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For several years I’ve shown ads in my sidebar using the WP125 ad plugin. But I think readers tend to become blind to website ads like this, so I decided to switch things up a bit. If you look in my Sponsors section, you’ll see snippets of text beside each graphic. Sponsors also have control to update the text and images themselves.
A friend pointed me to YouTube for a documentary called Nukes in Space – The Rainbow Bombs, about the high-altitude nuclear tests that the U.S. carried out in the 1960s. And listed in the side bar were a whole bunch more. I’ve only watched one of these so far, The Engines that Came in From the Cold – The Soviet Moon Program, and it’s great, with lots of information and footage I’ve never seen before.
Here’s a few more:
“At worst he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least he fostered an attitude within the party, chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision, or leadership. In the end it doesn’t really matter where his actions or lack of them fall on that scale. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads. If he had a right or honourable bone in his body he would admit that and resign immediately”.
The following is a guest post by Steve Goldberg. Steve is a technical writer and Confluence administrator working for a software company in London, UK. You can follow him on Twitter [@BergerofLondon](http://twitter.com/bergeroflondon]. This post is written in a personal capacity of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of his employers.
Atlassian’s 2013 Summit saw the company announce a swathe of new features and updates for their products, namely Questions (a Stack Exchange-style question-and-answer plugin for Confluence) and Service Desk (an end-user orientated U (more)
If you have to document, or even worse, write sample code, you need to be able to check the code’s syntax. If you’re not a programmer, this can be a problem.
Sarah Maddox offers some tips for checking the syntax of Java source code. Having had to document Java APIs in the past, I think her tips make a lot of sense. She explains how to work from the command line and also how to use the Eclipse IDE, which is ubiquitous in Java programming shops.
The Java compiler (javac) is part of the developer toolkit that comes with (more)
Several worthwhile tech comm conferences are scheduled for next year. Here are eight I know about. Help me to round out the Top 10 by suggesting missing ones via the comments!
26-28 Feb 14, San Jose, CA – Intelligent Content
3-6 Mar 14, Palm Springs, CA – Writers UA West
…in which we explore the idea of minimal viable product as applied to technical content.
You’ve probably heard of minimum viable product, which has “just enough” features. In technical communication, minimum viable content isn’t a new idea—it’s a common survival strategy—although I think the more accurate label would be minimum defensible content.
Like most childen growing up in the 1950s, I watched the Disney show every Sunday evening. My favourite shows were those featuring the “World of Tomorrow” segments, and one of the best was “Mars and Beyond’, with a 50s vision of a trip to Mars inspired by Wernher von Bruan and art by Chesley Bonestell. You can watch it here on YouTube.(more)
Let’s say I’ve put together some sample Java code, and I want to check the syntax. What’s the easiest way to do that? This post compares two of the many possible solutions I’ve found. The first is to use the Java compiler (javac) from the command line. The second is to use Eclipse’s built-in syntax checker.
Work is underway to cover the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, with a giant steel sarcophagus that should last for at least 100 years. The current concrete and steel covering is close to collapse, which could release vast amounts of radioactive dust into the atmosphere. It’s a huge engineering project – building an arched structure similar in size to Toronto’s Skydome and moving it over the reactor.
At 110m (360ft) tall, the structure could house the (more)
In When an Editor Matters, Rich Adin, who is a professional editor, looks at a review of book that points out failings that were clearly caused by insufficient or incompetent editing. It’s not a minor matter in a major biography – Jo Walton has raised similar complaints about the recent biography of Robert A. Heinlein. Many technical writers, myself included, work in groups where we don’t have the services of a professional editor and have to rely on peer edits. It’s something t (more)
I was talking with a friend the other day when he mentioned that over the weekend he had crossed off a few items from his “bucket list.” For this friend, those bucket items involved skydiving over the Pacific ocean and sleeping on the beach. (Well, those last two items are fictional, because I can’t really write what the items were). But it got me thinking, what are the items on my bucket list?
First, a bucket list is a list of achievements or experiences you want to have before you kick the bucket, expire, or die. I’ve seen a lot of apps involving bucket list (more)
If you’ve ever worked on a writing project that had to be translated, you know that translation can make your life a lot more complicated (at best) and pure hell (at worst). On Scriptorium’s blog, Bill Swallow offers some useful tips on avoiding problems in translation projects. Having worked on a couple myself, I can tell you that his advice is spot on and will make your life a lot easier if you follow it.
A “Frankenfile” is a term of endearment used to de (more)
Having worked at two translation companies and on many projects requiring localization, I appreciate just how nimble LSPs (language service providers) can be. Their ability to track down translators with the necessary subject matter expertise and handle a vast array of file formats is truly remarkable. That said, localization efficiency is dependent on you, the content provider.(more)
To show and increase the value of tech comm in your organization requires focus and priorities. That’s especially difficult in times of too many conflicting demands and not enough resources.
But you can adapt tried-and-proven business principles and tools to keep your tech comm efforts on the rails and contribute to larger business goals.The 4 strategic layers
A solid business strategy framework has four aligned layers:
Sad news for music fans. AOL is shutting down development of Winamp, the best music player ever. I’ve been using it ever since I first discovered MP3s sometime in the 1990s and will keep using it until it stops working, hopefully a long time from now. I don’t use the library or other fancy features, I just load music into it and play it. Winamp is easy on resources, unlike iTunes, which will bog down my i7 10GB PC and insists on trying to install Apple crap I don’t want every time it wants an update.
I’m not the only person who feels this way – read (more)