June 28, 2012

Why Twitter would beat Facebook in a fist fight

Twitter Vs Facebook


Aishwarya Pankaj wrote this guest post who is an avid reader, blogger and technology geek. I invited her to share her experience on social networking scenario. Read more blogs of Aishwarya on The Road To Somewhere

“Facebook makes me hate the people I know, Twitter makes me love the people I don’t know.”
I have seen this quote repeated hundreds of times on my Twitter timeline. And to an extent, I agree with it. I have to admit though that I use Facebook for at least 5 hours a day and about, well, 12 hours a day in the holidays since I do not have a life and do not like studying. Don't get me wrong, I am not interested in looking at pictures of people's food, its just that I cannot find anything else to do.. But if Twitter and Facebook got into a fist fight, I'd be cheering for Twitter. Here's why:

1. Choice of people you interact with
Facebook is a place where we add all our friends, the ones we’re close to, the ones we go to school with, our relatives, our colleagues, our bosses, our teachers and some who we met at a party one night. And I’m not sure why we’d be so interested in every single one of their lives to know when their hamburger had arrived, but either ways, we do get a lot of useless information such as that while scrolling down our ever faithful newsfeed.
Twitter gives you a choice of people you want to follow. There are those tweens who follow Justin Bieber and The Jonas Brothers and make worry about their troubled futures. But Twitter has a lot of things other than Justin Bieber, authors, journalists, and other people who have something interesting to say. You can also follow sites such as Wired, Microsoft and Google to get technology related information. 


2. Intellectual Opinions
Facebook hardly offers a platform where people can share their opinions about a specific topic. Granted that a few times you see a status update from someone that you find intelligent and thoughtful. No, I was not talking about mushy wisdom things about life that people copy and paste out of places, I'm talking about people with genuine opinions which are original. But it is never organised well and you only get to see snippets of the whole picture.
Twitter Trends allows you to get opinions from wide variety of people on a single page. And if you do have a Twitter account you will get to see how contrasting people’s opinions can be on different topics. Of course some of them are intelligent and thought out while others are just plain ridiculous and insulting to others. But, understanding such contrasting viewpoints can broaden your mind and let you appreciate how different people can have such different priorities and opinions.


3. Privacy
I don’t remember how many times Facebook has changed its privacy policy. A number of times Facebook has made public the information that was previously declared private by its own policies. This has been raised the eyebrows of those concerned about their privacy, provided they have read the privacy policy, which lets admit, most of us haven't. Facebook users do not trust Facebook.
Twitter has been a lot more careful with its user's information and has taken care to keep the data private. Even when it introduced the new feature called 'Who to follow' which would require snooping, Twitter was careful with the user data and made sure the privacy of its users was not hampered in any way.

June 27, 2012

After you foray into Technical Writing

Getting started into Technical writing


Now I am assuming you are a graduate and have basic idea what is technical writing and how it is different from other genre of writing. I have noticed this type of queries from newbie’s on many forums of technical writing. So sharing some tips, old wisdom but new chapter.

Now it is time to “SELL” your skills, for that you will need many tools like resume, sample of your work, cover letter, feature article (if any), letter of recommendation etc.

Good Resume

As a technical writer it is expected from you to submit error free resume. Make sure your resume is free from grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or typo errors. If you cannot write a good resume how can you write a good technical document? I normally ask the technical writer during the interview “Can I assume your CV as your work sample” and then give it back them to edit it. In hardly ten minutes I can judge many different qualities of aspirants.
  • Prepare an error free CV.
  • Online CV should be in correct format.
  • Do not name as resume.doc . The standard convention is to use your first initial, last name and the file extension.
  • Do not assume employer will have your resume; carry print copies with you.

Portfolio (Sample of Work)

Many employers ask to submit your portfolio. Never include any work in your folio which is copyright protected or property of any organization, even if it is created by you.
Try to showcase all your skills in a very concise but a very smart way in your portfolio. Make a online as well as print copy. Get your folio edited by expert even if you are expert itself.

Learn About Industry trends and Network

You should be aware about new trends of the industries. There are many ways to that, google search is god but apart from that join groups on many social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn etc,read blogs and comment, join technical writing forums.You can find many resources on this blog

Learning is a continuous process

This is a very old wisdom and relevant for tech writing also. Yes, if you are not dynamic learner you will not enjoy the journey of information development. It is expected from TW to understand the application quickly and develop information on it. If you work with contractors many days you may have to work on multiple projects.

