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Mar. 22, 2015 Blumbers

Big 20: Dead Mac Society

Twenty years ago I knew a man who hated Apple. He hated Macs. He pushed for one of my clients to dump them and replace them with Microsoft Windows machines. He said Apple was dead and urged everyone to sell their Apple stock. While some thought he was right at the time, I am glad I did not follow his advice.

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Mar. 15, 2015 Blumbers

STC Goals Met

If you are a member of STC Silicon Valley, you have two weeks to vote in the local election. If you want to be a leader, vote yourself in. :-)

Ten years ago as STC struggled to survive, I set a number of goals.
1. Make sure that the organization and chapter was financially viable.
2. The chapter website updated and running so people could find work.
3. Find volunteers with the right skills and experience to carry the chapter into the future.
4. Make sure members were recognized for their contributions.

All of these goals have now been met and I want to thank all the people who made this possible.

Thanks to Gillian Flato and others, STC and the chapter are in good financial shape.

Thanks to Tom Johnson and Daniel Doorbos, members can now get training and jobs on the website that Doug Wray designed and operated during the dark years with Todd Hawley. It is now one of the world’s oldest running websites.

Thanks to Marta Rauch and David Hovey for making sure our meetings are successful and attracting the next generation of leadership.

Thanks to Joe Devney, Dart Pedersen, Nathaniel Lim, Pat Lufkin, Viki Maki, Richard Mateosian, and others for undergoing the extensive process to become STC Fellows or Associate Fellows. It was worth it. I regret some did not live to see our success.

Over the years I learned that it is not about how much money the organization has or if the website is working. It is about people working together across generations to take care of its members. During the collapse the lights were kept on, but the emergency is over and we can begin to grow again. The chapter is in good hands.

Remember you are part of a long line of people stretching back through the years helping each other, and hopefully into the future. The new goal is to find that next generation.

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Mar. 8, 2015 Blumbers

Selma Anniversary

Fifty years ago Martin Luther King marched with civil rights leaders across a bridge in Selma Alabama. They were working for the right to vote. There had been many protests up to that point. There were newspaper and magazine articles but public opinion moved slowly. By the 1960s, the protests were covered on live radio and television. The brutality of segregation was brought into millions of living rooms.

The segregationists were shown for what they were. They did things to try to stop it. They did not like photojournalists. They would try to restrict press from photographing or identifying them in captions, even though they were in a public space or doing something the public had a right to know. If a journalist did work directly for a news agency, they would try to get them fired. Segregationists would try to take away whatever accreditation they might have. They would try to ban freelance photographers.  They would try to keep people from talking to the press by threatening their jobs or lives. They would even try to tell photographers what kind of camera they could use. They would try to say journalists were dangerous, even as they physically assaulted them. It was a hostile work environment but they were on the wrong side of history. The pictures taken are now important historical documents.

So when you see the press at an event, remember they are witnesses to the history. Do you want to be on the right side of it?

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Mar. 4, 2015 Doug Wray’s STC Silicon Valley Website

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It is end of an era.

Some ten years ago I inherited one of the oldest continuing websites in the world. The STC Silicon Valley members who started the website were very farsighted people, but ten years in technology is a very long time and it needed an overhaul. I immediately thought of Doug Wray.

Doug Wray did not belong to STC, but he is one of the best designers I have ever known. He is one of the few people I know who is comfortable using everything from a smartphone camera to an electron microscope. He built the new version of the STC Silicon Valley website from scratch using WordPress and hosted it on Laughing Squid. The reaction was so positive that we won a Touchstone Award. As the economy collapsed and STC nearly went down with it, Doug’s website stayed online helping hundreds of people find work. In a dark age, he built a cathedral and kept the lights on for people to see. Doug made the difference.

Ten years later and things are recovering. Thanks to Doug, we have attracted a new generation of members to work on the website. The crisis is over and our work here is done. Well done.

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Mar. 1, 2015 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Mar. 3, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC Los Angeles

Topic: The Power of TechComm: How and Where We Impact the Bottom Line

Speaking: Sharon Burton

Venue: Yardi Systems, 430 South Fairview, Goleta CA 91010

Date: Mar. 5, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Graphics in Powerpoint: Finding, Creating, Editing, and Using Powerful Imagery

Speaking: Robert Hershenow

Venue: Mimi’s Cafe, 4775 Hacienda Dr Dublin, CA 94568

Date: Mar. 10, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Implementing Structure for a Medical Device Company

Speaking: Dewey de Butts and Marilyn Kirschen of CareFusion Technical Publications Services

Venue: Elijah’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, 8861 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037

Date: Mar. 11, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: A Quick Introduction to Document Design

Speaking: Joe Devney

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California

Date: Mar. 16, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: REST API Overview and Documentation Best Practices

Speaking: Gururaj BS and Marta Rauch

Venue: IHOP, Santa Clara, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Mar. 18, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Streamlining Graphics Production in a Hardware Industry

Speaking: Bonnie Kim

Venue: Salesforce Community Meeting Room, Rincon Center, on Howard Street between Steuart and Spear, San Francisco

Date: Mar. 19, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC Willamette Valley

Topic: Contractors’ Panel

Speaking: Mark Barnett

Venue: Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97209

Date: Mar. 21, 2015, 2:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: OCSTC Mixer Networking Event

Speaking: Jerry Grady

Venue: JGrady Select Wines, 1537 Monrovia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Date: Mar. 31, 2015, 6:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound

Topic: The Future of Technical Communication is Marketing

Speaking: Scott Abel, Content Wrangler

Venue: Coast Hotel Bellevue, 625 116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

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Mar. 1, 2015 Blumbers

Spock Is Dead

I had just finished interviewing someone about the FCC’s upholding Network Neutrality, when I got the news about Leonard Nimoy. I was walking through a Silicon Valley office park when I saw a man crying on a park bench. He was busily texting as I watched other people walking around begin checking their devices. “Spock is dead!” another man shouted. It was big news here. Many people have no clue how big an influence Star Trek had on people. Young people watched that show and decided they were going study math and science. Leonard Nimoy’s Spock is an example of how art inspired technology and in turn created more art. Live long and prosper.

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