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  • Adopt These 10 Unbeatable Ways to Do Your PhD Writing Everyday

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    Kalpesh
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    We keep reading and talking about various problems associated with academic writing that researchers face on day to day basis. Procrastination, lack of motivation, poor time management, to name a few of the concerns. There are multiple ways that can be adopted to deal with this problem and the list available is endless. You may wonder what is so special about this blog that makes it stand apart from the league. Before you actually begin to read the tips that I write below, Figure out how these tips are different. You may have found umpteen people advising on the behavioural and psychological…
  • A technical writer’s mission statement

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    Sarah Maddox
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I recently saw a thought-provoking article on cognitive overhead. It got me thinking about what we do as technical writers. People learn by attaching a new idea to their existing context. The ability to help them do that is our killer skill. That’s the basis of the tutorials we write, for example: start from a known point and expand the reader’s knowledge. Based on the above premise, here’s an idea for a technical writer’s mission statement: Make complex goals achievable within our customer’s context Originally I’d written “Make complex goals achievable…
  • Interview: The Wrangler on International Communication, Nightclub DJs, and Higher Education

    The Content Wrangler
    Scott Abel
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    In this 45-minute video interview for connexions magazine, the international professional communication journal, Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler waxes poetic on the state of communication today. Highlights include The Wrangler’s view on outdated communication practices, rules, and standards; how working as a nightclub DJ prepared him for his current career as an intelligent content strategist; why breaking down content silos can help help us provide better customer experiences with content; and, what educators should be doing to prepare our students for future careers in today’s…
  • TechSmith Camtasia Studio: The Clip Bin and The Library

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    IconLogic
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    by Kevin Siegel    As you add assets to your Camtasia Studio project (such as images, animations, and audio), those assets appear in the Clip Bin.     Once objects appear in the Clip Bin, you can add them to the Timeline by simply dragging and dropping. (Or you can right-click a Clip Bin object and add it to the Timeline at the Playhead position.) Each Camtasia project contains its own Clip Bin and the Clip Bin moves with the project as you back up the project to a server or other drive.Unfortunately, you cannot share assets found in one project's Clip Bin…
  • An easy way to support my site: Sign up for technical writing job alerts

    idratherbewriting.com
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I've added a Zip Recruiter feature on my site. You can now search for jobs by clicking the Jobs button on the top navigation bar. Additionally, you can sign up for job alerts by filling out the form at the bottom of each post. Here's what's cool about this feature. Not only are the jobs automatically filtered to your area, when you get email updates about the jobs that match your search, the job email notifications will actually come from tom@idratherbewriting.com. Of course each time you click a job link through my site or email distrubtion, I get a tiny affiliate commission. If…
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  • A technical writer’s mission statement

    Sarah Maddox
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I recently saw a thought-provoking article on cognitive overhead. It got me thinking about what we do as technical writers. People learn by attaching a new idea to their existing context. The ability to help them do that is our killer skill. That’s the basis of the tutorials we write, for example: start from a known point and expand the reader’s knowledge. Based on the above premise, here’s an idea for a technical writer’s mission statement: Make complex goals achievable within our customer’s context Originally I’d written “Make complex goals achievable…
  • Inspired by technical communication

    Sarah Maddox
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    What are the most inspiring, exciting areas of technical communication? I think this is a cool topic to explore. I’m hoping we have many different ideas and perspectives. Even better, I’m hoping that each of us thinks the area we’re personally working in is the most inspiring of all! Why am I asking this question right now? Well, I do think it’s a very cool topic that will give us insight into the depth and breadth of our field. Also, I’m thinking of incorporating this topic into an upcoming presentation. If you’d like to add some thoughts via comments on…
  • Webinar on API technical writing – June 2015

    Sarah Maddox
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    On Friday 19th June I’m presenting an hour-long webinar, an introduction to API technical writing. The webinar is hosted by the Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand (TCANZ, also known as TechCommNZ). The session is a 60-minute introduction to APIs (application programming interfaces) from a technical writer’s point of view. It’s designed for an audience of technical writers who’re interested in learning about APIs and API documentation, and who’re looking for pointers about how to get started as an API technical writer. Quick signup details: Anyone…
  • API tech writing workshop in Sydney – you’re invited

    Sarah Maddox
    21 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    On Monday 27th July we’re running a full-day workshop in Sydney, on API technical writing. It’s free, and you’re invited. There’s free food too! The workshop is happening in collaboration with the Australian Society for Technical Communication (ASTC), also known as the TWIA. Anyone interested in learning about this role is welcome to attend – you don’t need to be a member of the ASTC/TWIA. Quick signup link: Register to attend the workshop on Eventbrite. API stands for Application Programming Interface. Developers use APIs to make apps that…
  • Now you can add items to Tech Comm on a Map yourself

    Sarah Maddox
    2 May 2015 | 2:28 am
    A smart colleague showed me how to tweak the data source for Tech Comm on a Map so that I can allow data entry via a form, and moderate each entry before it appears on the map. This means technical writers around the world can add items to the map directly, instead of  asking me to do it via a comment on this blog. Too cool! Would you like to add a conference, society, group, business, or educational course to the map, or some other titbit that technical writers will find interesting? Use this online form to add an item to the map. Any items you add will be saved for moderation, and will…
 
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    The Content Wrangler

  • Interview: The Wrangler on International Communication, Nightclub DJs, and Higher Education

