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Business & Technical Writing: Technical writing - application manual, relevant icon, bold work
relevant icon, bold work, window key: Dear Michelle: Thank you for writing AllExperts. #2 When referring to a screen, a window, a key, etc., in order of importance: SCREEN title (Caps and Bold work); It s even better to capture the screen. WINDOW title (same, if you want or just...

Business & Technical Writing: Business communication, power leadership, research leadership
power leadership, research leadership, styles of leadership: Faeza, The question you are asking requires a very complex answer. Volumes of books have been written on the topic, and no one has a clear answer. Let me suggest some topics you may want to research: Leadership roles versus management roles Leadership...

Business & Technical Writing: What else besides being a copywriter?, high speed internet access, high speed internet
high speed internet access, high speed internet, copywriter: Hi, Heather-- Thank you for a most interesting question. I m a tad confused, so, before I risk going in the wrong direction here, please explain what was in the copywriting training course you took last year. If you d also be willing to email me (cfa2005@gmail.com)...

Business & Technical Writing: Appendices - can they reference report?, report thanks, initial report
report thanks, initial report, multiple times: I m not sure I entirely understand your question, but if your reference takes the reader to one accurate set of data, I do not see why you should have to refer to each instance of the same data if it is repeated multiple times. Hope this helps. ...

Business & Technical Writing: enquiry, economic standpoint, capital outlay
economic standpoint, capital outlay, letters of the alphabet: Dear Samuel-- If you re going to write letters, you had better learn to use capital letters of the alphabet and learn to punctuate correctly. On the particular issue of a joint venture, however, I think you re wasting your time. Let me explain why. I...

Business & Technical Writing: Career Prospects, instant id, career prospects
instant id, career prospects, typical clients: Gary, The best answer to the question of which is a better career choice is It depends. Having done both, I have found the differences in the market, my typical clients, where I lived, the current state of the economy, even what the job title may...

Business & Technical Writing: changing quoted text, davy crockett, ellipsis
davy crockett, ellipsis, heck: Dear Rod: Thank you for writing to Allexperts. When you want to insert a quote that differs from the original, insert the change in brackets. If you do not with to re-elect me, you can go to [heck], and I will go to Texas. Using the ellipsis (...)...

Business & Technical Writing: Salary indication technical instructional Development, specialist skill, salary range
specialist skill, salary range, career builder: Beth, I can t really give you a clear answer on the wages. As you mentioned, the location, technical depth, specialist skills make a big difference. You also need to consider education and experience to the list. You might take a look on Career Builder....

Business & Technical Writing: Freelance, annie annie, stable work
annie annie, stable work, content writer: Annie, Sorry for the delay in responding. I did not get your original message. (??!!??) The answer to your question is it depends. Questions you need to ask are... What is the content? Technical (priced higher) Clean up of their copy (priced lower)...

Business & Technical Writing: Braces, chicago manual of style, curly brackets
chicago manual of style, curly brackets, angle brackets: Dear John-- Thank you for your question, and thank you for using AllExperts.com. Unfortunately, I don t believe there are any hard and fast answers to your question. I have checked my Chicago Manual of Style, which is, to my way of thinking, the definitive...

Business & Technical Writing: capitalization, roman catholic churches, chicago manual of style
roman catholic churches, chicago manual of style, capitalization rules: If Chicago doesn t have anything specific on the topic, I doubt if anyone will. I do not think these amount to proper names, however. Only when you are referring to a specific church organization or denomination should it be capitalized. I don t know the divisions...

Business & Technical Writing: Peace Corps essays, peace corps volunteers, coral reefs
peace corps volunteers, coral reefs, mount mckinley: Hi Jessica, I generally don t edit long writings, particularly those being used for class assignments or applications. However, I made an exception in your case because the cause is so noble. You have some good ideas, and minimal corrections were needed,...

Business & Technical Writing: Salutation of a Business Letter, jane jones, hyphenated name
jane jones, hyphenated name, bogert: Hi Doreen, I would address it with the husband s name first followed by the wife s name exactly as she defines it. If she uses her maiden name only, use that. If she uses a hyphenated name, maiden name and then married name, use that. Names are important...

