which is a web-based CMS similar to WordPress but more robust. All the content lives primarily on Drupal. At first we authored directly in Drupal. However, authoring and managing tech comm content in Drupal isn’t ideal at all. After a…
  • Strategies for using links with DITA

    Tom Johnson
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the strategies that always seems to cause me dilemmas with DITA is how to best handle linking. Mark Baker has an in-depth essay on linking, where he explores many of the issues associated with links. I would point you to the post, but whether to insert the link here or elsewhere is at the heart of many discussions about linking. So I’ll briefly delay inserting the link while exploring the risks of doing so. If I insert the link to Mark’s post here, two potential problems occur: 1. You might immediately jump to his post and, because it is rather long, never return here.
  • STC Chapter provides lavish “all expenses paid” outing to San Diego zoo for members

    Tom Johnson
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Note: This was an April Fool’s Day post. The West Bay STC chapter recently provided a special expedition to the San Diego zoo for all chapter members who wanted to participate. 67 members signed up for the special zoo tour, which involved several exclusive behind-the-scenes encounters with animals, including but not limited to the famous China panda, Xena the giraffe, and a habitat for Capuchin monkeys. The chapter president, Mark Zimmerman, explained that the chapter had surplus funds and needed to spend them in a way that benefitted the members. Asked how the zoo trip benefitted the…
  • Now that debts are paid off, plan to travel the world for a year, documenting things

    Tom Johnson
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Note: This was an April Fool’s Day post. It’s official. Starting May 1, 2014 until May 1, 2015, my wife and I are taking the year off to see the world. By see the world, I mean we will travel from country to country (from the U.S. to Europe, Africa, Asia, China, Alaska, and the Polynesian islands — as we make our way around the earth). The idea for the trip came about in part because we finally paid off all our debts — student loans, cars, house, gambling (just kidding). So we felt a new-found freedom. But also, we want to see the world before we’re old and…
  • Dita Von Teese to give keynote at DITA North America 2014 Conference

    Tom Johnson
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Note: This was an April Fool’s Day post. Dita Von Teese will be giving the keynote to DITA North America, The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) recently announced. DITA experts and other attendees are thrilled as they look forward to her keynote. “I kind of always wanted to see her at the conference,” said Don Day, father of DITA. “It’s just a natural fit.” While some were surprised at the selection of a burlesque dancer as the keynote for the conference, others assumed DITA, an XML format for structuring technical content, was named…
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  • Word: Track Changes : Moves

    Rhonda
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Based on a Writing Tip I wrote for my team. Some people on my team have asked why Microsoft Word doesn’t always show moved text as a move (double green underline by default), even though ‘track moves’ is turned on (Review tab > drop-down arrow next to Track Changes button > Change Tracking Options). I investigated the circumstances under which moves are *meant* to be tracked in Word. Despite the official word on this from Microsoft, the reality is that tracking moves in Word is flaky—sometimes full sentences aren’t tracked as moves and just show as deletions/insertions, which…
  • Word: Make all tracked changes the same color, regardless of author

    Rhonda
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    You have a document that many people have worked on, reviewed, edited, changed etc. Track changes is on for all these amendments. The default setting in Word is to track changes by author, which means that your document is like a rainbow with all those different colors — one for each person who made a change! For example: You need to send the document to someone else, but the recipient only needs to see what has changed, not who changed it — in other words, you don’t want all those rainbow colors to show. Instead, you want a single color to show the multiple insertions (e.g.
  • Word: Change caption numbering from sequential to chapter numbering

    Rhonda
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Scenario: You have a Word document that uses outline numbering for each chapter/section heading (e.g. 1.1, 1.2, 2.4.3 etc.). You have table and figure captions in this document that are numbered in two long sequences — one for tables, one for figures (e.g. Table 1 through 53; Figure 1 through 26). You want to convert the caption number sequences from a single number sequence to a separate sequence in each chapter/section (e.g. Table 3.2 for the second table in chapter 3). You want to do this because your document is long and readers can’t easily find the tables/figures they want…
  • Oops!

    Rhonda
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I think they meant ‘FreeSpirit’ like the rest of the copy… (and yes, ‘fat quarters’ are legitimate things that quilters know well). Business Marketing 101: Employ a proofreader/editor! Filed under: Editing
  • Functional design

    Rhonda
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Some things are just too sensible for words, and you wonder why no-one thought of them before. Here are some I came across during my recent trip to the US. A wall hair dryer in a hotel bathroom with an LED nightlight incorporated into the holder — perfect for 3 am trips to the toilet in the dark! The LED light stayed on all the time the hair dryer was plugged in. I’ve seen this before, but its usefulness was really brought home this trip as I travelled with my tablet, which needs charging fairly regularly. Having a power outlet sensibly located on the base of the bedside light…
 
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  • A Final Post: Unlocking Your Career Combination

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Combination locks come in all shapes and sizes, from padlocks to electronic security alarm keypads. But the one thing they have in common is that you must select or enter a series of numbers or letters to unlock them. It is this specific combination of alpha-numeric characters which makes each lock unique.Technical communication can also be viewed as a unique combination; specifically, a combination of:business writerinterviewer editor business analystinformation architecttechnical illustrator product testerinstructor andindexer just to name a few. As with a lock, it is this specific…
  • The Doc Particle