    Scott Abel
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    In this 45-minute video interview for connexions magazine, the international professional communication journal, Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler waxes poetic on the state of communication today. Highlights include The Wrangler’s view on outdated communication practices, rules, and standards; how working as a nightclub DJ prepared him for his current career as an intelligent content strategist; why breaking down content silos can help help us provide better customer experiences with content; and, what educators should be doing to prepare our students for future careers in today’s…
  • In Music and Content Marketing, It’s All About Creativity: An Interview with Jon Wuebben

    Danielle M. Villegas
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Jon Wuebben Danielle Villegas had an opportunity to talk with Jon Wuebben, the best-selling author of the content marketing book, Content Rich: Writing Your Way to Wealth on the Web, and founder/CEO of Content Launch, a leading content marketing software company. Jon will be speaking at the upcoming Information Development World conference, September 30-October 2, 2015 in San Jose, CA. His talk is titled, “Nurturing with the Right Content to Build Loyalty and… Sales,” and based on the conversation below, it looks like it’ll be a great event! Danielle and Jon talked about the role of…
  • The Importance of The Human Voice in Multilingual Multimedia Content

    Scott Abel
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    In the June issue of Multilingual Magazine I interview Todd Resnick, founder of The Voice Company, a voice over production company that specializes in adapting content to make it more meaningful, appropriate, and effective for a particular culture, locale, or market using the human voice. By combining aspects of content strategy, acting, storytelling, and localization with audio and video production expertise, Resnick’s firm helps movie studios, television networks, video game developers, eLearning companies, and corporate communication departments in nearly every vertical market…
  • The Content Wrangler XML Press Summer Book Sale

    Scott Abel
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Our friends at XML Press have arranged a special book sale, just for you! For the month of July, all books in The Content Wrangler Series of Content Strategy Books are on sale (printed books and ebooks). We also have a bundle with all five books in the series available for one low price (and free shipping in the US). In addition, XML Press is offering discounts on every book in its catalog, including print and ebook editions. Shop today and save! The Content Wrangler Content Strategy Series features publications from content industry experts, including Scott Abel, Rahel Anne Bailie,…
  • Got Great Content? Enter The Customer Experience Recognition Awards Today

    Scott Abel
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Does your information development team deserve recognition for the good work they’re doing? Then consider entering the Customer Experience Recognition Awards (CERAs). The annual award ceremony, which takes place during the Information Development World conference, recognizes outstanding contributions to exceptional customer experiences by information developers (the folks responsible for creating content) in a variety of disciplines including technical communication, marketing, content strategy, customer support, translation, and product management. Submissions are…
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  • TechSmith Camtasia Studio: The Clip Bin and The Library

    IconLogic
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    by Kevin Siegel    As you add assets to your Camtasia Studio project (such as images, animations, and audio), those assets appear in the Clip Bin.     Once objects appear in the Clip Bin, you can add them to the Timeline by simply dragging and dropping. (Or you can right-click a Clip Bin object and add it to the Timeline at the Playhead position.) Each Camtasia project contains its own Clip Bin and the Clip Bin moves with the project as you back up the project to a server or other drive.Unfortunately, you cannot share assets found in one project's Clip Bin…
  • Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter: Which One Is Right For You?

    IconLogic
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    by Jennie Ruby    Adobe Presenter and Adobe Captivate have some overlapping functions. Both can create eLearning lessons that can be uploaded to and report results to a learning management system (LMS). Both can work with PowerPoint. Both can create interactive quizzes. And the list goes on. But what are the key differences that tell me which of these programs to buy? Or, if I already have both, which to use for any given project? Let's take a look. Adobe Presenter is a PowerPoint add-in, and is marketed by Adobe specifically to educators. It is the easiest path from…
  • Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Dynamic Filters

    IconLogic
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    by Willam van Weelden     A few weeks ago I showed you how to use named Conditional Build Expressions to include or exclude content from your output. RoboHelp 2015 has a new feature to make tags even more useful: Dynamic Filters.With traditional Conditional Build Expressions you choose to exclude specific content from your output. Once you generate the output, content is included or excluded from the output. If you use build tags to target multiple audiences, you have to create an output for every audience. Enter Dynamic Filters: With dynamic filters readers…
  • Adobe Captivate: Close Caption a Video

    IconLogic
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    by Lori Smith    I received an email from a Captivate developer who was lamenting the fact that her Captivate videos didn't have closed captions. "Sure it's easy to add closed captions to a Captivate slide," she said, "but you cannot add them to a video." This was a real problem since she was required to create accessible eLearning.   Believe it or not, it's just about as easy to add closed captions to a video as it is a slide. (Easy, but not obvious.) Here's how:Insert a video onto a slide via the Media menu. (When…
  • Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Conditional Build Tags and Named Expressions

    IconLogic
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    by Willam van Weelden     A project can easily contain thousands of topics. When you generate a layout, all of the topics are generated. But what if you want to exclude several topics from being generated? Using Conditional Build tags, you can mark topics or topic content. When the time comes to generate, you can choose to create conditions that control which tagged content is generated. Using conditions, you can maintain one large project but generate multiple layouts; each layout can have unique content. Content that is excluded from a layout is not seen by your users.
 
