Expanding last week's poll question: how ubiquitous computing is changing tech comm

Subject: Expanding last week's poll question: how ubiquitous computing is changing tech comm
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:10:27 -0400

Hello TechWhirlers,

We're always happy to see new and interesting conversations on the list and
on the magazine, and thanks to all the folks who took the time to comment
on our (mayb-not-so) simple yes/no question last week on wearable
computers. We go past the yes/no to the how this week. After an
interesting comment by Mark Baker (our Users'
Advocate<http://techwhirl.com/users-advocate-where-have-all-users-gone/>,
and blogger extraordinaire at everypageispageone.com), I realized that
wearable computers--watches, glasses or even rings or fanny packs--really
represent the latest iteration of ubiquitous computing. So it seemed like
a natural progression to me to expand the conversation to talk about the
ways in which ubiquitous, or pervasive, computing is changing technical
communication.

I will be the first to admit that I may not have framed the question or the
answer options in the best way... but it seems apparent that what we did in
the 80's and 90's to document software or other technology bears maybe a
little passing resemblance to what we do now. I attempted to address some
general areas that could be impacted by the
processor-in-every-pocket phenomenon of the last few years, although I'm
quite sure I missed the boat on some.

Take a few minutes to vote in the poll and feel free to post a comment with
the poll introduction, or start a new thread (or three) here on the list.
This is kind of stuff we can happily debate for days, and it's all on
topic :-)

Link to this week's poll: How is Ubiquitous Computing changing tech comm? |
http://bit.ly/16a7J3b

You can still vote in last week's poll if you'd like: Do you believe that
wearable computers will change the technical communication profession? |
http://bit.ly/ZGTT10

Connie Giordano
TechWhirl's answer to Gallup


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