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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Documentation is necessary, but users do NOT want to read it. If your users are asking you for more documentation, the lack of documentation is not really the problem. Your application is too complicated.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/16/2018

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  02:04 PM

Today's selection.

Gumby on the Moon. Nothing says "Childhood in the 60s" like Gumby. A 50th-anniversary celebration of the surreal claymation series. (Dig the theremin sounds -- nothing says "Sci-Fi in the 60s" like the theremin ...) [via Daily Grind].)

How naming works at Microsoft. Leon Bambrick explains how various proposed product names are considered and a final name is decided on.

Daffy “Times” Article on Amazon and Classical Music. Charles Petzold recounts the horrors of Amazon's search engine for classical music. For example, searching for "Schubert Piano Concert" gets a whopping 815 hits, which is odd, since Schubert didn't write a piano concerto ... [via Michael B]

McRidicUlous. Nicole Stockdale comments on an effort by McDonald's Corporation to have the dictionary definition of McJob changed "... to reflect a job that is stimulating, rewarding and offers genuine opportunities for career progression and skills that last a lifetime." Roger Shuy on the Language Log comments in more depth.

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