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  • The Documentation of a Lifetime

    A Tech Writer's World
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The recent passing of my father resulted in many things. A funeral, speeches that tried to summarize his life (as if it’s possible to summarize a life within a few minutes), burial, grief and mourning. It also resulted in one of the largest, most complex and challenging documentation projects I have ever encountered.My father was a brilliant man, university educated, successful, intelligent, a great speaker, and also extremely organized. He left behind various papers contained in two 2-drawer filing cabinets, 2 small lockboxes, and a couple of cardboard boxes. The paperwork included various…
  • The DITA Debate

    EServer TC Library: Recent Additions
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    I’m coming to the conclusion that there are specific types of content that suit a DITA environment, and that the converse is also true: DITA is not the best solution for every content type. (DITA is the Darwin Information Typing Architecture, an XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing information.) Maddox, Sandra
  • Bit rot in the documentation

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    Sarah Maddox
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    This week I’m attending Web Directions South 2014, a conference for people who “design, imagine, create or build digital products, web sites and applications”. It’s a privilege to be here, and to speak at this cool get-together. My session is called Bit Rot in the Docs. (The link goes to the slides on SlideShare.) The presentation looks at how documentation can degenerate over time, and some techniques for finding and fixing errors. The very mention of bit rot will strike terror into an engineer’s heart. “Unused programs or features will often stop working after…
  • Simplifying DITA authoring by using a Markdown to HTML to DITA workflow

    I'd Rather Be Writing
    Tom Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    The other day I started to organize my notes on Java, and knowing that I eventually plan to publish these notes, I wondered what format I should write the content in. My first thought was, hey, I wrote my DITA QRG in DITA, so why not store my Java notes in DITA as well? And then I had this nasty feeling of dread where something in my chest cringes and shrivels. If I was going to be drafting this content, the last thing I wanted to worry about was XML markup tags and structural complexity. Were I to draft the content in DITA, I would be running scenarios in my head like, what if I want to put…
  • Writing & Grammar: Synch or Swim?

    I Came, I Saw, I Learned...
    Kevin Siegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    by Jennie Ruby    How do you spell the shortened form of the word synchronize? Is it synch or sync? I have seen it both ways recently, so I checked out the Webster's dictionary. I found that sync is the more frequently used variant, but that both spellings are listed. So which one is better? It turns out that when Webster's lists two spellings of a word, they may have the word "or" or the word "also" between them. The word "or" tells us that the two variants are used equally and often, whereas the word "also" tells us that the second one…
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  • Web Directions 2014 wrapup

    Sarah Maddox
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    This week I attended Web Directions South 2014, a conference for people who “design, imagine, create or build digital products, web sites and applications”. I’ve blogged about most of the sessions I attended. This post is a summary of my impressions, with links to the more detailed posts. This was a technical conference for technical folk. Yet the presentations that went down best were those that mixed the human side in with the tech. Those that gave techniques for handling situations and people as well as code. Those that included humour and people in the slides. Code is for…
  • Web Directions 2014 – day 2

    Sarah Maddox
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    This week I’m attending Web Directions South 2014, a conference for people who “design, imagine, create or build digital products, web sites and applications”. I’m excited to be part of this event. I’ll blog about my take-aways from the sessions I attend, and anything else that comes to mind. The keynote this morning was Being human in a digital world, by Genevieve Bell. The link is to my post about that funny, inspiring talk. Now for my notes on the rest of the day. Elements of API excellence, by Jeremiah Lee Jeremiah Lee is lead API engineer at Fitbit. His talk was about…
  • Web Directions 2014 – Being human in a digital world

    Sarah Maddox
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    This week I’m attending Web Directions South 2014, a conference for people who “design, imagine, create or build digital products, web sites and applications”. I’m excited to be part of this event. I’ll blog about my take-aways from the sessions I attend, and anything else that comes to mind. Genevieve Bell is director of User Experience Research at Intel Corporation, and vice president of Intel Labs. She gave the keynote on day 2 of the conference: “Being human in a digital world”. Her focus was what makes us human and the intersection of tech and culture. Below are my…
  • Bit rot in the documentation

    Sarah Maddox
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    This week I’m attending Web Directions South 2014, a conference for people who “design, imagine, create or build digital products, web sites and applications”. It’s a privilege to be here, and to speak at this cool get-together. My session is called Bit Rot in the Docs. (The link goes to the slides on SlideShare.) The presentation looks at how documentation can degenerate over time, and some techniques for finding and fixing errors. The very mention of bit rot will strike terror into an engineer’s heart. “Unused programs or features will often stop working after…
  • Web Directions 2014 – day 1

    Sarah Maddox
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    This week I’m attending Web Directions South 2014, a conference for people who “design, imagine, create or build digital products, web sites and applications”. I’m excited to be part of this event. I’ll blog about my take-aways from the sessions I attend, and anything else that comes to mind. Day one started with an excellent keynote by Matt Webb. Now for some notes from other sessions I attended. Lean Engineering, by Bill Scott Bill Scott is the VP Engineering, Merchant | Retail | Online Payments at PayPal. His talk was about his journey from Netflix to PayPal, and how to make…
 
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  • Localization: Training and Development in Mexico

    Kevin Siegel
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    by Jen Weaver   Because Mexico is  our neighbor to the south, Mexican culture may be familiar to most Americans. Whether you will find this information new or just a refresher course, let's explore some common cultural facts about Mexicans and their expectations when it comes to Training and Development. Test Your Knowledge of Mexican Culture True or False. The official name of Mexico translates to "The United States of Mexico." True or False. Mexico's official religion is Catholic. Quick Tips for Training & Development in Mexico1: Mexican…
  • Writing & Grammar: Synch or Swim?