Enhance your communication, interpersonal and interviewing skills it will help you to gather information of the project.

There are many things that can be covered, but currently I am able to gather this much only I will keep on updating this.

Last not the least congratulation for joining 37th best job in a 2012 Carrercast 200 top jobs survey. I hope you find these tips useful and interesting.

Best of Luck!

If you are interested in learning advance Robohelp,Framemaker,Madcap Flair,MS VISIO,Captivate,SnagIT,Business writing,Technical writing at Noida,NCR,Gurgaon,Gaziabad visit www.informationdevelopers.in. For latest update you can also like our LinkedIn page.




June 22, 2012

Screen Capture Tools:A Snapshot


Screen Capture Tools:

Yes, you can print screen manually on a window by using [ PrintScreen] key, but as an Information developer you will need much more feature. There are plethora of tools I am trying to compile few.

It is probably most widely used screen capture tools by writers. It has easy UI almost all the feature you need that too with very competitive price.

Suits Madcap Flare user, well-priced, you may take a little extra time to get used to it.

Freeware,  worth a try.

Expensive than above all I standard edition some features are missing. Take care of this before purchasing the order.

Free tool to capture screen from movies.

The main feature is its ability to capture scrolling windows and adding of annotations. It is provided to you free.

A  free and simple software for your Macintosh.

Clarify-it
Capture, sequence and annotate screenshots to create documents that are a great alternative to screen recordings

Screenpresso. 

It's free and has some basic annotation and editing options.

PicPick
    It's free




A discussion on linkedin on the similar topic.


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June 20, 2012

When determination meets fate

It is was a regular working day in office until i received a call !!! a call that suddenly drag me few years back when I was struggling to start my life, once again. Once again because after getting a fitness certificate post series of 3 major and few minor operations only in few years, now i was allowed to sit for few hours and travel without any support, but it was advisable to carry a stick to prevent undue pressure on the fractured fumer and tibia and the implant incorporated in it.
After getting wellness certificate a big question that bogs me down was "what next"? Being a pharma graduate I was supposes to join marketing, R&D, production but all this of option was closed for me because that time I was not physically fit for any this job in nutshell pharma sector had closed the door for me. "What next"? What to do? Back to college again for masters or MBA?Will after selling out few lakhs and years companies will hire me? Not sure. Already my parents was in debt due to my operation and sister marriage, so how much it was prudent for me to bet on higher education. I was not sure, then start looking for industries which can hire me…in this quest my brother –in –law (jija ji) asked me “if you can write in times of India and win a bike, why don’t you take writing as a full time carrier”. Not a bad idea!!!An idea can change your life, it was then he introduce me with one of his friend sister who was then a techwriter in Nokia. After talking to her I was fully convinced this is the field where I will get job satisfaction and my love for word will sure help me to excel in this field.
Again question remain same where to start from? Series of phone calls to the friends, friends of friends and there friends to get a clue what is technical writing is all about, eligibility, future, growth and many other questions and after getting every question answered, battle start to find a good institution from where i can start my journey as a writer. Few good institutes was there in the town that time i was in Bangalore but there fees was not affordable for me, finally joined a small but good institution. when my syllabus was about to finish I start looking for a job, get my resume done, posted on different job portals and finally I get a call for interview CALL !!!yes call from the same company whose representative call me today and that call motivate me to write this blog but yes nature and tone of the call was different. I appeared but failed i that interview . Today just after few years when I got a call from the same company with the offering for the post of project manager with handsome increment, condition only to handle there telecom domain projects. They lured me with all possible means to relocate Bangalore.
I hope this happen just because of blessing of parents, god grace and probably my never die attitude, determination to come out from spare to sunshine.
I believe when one door is close 100 open probably I’m one classical example of it.
My only motto to write this blog to stand with those friends who are down due to some of the reason, it is not at all self promotional.

Rahul Karn

How to manage time between work and studies

Juggle between Work and Studies


Are you a studying professional and you are feeling your greatest potential stress is juggling between your work, study and personal commitment? Does it seem to you that twenty four hours in a day is less to complete your tasks? Feel you are not doing justice with your work, studies and with your near and dears?

Believe me this is the most common problem face by working folk who is continuing his studies.

