RE: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for September 6 2013

Subject: RE: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for September 6 2013
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>, Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:02:34 -0400

We moved into our newly-refurbished (small!) cubes just two weeks ago.
As soon as I unpacked and connected everything, and achieved a semblance of order, I looked at the included white-board.
The new cubes are short (as well as narrow and shallow), with a glass pane above the metal-and-fabric wall.
The new whiteboards are cube accessories that exactly fit across one panel (hooking into the vertical strips at each edge of a panel) and are about 14 inches tall, from just above the desktop to just below the glass.
It looks like a shelf that folds down against the wall when not in use.
My cube is against a window, so I have cube walls on only two sides. Either of those two positions leaves the whiteboard either unreachable or almost completely obscured.
So on the one little section that was unobstructed, I wrote "This space intentionally left blank."
It gets mostly chuckles.
It gets the occasional head-scratch.
It got a miffed "harrumph" from the HR manager.
She said: "Can't you think of a better use for your resources?"
I said: "You tell me. Take your time."
After a couple of abortive not-quite-suggestions, she gave up and left.
High-fives all around the local cuberhood. :-)


-----Original Message-----
From: TechWhirl Admin
Sent: September-06-13 12:05 PM
To: Techwr-l
Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for September 6 2013

Just because it's a short work week here in North America, doesn't mean it's not a busy one. As you wind it down, visit TechWhirl to get the lowdown on TCUK, the latest news and events, and some curated goodness in Tech Writer This Week.

That three-day weekend gave the email discussion list <http://techwr-l.com/>, a chance to ponder some new topics that might interest you: chickens and pigs and agile tech writers; document checklists, vector tools for the Mac iOS crowd; lectures, PowerPoint, Jira, GitHub and a lively debate on starting chapters on recto, verso, or it doesn't matter pages. If you don't know "recto/verso" think about all those "this page intentionally left blank" docs you see, and you'll start to understand why it's a debate.
Carry on...


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