Business & Technical Writing: Use of commas in a bullet list, use of commas, answer change
use of commas, answer change, dear don: Dear Don, Thank you for writing to AllExperts. Both ways can be correct in technical writing. Do not forget, however, to add and if you use the comma list. Normally, bulleted lists do not use a comma. I used both methods in tech docs; it all depends...

Business & Technical Writing: Help in writing a covering letter, writing a covering letter, supplier relationship management
writing a covering letter, supplier relationship management, writing a cover letter: Dear Waimon-- Thank you for your request, and thank you for using AllExperts.com. Thank you, too, for your kind words about my refusal to answer questions marked Private. I do appreciate that - you re the first person who has ever commented on it. Thank...

Business & Technical Writing: inquiry: How to sell articles to magazines, william strunk jr, william k zinsser
william strunk jr, william k zinsser, judith appelbaum: Dear Amram-- Rather than try to answer your questions, which would take an incredible amount of time (which I don t have - remember, I m an unpaid volunteer who is just trying to be helpful), let me steer you to several of my favorite writing books. You...

Business & Technical Writing: inquiry: How to sell articles to magazines, magazine article writing, handbook of magazine article writing
magazine article writing, handbook of magazine article writing, assistant editors: Hi Amram, I m happy to give you some resources. However, I cannot answer your article format questions because different magazines require different formats. Your best bet in establishing formats for submitted articles, is to request a copy of the...

Business & Technical Writing: Letter, windsor road, student period
windsor road, student period, global citizens: Jasmin, The letter looks good. The schools use the letter to get a feel for what you consider important, your writing skills, and any special interests you have. I think you letter meets the requirements. Having me modify your letter may take away from...

Business & Technical Writing: Letter, windsor road, global citizens
windsor road, global citizens, zone level: Dear jasmin: Thank you for writing to AllExperts. I will edit your letter. Concerning content, you must determine what to add or delete. I pasted your letter here with the few punctuation corrections needed. Sincerely, Kaylyn Rewritten: Dear Dr....

Business & Technical Writing: Recipe Book, exact steps, recipe book
exact steps, recipe book, sugestions: Word handles images quite well. You simply need to scan your son s sketches into a format that can be imported into Word. Also, read the Word documentation on importing and placing images. In general, though, that is done off the Insert menu. The exact steps...

Business & Technical Writing: Thank you letter from a Non Profit Organization, donations, gift receipts
donations, gift receipts, contributions: Debbie, I think you may want to address that question to a lawyer. Certainly including a paragraph or two about the donation for tax purposes makes sense. Could you send a thank you note and include a separate document that names the donation and amount...

Business & Technical Writing: How To's or How Tos?, proper spelling, hyphen
proper spelling, hyphen, adjective: Dear Stephen: Thank you for writing to AllExperts. The term how-to, used as an adjective, traces to 1926, followed in 1954 with how-to as a noun. Often, we insert a hyphen between nouns to coin an adjective. Anyway, how-tos is accurate used as an...

Business & Technical Writing: copyright, public domain citation, first edition books
public domain citation, first edition books, anonymous poem: Dear Scott: Thank you for writing AllExperts. You pose an interesting question. Feedback: 1. A poem, written in 1944, Prague, Czech Republic, non-copyrighted. 2. Since: Copyrighted in US by major publishers. 3. Is poem considered public domain? ...

Business & Technical Writing: Enquiry, fuel saving devices, fuel saver
fuel saving devices, fuel saver, saving the environment: Idahor, What you are asking is quite involved. Unless the hotel has asked for bids on fuel saving devices, you do not need a proposal. I would suspect you want is a sales speech or letter. To be effective, you need to know what is important to the...

Business & Technical Writing: sic, legal recourse, correct spelling
legal recourse, correct spelling, mary smith: Lynne, Short answer: No Long answer: Sic is used when the original wording contains a misspelling. Nothing in the rules states, however, that the correct spelling be provided. The only reason I can see for providing the correct spelling would be...

Business & Technical Writing: Grammatical question, grammar rule, salutation of a letter
grammar rule, salutation of a letter, conscientious students: Hi Carol, There is no grammar rule that says one or the other name should go first. Traditionally, the man s name went first out of respect to him as head of household. However, in today s world, the lines are not so clear cut in households. Were it...

Business & Technical Writing: punctuation question, bellevue hospital center, grammar rule
bellevue hospital center, grammar rule, dear alice: Dear Maureen, The grammar rule says to use a comma before and/or after words or phrases that are NOT essential to the main idea of the sentence. In other words, if you use a comma before and/or after a phrase, you should be able to remove the phrase and...

