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Scott will be hosting a seminar titled “Getting Organized with Google Apps” at the Camaraderie coworking space in Toronto on September 23, 2010.
In this one-hour seminar, Scott will look at how to organize your work and life using Google Apps. More than just a walk through of how to use the software, this seminar will offer useful techniques you can get more organized and productive, in a simple way. You’ll learn how to integrate Google Apps into your workflow and lifestyle. Best of all, you can apply these techniques to any organization tool that you work with.
You can find more details about the seminar, and register for it, here.
The cost for attendees is $10 (Cdn.), payable via PayPal. The proceeds from this event will help sponsor the FLOSS Manuals book sprint to be held at Toronto Open Source Week on October 26 and 27, 2010.
by: Bill Kerschbaum
One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. Not because I like to cook (I hate it, actually), but because my wife likes to cook. It’s a wonderful activity that brings such rapturous pleasure to both cook and eater—especially if the hobbyist is as good as my wife is!
So one day I was thinking about technical writing, and it occurred to me that cookbooks are nothing more than user guides for your flour, eggs, and sugar. They’re instructional, task-oriented, and generally follow the same basic principles that technical writing uses. They even come in hardcopy and electronic (e.g., TV show) formats!
Tired of technical writing? Consider instructional design, product management, tech illustration, programming, or write the next great novel
I found Craig’s tweet interesting because it echoed something Aaron and I talked about a few years ago. Yes, it is possible to become tired of being a technical writer. I was at the point twice in my career.