    20 Sep 2012 | 2:51 am
    Never has something so small attracted so much attention. In July of this year, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, claimed to have discovered the oddly named Higgs-boson particle. (And it only cost them $10 billion to find it.)  This tiny particle is also known as the God Particle because it could explain why things exist.  Discovery of the Higgs-boson particle helps prove the existence of something even more bizarre: the Higgs field. This is an invisible force field which covers the entire universe, allowing subatomic particles to…
  • Brand me a surrogate

    7 Aug 2012 | 2:40 pm
    Surrogate advertising is a fascinating form of marketing. It conveys a specific brand or product but appears to be for an entirely different brand or product. In other words, it's a form of "guerrilla" or "Trojan horse" communication, because it very carefully hides the intended message within a larger message designed to distract the viewer.Corporations often engage in surrogate advertising because it's illegal for them to advertise their product directly.One example of surrogate advertising is Russian Standard, makers of a popular vodka in that country. They branched out into a completely…
  • Trinity, One Two Three

    13 Jul 2012 | 6:51 am
    People are innately drawn to things in threes; to objects in triplicate. There's the classic Christian trinity, where God is divided up neatly into three parts: the father, the son, and the holy spirit. But there are many other trinities:mind, body and soulthinking, feeling and actingwork/life/play balancethe division of pregnancy into three trimestersanimal, vegetable and mineralChristians, Muslims and Jews protons, neutrons and electronsthe First, Second and Third Worldssex, politics and religion family, friends and co-workers In addition, Starbucks Coffee developed the idea of "the third…
  • Tech Writer Confidential

    27 Apr 2012 | 1:35 pm
    What do a doctor, lawyer, and priest have in common? A very special arrangement with their users which ensures total confidentially. It goes by different names, depending on the profession.For doctors, it's doctor-patient confidentiality; for lawyers, attorney-client privilege; for priests, priest-penitent privilege or clergy privilege.Whatever its name, the principle is the same: that all communication between the professional and the client is strictly confidential. It's an important principle because it helps ensure full, open, and honest communication. A similar principle applies to our…
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  • Destination San Diego

    Ellis Pratt
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    Ellis will be in San Diego next week, speaking at Madcap Software’s MadWorld 2014 conference. If you’re going to the conference, be sure to say hello. Madcap makes a big thing about the... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Issues for developers moving from on-premises software to Software as a Service.

    Ellis Pratt
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    On Monday, I spoke at the Visma Developer Days conference in Riga, Latvia, about some issues software companies have to address when migrating from developing on-premises software to Software as a... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Lars-Po Faydöl: The man you see in every Ikea installation guide

    Ellis Pratt
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Lars-Po Faydöl is a person you’ve probably seen hundreds of time, yet it’s unlikely any of you know who he is. Lars-Po works for Ikea, and the reason why you’re likely to have seen... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Topic-based authoring: The undiscovered country

    Ellis Pratt
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    Many software companies, when they start out, provide user documentation as downloadable PDFs or as web pages. As they develop more products and versions, and as they expand into countries that use... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Design-led technical documentation

    Ellis Pratt
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:16 am
    Peter J. Bogaards posted a link on Twitter yesterday to an article and a press release on how IBM is adopting a design-led approach to software design. “IBM Design Thinking is a broad, ambitious new... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
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  • Productivity techniques for writers (of all stripes)

    DMN Communications
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    In February, Scott gave a talk about productivity techniques for bloggers to a Meetup group to which he belongs in Auckland. While the talk was aimed at bloggers, writers of all stripes can use these techniques to become more productive. After a period of (more than) a bit of procrastination, Scott’s finally posted the slides and notes to his talk to Slideshare. Here are the slides for the talk: Reaching Done – Slides from Scott Nesbitt And here are the notes: Reaching Done – Presentation Notes from Scott Nesbitt Thoughts? As always, your comments are welcome.
  • Open Help Conference 2014 announced

    Scott Nesbitt
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    Once again, Shaun McCance is running the Open Help Conference, an event that: brings together leaders in open source documentation and support, as well as people from across the technical communications industry who are interested in community-based help. This year’s edition of the conference takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 14 and 15. On top of that, the conference is hosting documentation sprints for open source projects from June 16 to June 18. If you’re interested in running a sprint at the conference, contact Shaun. If you’re interested or involved in writing…
  • Taking a look at APE (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur)

    Scott Nesbitt
    13 Feb 2014 | 6:10 am
    (Note: This post was originally published, in a slightly different form, here.) I don’t have to tell you how much publishing has changed since the advent of the personal computer. In the last decade, that change has been massive. Now, it’s easier than ever to bypass traditional publishers and put your own books on the market. It takes more than a good idea and a well-written book to translate into sales, though. You need to become an Author, Publisher, and Entrepreneur. And that’s the thrust of APE by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch. If you’re a technical communicator (or…
  • A review of Frictionless Freelancing

    Scott Nesbitt
    9 Jan 2014 | 6:04 am
    Friction. We run into it in all aspects of our lives. Sometimes we cause it ourselves. But more often than not, that friction happens. It slows us down and causes problems. If you’re a freelance technical writer (or a freelancer or any stripe), chances are you’ll know all about friction. In all sizes — from the uncomfortable chair that you use in your home office to a slow internet connection to clients who decide not to pay you on time (or at all). Battling that friction is difficult. But it can be done. That’s the thrust of Frictionless Freelancing by Aaron Mahnke.
  • Moving our content to a Creative Commons license