Well through this blog I am trying to share few of my and mine friend’s experience and ideas which we have while doing MBA, probably any of the idea can be of your help. Since we all different, we will also have different balance needs and we discover this with experience and self reflection. Striking balance between work and study is a journey in which you have to travel alone, you will have to set realistic goals and consistently work toward them blogs can only give you idea but you are the one who have to tailor them to meet your own specific needs.

My few ideas:

Idea 1: Know yourself

To study effectively and excel in the work simultaneously, it is important to manage your time well. Good time management evolves by knowing yourself well, knowing what are your strength and weakness’ in time management, and then minimizing the weakness’ and working toward the right goal. Yes you get it right I am talking about SWOT analysis. Remember time management is a skill which needs practice. In this process you can also identify your major time waster activities and take proper action to rectify it.

Idea 2: Know the difference between urgent and important

We are faced with jobs, errands, and works that require our immediate attention every day. Tasks from personal chores (cleaning clothes) to professional obligations (finishing the draft by 6 p.m.) weigh on our minds regularly. Trying to decide which to do can be a challenge. In this case prioritization of the tasks is required. You should be able to identify which is important and which is urgent for you. Which tasks are your time waster and which task you can procrastinate? Always remember apart from work you have to do well in your exams also. So do not let important turn into urgent. You are the best person who can identify what is important and what is urgent for you.


Idea3: Stick with the basics

We all have a preferred learning style like some makes notes some underline the books, some revise daily some do it weekly. Knowing and understanding our learning style helps us to learn more effectively. Through identifying your learning style, you will be able to capitalize on your strengths and improve your self-advocacy skills. So here i will like to suggest do not experiment lot with your learning style, stick with the basic there is no reason you will not excel. Yes change for the betterment is always welcome.

Idea4: MMS (Man management skill)

Here by MMS I mean man management skill. Skill to say “NO” to your buddy for movies, skill to handle your boss who asks you to work on a Monday night when you have an exam the next morning. Realize that it's okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind. If phone calls from friend and relatives are proving to be a distraction, tell them that because of exams you take social calls from 6-7 p.m. It may sound silly, but believe dude it helps.


Idea5: Take a break

It’s a good idea to take a break from your daily routine after all you are not a machine. Once a while, why not to meet some of the relatives and enjoy with them to the fullest. Add some enjoyable activities in your day or weeks, it will rejuvenate you fill with energy. After you've completed a sizeable task, it's a good idea to give a break to reward yourself. You can ring a friend, listen to music or can enjoy TV. Studies show short breaks actually improve productivity, so you'll more than make up for the time you lose by pausing for a moment. Apart from doing the things which you enjoy, also take a break to keep your self fit. To keep one fit for exam is also the part of exam preparation.

So friends it’s all from my side. Hope you enjoy reading this blog. Thanks for stopping.


Enjoy learning!!!

Yours,
Rahul Karn

Related Post
When determination meets fates.

June 12, 2012

Before you foray into Techinal writing (Information Development)

Welcome,

So you want to be a technical writer/Information Developer, I will try to answer few question ,I was searching when I decide to embark on this journey.

Career opportunities  

Technical writers find career opportunities in the financial, industrial, construction, electronics, automotive, medical, computer, biomedical, healthcare, agricultural and petrochemical industries.In IT industries, a growth pattern is very much similar to software developers.

Do I have a trait to be an Information Developer?


Unfortunately most of the tech writer in the industry does not become tech writer by choice but it happens to them and many starts loving it and few change their way. Who are the people who change their way and why?

A technical writer is expected to have great technical skill as well as writing skill i.e. exceptional command over language and understanding of technology and this is a very rare combination to find.

Some companies depending on their requirement either hire a candidate with domain expertise’s and average writing skill while some give priority to the language experts. New picking up trends is companies start giving preference to the candidate with engineering background with at least one language knowledge and domain knowledge with good communication skill.

Although writing skill or technical skill for a technical writer is one of the most debatable topics on th different forum. I believe Students must have a command of the English language, and understand the basic principles of composition including grammar and sentence construction and common sense (logic). Common sense helps to learn new tools quickly as well as it also helps to understand the flow usability of application which is also a main prerequisite for tech writers.

So before you jump this bandwagon make sure you love to write and have nick to learn tools and programs? If your answer is yes, then be sure you are choosing a right career.

You can download trial version of tools used by a technical author and try to get familiar with it.

Where to start? Which class to join classes and What to learn?

Now you know you want to be a tech writer/information developer, the question is from where to start? Which class to join to be a good technical writer and, above all, get a good paying job???

