Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?

Subject: Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?
From: Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 16:19:36 -0700

CMOS - Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor

CMOS - Chicago Manual of Style.

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On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 4:17 PM, voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> I must be acronym-challenged. CMOS to me is a type of integrated circuit
> (and highly likely an out-of-date one at that).
>
> -a different W
>
> On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 6:45 PM, Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:
>
>> If I were you, I'd change my email, my phone, and my address...just to be
>> safe oh and arm yourself with the latest CMOS!!!
>>
>>
>> W
>>
>> On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 2:57 PM, Karen Field Carroll <kfcarroll -at- cox -dot- net
>> >wrote:
>>
>> > Whoops--No, Gene has nothing to do with this! I'm terribly sorry if the
>> > message gave that impression (and specific apologies to Gene).
>> >
>> > Gee, I can't wait to see what kind of hostility a mistake like this
>> draws
>> > to
>> > my Inbox. :)
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Combs, Richard [mailto:richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com]
>> > Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 2:53 PM
>> > To: Karen Field Carroll; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> > Subject: RE: Are tech writers inherently snobby?
>> >
>> > Karen, did you mean to reply to Gene's message (which you quoted below),
>> > or was that inadvertent? His post doesn't seem to have anything to do
>> > with your font question, wasn't off-list, and isn't arrogant, so I don't
>> > see how it can be related to your question. But others looking at it
>> > casually might assume otherwise.
>> >
>> > Richard
>> >
>> > > -----Original Message-----
>> > > From: techwr-l-bounces+richard -dot- combs=polycom -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> > > [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+richard.combs<techwr-l-bounces%2Brichard.combs>
>> <techwr-l-bounces%2Brichard.combs>
>> > =polycom -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com]
>> > On
>> > > Behalf Of Karen Field Carroll
>> > > Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:42 PM
>> > > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> > > Subject: Are tech writers inherently snobby?
>> > >
>> > > Hello.
>> > > For the second time in two days, I've posted to the list and gotten an
>> > > off-line reply that I thought reeked with arrogance. Each time I wrote
>> > back
>> > > and asked for clarification on the tone, because, as I'll be the first
>> > to
>> > > tell you, I'm somewhat defensive and tend to read a lot into e-mails,
>> > and
>> > > so
>> > > I wanted to be sure I'm not being my over-protective self. (In today's
>> > > case,
>> > > the tone was so obvious I'm pretty darn sure it's not just me.) But
>> > this is
>> > > such a consistent pattern--I've worked with many writers who thought
>> > they
>> > > hung the moon--that I'm starting to wonder if people in our profession
>> > > (including me, because I can definitely be a snob) are prone to being
>> > a
>> > > holier-than-thou.
>> > > Any thoughts?
>> > >
>> > > -----Original Message-----
>> > > From: techwr-l-bounces+kfcarroll=cox -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> > > [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kfcarroll <techwr-l-bounces%2Bkfcarroll><techwr-l-bounces%2Bkfcarroll>=
>> > cox -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
>> > Behalf Of
>> > > Gene Kim-Eng
>> > > Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 1:47 PM
>> > > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> > > Subject: Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?
>> > >
>> > > I have my doubts about this one. I think control enhancements will
>> > still
>> > > keep
>> > > most of the maintenance and repair operations out of the hands of end
>> > > users,
>> > > and
>> > > the "future enhanced" spinning wheel will do more but require no more
>> > user
>> > > skill
>> > > than the old models peoples' grandmothers used to teach them to use.
>> > If
>> > > equipment becomes more design-for-service oriented and moves away from
>> > > disposability, the maintenance and repair manuals will still be there,
>> > but
>> > > as
>> > > long as the "back to basics" trend doesn't go all the way back to
>> > people
>> > > having
>> > > their stuff made locally by village smithies, the people doing the
>> > related
>> > > work
>> > > will be providers of repair services. There will always be some
>> > people
>> > > techy
>> > > and ambitious enough to want the Sams Photofact book, but most will
>> > bring
>> > > their
>> > > stuff to the repair shop or call the traveling fixers the way they
>> > used to
>> > > back
>> > > in the days of tube radios and TVs and cars with distributor caps and
>> > > carburetors.
>> > >
>> > > The transition of tech writers' jobs *back* to being more interesting
>> > and
>> > > more
>> > > down-to-earth, but requiring more knowledge of what goes on under the
>> > > hood.has
>> > > already been in motion for some time now.
>> > >
>> > > Gene Kim-Eng
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > ----- Original Message -----
>> > > From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
>> > > When your equipment is solid and meant to last, you'll tend to learn a
>> > bit
>> > > about
>> > > how to maintain and fix it, rather than count on throwing it away and
>> > > replacing
>> > > it because a new one /i/s/ used to be cheaper than a repair.
>> > >
>> > >
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References:
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Sharon Burton
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Are tech writers inherently snobby?: From: Karen Field Carroll
RE: Are tech writers inherently snobby?: From: Combs, Richard
RE: Are tech writers inherently snobby?: From: Karen Field Carroll
Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?: From: Wade Courtney
Re: Are tech writers inherently snobby?: From: voxwoman

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