    DMN Communications
    8 Jan 2014 | 6:57 am
    As the title of this post says … Most of the posts in this space are now licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. That’s definitely a mouthful! But what does it mean? You can use the post that are under that license in any way you see fit — in their current form, as part of a remix or mashup, or as the basis of something else. Let’s say that you do want to use one of our posts. Remember 1) to give us credit, and 2) refrain from using the content for commercial purposes. We’re a bit more flexible on the…
 
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  • Sony is blowing it, again

    Keith
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    It looks like once again Sony is blowing a chance to grab a piece of a market or even develop a new one. They’ve introduced a big ereader with a 13″ screen, but are selling it for $1100, instead of the $300 or so that it’s probably worth. Who in their right minds is going to pay $1100 for a black-and-white ereader that Sony has limited to reading PDFs, when they could buy an iPad or Android tablet for half the price, or less? Sony claims they’re aiming it at “professionals”, but in the business world I live in, you have to get technology purchases past the…
  • Correy’s The Expanse to be TV series

    Keith
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    SyFy is going to do a 10-episode series based on James. S. A. Correy’s space opera series, The Expanse, which started with Leviathan Wakes. It’s a dark gritty series that represents modern hard SF at its best and could be great for TV if done right (say like the first or second season of Battlestar Galactica before it jumped the shark). The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has picked up 10 episodes of The Expanse, based on James S.A. Corey’s book series that includes the well-known Leviathan Wakes. The drama is described as a thriller set 200 years in the future and follows…
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 reviewed

    Keith
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Samsung’s latest iteration of its Galaxy smartphone hit the stores in Canada this week. MobileSyrup, an excellent Canadian site, has a detailed review of the S5. Samsung’s fifth-generation Galaxy S flagship takes a checklist approach to improving upon its predecessors. A less slippery back cover, water resistance, a more elegant software experience, a vastly improved camera and impressive leaps in performance contrast with hardware additions of dubious merit. The fingerprint sensor is useful but often frustrating, while the heart rate sensor feels superfluous, an example of…
  • Years of Living Dangerously

    Keith
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s clear that climate change is going to be one of the defining events of this century, if not the defining event. The latest UN report on climate change makes it clear that we are running out of time to avoid catastrophic changes to our environment. We know what has to be done, but the political and social will seems to be lacking, as Years of Living Dangerously, a stunning new documentary by James Cameron shows.  It’s an eight-part series on Showtime, but you can watch the entire first episode on YouTube. Here’s what Wunderblogger Dr. Jeff Masters had to say about it.
  • Dealing with the Heartbleed bug

    Keith
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    The Heartbleed bug that affects secure SSL conections to web sites made the news big time today when the Canada Revenue Agency took down the public portions of its web site, leaving millions of Canadians unable to file their income taxes online. I’m one of them – I was going to do it tonight. They hope to have the sute back up by the weekend. But a lot of other sites were affected, as the list linked in this article shows. Read the article to find what you should do to mitigate the damage should it turn out that your data was stolen. First, check which sites you use are affected.
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  • Israel and the US moving ahead on banking information exchange agreement

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:52 am
    (Reposted with permission from Rachel Berger, Director of Employment at Nefesh B\\\'Nefesh) Israeli business newspaper, Globes, has recently reported that the Ministry of Finance is in late-stage talks with the US Department of the Treasury on a reciprocal agreement to transfer information concerning foreign resident bank accounts. Under U.S. tax law, U.S. persons (including American citizens living abroad) are required to report and pay taxes on income from all sources. Israel decided to seek an agreement with the US, under which the Israeli banks would have no contact with the IRS, but…
  • Salary Information

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:07 am
    Jacob Richman posted his annual Computer Jobs in Israel Survey for 2014 to http://www.cji.co.il/docs.htmRead more...
  • Translatable But Debatable - There Is No Zero

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Shlomo Hillel (of all people), serving as Speaker of the Knesset in 1988, refers to the phrase as if it’s familiar.  In the Knesset transcript, he says “I have the honor to call on MK Haim Ramon to present before us the proposal for insurance against vaccination mishaps.  As I said, today every number’s a winner. Ein efes (There is no zero).” Read more...
  • Translatable but Debatable - Higzamta

    17 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In the news, you often see “exaggerate” used inappropriately to translate \"l\'hagzim.\"  For example, an Israeli colonel was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying, “We did not exaggerate in our use of firepower.”  Presumably he didn’t mean exaggeration in the sense of trying to inflate a story, he meant simply “We did not use too much firepower.” Read more...
  • Translatable But Debatable - Song Foreignization

    17 Jan 2014 | 3:16 pm
    There are two Hebrew translations of “Les Trois Cloches” — one by Ehud Manor and one by Avi Koren.  Unlike the English translation, both Hebrew translations leave Jean-François Nicot a Frenchman.  They don’t localize him, they foreignize him.  Read more...
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  • IDL-SIG Webinar: Making Instructional Video

    Cynthia Lockley
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Making Instructional Video: What We Learn from Pro-Am Content on the Web When: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3021021804461343234 Increasingly, users of all manner of technology (software, most notably) are turning to their peers on the Web for guidance. There, users find a mix of homegrown instructional content that ranges in quality from frightfully bad to quite good, with plenty in between. Where users are not turning for help is to printed documentation, instead preferring to roll the dice with peer-generated content.
  • Multiple system atrophy (MSA)

