Words and Software

Technical writing/user assistance in Microsoft.Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS). (old: Data Protection Manager and Operations Manager)

February, 2007

  • Those pesky computer innards

    This was a headline this morning on msnbc.com: IBM says it has doubled speed of computer innards.

    Of course that got my attention -- did IBM really say "innards"?

    No innards in the story. "IBM has devised a way to triple the amount of memory stored on computer chips and double the performance of data-hungry processors..." Faster memory and processing is great, but I was really more intrigued by the idea of faster innards.

    As in journalism, it's often a temptation in technical writing to slip into the casual tone and conversational vocabulary. Unfortunately, casual and conversational tend to make things fuzzy just when the reader is counting on precision. A recent example I came across was "Clear the directories and try again." Um, do I delete everything in the directories and leave the directory structure, or delete all of the directories? I guess I'll just delete the innards and see what happens!

  • DPM V2: webcast on protecting Exchange

    We've another great webcast coming up: Protecting Your Exchange Server with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager. It's level 300, so lots of technical details for you to enjoy. A brief description: "In this webcast, we show you how to use Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) to protect servers running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2003."

    Mark it on your calendar: Thursday, February 22, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)