Long before I was a technical writer, I was a technology writer. All the way back in my college days I wrote a column for the school’s newspaper called Technological Anarchy (PDF, sample columns from 1997!). You see I was interested in the sociological effects of technology even
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written and even longer since I have written regularly. There has been so much happening in the tech world impacting our culture that I feel I need to reset. From Jaron Lanier telling us to quit social media in his new book, to all of the
Anyone who has seen the recently released film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and is at least tangentially familiar with the work of a technical writer will recognize their importance to the film’s denouement. Warning: Spoiler alert! Bullock’s character
The world behind the scenes in Montreal is wondrous. Remixing technology, art, business, careers, French and English, but most of all an avant-garde creative force that shook the planet—and will again—I thought it time to take an account inspired by what the book What the Doormou
As a technical writer you are employed to write a sort of truth about the software you are documenting. Of course, any company is in business to make money and there are always some contradictory motivations within the organization and perhaps in the wider industry you are operating w
Writing, reading, thought and language are so intimately human that it can be jarring to think about writing for, well, the machine. As much as technology has advanced, and will advance, it still seems like real understanding of the same nature as what happens in a human mind –
There is a backroom in most organizations now where the so-called magic happens. Where algorithms are composed and compiled and which is getting increasingly hard to penetrate. The systems being used to direct this work, which is increasingly esoteric as it is constantly altered and m
I am a writer, web developer, and consultant with over 20 years experience. I have served small, medium, and up to very large clients. These include billion dollar tech companies such as Autodesk and the highest profile production houses like Moment Factory: who worked on the Super Bowl show with Madonna.