Valuable Abilities for the Technical Communicator in the Oil Industry

Post by Noel Atzmiller I spent some time this week, preparing my topics for the up-coming meeting at the University of Houston-Downtown campus in April. At this meeting, I plan to discuss some documents on which Technical Communicators might work at an oilfield services company. While I collected the document samples, I quickly thought of … Continue reading Valuable Abilities for the Technical Communicator in the Oil Industry

Top 25 Technical Writing Blogs

One blog evaluation website (blogmetrics.org) provides a ranking in different categories of blogs, each in one neat list. One of the categories available that may be applicable to this group provides links to the most popular Technical Writing blogs along with details of how the rankings were calculated. For those of you who are occasionally searching for something--either generic … Continue reading Top 25 Technical Writing Blogs

Book Review – Three Keys to the Past – The History of Technical Communication

Review by Noel Atzmiller Three Keys to the Past – The History of Technical Communication, edited by Teresa C. Kynell and Michael G. Moran; Ablex Publishing Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut 1999. If you are interested in essays about the history of technical communication, you might try reading this book. It is the final volume of the … Continue reading Book Review – Three Keys to the Past – The History of Technical Communication

Workshop – APIs and SDKs: Breaking Into and Succeeding in a Specialty Market with Ed Marshall

APIs and SDKs: Breaking Into and Succeeding in a Specialty Market with Ed Marshall https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apis-and-sdks-breaking-into-and-succeeding-in-a-specialty-market-with-ed-marshall-tickets-18463731518 The North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter is sponsoring an API Documentation Workshop in the Dallas área on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. The presenter is Ed Marshall., long time STC member and a specialist in … Continue reading Workshop – APIs and SDKs: Breaking Into and Succeeding in a Specialty Market with Ed Marshall

Teaching Engineers to Fish – Noel Atzmiller

The old saying, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime," might be apropos for this month's program from STC Houston's Noel Atzmiller. Teaching technical writing to engineers can be a challenge, and yet can help improve business communications greatly. When … Continue reading Teaching Engineers to Fish – Noel Atzmiller

September Season Kick-Off: Teaching Engineers to Fish?

Welcome back, STC Houston members and friends! We're all set for another great program season and looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 8 at the American Red Cross (2700 Southwest Fwy.) The old saying, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him … Continue reading September Season Kick-Off: Teaching Engineers to Fish?

Notes from the Net – July 2015

by Doris BeetemGone in a flash? Facebook says Adobe's plug-in is a security risk no longer worth takingby Brett Murphy July 13, 2015 4:08 PM PDTUpdated: July 14, 2015 6:14 AM PDThttp://www.cnet.com/news/gone-in-a-flash-facebook-says-adobes-plug-in-is-a-security-risk-no-longer-worth-taking/Adobe Systems' Flash software has come under fire yet again after Facebook security chief Alex Stamos called for the end of the animation software … Continue reading Notes from the Net – July 2015

Book Review – Clear and to the Point

by Noel Atzmiller, Manager, Technical Publications, Baker HughesClear and to the Point by Stephen M. KosslynOxford University Press 2007Have you ever viewed a PowerPoint presentation that was difficult to understand? Was the information on the slides confusing or obscure? Did you struggle to determine the most important point displayed?If you had these experiences, it might be … Continue reading Book Review – Clear and to the Point