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  • An easy way to support my site: Sign up for technical writing job alerts

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I've added a Zip Recruiter feature on my site. You can now search for jobs by clicking the Jobs button on the top navigation bar. Additionally, you can sign up for job alerts by filling out the form at the bottom of each post. Here's what's cool about this feature. Not only are the jobs automatically filtered to your area, when you get email updates about the jobs that match your search, the job email notifications will actually come from tom@idratherbewriting.com. Of course each time you click a job link through my site or email distrubtion, I get a tiny affiliate commission. If…
  • Podcast: How do design, length, and relevance affect how people use API reference docs — interview with Bob Watson

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Listen to the podcast You can download the MP3 file here. Summary Bob was a software engineer for 17+ years. He decided to get a PhD from the University of Washington's Human Centered Design and Engineering because he felt that if the documentation for his software were better, the adoption of the software would increase. This led him to pursue research in technical communications. He soon found that many other factors besides documentation contribute to product adoption. Still, the tech comm domain held his interest, as it contained many interesting problems to solve. For his PhD, Bob…
  • LearningDITA.com: A new online learning resource for DITA by Scriptorium

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Free Course on DITA One common question I receive from people on this site is how they can learn DITA. Scriptorium has published a new online course (their first, I think) called LearningDITA.com. The first course available is "Introduction to DITA." Learningdita.com is a free online resource created by Scriptorium for learning DITA About the course The course is well-organized and oriented for beginners. Here are some general characteristics of the course: The course is primarily text-based, but there are about half a dozen short 1-minute videos peppered throughout. (I could hear…
  • How do you test content that's beyond your skill level?

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Testing documentation 1.0 The key to writing good documentation: Testing your instructions 1.1 Should QA test documentation? 1.2 Communicating feedback from testing documentation 1.3 Should technical writers care about more than documentation? 1.4 Should you add your testing scenarios into your documentation? 1.5 → How do you test content that's beyond your skill level? This is another post in my series on testing documentation. Series recap Testing your docs is one of the great principles of technical writing. Not only does testing all aspects of your documentation help you discover…
  • Should you add your testing scenarios into your documentation?

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Testing documentation 1.0 The key to writing good documentation: Testing your instructions 1.1 Should QA test documentation? 1.2 Communicating feedback from testing documentation 1.3 Should technical writers care about more than documentation? 1.4 → Should you add your testing scenarios into your documentation? 1.5 How do you test content that's beyond your skill level? This is another post in my series on testing documentation. What I mean by testing First, I want to add a quick clarifying note about terms. By "testing" docs, I'm not referring to the same rigor or perspective…
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  • Structured authoring: breaking the WYSIWYG habit

    Bill Swallow
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    There are many challenges involved when moving to structured authoring (XML), but perhaps the most personal challenge is breaking out of the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) authoring mode. The rise of desktop publishing has merged the … Continue reading →
  • Announcing LearningDITA.com: free DITA training

    Alan Pringle
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our new DITA learning site, LearningDITA.com is now live with its first course, Introduction to DITA. Are you somebody who is interested in DITA, but not sure that it’s right for you? LearningDITA.com now provides a free Introduction to DITA that you can … Continue reading →
  • Localization: are you the weakest link?

    Bill Swallow
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    There is an old proverb that says, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” While many of the links in the chain could be quite strong, it only takes one weak link to break the chain. There … Continue reading →
  • Content strategy amateur hour

    Alan Pringle
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    “My team is looking into how we can use <incumbent tool> to handle our new content requirements.” That’s what I heard from a manager during a recent phone call about a company’s expanding content needs. The tools-focused response made me … Continue reading →
  • Waterfall content development? You’re doing it wrong.

    Sarah O'Keefe
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Product development, content development, and localization processes are too often viewed as a waterfall process. This is not at all accurate. Product development decisions do feed into content and content into localization, but, in the other direction, localization decisions also drive product development. For … Continue reading →
 
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  • Mapping changing language

    Rhonda
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Based on a Writing Tip I wrote for my team… English is a changing language. Some changes take centuries; others are much quicker. Changes that apply in Australia may not apply in the UK or US, and vice versa. This Writing Tip discusses some language changes and shows how computer algorithms can plot these graphically. My focus is on the paired words that start as separate words, morph into a hyphenated form, and then become a single word. I’ll start with an easy one that changed very quickly: database. At one point in the 1960s and 70s it was two separate words (‘data base’), then…
  • Word: Find words with numerals and delete the numeral

    Rhonda
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Lesley, a transcriptionist from the UK, emailed me with her problem: …although [I’m] a fast typist I do make mistakes. One of my common ones is that when I’m typing quickly I can hit a number key so a word can come out like tr4st for example or what4ever. She wanted to know if there was a wildcard find/replace for [a-z][0-9] that would solve her problem. Well, yes there is, but Word already offers some standard solutions to identify and fix these situations (Method 1), which may mean you don’t need the find/replace solution (Method 2). Method 1: Use Word’s…
  • Word: Change subscripted numerals to normal and surround with square brackets

    Rhonda
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    On another blog post (https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/word-replace-text-containing-superscript-and-subscript-characters/), Bill asked: All of my subscripts are consecutive numbers. I need to change all of them to normal size and with brackets around each consecutive number. Any ideas how I can do this for a large document? You can do this using wildcards in the find and replace window, BUT I couldn’t find an easy way to get numbers greater than one numeral, so you may have to run two (for tens) or three (for hundreds) instances to get them all. Despite the apparent length of…
  • Word: Wildcard find and replace for numbers and trailing punctuation