    Kevin Siegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    by Jennie Ruby    How do you spell the shortened form of the word synchronize? Is it synch or sync? I have seen it both ways recently, so I checked out the Webster's dictionary. I found that sync is the more frequently used variant, but that both spellings are listed. So which one is better? It turns out that when Webster's lists two spellings of a word, they may have the word "or" or the word "also" between them. The word "or" tells us that the two variants are used equally and often, whereas the word "also" tells…
  • eLearning: Add Some Character to Your Lessons

    Kevin Siegel
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    by Kevin Siegel    Let's face it, some of the eLearning content you are required to create is a bit... shall we say, dry? A tad boring? A teeny bit heavy on the text and short on graphics? One easy way to spruce up your eLearning content is to add characters (or guides). But where do you find quality images to use as guides? The good news is that both Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate offer some awesome, and most importantly, free Characters--out of the box. Let's take a look at the Character features in both programs. While Characters have been around for…
  • Adobe RoboHelp: In Word We Trust

    Kevin Siegel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    by Willam Van Weelden     If you have attempted to create printed documentation with RoboHelp, there is a good chance you have run into a macro error. RoboHelp uses Word for printed documentation, and this error occurs if Word's security settings don't allow macros.You can enable macros in Word, but that may not be enough. Some Help Authors receive unspecified errors when generating printed documentation even with macros enabled. To solve this, RoboHelp projects must be added to Word's trusted locations. I'll show you how to both Enable Word Macros and add…
  • Adobe Captivate 8: Custom Theme Colors

    Kevin Siegel
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    by Anita Horsley     When working in Adobe Captivate, it's possible that you will need to use colors that match your corporate brand. In that event, you'll be happy to learn that Captivate 8 allows you to easily create custom Theme colors. And once you've created your Theme colors, you can apply those colors to just about any slide object or learner interaction.The first step to creating custom Theme colors is to apply a Theme to a project. To do that, click Themes on the toolbar and select any of the available Themes (Captivate provides several…
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  • Simplifying DITA authoring by using a Markdown to HTML to DITA workflow

    Tom Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    The other day I started to organize my notes on Java, and knowing that I eventually plan to publish these notes, I wondered what format I should write the content in. My first thought was, hey, I wrote my DITA QRG in DITA, so why not store my Java notes in DITA as well? And then I had this nasty feeling of dread where something in my chest cringes and shrivels. If I was going to be drafting this content, the last thing I wanted to worry about was XML markup tags and structural complexity. Were I to draft the content in DITA, I would be running scenarios in my head like, what if I want to put…
  • Slides and recording for “Perfecting the audio narration in instructional video” at Info Dev World

    Tom Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Yesterday at Information Development World I presented “Perfecting the audio narration in instructional video.” Here are my slides and recording. Perfecting the audio narration in instructional video from Tom Johnson PowerPoint in other format: pptx | zip Length: 50 min. Download MP3 (right-click and select Save As) Also, I know I posted it earlier, but here’s the description of my presentation. Perfecting the Audio Narration with Instructional Videos No matter what tool you use to create video tutorials, getting the voice right — sounding professional, clear, and friendly…
  • Upcoming presentation at #InfoDevWorld: “Perfecting the Audio Narration in Instructional Videos”

    Tom Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    I’m giving a presentation this week at Information Development World on voiceover with video tutorials. My presentation is Thursday at 2pm. Here’s the description: Perfecting the Audio Narration with Instructional Videos No matter what tool you use to create video tutorials, getting the voice right — sounding professional, clear, and friendly — is an art. You have to know to interact with your microphone, how to read your script sounding natural and at ease (often while driving the mouse), how to post-process your audio track without ending up with choppy background shifts,…
  • DocOps: Interview with Jim Turcotte

    Tom Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Jim Turcotte The following is an interview with Jim Turcotte, a senior vice president for CA Technologies and business unit executive for the Information Services team. Jim recently posted several articles on LinkedIn Pulse about something he calls DocOps, so I asked him some follow-up questions. Can you explain DocOps in more detail? First, let me start by explaining the application economy. Customers today decide whether or not to do business with you based on your software. Your new façade is now your mobile application and online presence. A good example is the ability to take pictures…
  • API Doc presentation slides and recording

    Tom Johnson
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Yesterday I presented “Publishing strategies for API documentation” to the San Francisco STC chapter. Here are my slides and recording. Publishing strategies for API documentation from Tom Johnson PowerPoint in other format: pptx | zip Length: 60 min. Download MP3 (right-click and select Save As) Also, I know I posted it earlier, but here’s the description of my presentation. Publishing strategies for API documentation Most of the common tools for publishing help material fall short when it comes to API documentation. Much API documentation (such as for Java, C++, or .NET…
 
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  • XML product literature

    Alan Pringle
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Your industrial products become part of well-oiled machines. Unfortunately, your workflow for developing product literature may not be as well-oiled. Using desktop publishing tools (such as InDesign) to develop product literature means you spend a lot of time applying formatting, … Continue reading → The post XML product literature appeared first on Scriptorium Publishing.
  • DITA localization for output (premium)

    Simon Bate
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The first step in DITA localization is to translate the actual content of your DITA files. The second step is to address DITA localization requirements for your output. This article provides an in-depth explanation of the localization support in the … Continue reading → The post DITA localization for output (premium) appeared first on Scriptorium Publishing.
  • The case for XML marketing content

    Bill Swallow
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say “XML and content”? If large technical documents and back-end databases pop into your mind, you’re in good company. But many content-heavy groups can benefit from adopting XML. Marketing is … Continue reading → The post The case for XML marketing content appeared first on Scriptorium Publishing.
  • Webcast: Understanding the need for XML and structured content

    Sarah O'Keefe
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    In this webcast, Sarah O’Keefe provides a basic introduction to XML and explains how it could affect your content creation efforts. This presentation emphasizes the overall concept and has minimal technical content. The presentation was sponsored by oXygen XML Editor … Continue reading → The post Webcast: Understanding the need for XML and structured content appeared first on Scriptorium Publishing.
  • Content strategy and engineers