    Cynthia Lockley
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare neurological disorder that impairs your body's involuntary (autonomic) functions, including blood pressure, heart rate, bladder function and digestion. Formerly called Shy-Drager syndrome, the condition shares many Parkinson's disease-like symptoms, such as slowness of movement, muscle rigidity and poor balance. Multiple system atrophy is a degenerative disease that develops in adulthood, usually in the 50s or 60s, and affects more men than women. The condition progresses gradually and eventually leads to death. Treatment for MSA includes…
  • PANDAS

    Cynthia Lockley
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:05 pm
    PANDAS, is an abbreviation for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. The term is used to describe a subset of children who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, and in whom symptoms worsen following strep infections such as “Strep throat” and Scarlet Fever. U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) ClinicalTrials.gov Ongoing Studies of Intravenous Immunoglobulin for PANDAS, ClinicalTrials.gov A service of the U.S. National Institutes of…
  • Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change webinar

    Cynthia Lockley
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:54 am
    Announcing the IDL-SIG’s March Webinar “Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change” on Mar 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Speaker: Julie Dirksen Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3372555462276337153 Frequently, learning design is about showing people how to do the right things, but actually getting them to change behavior can be another challenge. It’s particularly challenging to get people to change those intractable habits and behaviors that we all struggle to avoid, despite the wealth of available information about better choices. In this session, you…
 
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    EServer TC Library: Recent Additions

  • Value of Recording Conversations with SMEs

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    As technical writers, we are often tasked with writing about a subject or product we know almost nothing about. Sometimes we must create quality documentation on this unfamiliar material within an aggressive time frame. This can be a daunting task, so it’s essential that we get the most from our conversations with the project subject matter experts (SMEs). Davidson, Ben
  • A Web for Everyone

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    In their new book, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences, Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery make a case for accessibility that begins and ends with people. "We believe that great design starts by thinking about how to make products work for everyone." Horton, Sarah and Whitney Quesenbery
  • Making the Most of Your Conversion to XML, Part 2

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    You’ve made the transition to an XML workflow for publishing your technical content, converted all of your legacy content, and started authoring in the new system, as discussed in part 1 of this post. Although you now have a much better outlook on sustainability, you’re still facing a problem: your content creators are having trouble with the idea of separating content from formatting. Kinsey, Gretyl
  • Making the Most of Your Conversion to XML, Part 1

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Your publishing workflow has been the same for years, but new technology, different customer requirements, and company growth are making you realize you might need a change. Your print-based processes won’t always be sustainable, and XML is looking like a possibility for the future. There’s just one problem: you have thousands of pages of legacy content that you’ll need to convert, and it’s not exactly XML-friendly. Kinsey, Gretyl
  • Samalander DITA XREF Manager Fills A DITA Tools Void

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Although DITA is a fantastic infrastructure for content in a digital age, DITA tools are…well, where the heck are they? Putting your content in XML ought to allow you to do really cool things with your content because it’s no longer tied to format. In essence, having your content in XML makes it available to be handled programmatically in a way that’s just not possible in unstructured content (FrameMaker or Word). Samuels, Jacquie
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    Intext Writing

  • Now You Too Can Write Like Hemingway!

    Bill Kerschbaum
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    The great American author Ernest Hemingway was known for his minimalist writing style. It was both simple and elegant, light and clear. It also happens that good content writing and technical writing are simple and clear. If only there were an app that could help you write more like Ernest Hemingway. Well, now there is. Hemingway is a new web app that monitors key components of sentence structure and highlights problems in your text. For example, adverbs are highlighted blue (Hemingway hated adverbs); passive phrases (also a no-no) are marked green; convoluted phrases are shown in red. The…
  • What Are You Forgetting to Tell Your Customers?

    Bill Kerschbaum
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    What’s wrong with these instructions? (Click the image to see full size.) There’s something missing—a key piece of information. How long am I supposed to microwave this pastry? Every time I take one of these to work, I have to guess how long to microwave it. After some trial and error, I’ve gotten pretty good at it, but what a shame that it took trial and error! I have no doubt that the full instructions are on the box, but the box is in my freezer at home. The lesson: When you’re writing instructions for your user, make sure you know how the product is going to be used, in the…
  • Why Are You Boring Your Customers?

    Bill Kerschbaum
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:05 am
    You want your customers to be glad they used your user guide, right? So why is it so darned BORING? No one is glad to be bored. And boring instructions make your product feel boring too! Instead, take a cue from Air New Zealand. As Jay Heyman writes, Air New Zealand and a few other airlines are catching on to the fact that customers pay more attention to your instructions if they’re more interested in them. And, they’ll enjoy using your product more, too. So these airlines made their safety instructions a bit more creative and fun lately. Engaged customers who love using your…
  • User Manual Fail: This Beard Trimmer Doesn’t Make the Cut

    Bill Kerschbaum
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:29 am
    My wife recently bought me a new beard trimmer. I was really impressed with the packaging, but the product instructions left a lot to be desired. They were ugly, cheap-looking, and hard to read. I felt like I was only important to them when they were asking for my money, but once they had it they didn’t care much about my experience with their product. The thing is, your product instructions are your product—at least, that’s how your customer sees it. If you want your customers to get the most satisfaction and enjoyment out of using your product, you’d better also invest into creating…
  • Why Disney Believes Your Product Instructions Should Be Perfect

