Re: Good gifts for technical writers

Subject: Re: Good gifts for technical writers
From: MONETTE DENISE P 678-3843 MACA <dmonette -at- ARL -dot- MIL>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 1995 11:45:26 -0700

How about a lumbar support pillow for your chair? Considering how much
time we spend on our backsides.

I like stuff that brightens up my work area without affecting the whole
office area:
-colorful mouse pads with pictures
-a small stand-up calendar
-my mom gave me a furry mouse with glasses that covers my mouse

I also like books, books, and more books. The problem with books a gifts
is the giver has to know the recipient real well or the recipient has to
be real vocal about book preferences when they know they will be
receiving a gift (kind of takes the fun out of it).

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On Tue, 17 Jan 1995, Marc Paquette wrote:

> Hello, all,

> While looking through my cool, new copy of _The Chicago Manual of Style_ that
> I received as a Christmas gift, I began thinking about other gifts a
> technical communicator would appreciate.

> OK, some tech writers would consider a style guide as a depraved thing to
> give: "Since you enjoy pounding at a keyboard 10 hours a day, I thought I'd
> give you something to help you pound at the keyboard even more!"

> I'm sure, though, that many tech writers have received some neat gifts
> that they appreciate and use often. My question is, "What is a good
> gift for a technical writer?"

> Here are some suggestions I can think of off the top of my head.
> (Disclaimer: I'm somewhat of a gadget junkie.)

> * a style guide

> * the OED or other dictionary on CD-ROM (expensive, but oh so handy).

> * a pocket computer/dictionary/speller (actually, while TV channel
> flipping recently, I watched a commercial for a pocket Bible computer
> that could have helped me while I was reading Margaret Lawrence
> novels in university :-) )

> * a couple of weeks on a sunny, secluded, southern Pacific island ;-)

> Any other ideas?

> Marc.

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