    Alan Pringle
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    When developing a content strategy, you consider marcom, techcomm, and other groups whose primary role is creating content. But don’t forget about engineering. Just ask the NASA Mohawk Guy. Bobak Ferdowsi of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory—a.k.a. NASA Mohawk Guy of … Continue reading → The post Content strategy and engineers appeared first on Scriptorium Publishing.
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  • Respect and influence - Proven strategies for technical writers

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    One of the most common complaints raised by tech writers is that we just don't receive the respect we deserve. Like primary school teachers, janitors, truck drivers, and other professions that make the world go around, we often find ourselves defending the value of our work. We even tell tales of baking brownies as a form of bribery to put subject matter experts in a cooperative mood. Too often, our documentation is perceived as a necessary expense instead of an investment. But it doesn't have to be this way. There are ways to infiltrate the minds of your coworkers and make an indelible…
  • Leveraging multiple skills - Interview with Matt Lorenzi, Technical Writer / Illustrator

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Technical writers often talk about the need to wear many hats in order to complete their projects. In today’s interview, we chat with Matt Lorenzi, a Technical Writer / Illustrator with a keen sense of how to leverage multiple skill sets and turn them into a career. So grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the discussion. Now, on with the questions! Q: Many people in the field focus on either technical writing or illustration. You've chosen to do both. Why? A: I started out with a solid background in graphic design and production art. I was looking for a new avenue career-wise, as I…
  • The future of tech comm: Machines that teach you how to use them

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Our devices are getting smarter. Shouldn't our documentation do the same? One of the greatest problems manufacturers face is teaching consumers how to use their products. As I mentioned in a previous post, 95 percent of devices returned to stores actually work. That's a serious pain point and expense for manufacturers. Smart phones, tablets, and other computer-like devices are naturally moving in the direction of simple, digital instructions for setup. For example, I recently purchased a Kindle tablet for my family. The device guided me through the setup process one step at a time. It was…
  • Technophobia, and other reasons consumers won't read the manual

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Fear is a powerful motivator. But it can be downright dangerous when it deters consumers from understanding how to use technology in a safe manner. Plato said it best... "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." This is as true in technical communication as it is in philosophy; there are dangers to not understanding things that can be understood if we make an effort. However, as documented in this post from Engadget, "95 percent of returned gadgets still work and Americans don't read manuals." Lets think about this…
  • Is this the oldest instruction manual ever? (Bet you can't guess what it's for!)

    4 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The humble instruction manual has a long history. Throughout time, technical writers have been plying their trade in a variety of industries, but without the clear job description we tout today. However, the lack of a formal job description in the field didn't stop them from writing fascinating instructions for others to follow. Early variations on instruction manuals include guides on witch hunting, performing sacred services, and even wrestling. In fact, the earliest written guide to grappling dates back to nearly 100 A.D. The Greek text offers plenty of user friendly tips for throwing your…
 
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  • You’d think they’d try to match what was there before

    Rhonda
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Spotted in Houston…. Not only is the lower case ‘g’  wrong,  but its size has altered the kerning between the first name and middle initial. Maybe they thought no-one would notice it on the upper concourse between the hotel and the convention centre. Filed under: Miscellaneous
  • You can now purchase T-mobile SIM cards in Australia

    Rhonda
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I’ve previously blogged about how I’ve purchased and used T-mobile SIM cards when in the US (search this blog for T-mobile). Well, things have moved on since then and today I was able to purchase a 30-day T-mobile SIM  at Sydney International Airport,  which gives me the usual ‘pay per day’ services I’ve previously had (unlimited US calls,  text,  and data) PLUS free texts to Australia AND free calls to Australian landlines. And for less than the pay per day rate ($80 AUD compared to $90+ USD). As I’ll be away for about 31 to 32 days,…
  • Off air for a few weeks

    Rhonda
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I’m traveling for several weeks so my posts to this blog will be non-existent or limited, except perhaps for the first week when I’m attending (and speaking at) a tech writing conference in New Zealand as part of my trip. I  may post my notes from that conference, but the rest of the trip is pure holiday! (image from: http://www.discovermoab.com/images/arches/a01.jpg)Filed under: Blogging
  • Fix typing mistakes, only to make more

    Rhonda
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Oops! Read the last item first, then the second last one… I think they meant ‘metric’. It’s all about trust. How can I trust them to have ‘removed typing mistakes’ in the app when they make another one in their list of changes? Did I download the app? Nope, for several reasons, but this one was the clincher. That, and the overuse of capitals for words that aren’t proper nouns. (Seen on a developer’s summary of a Google Play app.)  Filed under: User experience
  • Example: How documentation can save money on support calls

    Rhonda
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Background I have flights back to Australia from the USA in November. I leave from Salt Lake City (SLC), fly to Los Angeles (LAX) on American Airlines (AA) landing at Terminal 4  (T4), then have to transfer to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at LAX to catch my Qantas flight to Sydney and my connection on to Perth. Everything was fine until I got a message from Qantas that my AA flight from SLC had been cancelled and they’d put me on another flight. My original flight left SLC at 4:25pm, getting to LAX at 5:30pm, leaving me plenty of time to make my Qantas flight at…
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  • The Documentation of a Lifetime

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The recent passing of my father resulted in many things. A funeral, speeches that tried to summarize his life (as if it’s possible to summarize a life within a few minutes), burial, grief and mourning. It also resulted in one of the largest, most complex and challenging documentation projects I have ever encountered.My father was a brilliant man, university educated, successful, intelligent, a great speaker, and also extremely organized. He left behind various papers contained in two 2-drawer filing cabinets, 2 small lockboxes, and a couple of cardboard boxes. The paperwork included various…
  • 17 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us is remarkable exposé on the food industry written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Moss. The processed food industry is a monster, with over a trillion dollars a year in sales. Sugar, salt and fat are together more addictive than any one of these ingredients alone. Moss describes in great detail how the food industry systematically manipulates these three ingredients to get consumers hooked on their products. As a result, many North Americans are obese and have multiple health problems, including an increase in the occurrence of diabetes…
  • Join my army

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    I have an endless fascination with the military. The idea of a select group of strong, well-trained, disciplined individuals united together for common purpose is deeply engrossing. It is the ultimate example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, for no man (or woman) is an army.The military is so vast that in most countries it is broken up into separate parts or divisions, typically:regular armynavyair forcemarinesspecial forces, andcoast guardHowever, even all these enormous parts (and all their many respective divisions and subgroups) must work together as a single unit. A…
  • 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…
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  • Stenography for Technical Authors?

