A Visit to the Seattle Living Computer Museum

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

I finally made it to the Living Computer Museum in Seattle today. It has been open for a couple years now, but I could never seem to get there. The older equipment was interesting to see. The museum works with the equipment to keep it operational. For example, the Control Data system on display had to be completely rewired and the fluid cooling system needed to be extensively trouble-shooted. But it works. As does the Xerox data storage device....

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The History of Common Icons

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Articles |

I found this article about icons to be interesting.  http://blog.placeit.net/confusing-icons-history The article provides some background about the original design of these now-common icons. One of the things that doesn’t isn’t brought up the article is how people process icons. A good icon does not necessarily have to be immediately intuitive. More importantly, an icon should be easily recognizable. The first time you use an...

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Ramesh Aiyyangar, candidate for the STC Nominating Committee

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Announcements |

I had the opportunity to meet, work, and socialize with Ramesh at the 2015 STC India Conference and I’m happy to be able to help him get out this message. Joe Welinske Greetings STC members! I’m Ramesh Aiyyangar, and I’m a candidate for the STC Nominating Committee. I am passionate about technical communications and STC.  My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion and compassion. I have...

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Usability for UA in Bellevue in March

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Announcements, In-person College Course |

Joe Welinske will be the instructor for a Usability Workshop taking place on three consecutive Saturday morning in March. The course, offered through Bellevue College,  is designed to help technical communication professionals effectively plan and test their work according to user-centered design principles. This is a live, in-person event. There is no online component. Course...

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