Business & Technical Writing: Appendix v. Attachment, supplemental documents, governmental organization
supplemental documents, governmental organization, appendix: I would probably call them appendices, but I doubt if it really makes much difference as long as you are clear what you refer to when you mention them in the body. Probably if an appendix comes in multiple parts, you should label them something like Appendix...

Business & Technical Writing: listing order, chicago manual of style, cajun jokes
chicago manual of style, cajun jokes, grammatical rule: Well, Natasha, do you live in Louisiana? :-) JUST KIDDING! There are some old Cajun jokes where Thibodeaux phones his spouse to tell her he ll be home in 30 or 10 minutes. I m not familiar with any usage rules, per se. Neither is my style authority, The...

Business & Technical Writing: need help for correction, continuous encouragement, supervisor professor
continuous encouragement, supervisor professor, intellectual pursuit: This thesis arose, in part, out of years of research that has been done since I came to 000 University. By that time, I have worked with a group of people whose contribution in assorted ways to the research and the making of the thesis deserve special mention....

Business & Technical Writing: Please help edit this paper..., horrible job, unprofessionalism
horrible job, unprofessionalism, eeoc: Dear Katria, I am sorry. I misread your request and didn t realize you wanted the information you provided put into a letter for an EEOC claim. I apologized for giving you a response that wasn t helpful or on point. Unfortunately, I am leaving town...

Business & Technical Writing: Sentence Construction, return checks, sentence construction
return checks, sentence construction: Dear Melba: Inquire of management. If you inquire with management, that means you and management need to know how to handle return checks. Perhaps, you & management have an expert in the process. When you inquire of management, however, they have...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical/Business Writing, jay conrad levinson, entrepreneur success
jay conrad levinson, entrepreneur success, prospective clients: Thank you for writing to AllExperts.com. Your question generates books of answers, for it is lengthy and detailed. I will point you in the right direction to get you started. 1. READ. (Entrepreneur, Black Entrepreneur, Success, sales [magazines]). 2. Prepare...

Business & Technical Writing: Business/Trade Journal - Awards?, business trade magazines, judge richard posner
business trade magazines, judge richard posner, david warsh: Thanks for your most interesting question, Chris. I m not aware of any annual awards for business writing. The only awards I know of are Pulitzers, which are not confined to business. Obviously, there s a gaping hole in the awards market, isn t there? :-)...

Business & Technical Writing: Key words, Questions Marked Private
Questions Marked Private: Read this, please, Ray: www.allexperts.com/ep/2301-84697/Economics/Warren-D-Miller.htm. I don t respond to questions marked Private. The economics are lousy because I set myself up to answer the same question(s) a bazillion times from different people. As...

Business & Technical Writing: Making price inquiries, price inquiries, business writing
price inquiries, business writing, subtle ways: Thank you, John. Three more questions: In your original query, were the two paragraphs in the same context or in different ones? In the second, you referred to formal negotiation or business writing. Why? Finally, for what class or classes are...

Business & Technical Writing: making price inquiries, countless variations, price inquiries
countless variations, price inquiries, richard dean: Hi, John: The best way to inquire about things like this is to use alternative words that are less rough as you put it, and that deliver the same message. For example, you might say, What sort of budget should I plan on when considering this service?...

Business & Technical Writing: making price inquiry, price inquiry, subtle ways
price inquiry, subtle ways, business writing: I would simply ask How much is this? I can t think why anyone would find this offensive. It does not seem too rough to me, and I can t think why you would want to be anything less than perfectly clear about what information you need. Hope this helps...

Business & Technical Writing: How to make price inquiry?, polite phrases, price inquiry
polite phrases, price inquiry, critical element: John, If you are too indirect, the person may not answer your question, but you can use a few polite phrases. Because I have a limited budget, will you provide an estimate of the costs before I sign the agreement? I need to prepare a cost benefits...

Business & Technical Writing: reply, cell phone provider, price inquiry
cell phone provider, price inquiry, john thanks: Hi John, Thanks for responding again. Okay - no homework. ;-) This might be a difficult question for me to answer because I usually cut to the chase. If a salesperson calls me, I might make an appointment because I know how important the sales call is....