    Ellis Pratt
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    This tweet caught my eye: Some people write at 240 *words* per minute http://t.co/aWqtrzI92i — Kas Thomas (@kasthomas) October 30, 2014 It linked to an article The 100 Year Old Trick to Writing at... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • How to receive any new blog posts automatically via email

    Ellis Pratt
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    If you wish, you can now choose to receive any new Cherryleaf blog post automatically to your inbox. When we create a new post, we’ll send subscribers to this service a copy of it in the form... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Managing information when you are a project services company

    Ellis Pratt
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    Last week, we completed the third phase of our IT systems migration. With each phase, we’re gaining insights into how information can be best managed inside a company selling and delivering... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Cherryleaf “green screen” videos

    Ellis Pratt
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    We’ve been putting together some short length videos that we can use on the Cherryleaf website. These are “quick and dirty”, three to four minute videos, shot behind in front of a... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Microsoft’s “No more robot speak” in action

    Ellis Pratt
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
      Our post about how Microsoft is changing its writing style (Microsoft moves away from “robot speak” in its user documentation) generated a lot of interest, so I thought it might be useful to... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
 
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  • (Video) conferencing with clients and collaborators

    Scott Nesbitt
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Note: This post was originally published, in a slightly different form, here. These days, if you’re a freelance technical communicator then you might be working offsite with clients and maybe collaborators who are across town, in another part of the country, or even elsewhere in the world. In that case, you’ll need to regularly keep in touch with those clients or collaborators. That could be for planning sessions, catch-up sessions, or project updates. Sure, you can do that using email, instant messaging (IM), or over the phone. But email and IM really break down when more than a…
  • What’s the perfect length for a blog post?

    Scott Nesbitt
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Note: This post was originally published, in a slightly different form, here. It’s great to see more and more people, including technical communicators, blogging. It’s a great way to share ideas, techniques, and opinions. One question I’ve been hearing, and have been asked, a lot lately is What’s the perfect length for a blog post? And, to be honest, I don’t think there is a perfect length for a blog post. That goes against some of what’s considered conventional wisdom, I know. Take, for example, what a speaker at a blogger’s meetup told the group. He…
  • Taking a look at Letting Go of the Words

    Scott Nesbitt
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Note: This post was originally published here. Writing with fewer words isn’t anything new. For decades, writers have been exhorted to write tightly, to pare down their writing, to use words with economy and prudence. But writing tightly has become a necessity. Many people reading on the web are impatient. They don’t want to wade through long swaths of text (hence tl;dr). They want you get to the point and give them what they want and need quickly. That’s the main thrust of Letting Go of the Words by Janice Redish. While it’s aimed at people writing for the web, you…
  • Getting ready for a document review

    DMN Communications
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Note: This post was originally published, in a slightly different form, here. When working in a corporate environment, either as a contractor or a full-time employee, you’ll have to go through a document review sooner or later. And the whole process can be quite painful and quite frustrating. Regardless of what you’re writing — whether it’s documentation, marketing or communications copy, or policy and procedures — a review is important. Make that important. Not only does it give people with specialized knowledge a chance to help you improve what you’re…
  • Announcing a new edition of Getting Organized with Google’s Tools

    DMN Communications
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Scott is excited to share the new edition of his ebook, Getting Organized with Google’s Tools, with you. Getting and staying organized isn’t easy. While there a number of tools and systems available to help you do that, those tools often don’t work well together. And the systems are just a bit too complex — they require a lot of set up and maintenance. You need to keep things simple, and Google’s tools can help you do just that. Getting Organized with Google’s Tools explains how to use Google Tasks, Google Calendar, Google Keep, Google Drive, and Gmail to provide what Scott calls…
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  • Making AutoCorrect more useful in Word 2013

    Keith
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    AutoCorrect is a feature in Microsoft Word that you may not even realize you’re using. If, like me, you’re a sloppy typist, AutoCorrect will fix common typos (teh for the, for example) so quickly that you may not notice you’ve made a mistake. It’s also easy to configure; at least it was in Word 2007 and 2010, where you could set it to save a correction by right-clicking on a word that Word had flagged as a spelling mistake. For reasons unknown, Microsoft has removed that feature from Word 2013, as Jerry Pournelle laments in his October Chaos Manor Reviews column.
  • Orbital Sciences launch failure

    Keith
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    An Antares booster launched by Orbital Sciences Corp. suffered a catastrophic failure shortly after launch this evening, falling back to the Wallops Island launch pad and exploding. The rocket was carrying a cargo of supplies intended for the International Space Station. Initial reports were that there were no injuries, but I expect that there will be more than a little damage to the launch pad, and somewhat more to Orbital Sciences’ reputation. The video is short but quite spectacular. The Antares uses two AJ-26 engines which are modified Soviet NK-33 engines – the same engines…
  • Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle with the Islamic State

    Keith
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Here’s an article that explores seven different scenarios that the battle with the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, whatever you want to call it) could take. None of them are good. Several of them are backed up with quite a bit of detail. 5. Iran What can go wrong for Iran in the current conflict? While in the Middle East something unexpected can always arise, at present that country looks like the potential big winner in the IS sweepstakes. Will a pro-Iranian Shia government remain in power in Baghdad? You bet. Has Iran been given carte blanche to move ground forces into Iraq? Check. Will…
  • CBC does us proud