    Bill Kerschbaum
    13 Feb 2014 | 5:18 am
    Photo credit: Joe Penniston (Flickr) Here’s a great article about Disney’s dedication to “overmanaging”—the commitment to ensuring that every detail of a guest’s experience is perfect. Not just acceptable, not enjoyable. Perfect. “People can feel perfection,” Walt Disney once said. Every touchpoint with Disney’s guests is planned for excellence, whether it’s the way a phone call is answered or the temperature of your hotel room or the presentation of a meal on a plate. Why does every touchpoint matter? Because that’s where the customer experiences…
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  • First day at MadWorld2014

    Kai
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    The applicable advice about MadCap products from speakers and staff, the profound discussions about tech comm in general, and attendees’ enthusiasm to share and learn from another make MadWorld 2014 a perfect combination of a tool-centric user workshop and a “regular” tech comm conference. The hip Hard Rock Hotel adds a flair of giddy excitement – after all, some of us 200 tech writers are a little too nerdy to feel comfortable when they’re treated like rock stars… The welcome event started with a tongue-in-cheek video: MadCap’s signature cartoon…
  • Rate and improve tech comm with the Net Promoter Score

    Kai
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    You can use the Net Promoter Score to rate and improve technical communication – but it works best on the scale of corporate content for which the score was designed. Here’s why and how. The Net Promoter Score (NPS) The Net Promoter Score measures customer loyalty and satisfaction with a company or offering.  It boils down difficult issues with perceived quality to a simple question: How likely are you to recommend our company/product/service to your friends and colleagues? Usually, the answers are ranked on a scale from 1 (highly unlikely) to 10 (very likely). You distinguish…
  • Tech comm conferences too far, too costly?

    Kai
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    European tech writers who don’t have the time or the money to attend a tech comm conference can still get a lot of knowledge and networking by attending the tekom Europe Roadshow – right in their backyard, comparatively speaking! The tekom Europe Roadshow puts on one-day events which are easier to get to from many places around Europe and waaay cheaper than full conferences. They bring together professionals from the region for presentations, discussions and networking. Find the roadshow event nearest to you: Paris, France: Monday, September 8 Ghent, Belgium: Wednesday, September…
  • Why a content spec saves you time and money

    Kai
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    A content specification will save you troubles, time, and money, especially when you’re not the lone writer on a documentation project. It will ensure that you offer your users consistent and holistic documentation across a team of writers. A content specification is a list of all topics to be created which ideally maps planned topics to requirements and/or designs to ensure comprehensive and complete documentation. It usually comes in a table with one row per topic, listing: Topic heading and/or file name Topic type (concept, task, reference, or whatever else you may use) Topic owner…
  • What’s new in MadCap Flare 10, the nitty gritty

    Kai
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Flare 10, the annual major release of MadCap’s flagship Help Authoring Tool, includes several major enhancements that make Flare easier and faster to newcomers and editors of marketing content. And many smaller enhancements target the hardcore techcomm heavy users. The well-balanced improvements testify that MadCap listens to many of its users. Today, I’ll focus on the enhancements that I enjoy most – many of them are smaller improvements for heavy-duty tech comm users with large projects and many topics. (An earlier post covered the more obvious strategic enhancements.) Improved build…
 
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  • Reason to have a blog

    Andrea Altenburg
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:50 am
    In the blogging universe, anyone has the ability write about whatever they feel is on their mind. This could be anything from what you had for lunch to a Live Journal your trip to all the national monuments. There are a few good reasons to have a blog: 1.) Writing in a journal is always a terrific way to get feelings out. It helps free the mind to experience life while also giving the personal chance to evaluate a situation from another angle. 2.) Blogs are a good way to promote a cause you are passionate about and would like to take a stand to change. Posting regularly gives you the…
  • I’m just here for the cookie

    Andrea Altenburg
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    My wonderful husband surprised me with Chinese food the other night for dinner. It is one of my favorites but not one of his, so it was a nice change. My fortune says “If you do not run your subconscious mind yourself, someone else will.” This verbiage rang true to my soul – in that I wrestle on a regular basis, as many work at home moms do – with taming my mind. I have had a big change the last few years with working from home with a newborn to working back in corporate America only to now be back home working with a toddler. Each lifestyle presents many challenges…
  • Finding Opportunity In Odd Places

    Andrea Altenburg
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The full time corporate job may have ended, but that does not mean the career has finished. Setbacks are all part of the bigger picture. It is also an opportunity to go back to the “original draft” and review the original goal. I have been using this time to get back to basics and have found wonderful opportunities where I have not expected. There has been wonderful opportunities to fill in for a couple of different blog websites, review books and software, and other various article editing projects. Along with that, I have been privileged to take on a part time gig for a home…
  • Review of Madcap Version 10

    Andrea Altenburg
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    Please be sure to check out my review of Madcap Flare Version 10 here.
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    I Came, I Saw, I Learned...

  • eLearning: Is Right-Clicking Right?

    Kevin Siegel
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    by Kevin Siegel    Most computer programs offer multiple ways to accomplish any one task. For instance, in Microsoft Word you can make a selected word bold using a menu, a toolbar button, pressing a keyboard shortcut, or by right-clicking the text. If you're responsible for creating a software simulation that teaches a learner how to make Word text bold, which of the commands are you going to simulate? While you could simulate multiple options, I'd encourage you to focus on just one (adding multiple options is going to take you too long to produce). Personally, I'd simulate…
  • eLearning & Presentations: More Free Images. A MILLION more!