There is nothing like that if you get a chance to join directly any company without any training classes. Training classes are not a bad idea but starting directly is a great idea.

I myself joined a class to become a tech writer but fortunately I got placed before I complete my course? No, my institute does not have to do anything with my placement as I get it. It was my luck.


So now you are considering joining a class to learn this skill. There are many classrooms and online courses are available.

What you should learn?

I hope minimum these things you should learn in any classroom.

  • Introduction to technical writing.
  • Concepts and Principle
  • Importance of Technical Communication
  • Software Development Life Cycle and Documentation Development Life Cycle
  • Style Guide (MSTP)
  • Authoring Tools (Word,RoboHelp,Framemaker)
  • Imaging Tools (SnagIT,Paint) 

After completing the course you should know:





  • how to determine  the audience, purpose and objectives for the various documents
  • how to follow steps to successful technical writing
  • how to write collaboratively
  • how to write a procedures manual
  • how to design the most common types of technical documents


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    June 11, 2012

    HAT: An Unbiased Review (What,Why and Which)

     
    A Help Authoring Tool or HAT is a software program used to create, manage, and publish all Online or Offline business-critical documentation. Example Adobe RoboHelp, Madcap Flare, AuthorIT, HelpNDoc etc


    Input

    HATs obtain their source text either by importing it from a file produced by another program, or by allowing the author to create the text within the tool by using an editor.
    File formats that can be imported vary from HAT to HAT, though they can include such formats as HTML, OpenOffice Writer and Microsoft Word, and compiled Help formats such as Microsoft Compressed HTML.

    Output

    The output from a HAT can be either a compiled Help file in a format such as Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (*.CHM), or non-compiled file formats such as Adobe PDF, XML, HTML, JavaHelp ,EclipseHelp and so on...

          HAT Beyond Help
           
         
          Most HATs provide extra functions such as:
         
    •  Automatic or assisted Index generation
    •  Automatic Table of Contents
    •  Spelling checker
    •   Image editing
    •   Image hotspot editing


      
        Why do you need it?

    Authoring and content reuse.
    Reduce Authoring time & Cost.
    Importing and Publishing.

          After a document is finished, reviewed and approved, we can easily produce:

    • Print/PDF
    • Web (Context Sensitive help)
    • Help
    • XML
    • DITA

       Unbiased Comparison of HATs

    Downloaded trial version of all four software packages (RoboHelp, Flare, Author-IT and HelpNDoc).Compared and evaluated them based on several factors including my personal experience with program; program size; learning curve; user interface and usability; and bug encounters.


    • Used the trail version
    • Learned and compare features
    • Match with our requirements, resource, and expertise
    • Ask for demo and price quote


        Comparison Brief

    Before Comparison get sure your parameter because there are many parameters to compare like context sensitive help, content management, Import feature, support work flow, price,hyperlinks,single sourcing features and more....
          One of my client, he was majorly concern with the Simple features, Price and support.


        Recommendation:

    ·    After reviewing the four programs, I would recommend Madcap Flare. The easy user interface and excellent tutorial were by far the best of the four tools I used.

    ·     It is easy to use, cost effective and people are willing to sell it and I found Madcap Flare very prompt in replying mail and solving quires. 

    ·    Like any tool it can be learned and used. In spite of learning curve, I would recommend Flare V8 .

         You can learn more about the HAT comparison from the following source:




    Now you want to resource for download, evaluate and read more about the HATs.Click here

    List of HATs is available here.

    P.S- You are the perfect person to answer which tool is best for you.Before jumping on the conclusion or asking anyone about best HAT please do keep these things in mind.

    About Your Authoring Environment 

    1. What operating system do you use? 

    2. How many authors are--or will be--working on the project?

    3. If the content already exists, what format is it in-- (i.e., Word, FrameMaker, HTML)? 

    4. What Help authoring tool(s) do you already use, if any?

    5. How familiar are you with HTML? CSS?

    6. Do you have any budget constraints? (i.e., how much can you spend on a HAT?)

    About Your Help System: 

    1. How will the Help be delivered? Will it be printed, installed locally on users' machines, or delivered on the Internet or enterprise intranet?

    2. Do you need to deliver your content in multiple formats--for example, print or PDF and HTML Help?

    3. Do you have any special look and feel requirements?

    4. Do you need to create context-sensitive Help?

    5. What operating systems do your users use?