Author Archives: jdhickey

Pictures vs Words

I submitted a sample draft of a User Guide to my client a few days ago and I got the feedback today. Most of it was fine, but this one comment made my left eye twitch: Is there a way … Continue reading

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Creating Topics in Robohelp from a Frame document

I’m currently relearning the joys of RoboHelp after a few years and a few versions of unfamiliarity and I hit a snag on trying to convert documents into topics. I’m using Framemaker 10 and RoboHelp 9 (as part of the … Continue reading

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They’re singing my song

Whenever I get to sing Paperback Writer on Beatles Rock Band, I always filk the lyrics and sing Technical Writer instead. Now a friend found the full version of my tribute song on YouTube. Although the author is not a … Continue reading

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Blueberry Perception of Techwriters

Last week, my 7 year-old Toshibasaurus finally broke down (actually, it was the battery and power pack that died). I could just replace the battery/power pack, but truth be told, the Toshibasaurus was getting long in the tooth and slow … Continue reading

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Games on the ExoPC

I won’t lie… I love playing video games. I’m more of a PC gamer than a console gamer (although I do own a Wii), but I wondered if how tablet games would stand up to PC games that have a … Continue reading

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Navigating DOS menus

I keep discovering that the ExoPC is better designed than I previously believed. Because it’s a Windows OS, it sometimes doesn’t shut-down properly and when you boot it up again, you get a text-based DOS menu asking you to take … Continue reading

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Explaining Menu commands

Way back in the days when dinosaurs and unicorns roamed the earth, not many people owned what we now recognize as a Home Computer. And even those people that did own a Home Computer, it was a command-line-based system that … Continue reading

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Reading e-books on the ExoPC

One of the reasons I went with the ExoPC Slate in the first place was the ability to read books on it. Sure, there are the Kindles and Kobos out there, but they aren’t nearly as sexy as the ExoPC … Continue reading

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ExoPC’s Standby Mode

If you need to carry your Slate around, it can be tricky to know how to hold it comfortably without setting-off commands and selections unwittingly with your fingers and arm. To ease transportation of your Slate, you need to put … Continue reading

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The ExoPC Slate: A Month Later

I suppose if I’m going to write a few how-to’s about the ExoPC Slate, I should really explain what it is, why I bought it, and what I think about it so far. The ExoPC Slate is a tablet PC … Continue reading

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