Business & Technical Writing: Pleas help me to correct these sentences, leap of faith, bogert
leap of faith, bogert, damaged goods: Hi John, I am happy to help. I don t know what you mean by ...incurable amount.., so I m taking a leap of faith that my answer will give you want you need. The recently ordered furniture from supplier _________________ arrived in a damaged condition....

Business & Technical Writing: Technical writing as a Career, society for technical communication, career question
society for technical communication, career question, american red cross: Bhawna, Do you think that I should not hope for a bright future in technical writing because of being non-technical. I don t think you should give up. If you acknowledge, however, that finding a job may be challenging, you may reconsider some of your...

Business & Technical Writing: WRITING, american journal of clinical nutrition, journal of clinical nutrition
american journal of clinical nutrition, journal of clinical nutrition, 3 fatty acids: Jane, APA reference requires the following items: Last name, First initial. (date of publication). Title of work. Location of publisher, publisher name p. or pp. Last name, First initial. (date of publication). Title of article. Title of Periodical...

Business & Technical Writing: WRITING, american journal of clinical nutrition, journal of clinical nutrition
american journal of clinical nutrition, journal of clinical nutrition, 3 fatty acids: The article by Connor was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The rest of the information gives the specific issue of that journal. It was published in the year 2000, but since I do not know its conventions regarding how often it publishes,...

Business & Technical Writing: WRITING, respiratory distress syndrome, acute respiratory distress syndrome
respiratory distress syndrome, acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute respiratory distress: Dear Jane-- I am sorry to be so long in replying to your question. It turned out to be one heckuva lot more complicated than I first thought. I m still working on your first question. As to your second, here is how I would cite the paper: Singer,...

Business & Technical Writing: WRITING, chicago manual style, 3 fatty acids
chicago manual style, 3 fatty acids, homework question: Dear Jane: Thank you for writing AllExperts. First, it looks like you submitted a homework question. Second, the best advice I can give you: Follow your instructor s guidelines. You will probably need to use one of the following style guides: APA, MLA,...

Business & Technical Writing: acting as a business agent, business agent, financial institutions
business agent, financial institutions, lending institution: And your question is? On second thought, don t bother. It doesn t matter. I don t write letters anyway. Get some experience first. Go to work for a bank, other lending institution, or collection agency and learn how to do what you want to do. The rest...

Business & Technical Writing: Dates, homework question, confusion
homework question, confusion, reply: Dear Patricia, I m not sure whether this is a homework question, but here is my reply. Be careful of using the slash method. People from other countries write the day first and then the month. Although your example identifies month and date, what if...

Business & Technical Writing: Wonder and ever made, dear alice, bogert
dear alice, bogert, setting goals: Hi Marcelo, I m happy to decode the meanings for you. The writer is saying that when he first started trading, he did not do the things one is supposed to do to maximize success, like setting goals and defining what was needed to meet those goals. In...

Business & Technical Writing: New Account, word relationship, stock brokerage
word relationship, stock brokerage, brokerage company: Johann, Yours is an interesting question. What you are trying to find is the right word for the client s by-in to your product. The word you are searching to find is the benefit in the person s investment. In marketing, it s not the steak you are selling,...

Business & Technical Writing: New Account, definition of prosperity, stock brokerage
definition of prosperity, stock brokerage, word relationship: It s all a matter of style, Johann. But, in your case, I think it s also a matter of client expectations. For one thing, anyone whose portfolio has lost 40-50% in the last year is NOT going to believe the word prosperity. For another, using prosperity...

Business & Technical Writing: possessive, proper noun, possessive form
proper noun, possessive form, preference: Kelley, I see no reason to use the possessive form of the company s name. It s a proper noun like any other. The opinion of ABC sounds very formal and a bit outdated. However, it really comes down to preference. Either one is correct. I hope...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing !!, interactive voice response, ivr systems
interactive voice response, ivr systems, writing skill: Dear Ricky, One cannot answer the question in this limited space. If you want some reference guides to perfect American writing, I sell four guides: Parts of Speech, Punctuation, Sentences, and Paragraphs. These would be excellent for you, give you practice...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing., writing, reword
writing, reword, report: Hi Lucy, I am not sure of the context of this passage, so I will guess as to how it needs to be structured. This is how you might change it: Test Report: A full end-to-end run has been completed. Initially, there were minor problems with the registration...

