Quick Editing Guide for Technical Writer

Documentation is like sex; when it’s good, it’s very, very good, and when it’s bad, it’s better than nothing. – Dick Brandon

Technical documents such as User Guide, Configuration Guide, Installation Manual and others must be written in such a way that these translate the complex and puzzling into something that everyone and anyone can understand. When the user reads the user guide, it must obviously guide him and should not confuse him. The step-by-step guide must be clearly stated and logically arranged.

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Footnote to aspiring Technical Writer

Writing skills and technical knowledge form the foundation of technical writing career. One do not need to be a software developer to become a successful technical writer (in IT). He only needs to understand what the developers do.

Although some companies prefer to get a very “technical” writer – those with technical degree – many companies have apprehensions that “technical” writer will soon get more interested on coding rather than writing/developing online help systems, designing web sites, and delivering multimedia training.

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Shift

I really never knew what I wanted until I was in a career I believe that I wanted, only to realize that I wanted something else.

Choosing a career indeed put me in crossroads.

No one knew but when I was in grade school, I wanted to become priest, or become the Pope, and saint. I didn’t know why.

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English Class with Miss Repulle

Perhaps my most influential high school English Teacher in Santa Maria Goretti College was Miss Rosario Repulle. I remember her as compassionate, and soft-spoken yet tough. She motivated us to be attentive by either not saying a word or by looking innocently at us, a technique which now I believe as most effective that time.

There were always something we look forward to in her class – something we enjoy, something to learn upon.

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Coffee Break

Reportedly, Voltaire drank about 50 cups of coffee each day!

I drink less than 5 cups a day. With such little amount of coffee, many of close friends are alarmed with what they see as ‘excessive’ coffee consumption. They must know that I got a minute share of about 500 billion cups of coffee consumed each year.

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Ethical Hacking

I just stumble the term, ethical hacking. The term get my attention when I learn that this year’s recipient of the prestigious Timothy Fidel Memorial Award is a Filipino. He is Alexandar Ramos, a computer forensic analyst of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He was awarded for his outstanding role and analysis of digital evidences in a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving 7,000 hacked PBX’s/voicemail systems worldwide.

Is hacking ethical? Or, does hacking becomes ethical?

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English Rules!

“English Rules!” was the motto of the Department of Languages and Literature of Blancia Carreon College where I used to serve as instructor.The striking line emerged when the “Speak to me in English” campaign was launched, making the entire campus an English speaking zone. The campaign was inspired by the government’s, as well as the institution’s concern on the deterioration of the use of English language.

I personally believe the great advantages of graduates who are proficient in English. But of course, skills are on top.

After I left my teaching profession, I haven’t heard much about the program. However, I am sure that the program sustained.

As classes start, I always recall the good old days when I was serving as moulder of the young minds.

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Jerry G. Gervacio|Mandaue City|Contact: Send Mail
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