Thoughts on DocTrain  Clip to Evernote

Yesterday, Scott Abel posted that PubsNet (the company behind the DocTrain conference series) was closing up shop and that DocTrain was no more. Let’s just say that this was a bit of a surprise, and it really saddened me. Sure, it’s a sign of the current economic times but that doesn’t make it any easier.

If you’ve been reading this space for any length of time, you know that over the last few years Aaron and I have been fairly regular participants at DocTrain. We’ve spoken together at DocTrain West twice, participated in a panel another time, and I presented solo at DocTrain East last year. DocTrain was good to us while it lasted.

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Semantic wikis at AutoDesk  Clip to Evernote

Toronto Wiki Tuesdays is back, tomorrow (May 19th) in fact. This time around Michiel Duvekot, Global Technical Lead for Maya Product Support at AutoDesk, will be presenting. His talk will be on how AutoDesk uses semantic wikis to capture knowledge for customer support.

If you’re a wiki enthusiast in the Toronto area, or just want to learn about how one firm is using wikis to capture knowledge, then this is definitely a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Tuesday evening. If you want to attend, you’ll have to join the Toronto Wiki Tuesdays group at

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend. The universe has once again pointed the you-know-what-with-me gun in my direction and my Tuesdays are filled until August.

The Twitter Book and tech comm  Clip to Evernote

Recently, O’Reilly Media released a new book by Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein: The Twitter Book. A review of the book will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

What’s interesting about the book isn’t its subject matter, but rather the way in which it was written. Believe it or not, the book was done in PowerPoint. Yes, PowerPoint. A piece of software that’s generally used to create presentation slides.

Shortly after the book’s release, Tim O’Reilly recently blogged about the book, the writing process, and how the approach to the The Twitter Book was an attempt to reinvent the concept of the book in the age of the Web. Read O’Reilly’s post for the details.

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