    Rhonda
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:51 am
    On another post on this blog, Michael commented that he had a situation where he needed to run find and replace routines (possibly using wildcards) on hundreds of documents to convert MANUALLY entered step numbers (with various trailing punctuation) to a common format ready for conversion into another type of document. He wanted to convert numbered steps like 1), 2), 3), etc. (each on a new line) to (1), (2), (3), etc. (also on separate lines). And convert numbered steps like (1), (2), (3), etc. (each on a new line) to 1., 2., 3., etc. (also on separate lines). Notes and assumptions: These…
  • Word: Automatically sorting a list

    Rhonda
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Based on a Writing Tip sent to my work colleagues… Based on a question I got today, I realised that some of you may not know that you can get Word to automatically sort a list for you, whether that list is a bulleted list of words or rows in a table (e.g. a list of terms or of numeric values). Here’s how. Turn off track changes if it is on. Select the bulleted list or click anywhere in the table. Click the AZ icon on the Home tab to open the Sort window. On the Sort window, select how you want the list sorted – the default is ascending (alphabetically if words, numerically if…
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  • Creating palaces of almost forgotten things

    Ellis Pratt
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    This weekend, we went to the Fabularium on London’s South Bank, where the programme highlighted The Museum of Almost Forgotten Things. It struck me that this concept could also be applied to... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) for content

    Ellis Pratt
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:04 am
    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an increasingly popular technique used in the construction industry. It involves creating XML digital models of buildings and tunnels during each stage of a... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Teachers need content management systems, too

    Ellis Pratt
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    The Guardian has an article today called “Teachers and parents criticise ‘robotic’ software-generated school reports“. It explains teachers are finding report writing software isn’t... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • Common sense isn’t always common

    Ellis Pratt
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here’s some examples from Munich of what might seem to obvious and common sense to the one audience, but not to others. Traffic lights that have four lights, with the symbols –, O, I and... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
  • The decline of the gerund in technical documentation?

    Ellis Pratt
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Louise Downe, who works at the UK’s Government Digital Service, wrote a blog post (Good services are verbs, bad services are nouns), where she stated: “After several rounds of user... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
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  • My 2015 Hugo Ballot

    Keith
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    The deadline for voting on the 2015 Hugo Awards has just passed. The awards will be announced at Sasquan in Spokane, WA in three weeks. It has been an unusually controversial year because of the nomination slates created by the Sad/Rabid Puppies. I ended up pretty much following the recommendations on The Puppy-Free Hugo Award Voter’s Guide site created by Deirdre Saoirse Moen. In other words, I voted No Award in a lot of categories. For best novel, my choices were: 1: The Three Body Problem, 2: Ancillary Sword, 3: No Award. I liked The Three Body Problem a lot, but I don’t think…
  • SpaceShip Two crash was due to pilot error, but …

    Keith
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The National Transportation Safety Board has released its report on the crash of SpaceShip Two and determined the proximate cause was due to the co-pilot triggering to early the spaceship’s feathering system designed to slow it down during re-entry. But there were other issues revealed in the report. The NTSB has published the full ruling, and says that there also wasn’t enough done to either prevent this mistake or educate pilots about what would happen. Even the FAA is partly to blame, since it didn’t check to make sure that the requirements behind a hazard waiver were…
  • Where Are All the Aliens?

    Keith
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    Although Hollywood would like you to think otherwise, the universe doesn’t seem to be populated with Little Green Men, or any other sort of aliens. Despite more than 50 years of searching, we’ve failed to detect any conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial civilization. This article is one of the best overviews of the situation that I’ve come across in quite a while. So there are 100 Earth-like planets for every grain of sand in the world. Think about that next time you’re on the beach. Moving forward, we have no choice but to get completely speculative. Let’s imagine…
  • The Five Biggest Threats to Human Existence

    Keith
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    I seem to be in an apocalyptic mood recently – maybe it’s because I’m about half way though Neal Stephenson’s excellent Seveneves.  Anyway, here’s another article describing different ways that the human race could be wiped out. Oddly, it doesn’t list climate change; although that might not be a threat to the human race per se, it certainly is a threat to civilization in the long term. In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but…
  • Some common sense on the coming ice age

    Keith
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    There’s been quite a  bit of press about a recent study that predicts a “decline in solar activity” starting around 2030. Unfortunately, most of what you’ve probably read about it is wrong, as this article points out. The decline is in the number of sunspots, not solar output, and the effect on climate is likely to be small. What we have here is a giant failure to communicate. This month there’s been a hoopla about a mini ice age, and unfortunately it tells us more about failures of science communication than the climate. Such failures can maintain the illusion of…
 
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  • How a CCMS Can Save Your Sanity

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    The real challenge for most technical communicators is the ability to juggle many projects simultaneously while keeping them synchronized across many deliverables, in multiple languages, with no errors, while meeting deadlines. Mescan, Suzanne
  • Meet Christina Mayr, New Carolina Chapter President

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    As your elected president for the 2015 - 2016 year, I am excited and honored to be leading our award-winning community Mayar, Christina
  • Interview with Nancy Duarte

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Presentations are the lingua franca of business and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell. In this interview, Nancy Duarte, best-selling author and CEO of Duarte, Inc., discusses her book "Resonate: Presenting Visual Stories That Transform Audiences," and other topics. Her groundbreaking work details a new way of structuring a presentation and connecting with an audience, helping the presenter create a human connection. Bleiel, Nicky
  • Interview with Nancy Duarte

