Cell Phones and Planes: A Bad Mix?

Written by Arnie Jacobsen

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This decision has been made as a result of an option on many phones called "flight mode" which disablesrepparttar radio portion ofrepparttar 133510 phone. As a result, passenger are allowed to use their phones much as they do their game boys, computers and other such devices.

In fact, in a few years, many ofrepparttar 133511 world's airlines will be offering cellular service and wireless internet on their flights. So those that worry about cell phone use on planes, may need to get over it in rather short order.

And, just like other places inrepparttar 133512 world, we all will be putting up with people sharing intimate details of their lives withrepparttar 133513 rest of us. Progress marches on for better or for worse.

About The Author

Arnie Jacobsen is an educator, entreprenuer, and freelance writer in the field of consumer products relating to cell phones and service and cellular accessories.

Tech-writers – a necessary evil

Written by Glenn Murray

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The other risk is that you’ll lose your sense of urgency. And that’s a big part of what makes a good worker. You should be very strict about managing your commitments. This requires discipline, because sometimes it seems you’rerepparttar only one that cares, but you have to do it.

One thing you should be aware of though, is that your average tech-writer in software spends only about 50% of his or her time writing. The rest of your time is spent planning, problem solving, fixing your computer, researching, interviewingrepparttar 133509 programmers, writing work pracs…

I always found it was a good balance, though.

It was when I started managing teams thatrepparttar 133510 bottom really fell out. Thenrepparttar 133511 percentage dropped to about 10-20%. There were times when I’d go months without writing any help at all. That can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t particularly like managing.

Now managing tech-writers in software is an interesting thing. As with most technology management positions, you kinda fall into it, because you’rerepparttar 133512 most senior/experienced person inrepparttar 133513 company. Unfortunately, that doesn’t qualify you to be a manager. Software companies are renowned for dumping people into management roles without any real training or support.

I don’t really have any advice for you here. If it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen. Just be aware of it, and know that if you fall into a management role, it’s gonna be difficult. (That’s not to say that it can’t be rewarding though…)

The ironic thing is thatrepparttar 133514 most difficult aspect of it is that your staff are screaming at you to changerepparttar 133515 system. “The programmers don’t answer our questions!” “None of my work has been reviewed forrepparttar 133516 last 2 months!” “The project manager just told me to forget about quality!”

Unfortunately,repparttar 133517 inexperienced tech-writer is often naďve enough to think they can changerepparttar 133518 system. Once you become a manager, you know you can’t. Hold on a minute… Maybe apathy is what qualifies you to be a manager… Hmmmm.

In any case, my advice is not to push too hard. You’ll make life hard for your manager, and give yourself a bad reputation. Recognise you’re a necessary evil, and work within those constraints.

Tech-writing can be a lot of fun. And don’t let anyone tell you it’s not creative. Trying to think of a way to describe what goes inrepparttar 133519 Name field without just saying “Enterrepparttar 133520 name” is a real mind-boggler!

* Glenn Murray is an advertising copywriter and heads copywriting studio Divine Write. He can be contacted on Sydney +612 4334 6222 or at glenn@divinewrite.com. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com for further details or more FREE articles.

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