    Kevin Siegel
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    by AJ Walther   Want more free images for your eLearning or PowerPoint presentations? How about over a MILLION more? In December of last year, the British Library released into the public domain a huge collection of scanned images from more than 65,000 books spanning the 16th to 19th centuries. Yes, that's right, I said public domain. That means these images are free to use, share, and modify in any way that you see fit. The library asks only that you help to populate the metadata for the images to help make them more easily searchable--and to help spread the knowledge. The project is…
  • User Assistance: Electronic Ink

    Kevin Siegel
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    by Tony Self   Electronic ink technology (eInk) is one of the most overlooked inventions in publishing. eInk has been around for a decade, and by rights should now be far more prevalent than it is today. But things may be about to change as innovators are starting to use eInk to make amazing new products, including some that may cause big changes in technical publications. eInk is the technology used in most dedicated eBook readers, such as Kindle and Nook. While some consider eInk to be a "screen" technology, it is closer to a "paper" technology. In Australia, as in…
  • Adobe Captivate: Bookmarking Without an LMS

    Kevin Siegel
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    by Kevin Siegel    Bookmarking a lesson provides the learner an opportunity to continue viewing a lesson from the exact spot where they left off. If you've uploaded your eLearning lesson into a Learning Management System, bookmarking is enabled by default in every lesson that you publish.  If you're not working with an LMS and you still want to enable bookmarking, you're out of luck, right? Not exactly. With a few simple clicks, you can enable bookmarking within any Captivate project. Once enabled, learners will see the following message should they close their web browser…
  • Adobe eLearning Community Formed Supporting Maryland, DC, and Virginia

    Kevin Siegel
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    IconLogic's Kevin Siegel has been named the manager of Adobe's eLearning Community supporting eLearning developers living in or around DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Kevin and the IconLogic team will be hosting regular meetings featuring tips and tricks on creating effective eLearning using such tools as Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter. Join the group on LinkedIn to keep up to date on meetings and share your experiences with other developers. More information.
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  • How to replace default VCSA 5.5 certificates with Microsoft CA signed certificates

    andreacasini
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    DISCLAIMER: This is a very lenghty procedure and I’ve changed some steps from the original KB trying to make it shorter; if I made some mistakes please let me know. I don’t do this all the time but today I had to replace SSL certificates on a vCenter Virtual Appliance and since I know this will […]
  • vSphere 5.5 Update 1 is out with vSAN support!

    andreacasini
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    What’s new vCenter server 5.5 Update1 vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 vCloud® Hybrid Service™ vSphere® Client Plug-in, is now available in vSphere Web Client.   vSphere ESXi 5.5 Update1 VMware Virtual SAN – Virtual SAN 5.5 is a new hypervisor-converged storage tier that extends the vSphere Hypervisor to pool server-side magnetic disks […]
  • Horizon View 5.3.1 is out and supports vSAN!

    andreacasini
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:02 am
    Today, VMware announced the General Availability (GA) of VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 and I’d like to take a moment to also introduce Horizon View 5.3.1. With this release, we are continuing the tradition of rapidly introducing innovations to market. And, now, the details: Horizon View 5.3.1 supports VMware Virtual SAN 5.5. VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 […]
  • How to distribute Mirage Client with logon script

    andreacasini
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    One of the things that Horizon Mirage doesn’t give you out of the box is the ability to deliver the Mirage client to clients in a centralized manned, which is kinda awkward for a solution that tries to centralize everything. I solved this problem with a logon script i use for client deployments; you can […]
  • New job, new challenges, new opportunity to learn

    andreacasini
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:52 am
    If you have been following my blog so far you might have noticed that I’ve kept a long radio silence recently. The reason for this is that I am leaving the company I am working for to join a Citrix Partner, Sinthera. I will be part of the Citrix Group there and still be involved […]
 
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  • Scan the Internet traffic for Illegal Activities

    TechnologyDepot
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Scan the Traffic Today everything is viral on the internet. Including the entertainment, the privacy concern is also being viral and intrusion. Sometimes, when we track something, the owner of the data becomes unsecure and this increases the illegal activities. According to the researchers, “They have found a way with which they would be able to scan the traffic on the internet to track the illegal photographs.” With this statement, It is assure that we can then track the child pornography. Being this activity of tracking or scanning traffic, it is another point of intrusion but no-As the…
  • Want to Improve Business productivity? Use the Cloud Computing!!

    TechnologyDepot
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:55 am
    cloud-computing Establishment of the business is not so easy in the very arguably competitive market where it is being challenge to fulfill the customer expectations. The competitive business market where you have to increase the work productivity to attract clients and maintain their loyalty has become challenge. With the invention of more powerful technology is it being easy for the Small and Medium-size Business to establish them in this very tough market. One major developed technology that has increased the business productivity is Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing has empowered people to…
  • 4 Commonly Overlooked Things About Unlimited Broadband That You Need to Know

    TechnologyDepot
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:46 am
    With internet being a necessity these days, unlimited broadband is sought by everyone. This is probably because of the word “unlimited” in it, which causes a lot of problems for ISPs. Uninformed users often flood ISPs with complaints about how unlimited is not really unlimited. And the fact that ISPs don’t really explain it really well for the sake of sales isn’t helping either. It always helps to talk to ISPs and ask what their internet packages include. Also, here are four important things you need to know about unlimited broadband. 1. There May Be Capping ISPs…
  • Get Introduce to Gi-Fi!! A Technology with Standard Features