Business & Technical Writing: Need to take advice on technical writing, unpaid volunteer, leslie hope
unpaid volunteer, leslie hope, technical writing: Bhawna, Sorry to learn that the tech writing job did not last. I am sure you are frustrated. The need for grant writers is great. I have a friend who writes grants, and although it is not his favorite work, he is always working. Successful grant writers...

Business & Technical Writing: Family names plus s, keep up with the joneses, chinese surname
keep up with the joneses, chinese surname, li family: John, I think I can help you here, but I m not qualified to speak about Chinese. I have enough challenges with the English language, believe me. First, an apostrophe NEVER forms a plural. Never, never, never. So let s put that one to bed first. Apostrophes...

Business & Technical Writing: the + family name + s, chinese surname, headline style
chinese surname, headline style, li family: Apostrophes are properly used to make possessives. But this is something that has become much confused, thanks largely to the New York Times mistaken decision to use apostrophes to pluralize acronyms and numbers to accommodate its all-cap headline style....

Business & Technical Writing: the + family name + s, chinese surname, proper noun
chinese surname, proper noun, li family: John, The only time you use an apostrophe with a proper noun is to show possession. Of course, it does get confusing when the surname or the plural form ends in s. Let s look at a couple of examples: We visited the Obamas house - plural - the...

Business & Technical Writing: Numbers in business/technical writing, arabic numeral, arabic numerals
arabic numeral, arabic numerals, twenty five years: Brenda, You are going to get just one more opinion from me. As you noted, most editors go round and round on this topic. You can submit questions on form to the editors of the Chicago Style Manual (CSM) http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html who...

Business & Technical Writing: Signature block when name is on letterhead, signature block, chicago manual of style 15th edition
signature block, chicago manual of style 15th edition, personal preference: Hi, Rebecca-- Well, I know that I answered this question yesterday, but it s still here, so let me try again. That happened once before on AllExpers.com. Not your fault, of course, and I m sorry my reply is delayed an additional day. I consulted my go-to...

Business & Technical Writing: trademarks, trademark US Canada
trademark US Canada: Hi Steve, I did a little research and it appears that trademark and registration usage is very similar between Canada and the US, so you should be OK using this advice, but may want to confirm with the Canadian Patent and Trademark Office or the US Patent...

Business & Technical Writing: Q, interpreter and translator, master sergeant
interpreter and translator, master sergeant, first cav: Hi Sam, This is a pretty delicate situation that you describe, and my suggestion to you is to take out anything accusing the person you were having the problem with of anything. Just tell your side of the story so that it is documented, and let others determine...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing Style, bad habit, m 65
bad habit, m 65, technical documents: Hi, Walter-- Thank you for your question, and thank you for using AllExperts.com. I can help you, but I need a little help from you first, if you don t mind. 1. Would you please supply me with the full sentence that contains the phrase The reader, etc....

Business & Technical Writing: Proofreader certification, Proofreading, Education vs. Training
Proofreading, Education vs. Training, Caveats About: Dear Jerry-- First things first: Please accept my heartfelt and most sincere apology for taking so long to respond to your most interesting question. And I hope you will pass my apology along to your son. I have been traveling incessantly since Sept. 1,...

Business & Technical Writing: Signature block legalities, Alphabet Soup, Inflated Certifications
Alphabet Soup, Inflated Certifications: Thank you, Darrell. That background color is extremely helpful. Let me offer some strong management advice to you and, especially, to her supervisor. Alphabet soup and falsification of credentials is common in America today. There s a clown in my professional...

Business & Technical Writing: signature blocks, lean six sigma, quality designations
lean six sigma, quality designations, accredited certifications: Darrell, You are asking a question about a legal signature. I cannot advise you about the law, especially if the law is in Kuwait. A legal signature is the one on a person s birth certificate or one that has been changed legally. That said, many people...

Business & Technical Writing: meaning of "authentic", traditional italian dishes, authentic italian food
traditional italian dishes, authentic italian food, italy: It means the food is identical to food that might be served in Italy. The dishes are traditional Italian dishes with the same ingredients, preparation methods, and service presentations. That said, of course, the claim may or may not be true. Also, you should...

