Don Jones®

Tech | Career | Musings

A colleague was recently asked to speak at a conference panel, and one of the suggested talking points was, “How to evaluate new technologies for your business (e.g. set/lead or follow trends and standards?).” In almost any instance like that, given a choice between X and Y, I almost always try to go with “Purple.”

Folks talk all the time about the “Mentor/Mentee” relationship. Let me say up front that I absolutely recognize how language shifts and evolves over time, and that there’s no point railing against some linguistic nitpick. But Imma do it anyway.

Using passive voice isn’t wrong, not in any way. In fact, most of your college writing courses probably preferred it. It’s just awkward outside the college setting, and it makes your writing bloody hard to read for non-native speakers of English. So go active.

Categories: Rant

This isn’t actually a “policing” situation – it’s just something I thought you might find interesting. Writers – especially technical writers – often have to work within the scope of globalization. Globalization is a way of writing that lends itself to localization, which is the process of translating a communication into another language and culture. For example, you can help globalize …

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