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Volunteering at Whanganui Regional Museum’s Moa Collection
This March, I had the pleasure of being a curatorial volunteer at the Whanganui Regional Museum's moa collection. This is one of the most important collections of moa bones in the world, much of it excavated from the Taranaki region Makirikiri swamp in 1938. As a technical communicator with a [...]
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Travel Writing at Public Streets
One of my goals for 2015 is to expand with new writing projects, and the first of these has been published. You can read my travel writing post at Public Books, in their Public Streets series, here: Wellington's Cuba Street: On the Restless Taniwha. Thanks again to the editors at [...]
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Looking back at 2014
2014 has been absolutely crammed for me as a technical communications professional. My primary work at Aviat Networks has been VERY busy, with several new documentation sets released for major new products, especially CTR 8500/8300. On my own time, for further projects I've been expanding my SEO and e-commerce skills. [...]
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A Technical Communicators Conference in New Zealand
On October 12th through 15th, one-third of the membership of TCANZ,  80+ professionals, gathered in Christchurch for our biannual conference. I was one of the conference emcees and contributed to organizing it (not as much as the stellar core crew, especially Kaye Churches). Sunday night, we began with our lively [...]
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Matt Mullenweg of WordPress in Wellington
In June of 2013, I was fortunate to be able to attend an evening billed as "A Conversation with Matt Mullenweg of Wordpress." \ Wordpress has been good to me - when I blog both here and for fun, I get to focus on the part of blogging I enjoy [...]
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Staying Professional Around a Cancer Death
I haven't posted here since May 2013. Why? It wasn't because of a job change - I'm still at Aviat Networks. Something happened in June 2013: one of my closest, dearest friends received a terminal cancer diagnosis. Why am I mentioning this on a blog about my life as a [...]
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Websites by Web-Savvy Friends
Even in this age of social media, businesses and professionals need a web site as the foundation of their web presence. But the cost is often a shock. So, people often think, "Why not ask our web-savvy friend (WSF) to help? The one with the shiny blog and the witty [...]
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Cisco Linksys EA3500 N750 Router: Internet Connection Problem Fix in New Zealand
Working not just in IT, but in microwave wireless IT, when I needed to upgrade my home router, the Cisco Linksys EA3500 N750 wireless router looked good. Online reviews of this router were mixed: like the little girl with the curl, when it was good, it was very, very good, [...]
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MadCap Flare for New Adopters
MadCap Flare is making headway as part of the technical documentation toolkit in New Zealand and overseas. In December 2012 and January 2013, I had substantial conversations with three different professional colleagues who were considering MadCap Flare. They had concerns about other single-sourcing products - too expensive, poor support, steep [...]
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TCANZ Conference 2012
This October, I had the pleasure of participating in a professional development conference with the Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand. I've been involved with TCANZ for eleven years, seven years as a member, two years as Wellington Branch Coordinator, and two years as Vice President. Along with assisting Adam [...]
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