Business & Technical Writing: meaning of "you get an A for effort", expression, job
expression, job: The A refers to grading in school, where A is the highest grade possible. Getting an A for effort means that the person making the comment knows you worked very hard to complete a difficult task even though you may not have been able to complete the job....

Business & Technical Writing: need advice, valley forge national park, daughter sophia
valley forge national park, daughter sophia, play station 3: John, I do not see the job description. Your first line talks about being an XYZ owner. Since I do know know what XYZ does, I cannot say for sure what your education or experience contributes to the XYZ company. The purpose of these letters is to highlight...

Business & Technical Writing: Professional Help, career counsel
career counsel: Hi, Lilian-- Welcome to America, the world s greatest country. I m delighted that you see it that way, too. And your English is far better than many denizens in the state from which Dorothy and I fled in 1997 - Oklahoma. Good people there, but horrible...

Business & Technical Writing: resume summery statement, target market, spell checker
target market, spell checker, unnecessary words: Some short suggestions, Grady: 1. The summary might begin like this: Seasoned manager with broad experience turning around businesses drowning in red ink. Include what types of businesses (manufacturing, wholesale, etc.) you ve turned around and about...

Business & Technical Writing: writing, technical writing, high school college
technical writing, high school college: Dear Lynn, Thank you for writing AllExperts. I don t know what you mean, How would I use technical writing in school? In what sense? For high school? College? In all of your classes? There s no way to answer this question. Sincerely, Kayly...

Business & Technical Writing: writing, technical writing, social worker
technical writing, social worker: Lynn, Technical writing is used to organize and simplify ideas so others can understand them. Most of your school work hopefully will use those skills. As a social worker, you will need to write reports, which is a form of technical writing. Lesli...

Business & Technical Writing: communication, The Proper Usage of the Word
The Proper Usage of the Word : Ananda, I m sorry this took a few days. I do this for free, and I had two small projects to finish up. Now, to your question, which is a good one. Some corporations and other institutions--newspapers, for instance--have their own internal style guide....

Business & Technical Writing: Usage of the expression "in one lump sum", sum 4, lump sum
sum 4, lump sum, sentences: Dear Glen, I m chuckling at the moment, and I m not sure where to start. Paid in full usually means a. I had a mortgage, paid on it faithfully for 30 years, and now, it s paid in full. b. I paid cash for my house takes cares of all of your other...

Business & Technical Writing: Have you ever "broke / broken" a promise?, english verbs, english verb
english verbs, english verb, conjugation: Broken is correct in each case. You can get the full conjugation of all English verbs from several sites simply by entering a phrase such as conjugate the verb break into one of the search engines. One such site is: http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-english-verb-break.html...

Business & Technical Writing: "corporate" usage - follow up question, public affairs department, secretariat office
public affairs department, secretariat office, question question: Kris, somehow you submitted the identical question to me twice. If I don t reply to both of them, AllExperts.com lands on me with both feet. So consider this a response, albeit a non-substantive one, to you clarification and excellent question. I will respond...

Business & Technical Writing: Letters addressed to two individuals, beloved bride, professional secretary
beloved bride, professional secretary, blue pen: Hi, Victoria-- Great question. Thanks for posting. Print two originals, sign both in blue ink, and send each an original. If you don t do it that way, you risk appearing to snub one party. Much of the business writing process is about common courtesy,...

Business & Technical Writing: Suggestions for report heading?, hp proliant, sales brochure
hp proliant, sales brochure, server series: First, a couple of notes about your writing here. It should be an HP ProLiant BL20p G4 Server, not a HP.... You are going to advise the Office Manager, not advice the.... There are two possibilities for a title depending on whether your recommendation...

Business & Technical Writing: Word this differently with better english? help please!, joe hicks, sales brochure
joe hicks, sales brochure, color prints: Joe, You have clearly stated what you want to do. Your Office Manager may be upset that you have said he does not know the terms, which may bruise his ego.... You could say that you are going to explain the benefits of the features on the Cannon Jet Server...

Business & Technical Writing: Don't act "strange/strangely", grammar question, grammar rule
grammar question, grammar rule, grammar english: Mostly, these words are interchangeable and carry the same meaning in these sentences. But I think that in most instances native speakers would not add the ly. The exception might be normally in teh first sentence. But it s not a matter of grammar. English...