    Keith
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    For most of yesterday, I listened to the CBC’s radio coverage of the shooting at Parliament. The CBC radio coverage was excellent, as is usually the case with the CBC. I didn’t see the TV coverage but it’s attracted some notice in US sites, because it was so much better than what passes for TV journalism in the US these days. Here’s an article from Mediabistro.com. For hours this afternoon, Canada’s CBC News covered the breaking news of at least three shooting incidents in Ottawa. Led by veteran anchor Peter Mansbridge, the rolling coverage was smart, careful, and…
  • Escape from Microsoft Word

    Keith
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Here’s an interesting perspective on Microsoft Word from a writer who is not a technical writer and who found himself baffled by some of Word’s formatting idiosyncrasies.  The problem he ran into would not have occurred if he had used a character style for italics instead of applying direct formatting. Of course, Microsoft continues to make it harder and more complex to use styles properly with every release of Word, so I won’t be too hard on him. I’ve been vaguely aware of Word’s Platonic ideas since I learned, years ago, that I had to create a new section when I…
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  • In memoriam: Fabien Vais

    kmardahl
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Fabien Vais, one of the founders of the AccessAbility SIG, passed away September 17. Fabien and the rest of the founding team of what was originally the Special Needs Committee worked hard to make known the concept of “accessibility” to the world of technical communicators. Fabien was a stubborn, tireless, and passionate advocate for accessibility. He initiated the conference accessibility guide to the annual STC conferences. In the very first issue of our now defunct Achieve! newsletter, Fabien explains how he and Dan Voss…
  • New Discounts for STC Members Only!

    Cynthia Lockley
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    STC has improved the STC Member-Only Affinity Program! In an effort to add continued value to your membership, STC has established new relationships with: Liberty Mutual–You could receive exclusive savings on your auto and home insurance. With Liberty Mutual, you get service and support when and where you need it, plus the latest tips and tools to help keep you and your family safe. OfficeMax–Enjoy significant cost savings on more than 25,000 products and more than 5,000 environmentally preferable products, as well as savings on digital print services, furniture, technology, and…
  • STC Member & Student Member Benefits Flyers

    Cynthia Lockley
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Why should you join STC and the AccessAbility SIG? The AccessAbility SIG offers opportunities to network with others in your field, to explore your interests, and get information to enhance your education and skills. STC has the resources you need to help you do your job better and move your career forward. Read about the 2015 STC member and student member benefits: Download the STC 2015 Membership Benefits Flyer .pdf Download the STC 2015 Student Membership Benefits Flyer .pdf
  • Join the STC IDL SIG for “Webinar School” on October 13, 2014

    Cynthia Lockley
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) SIG Dr. Elizabeth (Bette) Frick of the Text Doctor LLC will present tips for planning and delivering virtual meetings and training to members, clients, and employees. Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT 12:30 – 2:00 CDT CST 11:30 – 1:00 MDT 10:30 – 12:00 PDT Payment Information: $20 IDL SIG Member $30 STC Member $50 Non Member For more information about the webinar and to register / pay, go to http://www.stcidlsig.org/news-and-events/upcoming-webinar-101314/. If you have any questions, please contact Preeti Mathur at email hidden; JavaScript is…
 
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    EServer TC Library: Recent Additions

  • The Specialized Web: Working with Subject-Matter Experts

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Content strategists often rely on the specialized knowledge of subject-matter experts (SMEs) to get the job done. But that job isn’t always straightforward; it’s complicated by different perspectives, communication styles, and project goals. Amanda Costello shows us how people skills—and the right mindset—can lead to better collaboration with SMEs and a smoother process from start to finish. Costello, Amanda
  • Axiomatic CSS and Lobotomized Owls

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Managing flow content can get unwieldy—too many class selectors can become a specificity headache, nested styling can get redundant, and content editors don’t always understand the presentational markup. Heydon Pickering offers an unexpected option for handling cascading styles more efficiently: a variation on the universal selector. Pickering, Heydon
  • Lessons Learned from the DITA Workshop

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Many of us who attended the STC Carolina DITA Workshop on October 18th, 2014, have been using DITA. We wanted a refresher course — reminders of best practices and how to work more effectively in DITA. Others wanted to learn new tools and techniques to improve their chances of landing a job. Kent, Betsy
  • The DITA Debate

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    I’m coming to the conclusion that there are specific types of content that suit a DITA environment, and that the converse is also true: DITA is not the best solution for every content type. (DITA is the Darwin Information Typing Architecture, an XML architecture for designing, writing, managing, and publishing information.) Maddox, Sandra
  • TechCommSpeakersBureau.org

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    This web-based Speakers Bureau is the place where groups looking for speakers and technical communication experts looking for speaking engagements can link up, in a very easy and efficient manner.
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    I Came, I Saw, I Learned...

  • Localization: Training and Development in Mexico

    Kevin Siegel
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    by Jen Weaver   Because Mexico is  our neighbor to the south, Mexican culture may be familiar to most Americans. Whether you will find this information new or just a refresher course, let's explore some common cultural facts about Mexicans and their expectations when it comes to Training and Development. Test Your Knowledge of Mexican Culture True or False. The official name of Mexico translates to "The United States of Mexico." True or False. Mexico's official religion is Catholic. Quick Tips for Training & Development in Mexico1: Mexican communications include…
  • Writing & Grammar: Synch or Swim?