    TechnologyDepot
    30 Jan 2014 | 5:17 am
    Gi-Fi In recent years, the technology has changed a-lot from wired connection to wireless connection. Weather it is wired connection of optical fibers or wireless connection of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the need for better bandwidth and data rates never ends. As still we used Wi-Fi for better data exchange rates and ranges having good network coverage but the needs always look-up for better. This need lets to the new technology that is more up-to-date and has standard data exchange rates named as Gi-Fi. Gi-Fi or Gigabit Wireless is integrated on a single chip operating at 60GHz. About its transfer…
  • Don’t Compromise with Company’s Provided Devices!! Use BYOD

    TechnologyDepot
    20 Jan 2014 | 3:31 am
    BYOD With increasing security concern, the BYOD i.e. Bring Your Own Device is being used popularly among organizations. Within this BYOD, the employees are permitted to bring their own devices to workplace and use the company privileged information and applications. This concern of using personal devices like laptop, desktop, tablets or mobile devices at workplace also increase and implement BYOD security policies . With better innovation and work life balance, the data management and security with devices has become a great challenge for IT. The popularity of BYOD also allows users to find…
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    ProgrammingFree

  • Spring MVC 4.0: Consuming RESTFul Web Services using RestTemplate

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    This article is a continuation of my previous article on Spring MVC 4.0 RESTFul web services. So far I have written two articles on how to create restful web service using Spring MVC 4.0. Last tutorial explained how to create a RESTFul web service in spring that would return user information from mysql table in JSON format. Let us now implement a Spring MVC application that issues web service requests and fetches the response returned by the web service.Articles on Spring MVC RESTFul Web ServicesSpring MVC 4.0 RESTFul Web Services Simple ExampleSpring MVC 4.0 RESTFul Web Service JSON Response…
  • Spring MVC 4.0 RESTFul Web Service JSON Response with @ResponseBody

    13 Mar 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Article Recognitions*A mention about this article in official spring blog here.Big Link in DzoneThis tutorial is a continuation of my previous tutorial titled Spring MVC 4.0 RESTFul Web Service Simple Example. I explained the basics of how Spring MVC can be used to build RESTFul Web Services with a simple example that returns greeting message in the form of plain text. Let us extend that example to see how to use Spring MVC REST functionality to return json response from server. Articles on Spring MVC RESTFul Web ServicesSpring MVC 4.0 RESTFul Web Services Simple ExampleSpring MVC 4.0 RESTFul…
  • jTable Pagination in Java Web Applications

    7 Feb 2014 | 2:36 pm
    This article is a continuation of my previous articles on how to use jQuery jTable plugin in Java Web applications. jQuery jTable plugin offers an easy way to achieve AJAX based crud (create, read, update and delete) functionality and present the data in a table. This article explains how to use the pagination component to do server side paging for jTable in Java web application.Articles on jTable in Java Web ApplicationsjQuery jTable plugin in Java Web Applications - An IntroductionSetup and Load Data in jTable using Servlets and JSPAJAX based CRUD Operations in Java Web Applications using…
  • Spring MVC 4.0 RESTFul Web Services Simple Example

    29 Jan 2014 | 12:45 am
    REST(Representational State Transfer) is an architectural style with which Web Services can be designed that serves resources based on the request from client. A Web Service is a unit of managed code, that can be invoked using HTTP requests. Let me put it simple for those who are new to Web Service.You develop the core functionality of your application, deploy it in a server and expose to the network. Once it is exposed, it can be accessed using URI's through HTTP requests from a variety of client applications. Instead of repeating the same functionality in multiple client (web, desktop and…
  • List/Grid View Switcher with fade-in/out transitions using jQuery

    29 Dec 2013 | 12:54 pm
    In almost every e-commerce website that you are designing, the feature to switch between list and grid view is very essential to facilitate better display of the huge product catalog. This is very simple to achieve using jQuery, as you can visualize the very minimal version in the jsfiddle showcased here.To make this more complete, I experimented showcasing product catalog with fade-in and fade-out transitions while switching between grid and list views. In this post, let us see how to create fading list/grid view switcher with components to display product catalog using jQuery and…
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    Webfries

  • Review your Website to get better Search Engine Results

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    A high quality website does not just mean launching a website and forgetting about it. Websites take maintaining and updating to keep them working to your advantage. To know how well your website is performing for your company, it is compulsory to perform a website review. Using this information and feedback can help you determine what needs to be done in order to increase search engineresults and overall website visibility. A site review is a complete report that analyzes and reports on every phase of your website. These are a few of the key areas on which a web review focuses.
  • Is Brand Building exercise overvalued??