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Presentations are the lingua franca of business and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell. In this interview, Nancy Duarte, best-selling author and CEO of Duarte, Inc., discusses her book "Resonate: Presenting Visual Stories That Transform Audiences," and other topics. Her groundbreaking work details a new way of structuring a presentation and connecting with an audience, helping the presenter create a human connection. Bleiel, Nicky
  • An Interview with John Carroll

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Interview with John Carroll, best‑known among technical communicators as “The Father of Minimalism,” a title he earned as a result of his popular book, The Nurnberg Funnel. Bleiel, Nicky
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  • TechSmith Camtasia Studio: The Clip Bin and The Library

    IconLogic
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    by Kevin Siegel    As you add assets to your Camtasia Studio project (such as images, animations, and audio), those assets appear in the Clip Bin.     Once objects appear in the Clip Bin, you can add them to the Timeline by simply dragging and dropping. (Or you can right-click a Clip Bin object and add it to the Timeline at the Playhead position.) Each Camtasia project contains its own Clip Bin and the Clip Bin moves with the project as you back up the project to a server or other drive.Unfortunately, you cannot share assets found in one project's Clip Bin with another project.
  • Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter: Which One Is Right For You?

    IconLogic
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    by Jennie Ruby    Adobe Presenter and Adobe Captivate have some overlapping functions. Both can create eLearning lessons that can be uploaded to and report results to a learning management system (LMS). Both can work with PowerPoint. Both can create interactive quizzes. And the list goes on. But what are the key differences that tell me which of these programs to buy? Or, if I already have both, which to use for any given project? Let's take a look. Adobe Presenter is a PowerPoint add-in, and is marketed by Adobe specifically to educators. It is the easiest path from PowerPoint to…
  • Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Dynamic Filters

    IconLogic
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    by Willam van Weelden     A few weeks ago I showed you how to use named Conditional Build Expressions to include or exclude content from your output. RoboHelp 2015 has a new feature to make tags even more useful: Dynamic Filters.With traditional Conditional Build Expressions you choose to exclude specific content from your output. Once you generate the output, content is included or excluded from the output. If you use build tags to target multiple audiences, you have to create an output for every audience. Enter Dynamic Filters: With dynamic filters readers dynamically switch the…
  • Adobe Captivate: Close Caption a Video

    IconLogic
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    by Lori Smith    I received an email from a Captivate developer who was lamenting the fact that her Captivate videos didn't have closed captions. "Sure it's easy to add closed captions to a Captivate slide," she said, "but you cannot add them to a video." This was a real problem since she was required to create accessible eLearning.   Believe it or not, it's just about as easy to add closed captions to a video as it is a slide. (Easy, but not obvious.) Here's how:Insert a video onto a slide via the Media menu. (When inserting the video, insert it…
  • Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Conditional Build Tags and Named Expressions

    IconLogic
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    by Willam van Weelden     A project can easily contain thousands of topics. When you generate a layout, all of the topics are generated. But what if you want to exclude several topics from being generated? Using Conditional Build tags, you can mark topics or topic content. When the time comes to generate, you can choose to create conditions that control which tagged content is generated. Using conditions, you can maintain one large project but generate multiple layouts; each layout can have unique content. Content that is excluded from a layout is not seen by your users.   Tagged content…
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  • Apache whirr basic tutorial explained

    Kiran
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    What is Apache Whirr Apache Whirr is open source java API library for creating/setup hadoop cluster on different cloud instance services. Apache whirr also provides command line tools to launch hadoop services. Whirr tool uses JCloud api in middle to interact with different cloud providers Whirr Advantages Apache Whirr provides following advantages No need of providing scripts for each
  • Scanner Class tutorial with examples in java

    Kiran
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Basics Usage of  Scanner class in java.  Scanner class is one of basic default classes provided by java language as part of JDK installation. Scanner class is located in java.util package Java.util.Scanner class is one way to take the input from keyboard in java. Scanner class read the input in the form of java primitive data types like Integer and String. Internally Scanner class in java
  • Install,setup cloudera hadoop on linux

    Kiran Kumar
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Install cloudera hadoop on linux This article talks about installing hadoop on single host machine hadoop is framework for large amount of data processing paralleled Hadoop implementation provided by different vendors like hortionworks and cloudera. This article talks about install cloudera hadoop on single machine. To setup cloudera hadoop, java is required. if java is not already
  • Java 7 feature :Multi catch block exception handling example with tutorial

    Kiran Kumar
    30 May 2013 | 10:18 pm
    Java 7 features – Exception Handling Java 7 language has introduced features like Usage of Stirings in Switch case, and improving the exception handling . It introduced multi catch block Prior to java 7, if we want to handle multiple exceptions in single catch block is not possible, but we can achieve this using multiple catch block where each catch block used to catch single exception. Let
  • 2 ways to create Connection Pool in java with examples

    Kiran Kumar
    29 May 2013 | 5:18 am
    Java Connection Pooling Usually applications are hosted on application server, and talk to database using database connection. data base connection is plain HTTP socket connection to database machine. Whenever request comes to application, application create a plain socket connection to database, once the request is completed, connection is timeout/closed, so like this for every request
 
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  • Are you giving your readers e-somnia?

