Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"

Subject: Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"
From: Jen <jennee -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:44:12 +0200

I think I figured out what company you are talking about, and, from what I
can tell at least (i.e. some googling), it wasn't a matter of "laid off all
their tech writers and moved the docs to Spain" - the entire office in Iasi
was closed down last year. I don't know if their writers were good or bad
(I doubt there were/are more than a handful of actual technical writers),
but I think the company had bigger problems in Romania than the
documentation department.



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> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:25:25 -0700
> From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Subject: Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"
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> A place I worked a while back outsourced some server development
> India. The developers did solid work so long as they had good specs
> (any ambiguity could result in useless code that had to be redone).
> They wrote documentation as well but it was unusable, didn't reflect
> any understanding of common use cases or the audience. It wasn't even
> very useful for me in writing the real documentation.
>
> A few years later the company tried to outsource documentation to
> Romania, I guess that didn't work out too well since last I heard they
> laid off all their tech writers and moved the docs to Spain.
>
> On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 6:02 PM, William Sherman
> <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > ... Twelve years ago at Cisco, we had partnered with a group in India to
> offload
> > some of our manuals. Most didn't see this as training someone to do our
> jobs
> > cheaper. But what happened was that we ended it after production costs
> > nearly tripled since the rework was much more, the delays were more, the
> > number of people having to get involved were more, and it just wasn't
> > working. Less than a year later, most in our LOB were gone and the work
> was
> > sent to India. (And you wonder why Cisco stock sits were it does.)
> >
> > I guess after ten years, those in India are having issues now.
>
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> Message: 22
> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 22:02:48 -0400
> From: "Al Geist" <al -at- geistarts -dot- com>
> To: "'Will Husa'" <will -dot- husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>, "'Michael Wyland'"
> <michael -at- sumptionandwyland -dot- com>, <
> techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Subject: RE: Windows 10 or not? (possibly OT)
> Message-ID: <006301d184a8$20967b00$61c37100$ -at- geistarts -dot- com>
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> I HAD a Windows 7 Pro system and tried to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Got
> the
> blue screen of death halfway through. Talked to Microsoft and they said it
> was a Dell problem. Talked to Dell and they said it was a Microsoft
> problem.
> Couldn't reload original Windows files because the upgrade knocked out the
> DVD and locked up the USB ports. Had to reboot the system every time I used
> one in order to free it up. Finally got fed up and stripped the computer of
> all the good parts and bought a new system. Microsoft keeps telling me I
> can
> upgrade my other Windows 7 Pro system to Windows 10 Pro for free, but I'm
> not falling for it. They cost me to much the first time......
>
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> "...I walked to work, quit my job, and kept walking. Better to be a pilgrim
> without a destination, I figured, than to cross the wrong threshold each
> day." (Sy Safransky)
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+al=geistarts -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+al=geistarts -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
> Will Husa
> Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:12 PM
> To: 'Michael Wyland'; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Windows 10 or not? (possibly OT)
>
>
> I had Windows 10 for three weeks. It was a conversion from Windows 7 PC
> with
> an i5-4670K CPU, 64bit OS, and 8 GB of RAM.
> Windows 10 slowed down my computer so much that I had trouble loading WORD
> 2010.
> After three weeks of this molasses, I went to the Microsoft website looking
> for a solution. It asked me if I wanted to revert to Windows 7. Heck Yes I
> said. Now that I'm back on Windows 7, my PC is the fireball that it used to
> be.
>
> =============================
> Will Husa
> Technical Writer
> Will Husa Documentation Solutions
> Phone: 708.927.3569
> Skype ID: william.husa
> will -dot- husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+will -dot- husa=4techwriter -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+will -dot- husa=4techwriter -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Michael Wyland
> Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:53 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Windows 10 or not? (possibly OT)
>
> To all:
>
> I apologize if this is off-topic for the group, but I feel impelled to ask
> the question. What have your experiences been with upgrading a PC to
> Windows 10? Are the benefits worth the changes?
>
> BTW, I'm currently using Windows 8.1 on a machine with a "4th generation
> ...i5-4430 processor," 12GB DDR3 RAM, and a 2TB hard drive, so I have no
> doubt the hardware can handle the upgrade.
>
> Thanks!
>
>
> Michael L. Wyland
> Sumption & Wyland
> 818 South Hawthorne Avenue
> Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104-4537
> (605) 336-0244 or (888) 4-SUMPTION
>
>
>
>
>
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> Message: 23
> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:22:16 -0700
> From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: "Surviving the Dying Career of Technical Writing"
> Message-ID: <56F1FDD8 -dot- 9020205 -at- writeco -dot- net>
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> I would like to recycle an old post of mine from almost four years ago.
> It seems to fit here. The slide show linked in the post is fun to
> revisit but only the second slide contains the ancient technical writing.
>
> http://www.techwr-l.com/archives/1204/techwhirl-1204-00147.html
>
>
>
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