    21 Jan 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Many companies still have a question in mind whether to invest in brand building as a focused area or to keep it as a side activity. To understand the importance of branding activities we need to first introspect the activities involved in brand building and its impact on one’s business.  Why is brand building required? We all know that target audiences have to be targeted with the right message so that they form a certain positive image of the company and this activity has to be recurring in nature. A well planned media mix can enable sending the message you want to send across…
  • Webfries Cab Booking Mobile app

    25 Dec 2013 | 2:36 am
  • PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS USING “VIDEO” AS MEDIUM!!!

    18 Dec 2013 | 5:14 am
    PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS USING “VIDEO” AS MEDIUM!!!
  • TOP 5 Link building Techniques

    3 Dec 2013 | 10:07 am
    Google keeps on changing the algorithm and its impossible for any one except Google to be sure that the measures suggested by them are the most accurate ones for getting traffic to your website. In off page activities, link building still holds relevance. In my write up today I’m sharing some best proven techniques which can be used to for Link building.1. Create a blogThis is still among the best used method, If green content is used it carries lot of weight-age. Creating a blog is the best way to attract the traffic. For this first you can choose a platform where you want to post…
 
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    Pointer Brain

  • How to display Youtube Thumbnail and Video in WordPress

    Chandra Bhushan
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Are you planing to design a video blogging theme. I have a trick to embed Youtube video with   thumbnail automatic. When you embed Youtube video, problem is that you have to set thumb nail by uploading a image of video. For this you save video’s thumbnail form Youtube then upload via media uploader. This […] The post How to display Youtube Thumbnail and Video in WordPress appeared first on Pointer Brain. Related posts: Display Category Post in WordPress How to set an Expiration Date for Your Posts or Pages in WordPress Basic function for wordpress theme development
  • How to set an Expiration Date for Your Posts or Pages in WordPress

    Chandra Bhushan
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    This trick comes becomes very useful when you are running a contest because you might be posting information such as clues or hints that you don’t want to stay up for ever. Instead of manually removing the article, you can just make it expire automatically. It also works if you have a product that you […] The post How to set an Expiration Date for Your Posts or Pages in WordPress appeared first on Pointer Brain. Related posts: How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages How to use Custom Fields in WordPress Basic function for wordpress theme development
  • How to display all Author in WordPress with page navigation

    Chandra Bhushan
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    If you have very extreme author in your wordpress blog than this solution will solve your problem. I saw a problem that everybody want to display author list with page navigation. WordPress has a function get_users(). This function helps you to fetch all user by role. If you pass editor than it will return all […] The post How to display all Author in WordPress with page navigation appeared first on Pointer Brain. Related posts: How to display author dropdown in wordpress. How to highlight author comments in WordPress Custom Database Error Page in WordPress and Email Notification
  • Custom Database Error Page in WordPress and Email Notification

    Chandra Bhushan
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    Error Establishing a Database Connection error occurs whether database is crashed or php memory limit by your hosting server.  Or this can happen for various reasons, but often users don’t know that their site is down. WordPress displays very ugly page.  In this article I show you  how to customize your database error page in WordPress. […] The post Custom Database Error Page in WordPress and Email Notification appeared first on Pointer Brain. Related posts: How to Fix the Internal Server Error in WordPress Disable Post Revisions in WordPress and Reduce Database Size How to use…
  • How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages

    Chandra Bhushan
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:25 pm
    If you publish long posts on your wordpress site, it can be tedious for your readers to scroll and scroll through heavy chunks of text. An easy way to break up your words is by splitting your posts into multiple pages. Splitting pages is also an easy way to make it easier for readers to […] The post How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages appeared first on Pointer Brain. Related posts: How to use Custom Fields in WordPress Best WordPress SEO Plugin Basic function for wordpress theme development
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    Nextechage

  • Top 7 List of social networks for business.

    Nextechage
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    There is a lot of Social Media website out there. They, all are different and would help different business depend on the industry in order to market their products. Depending on the business, some might work better for you than others. In general all businesses are using these top social networks as much as they can. Those days are gone, when people use to turn to yellow pages to find services, products and offers. They now simply log in to their social network accounts, where they can see advertisement or recommendation about different business. As a business owner you need to make sure…
  • Amazon acquires Digital comic app comiXology.

    Nextechage
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    Amazon  has recently acquired cloud based digital comic platform known as Comixology, which  is a digital comic book service and has a huge base of user and hundreds of app for all types of platform.Who are Comixology?It was founded in year 2007, with a mission to spread the love of comics and graphic novel in all forms by David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. It offers a broad library of digital contents from over 75 of the top publisher and top independent creators. It uses a reading technology known as ComiXology Guided View™ which has transform the comic book medium…
  • How to use Facebook for business marketing online?

    Nextechage
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    Online advertising can help your business reach over one billion people or more. But, how will you target your audience? depending on the demographic. Is it possible for you to talk to your customer’s directly and inform them with the new product or feature being provided by your business, through online advertisement? My answer is NO as you do not have any system in placed socially to determine the above, unless you are using facebook for business to show your Advertisement. Facebook has got over a billion users and through their technology it is possible for a business owner to reach and…
  • how can Google maps help your business?

    Nextechage
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Are you a small business owner?, and rely on advertising a lot to generate revenue, you might have also experienced, different directory services and even might have spent countless hours online searching for different ways to advertise your business or products, for your small business with a small budget. Then you need to think about Google maps as through Google maps, you can easily let people know about your services. The service provided by Google map is absolutely free.I am sure that you’re familiar with the Google’s name in term of its search engine, but there is a lot more…
  • Ultimate backup lite Android Backup App

    Nextechage
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Android is one of most used operating system in world, with more than a million apps to its kitty. There are different apps in Android for different use and today we will discuss about a new Android backup app which is known as Ultimate Backup. You can also read about the new app being added to Samsung Galaxy S5 in our article Samsung includes anti-theft solutions for their Smartphone. Do you need a Backup of your device?Yes you do need to have a backup of your digital gadget as you do not know when it might get damaged. The damage can cause you to lose all your existing data like contacts,…
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