    Ann Wylie
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Bedtime screen reading keeps folks up all nightHere’s one more obstacle to reaching readers online: Reading that email or blog post before bedtime can literally cause your readers to lose sleep.One more thing that’ll kill you The blue light from an electronic device may increase your readers’ risks for cancer and heart disease. Image by James Royal-LawsonAt least, that’s what researchers from Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital say.The researchers observed folks reading an e-book on an iPad for four hours before bedtime. Then they watched the…
  • Shatter the pyramid

    Ann Wylie
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Another communicator takes on the featureToo many communicators married the inverted pyramid when they were 19, have made a lot of triangular babies and have remained monogamous for all these years. Problem is, the traditional news structure doesn’t work well with humans.If only all pyramids were this colorful Add color to your copy with a feature instead of a news structure. Image by *Psycho Delia*But Janelle Davis, for one, has started to flirt around with other structures. During my Catch Your Readers Master Class in April, the public relations strategist for the American Academy of…
  • How is editing like closet tidying?

    Ann Wylie
    11 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Audition your words to go in, not outWhen Lynn Wylie, aka Best Sister Ever, sent me an Unfancy blog post arguing that all you need to look great every day is a capsule wardrobe of 37 items per season, I scoffed.Come out of the closet When cutting clutter from copy, as well as from closets, change your focus from what goes out to what stays in. Image by Rubbermaid ProductsAfter all, Dear Reader, Aunt Ann is a maximalist. I love Jessica Harper’s quote in Pennies From Heaven: “It’s not the money; it’s the stuff!” My jewelry box is seven stories high. When someone…
  • Color bind

    Ann Wylie
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Yes, Communicator, you can make your copy more colorfulHow can scanning old news headlines, getting a quick education from Wikipedia or asking your BFF and research assistant Google a question or two save a boring story?By helping you add concrete detail to your message in 30 minutes or less.One of my favorite editing assignments is to turn dry, abstract message into colorful copy — without going back to the subject matter expert for an interview.Here are some simple approaches you can use to find juicy details that transform your story from “meh” to masterpiece, along with…
  • Activate the passive voice online

    Ann Wylie
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Write subject-verb-objectPeople understand the active voice more easily than the passive voice.According to Jan H. Spyridakis, author of “Guidelines for Authoring Comprehensible Web Pages,” people:Remember active sentences verbatim better than passive ones. (Blount and Johnson, 1971)Read active sentences faster than passive ones. That may be because active sentences are usually shorter than passive ones. (Bostian 1983)Preferred the active voice and found it more familiar than the passive voice. (Bostian 1983)Found active copy easier to read than passive copy. (Kintsch 1993)So…
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  • Download Dragon Friends: Green Witch for PC (Windows 10/8/7/XP) or Mac

    Andy Cage
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Dragon Friends: Green Witch is an interesting and adventurous dragon simulation game that lands you in an island. This island is home for many dragons and other shy creatures that lived happily in the island until an evil Green Witch arrived on the island and forced slavery on these creatures. Basically, your major objective is to free the dragons and the island from the rule of the evil Green Witch and bring back peace and contentment to the island. However, the users are not required to get into any riots. The gamers are simply required to nourish the shy creatures and make residences,…
  • Super Mario Bros 3 Game-Free Download for PC (Windows 8, 7, XP)

    Andy Cage
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Super Mario Bros 3 is a quite exciting game featuring the two famous characters namely Mario and his sibling Luigi, who have to cross different hurdles in order to rescue Princess Peach and the rulers of seven different Kingdoms. There are several new characters introduced to the line of original enemies who will try hard to make your journey more difficult and miserable. The new Super Mario Bros 3 game features eight new exciting worlds and also includes a map screen for every world separately in order to show which areas are to be completed first. On their way, Mario and his brother Luigi…
  • Train Driver 15 Game for PC or Mac -Free Download

    Andy Cage
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Train Driver 15 is an adventurous and stimulating game that enables the users to experience the fun of driving a train in real time. The users will get an option to choose among different types of trains such as steam trains, passenger trains, freight trains and many more. This amazing simulation game features 15 different scenarios in order to check and test the train driving skills of the player. In order to provide a personal feedback on your performance and skills as a train driver, your performance on each and every mission is evaluated separately. The primary objective of the users is…
  • The Best Free Animated GIF Maker Apps for Android and iOS

    Andy Cage
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    Now-a-days animated GIF images are one of the most popular means of communicating with friends on the social networking sites or internet. You might have seen people posting GIFs on social networking sites. GIF images have become quite common these days. Now, people can even create GIF images on their own smartphones by simply making use of a GIF making app. So, if you also wish to create a GIF on your own, then here we have listed some of the best GIF making apps that will enable the user to create GIF images quite easily. If you are PC users then can visit how to make Animated GIFs in…
  • Death Moto 3 for PC (Windows 8/7/XP) or Mac : Free Download

    Andy Cage
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Death Moto 3 is generally based on a simple and easy concept. The gamers are given an option to choose their motorbikes from a wide range of motorbikes. In addition, they will have to equip themselves with weapons in order to become the most powerful character on the track. The ultimate objective of the users is to win the race by driving their bikes on the track at high speed in order to overcome the enemies and hurdles that come their way. Make sure you avoid accidents and traffic that come your way. You can make use of your weapons and guns to demolish your enemies on road. Your aim is to…
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  • Gmail Login www.Gmail.com Login | Signin | Gmail.com Sign up – Create New Account

    VR
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    Gmail Login www.gmail.com login : Gmail (also called in some places as Google Mail ) is a free email service provided by the company Google. This service has gained support for its technological innovations, capacity and design differential is organized Gmail emails as conversations, grouped according to the subject matter hereof. Beside each question the number of messages (e-mails) to be sent or received under the same subject appears. www.Gmail.com Login | Sign in Gmail Login Gmail.com Login is easy, just have to enter the site  www.gmail.com. and there with our email and password can…
  • Showbox App Download For PC free Windows 8.1/8/ Iphone Android APK