    Kevin Siegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    by Jennie Ruby    How do you spell the shortened form of the word synchronize? Is it synch or sync? I have seen it both ways recently, so I checked out the Webster's dictionary. I found that sync is the more frequently used variant, but that both spellings are listed. So which one is better? It turns out that when Webster's lists two spellings of a word, they may have the word "or" or the word "also" between them. The word "or" tells us that the two variants are used equally and often, whereas the word "also" tells us that the second one…
  • eLearning: Add Some Character to Your Lessons

    Kevin Siegel
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    by Kevin Siegel    Let's face it, some of the eLearning content you are required to create is a bit... shall we say, dry? A tad boring? A teeny bit heavy on the text and short on graphics? One easy way to spruce up your eLearning content is to add characters (or guides). But where do you find quality images to use as guides? The good news is that both Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate offer some awesome, and most importantly, free Characters--out of the box. Let's take a look at the Character features in both programs. While Characters have been around for several years in…
  • Adobe RoboHelp: In Word We Trust

    Kevin Siegel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    by Willam Van Weelden     If you have attempted to create printed documentation with RoboHelp, there is a good chance you have run into a macro error. RoboHelp uses Word for printed documentation, and this error occurs if Word's security settings don't allow macros.You can enable macros in Word, but that may not be enough. Some Help Authors receive unspecified errors when generating printed documentation even with macros enabled. To solve this, RoboHelp projects must be added to Word's trusted locations. I'll show you how to both Enable Word Macros and add projects to…
  • Adobe Captivate 8: Custom Theme Colors

    Kevin Siegel
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    by Anita Horsley     When working in Adobe Captivate, it's possible that you will need to use colors that match your corporate brand. In that event, you'll be happy to learn that Captivate 8 allows you to easily create custom Theme colors. And once you've created your Theme colors, you can apply those colors to just about any slide object or learner interaction.The first step to creating custom Theme colors is to apply a Theme to a project. To do that, click Themes on the toolbar and select any of the available Themes (Captivate provides several Themes out of the box).Each…
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    Technical Writing ToolBox

  • Youtube Webinar Recording- API Documentation

    Gurpreet Singh
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    I recently conducted a webinar on API documentation for STC India Management SIG. You can view the Youtube video recording of the session on this blog post. I would love to hear your feedback regarding this session. Is it exciting? Is it boring? Would you like to attend my next webinar? Please leave a comment […]
  • Webinar on API Documentation for STC India Management SIG

    Gurpreet Singh
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    I am conducting a webinar on API documentation for STC India Management SIG. Please register if you are interested in learning more about API documentation. Registration link: http://www.stc-india.org/events/webinar-api-documentation/ Filed under: Elements of Technical Writing Tagged: Application Programming Interface, careercast, Communication, Management SIG, stc
  • Top 10 Best Jobs in 2013

    Gurpreet Singh
    14 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    In my last blog post, I talked about the 60th best job in 2013- Technical Writing. But what about the top 10 best jobs in 2013? Comcast released a list of top 200 different jobs in the U.S based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. The data for this report […]
  • Technical Writing: The 60th Best Job in 2013

    Gurpreet Singh
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Following the yearly tradition, Comcast released  a list of top 200 different jobs in the U.S based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. The data for this report came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies in U.S. Technical Writer was the 60th best job in 2013 though it […]
  • How to document a sound?

    Gurpreet Singh
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:29 am
    As intriguing it may seem, have you ever considered the idea of documenting a sound in your writing? It seems impossible, right? Apparently, technical writers working at Electrolux have discovered a creative way to do exactly that. This illustration describes various sound (noises) which occur inside a freezer during its normal use. I know what […]
 
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  • Eclipse Export Jar for Java with Spring Standalone Application

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Instead of creating jar file using command line we can easily achieve the same using eclipse built in feature. Today we will see how to export standalone java application as jar using eclipse export feature. I have faced some problem when export jar  for Java with Spring Standalone Application.After few attempts finally i achieved it using below steps. […]
  • Useful Java Utility Classes

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Java is a good language for web development. It’s mature and most big companies use java. Here we will see the list of Java Utility Classes which are useful in your java development. Java Utils Package 1.Arrays 2.Collections  Apache Classes Apache provides lots of useful classes those are helpful in fast java development.When you are fixing sonar […]
  • MongoDB Tips and Tricks for Developers

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:29 am
    We know MongoDB is a most popular NoSQL database and open-source document database. It also has lots of useful features here we will how to use this effectively. Following tips are really useful for MongoDB developers. RoboMongo – MongoDB Client Are you looking for a MongoDB Client? Just download Robo Mongo.It is available for all popular […]
  • Maven Build Tool Tips and Tricks

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Maven is an one of the most popular build tools and i have used in most of my projects.It has lots of amazing features and integration support with different plugins. Here we will the collection of useful maven tips which will be useful during developing a  project. 1. How to Configure Proxy Setting for Maven When […]
  • Configure Unit Test Coverage in SonarQube from Maven Project

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    We know SonarQube(previously known as “Sonar”) is excellent tool to manage code quality. If you have maven project let’s see how to configure unit test execution in SonarQube from Maven Project. Previously we used following command now it changed to mvn clean install mvn sonar:sonar to mvn clean org.jacoco:jacoco-maven-plugin:prepare-agent install -Dmaven.test.failure.ignore=true mvn sonar:sonar And add […]
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    Webfries

  • Diwali Rebranded

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Diwali in India has is the most celebrated festival amongst all the others. It is the Christmas of India. We all know the religious significance behind this festival, but does it only remain celebrating Rama’s return to his rightful kingdom?While complying with my daily ritual of checking my newsfeed on facebook, I now a see a different trend of celebrating this glorious festival. As a child, the one thing we looked forward were fire crackers, something which is slowly losing its face.  People are going the eco way. Discouraging usage of fire crackers is being heavily promoted. I also…
  • Did you notice shift in the gear made by Indian Internet Industry?

