STC-Phoenix hosted an open microphone night on April 19 at Duck and Decanter in central Phoenix. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) theme encouraged attendees to talk about favorite electronic devices and applications of interest to technical communicators.
Attendees showcased a wide range of devices, including an economical Brother laser printer with duplexing capability for just over $100 from Amazon and the amazingly thin (and light) MacAir notebook. The Kindle Fire also received a glowing review for its versatility and rich user experience at a fraction of the cost of other tablets. One STC member also showcased her rugged Tank iPhone case, which features a sliding door to protect the glass front when not being used.
Smartphone/tablet applications included scanning to a PDF from the smartphone, applications with legal and copyright guidelines for writers, and other technical writing apps. One attendee discussed the options for syncing data across devices, mentioning Apple’s iCloud and GoogleDocs as options. Google become even more connected to technical communication at this open mic session as one attendee suggested that its new search engine algorithms, which now factor in the date of website content, may provide job opportunities as companies must now keep website content current to remain at the top of Google search engine listings.
Our next chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, June 23. Look for details to be posted soon!