    VR
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    Showbox for pc, Iphone, Android, Windows Showbox is one of the best applications for broadcasting programs and movies that are on the market. This application has a large repertoire of shows and movies on demand as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and many more, plus you can see them not only online but you can also download them. Definitely a great application that will be available from your Smartphone and now Windows. One of its main features is its library of content making it stand out against other applications besides it is not an application of pay. Its interface is very easy to use so…
  • Line for PC – Download Line Messenger for PC / Windows / Laptop

    VR
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Line Application for PC version for both Mac and Windows, allows us to have synchronized all the conversations we have in our smartphone and in the same way, chat windows we have on our PC, they will automatically sync with your Smartphone, by PC line the best instant messaging application . Also you can chat make Free calls from your mobile phone to another, from a smart phone to a computer from a PC to a Smartphone or PC to PC. Line PC is the best IM application, download messaging and installs LINE in minutes, can make free calls with Line PC . Line PC, is a PPP Japanese IM and is…
  • Kik For PC – Download Kik Messenger for PC / Windows / Mac

    VR
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Kik Messenger is the instant email program used by millions of people around the world on their mobile devices such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone and even Symbian is free, no cost and we also have alternatives to use Kik Messenger for PC . Kik offers instant email and text and also enables users to share photographs, sketches, voice messages and other content. The system requires each user to register a user name as identification. Download Kik Messenger For PC Since your mail application was created for mobile devices, even there is no official application for computers, but it is not…
  • Download Subway Surfers for PC (Windows & Mac)

    VR
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Know you like to play this game on your home computer, so I want to help by giving you some tips for you to accomplish download Subway Surfers PC and can play on your computer with your operating system Windows , so no more I’ll have to explain as you can enjoy it with just a few simple steps. Subway Surfers For PC To enjoy this game you have to download an emulator for Windows that emulates the Android environment on your PC, there are hundreds of them, only the need to download from Google, you will find it much easier than it looks and in a few clicks you’ll have it installed…
 
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  • Is Medical Research More Demanding than Other Academic Studies?

    Kalpesh
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    There are thousands of research students who are involved in conducting medical and scientific studies. If these students are compared to those involved in research in other academic areas, then the competition looks fierce. Research in any academic field can be as demanding as a medical study. Thus, the comparison cannot be done in terms of the stress levels of students or their involvement or time consumption. However, there are definitely some differences in the way medical and other research studies are performed. A major difference is in the nature and sensitivity of data involved in…
  • Is There Anyone Who Does Not Have PhD Depression?

    Kalpesh
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The kind of people who circled me in school were all of the opinion, including me, that learning was meant for the silly and those who showed a lot of interest in learning were even more stupid. Contrary to that, when I entered college, the group of people I interacted were had a very contrasting opinion. There was fortunately a lot of excitement to learn which came from a very motivating and disciplined lifestyle they lead. I came across people who were willing to go to the library to do reading voluntarily with a lot of eustress. This brought forth in them the most important purpose of…
  • Adopt These 10 Unbeatable Ways to Do Your PhD Writing Everyday

    Kalpesh
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    We keep reading and talking about various problems associated with academic writing that researchers face on day to day basis. Procrastination, lack of motivation, poor time management, to name a few of the concerns. There are multiple ways that can be adopted to deal with this problem and the list available is endless. You may wonder what is so special about this blog that makes it stand apart from the league. Before you actually begin to read the tips that I write below, Figure out how these tips are different. You may have found umpteen people advising on the behavioural and psychological…
  • Is It Something Worthy That Qualitative Research Brings Out?

    Kalpesh
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    The common perception is that qualitative research is a simple technique, approach  and  does not have anything much to contribute. There are reasons, or rather some valid reason for which this perception has continued to sustain. The reasons are: The flow of knowledge in the case of qualitative research that is commercial in nature has an oral approach. Whatever is observed and learnt by the researchers on job, they are seen practicing that. The barriers at the entry level for qualitative research are relatively fewer. A researcher with just some basic background in social sciences or…
  • Is Your PhD at the Cost of Your Mental Health?

    Kalpesh
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
    There is a significant increase in the mental health problems in the PhD community and though it is a less evident concern but a mammoth surely. I have often come across posts about PhD students suffering from depression, insomnia, imposter syndrome, food disorders and so much so as suicide attempts. The mental concerns bring up a daunting effect on the physical self as well. I have no qualms in admitting that I have been a victim of depression during my teenage years. Being into a doctoral programme now, I thought I would easily become alert to the symptoms, if at all they resurface for me.
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  • Google + And There Footprint

    RedFeather
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Google footprint is so big it rumbles the Net     Google + has become so large that wen something happens that they darn right shake the Net the wait of the company is so big . The reach enters into so many lives even if you do not use Google or Google + . […]Continue reading... The post Google + And There Footprint appeared first on grep Haxs.
  • Space The New Place To Liter

    RedFeather
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    Space Once considered The New Frontier   Space once considered the new frontier is more and more turning out to be the place to liter and leave mankind’s junk . Although there are still plenty of room in the universe to discover and the constant struggle to find other life forms as are own . […]Continue reading... The post Space The New Place To Liter appeared first on grep Haxs.
  • Central Processing Units

