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Smart products are hitting the market daily. Everything from toothbrushes to frying pans are being reimagined and made intelligent. The San Francisco-based crew at Bluesmart have produced the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled connected luggage that allows — among other things — you to recharge your phone, locate it when lost, and weigh the contents before you arrive at the airport check-in counter.
Take a (more)
Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler and Helen Chang, Founder of Author Bridge Media, for a free online video series entitled, “Write, Publish & Launch Your Book,” March 8-10, 2016. Learn how to create a book that can transform people’s lives, support your business, and position yourself as an expert.
This isn’t another “Write y (more)
According to ABC News, “OK Go band members spent three weeks in Russia filming the video for their new single, ‘Upside Down, Inside Out.’ The band says they spent around two hours and 15 minutes in weightlessness while filming the video at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, near Moscow.”
We thought it was a fun combination of music and space technology. And, it’s a catchy tune as (more)
As I try to wrap my mind around the requirements of one of my current projects, I find myself struggling with the fundamental paradigm of single source publishing.
Consider Project Godzilla, as I’ll call it. Project Godzilla involves an API that plugs in requests from a lot of different product lines, thus serving as a kind of master API for dozens of products. The total possible JSON submitted in the request is quite large, since it accommodates so many potential products. But each customer will only use a slice of the JSON. As a result, the delivery engineers want to give custom (more)
If you use, or have any interest in Google for Work, their office/productivity suite for business, check out their official Google for Work blog. Even if you don’t use the business suite, it’s worth checking for information on the standard consumer products like Google Docs, especially since Google updates features quite frequently.
Today’s post is about templates for Forms.(more)
In his highly informative webinar, Why We Shouldn’t Translate Marketing…And Why We Do It Anyway, Wayne Bourland, Director of Localization at Dell, tackles a common problem facing most businesses operating across international lines: how to produce efficient and scalable marketing content that also meets the unique cultural expect (more)
Frankly, I find reading long articles on the web a pain. Computer monitors just aren’t meant for long-form reading and most websites’ design is horrible with bad typography and distracting adds and unnecessary page breaks. So I like to use Instapaper to save articles and later download to my Kindle. I’ve been doing this almost ever since I got my Kindle and it makes my life much easier.
There are several ways you can get web content to your Kindle, and although Instapaper works for me, it may not be your best choice. Gizmodo has an article that (more)
By Marcia Riefer Johnston, special to The Content Wrangler
A year ago, I started working with the Content Marketing Institute team on stories related to intelligent content. Coming from a technical communication background, I knew about intelligent content from that perspective, but I wasn’t sure how it would apply to marketing.
Today, it’s still not clear (more)
Time for another “the sky is falling” post about climate change.
First, something I heard on the radio this weekend – actually a couple of things, not necessarily connected to climate change, but related to climate change unless you think that there’s a connection between this year’s extreme El Nino and climate change (possible but not proven). First, native communities in Canada’s north are suffering because the winter ice roads that they rely on for transportation of heavy goods aren’t passable because the winter has been so warm. (Remember (more)
I’m super excited. I’ve just launched my first app on the Google Play Store: Tech Comm on a Map. It’s for technical communicators, to help us see what’s happening in the tech comm world.
See what’s happening in tech comm around you. If you know of something that’s missing from the map, you can add it yourself using the “Add event” option: a conference, meetup, business, or other item of interest to technical communic (more)
Just before the blizzard that crippled a significant portion of the East Coast, I was returning from a business trip. I did eventually make it home, but the return flight included a bonus three-day layover in Charlotte, NC. I’ll spare … Continue reading →(more)
We broke down and bought a Brother Personal Touch labeller today. I got tired of digging through the freezer trying to figure out the difference between a chicken soup and a pork gravy meal. For anyone interested, it’s a PT-D400AD.
A couple of comments. The basic label printing functions are fine. It will do a lot of fancy stuff but all I want is a simple label with type big enough for me to read. (It uses up to 18 mm. tape). The main limitation is (more)
Not many technical writers use YAML in their authoring tools. However, in the Jekyll environment, YAML is commonly used as an approach for creating a table of contents and other lists of content.
Most commonly, you store each item in your table of contents in a YAML file. You then iterate through that YAML file using Liquid syntax in order to push each item into a more complex HTML structure.
When I first learned that this is the approach to creating a table of contents in Jekyll, it struck me as odd. But as I have used it for a while now, I’ve found this is the best way t (more)
Here is a description of the API workshop I’m giving in Sacramento:Workshop on Documenting REST APIs
At its core, REST API documentation focuses on documenting requests and responses. You describe the various endpoints available, their methods, parameters, and other details. And you also document sample responses from the endpoints, usually describing each element and providing sample code.
In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of REST API documentation. We’ll dive deeply into the following (more)