Note: This article is the first in a series. I will be adding posting new content that completes the story in a week or so.
This is my experience creating a personal computer lab for Red Hat Virtualization (RHV).
(Side note: oVirt is the upstream open-source project that RHV is based upon. Red Hat developers contribute code to both the oVirt and RHV projects. I know there are minor differences between the two, but I’m not sure what they are. Also, I wish medium.com had footnotes.)
I’m a senior technical writer. I work for Red Hat. I work remotely from home. Although I can connect to Red Hat’s established test RHV environments over the VPN, doing so doesn’t give me the full scope of interaction I need. …
Recently, I met an Uber driver with a degree in English and experience as a professional writer in Los Angeles who wants to transition into technical writing. She has the skills and smarts to do it, but needs several things to get hired:
I recommended she start by contributing to open source projects; copyediting at first and creating content later. Most open-source projects welcome newcomers with the skills to improve existing content and document new capabilities.
Denis Arh, a contributor on the Corteza project, says “…this work is rarely paid but all contributions and contributors are public. And this makes it a very valuable CV/LinkedIn/Portfolio material.” …
How did this come up? I already use Grammarly to help copy edit existing content for clients. Often, I’m using one of Grammarly’s plugins to work in Chrome, Microsoft Word, and Google Docs (Beta). Rarely, if I’m working in an unsupported platform, I copy and paste text into My Grammarly and back and forth applying edits to the source document. So this got me wondering, why not use My Grammarly as an authoring environment?
* Instant feedback. Fix and improve your writing as you go.
* Customize its feedback for the type of content are writing.
* Portable. Access it from anywhere. Safer than logging into Google Docs.
* No formatting. Just write text and stay in your flow. …
How much time do you waste being ignorant and afraid to ask?
As a technical writer, I realized I was getting stuck in a mental trap. Let me tell you about it. Maybe you can relate to this story.
My job is to write about new and obscure topics. Often, I’m a visiting team member (i.e., contractor) or a new team member among semi-experts and experts (i.e., people who have been working on the subject for months or years).
And here is my dilemma:
Almost by definition, I’m ignorant of the subject material. My job is to learn those nuggets of information and communicate them to others who are similarly ignorant and learning. …
In early December, researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google’s parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from the frontiers of chess.
A year earlier, on Dec. 5, 2017, the team had stunned the chess world with its announcement of AlphaZero, a machine-learning algorithm that had mastered not only chess but shogi, or Japanese chess, and Go. The algorithm started with no knowledge of the games beyond their basic rules. It then played against itself millions of times and learned from its mistakes. …
In the dog days of summer, you can count on your dog to find the coolest spot.
This summer, my family and I decided to live without air-conditioning.
Wilmington, North Carolina, where we live, is considered hot and humid by most. It’s located halfway between New York and Florida along the Southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States. This July, our daytime temperatures have been in the 90’s (34'C); at night, the temperature drops into the mid-70’s (24'C). Humidity is usually 65 to 85%.
Most of the people here use AC all of the time and everywhere they go: At home, at the office, in the car, when they go shopping. Some of them avoid activities that require doing without AC, such as walking around downtown. …
This morning, I came across Higurashi When They Cry Hou — Ch. 5 Meakashi at the top of Steam’s Popular New Releases.
Manga is not my thing. My son went through a phase in his early teens, and all I could see in it was sophomoric preoccupations and choppy story-telling. So I was ready to move along, but decided to at least watch the video trailer for this…game?
Install and run XAMPP on your development computer.
Download the examples from http://lpmj.net.
Open/extract the contents of the examples .zip …