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Flipkart has received $1 billion in fresh capital; it was valued at nearly $7 billion in the latest round of fund raising!!! These are just not numbers, THESE ARE BIG NUMBERS and certainly mean a lot for Indian internet industry.  Flipkart has turned the page and the sheer size of the latest fund raising puts pressure on rivals Snapdeal, Shopclues and Jabong to attract hundreds of millions of dollars to run the show now.The World’s largest online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is fast expanding in India after it launched in June 2013. Some were anticipating Amazon will try to overshadow all…
  • HOW YOUR COMPANY LOGO MAKE UNIQUENESS OF YOUR COMPANY

    10 Jun 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Your Company logo is a symbol that makes your company unique. Your company logo represents your company. Many companies are known across the world by their logo. A logo plays a great role in building a relation between clients and the company. Logo designed by Professional helps you get noticed in this competitive market. Having an amazing unique logo design for your business is a key way for establishing yourself as a unique brand. With one image that is logo, brand perception is set about the organization. Needless to say it leads to more business and recognition.IMPORTANCE OF A LOGOThere…
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    21 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    Webfries is an online marketing company that provide PPC services along with search engine optimization, social media optimization, website designing and other web marketing solutions.We respect your queries and suggestions. For more information of our SEO services visit atwww.webfries.com  or call us on +91 124-438-2633
  • WHY YOUR WEBSITE DOES NOT ATTRACTS POTENTIAL CUSTOMER???

    17 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    It takes a lot of online marketing exercise and search engine optimization to make sure your website attracts customers. If your website is not making money despite your best efforts, what can you do? What to do if your website has traffic, but it is not converting in to money. Conversion is the second most important part of online marketing—traffic is the first.Here are general reasons why your website visitors may not be converting:You are attracting “wrong customers” These people are browsing and have no purpose of buying. It could be that they are researching or don’t know…
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    Wylie Communications, Inc.

  • How small is small?

    Ann Wylie
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Mini narratives can be as brief as a paragraphIn The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee shares this tiny tale:“In 2005, a man diagnosed with multiple myeloma asked me if he would be alive to watch his daughter graduate from high school in a few months. In 2009, bound to a wheelchair, he watched his daughter graduate from college. The wheelchair had nothing to do with his cancer. The man had fallen down while coaching his youngest son’s baseball team.”Tiny but mighty A story need not be enormous to be amazing. Image by Rob SheridanIn just 61 words, Mukherjee gives…
  • Don’t say ‘when’

    Ann Wylie
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Date leads date your storyIn a “West Wing” episode, President Jed Bartlet is in the Oval Office, where a technician prepares to record his Saturday morning radio address.Remember when? Your readers are more interested in what happened than when. Avoid date leads.TECHNICIAN: “Here we go. In three, two …”He holds up his index finger on “one,” then points to Bartlet.BARTLET: “Good morning. This month, as autumn is in full bloom in much of the nation, the weekends will be devoted by many of you to leaf peeping and football … watch … ing…
  • Skimm this!

    Ann Wylie
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Make your e-zine interesting, relevant, easyWhat’s the secret to a successful e-zine? Make ‘em laugh; make ‘em think; make ‘em Skimm.Express mail Readers can skim a digest of the day’s events — in 1,000 words or less — with the Skimm.In other words, make it interesting, relevant and easy.That’s the formula e-zine the Skimm uses. You can steal a trick from the Skimm and produce an e-zine that’s:InterestingThe Skimm makes the news fun to read, from the subject line to the final column:Subject line: “Seize the Hump” for a Wednesday…
  • Take a tip from Norm MacDonald

    Ann Wylie
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    #RIPRobinWilliams tweets show how to serialize your storyWhat can you learn from Norm MacDonald’s Twitter tribute (would that be twibute?) to Robin Williams? What can’t you learn?! MacDonald shows us how to serialize our stories, how to get the word out in 144 characters or less — and when to stop typing.Serial killer Norm MacDonald’s serialized Twitter tribute to Robin Williams kills. What can you steal from his approach?Here are six tips to take from MacDonald’s tribute:1. Tell a story.Heck, tell two stories. Why not make it three?MacDonald’s 19 tweets…
  • ‘Every sentence is a little drama’

    Ann Wylie
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How to build plot, scene and character with verbsThings that make your copy more creative: Storytelling. Human interest. Wordplay. Concrete details. Verbs. Verbs? Yes, verbs, writes Constance Hale.And … action! Help your story take off by choosing just the right verb.“What I want writers to understand,” writes the author of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let verbs power your writing, “is that every sentence is a little drama. There’s a subject, a predicate; there’s a protagonist and a predicament.”Verbs, in this equation, are the predicament — aka, the muddle our…
 
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  • How to Create an Free Infographic Online

    Happy Raj
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Make Free Infographic Online Most of us, consider text really important but it’s an undisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words. People usually prefer absorbing information from the infographic which only needs a few scroll-downs, rather than reading an entire 1000 word article, and why won’t they prefer it more?  It’s any day better, easier, more informative and more attractive because- Colored charts and illustrations deliver links better…
  • Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch Price in India – Specs, Features, Images & Release date

    Tusshar Rajput
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch proves that Android wearables can be as fashionable as functional, making it the first Google-powered watch worth owning. Its circular shape is inspired from designer watches with analog tickers, unlike square-shaped digital smart watches. The very cybernetic Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch are no match for what Motorola has up its sleeve. Moto 360 is a stainless steel smart watch, amplifying its computerized screen which has a 1.56 inch backlit LCD and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Its circular display has a 320 x 290 resolution…
  • Download Candy Crush Saga Game for Android, iPhone, and iPad

    Happy Raj
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Have you ever desired to visit and open your Facebook account because of your nagging interest the Candy Crush Saga? Well, you are not the only one who is feeling that way since apparently, almost majority of Facebook users is also feeling the same way. One of the thousands of games that can be played at Facebook is the Candy Crush Saga. It is one of the thousands of games that became an instant to users from the time it was launched and ready to be played by interested players. Due to the enjoying and exciting time that users can feel while playing the game, aside from how colorful this game…
  • Top 10 best Camera mobile phones under Rs.15000

