Review of Word 2007, Tool vs. Industry Experience, the Slow Movement, E-mail Tips, and More

Download the MP3 file Duration: 33 min. In this week’s Tech Writer Voices podcast, Heidi and I talk about some innovative research from Microsoft, Word 2007, convincing upper management you’re not a cost, focusing on information users actually want, tool versus industry experience, the curse of knowledge, the slow movement, and a tip for handling Continue Reading »

Grammar Girl Podcast — Some Thoughts on Grammar as a Topic for a Podcast

Grammar Girl is the latest subject of the DMN Communications podcast. The Grammar Girl podcast covers … you guessed it, grammar. What’s surprising is the popularity of this podcast. The popularity prompts a thought-provoking question: in a world of degenerating language, where sentences are massacred in text messages, poorly written blog posts, reader comments, user Continue Reading »

Never Listen to Voicemail via Cell Phone Again — Callwave.com & Spinvox Deliver Voicemail to Email for Free

Callwave.com is a pretty cool service. When people leave voicemail messages on your cell phone, rather than having to listen to the messages on your phone, Callwave sends the voice message to your email inbox. The following image shows a sample delivery of the message. You click Open and the message plays.

Guy Kawasaki’s Impossible Burden: After Blog and E-mail, There’s No Time to Write the Book

Brian Oberkirch has interviewed some really cool people over in Silicon Valley. In this podcast from Oberkirch, Guy Kawasaki reveals some thought-provoking dilemmas about his blog habits. Guy is a big name in tech — former evangelist for Apple, now a venture capitalist. During the first 20 minutes they talk about startups, why some succeed Continue Reading »

Matt Mullenweg Explains Genius of Akismet and Appeal of Fast Development Cycles

I listened to an awesome podcast today. Brian Oberkirch from Edgework talks with Matt Mullenweg about WordPress. Of course I love WordPress so it was great to hear from Matt, the WordPress lead. Matt said a few things about Akismet and accelerated development cycles that were interesting. Akismet, the spam-blocking software packaged with WordPress and Continue Reading »

Eric Schwartzman Talks About Integrating Podcasts into the Marketing Mix

This podcast from Podcast Academy talks about integrating podcasting into your company’s mix of marketing deliverables. Schwartzman talks about how, for an opera site, his company added podcasts that consisted of opera singer interviews. He says the main purpose of a podcast should be to drive listeners to your website—the website should be the center Continue Reading »

Virtual Meetings? Chat Feature

One of the responses in our recent chapter survey showed that members want more information about other members (see #3). I think this means members want to interact more, to get to know their peers better. But going out to the meetings each month isn’t always possible given the remote locations of some members. And Continue Reading »

Are Newsletters Dead?

In a recent survey we did with our chapter, 75% of the members said the blog was sufficient, and that we don’t need to bring back the chapter newsletter. We archived our newsletter about 2 years ago because each newsletter editor kept getting burned out. When we converted our site to a blog, members contributed Continue Reading »