    RedFeather
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Central processing units who has One Dare I say everyone has a central processing unit better known as the brain . The ( CPU ) in human terms is called the brain and no matter how much we wish to group things together every human ( CPU ) unit is different . This gives the […]Continue reading... The post Central Processing Units appeared first on grep Haxs.
  • Messaging Update For Facebook

    RedFeather
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    Facebook and there Messaging Program I cant quit remember how long ago what maybe a year or two maybe three wen Facebook decided to separate there messaging program from Facebook . In any event it was quit a confusing moment for most and for some that were hardcore there were moments of a rebellious attitude […]Continue reading... The post Messaging Update For Facebook appeared first on grep Haxs.
  • India Did They Miss The Boat

    RedFeather
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    India and the people There Of If you know anyone from India as I do you would know they can be some of the nicest people to meet and they sure know how to work ( and bring in the money ) . They love there mango’s and have a very aspiring culture and have […]Continue reading... The post India Did They Miss The Boat appeared first on grep Haxs.
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  • Multiple Choice Questions Head Constable/Forest Guard Exam 2014

    Mohammad Anis Hanif
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Multiple Choice Questions Head Constable/Forest Guard Exam 2014 Here you will find the objective types or multiple choice questions paper on Head Constable/Forest Guard Exam. The exam was held on September 2014. The paper is fully solved. Check your knowledge and be prepare for online test and entrance examination. Multiple Choice Questions Head Constable/Forest Guard [...] The post Multiple Choice Questions Head Constable/Forest Guard Exam 2014 appeared first on Multiple Choice Questions and Answers- General Knowledge, Oracle, Linux, Windows and many more...
  • Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 6

    Mohammad Anis Hanif
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 6 Here you will find objective types or multiple choice questions on general knowledge. You can check your skills and get prepare for online test and entrance examinations. Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge 51. The Sachchar Committee which has recently submitted its report to the Union Government [...] The post Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 6 appeared first on Multiple Choice Questions and Answers- General Knowledge, Oracle, Linux, Windows and many more...
  • Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 5

    Mohammad Anis Hanif
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 5 Here you will find objective / multiple choice Questions on General Knowledge for Interview and entrance examination. Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge. 41. The Strait of Hormuz is an important route for international traffic between- a. The Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman b. The [...] The post Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 5 appeared first on Multiple Choice Questions and Answers- General Knowledge, Oracle, Linux, Windows and many more...
  • Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 4

    Mohammad Anis Hanif
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 4 This is the another set of Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 4. Check your GK Knowledge here. Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 4 31. Which Amendment of the constitution of India has fixed the size of Council of Minister at 15% of the [...] The post Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 4 appeared first on Multiple Choice Questions and Answers- General Knowledge, Oracle, Linux, Windows and many more...
  • Solved Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 3

    Mohammad Anis Hanif
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 3 This is the another set of Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge. Go and check your knowledge.   Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 3 21. The Indian Government has decided to observe 2012 as- a. Telecommunicaton Year b. Mathematics Year c. Literacy Year d. None [...] The post Solved Multiple Choice Questions on General Knowledge Part 3 appeared first on Multiple Choice Questions and Answers- General Knowledge, Oracle, Linux, Windows and many more...
 
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  • How to Install File and Folder Secure Application

    Tech Dwarf
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Surely you have ever wondered how to hide files that are sensitive for you or contain personal information. Files that you do not want to get into the wrong hands. With Secure Folder you can hide selected folders, their content and set the different degrees of protection from just hiding to encryption. Your folder scan be invisible to strangers, but also visible, but in accessible. How to download and install this security application read in instructions below. Instructions: Open your Internet browser, go to Secure Folder page. Click on the “Download Secure Folder” button and same on the…
  • How to Hide, Protect or Encrypt Folders

    Tech Dwarf
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Sometimes we need to secure some files or folders against abusing by third person, there are many options we can copy them on flash drive and lock it, set a password for our user account, set the folder hidden attribute, etc. But if you want to really protect the folder by encryption and password you have to use security software such as Secure Folder, how to install this application is described in “How do I Install File and Folder Secure Application” article and in instruction below you can read how to use it. Instructions: Launch the application and click on the “Login” button. Now…
  • How to Track Changes in Microsoft Word

    Tech Dwarf
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Microsoft Word text editor allows us more and more functions with every new version. One of the very useful but actually not so new is tracking changes made in the document by particular user. This is used typically in companies where are documents shared and commented by more employees. It is very easy to use this tool, but it can help us monitor all suggestions and changes, in instructions below you can read how to enable tracking of changes and how to accept and refuse them.   Enable the tracking function: Launch the Microsoft Word text editor. Open the document you want to modify.
  • How to Get Information about File Extension

    Tech Dwarf
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    The database of the files extensions contains thousands of file types and it is getting bigger because programmers change and create new files. Sometimes we have problem with any file or we just want to know more information about the file, we can check information about the file in online database. This is very useful we aren’t sure about the deletion of the file or if we don’t know which program can open it. How to connect to file extension database on the Internet and get needed information read in instructions below. Finding information about file instructions: Open your Internet…
  • How to Change My Profile Picture on Facebook

    Tech Dwarf
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Facebook is a very popular social network and millions of people use it for communication with their relatives and friends. In this article I would like to instruct you how to set a photo which everyone see if he try to search us, this photo identifies us from other people with same name. In instructions below I am going to describe a process how to set photo for my Facebook profile both from already saved photos and by uploading new one. Profile photo from saved images: Open your Internet browser and log on your Facebook account. In the left pane click on your name and then on “Photos”.
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