    Happy Raj
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Top ten smartphones under 15000 A lot can change in just a month, especially in the highly competitive Indiansmartphone market. This is fantastic news for buyers, since you get a whole lotmore for your money with every new phone launch. However with smartphones gettingmuch more within your means, there is a predicament as to which Smartphone gives out bestfor your requirements. To clarify things better, we have a catalog of the best smart phonesunder Rs.15, 000 1. Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation) The new smartphone is feature-filled and is very pocket-friendly. Now it hosts a huge 5-inch…
  • Play Boom Beach Game for PC – Free Download

    Happy Raj
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Boom Beach is a conflict plot game. The Game is exclusively available only for iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) plus it’s available for free. The Boom Beach has been rated numero uno amongst the combat strategy games and you won’t doubt this title once you start playing it. Boom Beach Game Download – TechPanorma The game revolves around a larger-than-life battle between the user and the demonic Black Guard. The player’s main aim is to fight for the beach heads and free the ones who are captured by the Black Guard. The player needs to fight and take his entire force to…
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  • How Much Traffic Need To Earn $100 Per Day With Google AdSense

    codeadmin
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Earning $100, $200 or even $300 per day with Google AdSense is not an impossible job. Many bloggers and website owners are doing it, and you are not an exception. The only thing you need is better planning and execution, hard work, determination and passion for blogging about your topic or niche. Before diving into […] The post How Much Traffic Need To Earn $100 Per Day With Google AdSense appeared first on CodenRead.
  • 8 Great Tips to Keep Your Computer Virus Free

    codeadmin
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Keeping your computer/PC virus free these days is not an easy task any more. You have to be very careful in order to keep your computer or PC or laptop virus free. Everyday a new type of computer virus is being created and you may be a victim of it. Computer viruses can cause a […] The post 8 Great Tips to Keep Your Computer Virus Free appeared first on CodenRead.
  • How to backup android mobile and organise phone over wifi using Desktop

    codeadmin
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:51 am
    If you have hundreds of apps and gigabytes of multimedia content on phone, it’s not easy to manage and organize everything swiping thumbs on small touch screen. Desktop program with full control over phone’s content could come as handy solution. Why Should I Use? These applications let you carry out operations more than just a […] The post How to backup android mobile and organise phone over wifi using Desktop appeared first on CodenRead.
  • Transfer Data with Lightning Fast Speed on Your Android Phone

    codeadmin
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    How to Transfer Data with Lightning Fast Speed on Your Android Phone? Transferring data on your Android phone now? Xender is your best bet. Done are the days when you had to wait impatiently for transferring one file from your phone to another. Gone are the times when you had to rely on traditional methods […] The post Transfer Data with Lightning Fast Speed on Your Android Phone appeared first on CodenRead.
  • YouTube Videos Will Soon Be Available Offline In India

    codeadmin
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Google has just launched Android One in India, which is a program designed to bring smartphones to the remaining five billion people that don’t have one yet. Google used this opportunity to announce another new thing for users in India, the ability to view most YouTube videos offline. This feature will be rolled out in […] The post YouTube Videos Will Soon Be Available Offline In India appeared first on CodenRead.
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    Tech Ranger

  • How to Download and Run Andriod Applications in Windows

    Sai Kiran
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Recently, Google has begun to bear some of the most popular applications store for its Android, ie the Google Play, to be used directly from the Chrome browser, the pride of the company. This means it is only a matter of time before many others will follow, so that the ecosystem intended by the search engine giant will offer more advantages than ever, always facing the user. However, we speak of time, something that many users can not be taken patiently. That is why in this article we have prepared some alternatives to run Android apps on Google Chrome, and while not official options can be…
  • How to Hide Your Personal Files and Documents in your PC

    Sai Kiran
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    The privacy of our data is always a delicate thing, this we know well, and considering that most computer users have the need to hide from the view of others that certain information can not be disclosed , we have written this article on where we will find the instructions and tools needed to hide in our own PC, sensitive information, documents or files or just do not want others to see. We are going to use totally free application and whose quality we guarantee safety. While it makes sense, and ideally, would store and transport these files on an external or flash drive disk, the truth is…
  • How to Increase the Battery life of Your Laptop

    Sai Kiran
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Aerofoil is one of those programs that appear to do nothing, but in reality we are providing significant support to the battery of our laptop. Know that we offer. This little free app is really useful for users of Windows Vista and Windows 7 , because it reduces energy consumption of our computer with a number of methods including the automatic disabled some functions as the interface Aero, Windows Sidebar and mute the sound, among others. It also allows you to switch between different power schemes , so that the user chooses which seems more appropriate. In order to access and use the…
  • What are the Precautions to be Taken Before Buying a Net book

    Sai Kiran
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Netbooks invaded the area of nomadic computing and have seduced many users , eager to be equipped with a faster and designed for PC communication. But before you get seduced by a particular model, here are some items to consider in choosing a good team. What are my needs? For why should I use it? The question may sound silly but it is a crucial issue, which can greatly advance to the chosen product. You will be doing with your net book? You want a lightweight model for convenient access to the Web, wherever you are? Or looking for a well equipped computer? In this case, do not expect to find…
  • How to Do Safe Surfing by Fallowing Six Simple Tips

    Sai Kiran
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    With each passing day there are new and more sophisticated threats that prevent us from fully enjoy our browsing Internet: phishing, identity theft, Tabnabbing and many others are lurking waiting for us to take a misstep. This article looks at some tips to stay safe. Although Windows 7 is very secure as your security is enhanced by well-designed software to protect the possibility of becoming infected is negligible, the fact is that many of the viruses circulating Internet appeal to user interaction through sophisticated deceptions , which will surely result in a malware infection. From here…
 
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