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A great hat is universal

How often do we hear the adage “Use the right tool for the job”? In practice, few people seem to be able to pick the right tool, because they don’t know enough different tools. Experience helps us identify, select, and acquire the right tools for each job. Which brings me to the subject of hats. … Continue reading

Guiding an interested colleague into the wondrous world of technical writing

I work for a company that values cross-functional relationships and corporate-wide knowledge sharing. We strive to help each other succeed. I recently helped the front line customer support team craft their content into a structured document using the corporate template. The exercise was fun for all of us. We analyzed their content, used task-based titles … Continue reading

And the winners are… creative and effective decision-making

Our STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter participated in the end-of-summer pot-luck cookout that was jointly sponsored with PhillyCHI, Delaware Valley UxPA, and the UX Book Club of Philadelphia. I enjoyed our picnic for several reasons… meeting and chatting with area professionals, beautiful weather, fun games, and delicious food. When the contests for best side dish and … Continue reading

Pictures tell our stories

A picture is worth 1000 words. How much are we willing to pay for the right picture? How many keys are we willing to tap to acquire the right image? Let’s have fun, GrandBarrie! When it comes to price, I like to acquire images for free. I don’t use the images for a business purpose, … Continue reading

Evernote: the Remember Everything app for computer, phone, tablet, web

My coworker showed me the BEST new free tool today: Evernote. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. I installed it on my Droid phone, my Mac, my work computer, and have already used the web-only screen capture. I couldn’t … Continue reading

PCC Employment Outreach Event: January 21, 2012

Many people need a little help with their job search. The PCC Employment Support Group in Pennington, NJ was started in June 2011. We decided to launch a community outreach event to benefit the New Jersey and Pennsylvania job seeking community. We hope that our PCC Employment Outreach Event (EOE) becomes an annual event. PCC … Continue reading

Tools for the virtual worker

Being connected is more than a voice on the telephone. Being connected can also mean sharing a vision, sharing control, and chatting. The right tool can get everybody on the same page, when they’re not in the same room, instantly. My virtual success happiness factor went up a notch after I mastered several virtual tools. … Continue reading

Outlook productivity tips: searching all folders in your Inbox

After four years using Lotus Notes, I began to rely on the View All Documents to search for particular, difficult-to-categorize and “I don’t know where I filed them” email messages. I am now using Microsoft Outlook again. I found that I needed remedial training! The best productivity tip that I discovered so far comes from … Continue reading

LaTeX for producing documents with scientific formulas, complex math equations, or special notations

LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing. If you need to produce documents with scientific formulas, complex math equations, or any special notations, take a look at the LaTeX system. It … Continue reading

Screen capture tools, some free

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