Business & Technical Writing: Grammar question; "lost in a book"?, grammar question, athletic contest
grammar question, athletic contest, beautiful art: Glen, you re giving yourself away when you Copy and Paste to the same posting. That is an insult to me, and I don t appreciate it. It tells me that you are sending the same message to multiple experts. It s kind of like spamming, and I don t appreciate it....

Business & Technical Writing: technical writing, technical writing course, cafeteria line
technical writing course, cafeteria line, singapore china: Lynn, You will find places that need instructions everywhere.... If you have to ask a question on how something is done, then the process/procedure needs instructions. Completing the registration forms, getting a discount on a book. going through...

Business & Technical Writing: application letter, kind reply, unpaid volunteer
kind reply, unpaid volunteer, application letter: You did a GREAT job, Tasneem. Really. From the tone of your initial posting, I wasn t expecting anything nearly that good. So, in hopes of making an excellent draft even better, I am delighted to do a little smoothing in a few places and fill in a missing...

Business & Technical Writing: Business Name in Signature Block, creating a signature, signature block
creating a signature, signature block, complimentary close: Yes, Mickey, you are dead-on: Company name, usually in all-caps or small caps, signature block, individual s name, and title. If the document is a legal one--e.g., a contract of some kind, then the date is also there (alongside the title, not below it). ...

Business & Technical Writing: copy editing business, start earning money, copy editing
start earning money, copy editing, mr miller: Dear Cindy-- First, I sincerely apologize for not replying sooner to your post. I am traveling, but I forgot to set the vacation setting on AllExperts.com - that prevents folks from sending me questions while I m away. Won t be home until tomorrow night....

Business & Technical Writing: Simple grammer (vocabulary?) question from an ESL person., subjective complement, object of the preposition
subjective complement, object of the preposition, rules of grammar: Igor, You will be pleased to know that the syntax of English and Russian are surprisingly similar. Your Russian rules of grammar often apply to English rules of grammar. The two programs are compatible because they are two different... If you...

Business & Technical Writing: Writers Block, common app, unique college
common app, unique college, sample essays: I don t answer questions marked Private. To do so would set me up to answer the same questikon many times over. Since I don t get paid to do this, I d be pretty dumb to answer such questions. Therefore, I have marked this Public. There is no such thing...

Business & Technical Writing: business communications, barack obama, question changes
barack obama, question changes, leadership style: Mary, I want to help, but I will not do this for you. You just have to start. Let s say your answer to the first question is Yes. How would you then respond to question #2: If so, how? Then answer the first question No, and see how your answer to...

Business & Technical Writing: Credit card interest in Bahrain, platinum credit card, credit card interest
platinum credit card, credit card interest, satisfactory response: John, I wish I could help you, but I do not know how consumer finance is handled in Bahrain. I just read that it is a mix of sharia law and components of British civil law. So I m out of my league there. However, I do think your letter expresses your question...

Business & Technical Writing: report writing skills, senseless conflict, semister
senseless conflict, semister, examples of bias: Biased language is any language that shows bias for or against some group or identity simply because of its identity. Examples of such bias might be the assumption that one group is superior to another group. The assumptions that Muslims are inherently superior...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing, writing skill, creative writer
writing skill, creative writer, conversant: Dear Benny, Thank you for writing AllExperts.com. Your questions somewhat baffle me. You see, you mention that you are a creative writer student. Honestly, I do not see a creative writing skill. Perhaps, though, your natural tongue is not English. I am...

Business & Technical Writing: technical writers, technology gadgets, silly question
technology gadgets, silly question, technical writers: Dear Danielle, It s not a silly question, and I answer this with a smile. :-} You do not have to be techno-whiz. You will need to know a few programs, however; I strongly urge you to gain experience in the following codes and programs. 1. XHTML &...

Business & Technical Writing: Collaborative writing platforms ?, uncontrolled document, collaborative writing
uncontrolled document, collaborative writing, archive system: Dear Gareth, I ponder as I write. I m not sure of a program that will do what you want, but I ll tell you what comes to mind. In order to see and alter documents, you will need a good archive system. 1. Always conduct a Save As..., Never just an...

Business & Technical Writing: Collaborative writing platforms ?, collaborative writing, source one
collaborative writing, source one, different color: Gareth, I do not use Open Source. However, several people I know do use it, and it functions like Microsoft s Word. I am told that my comments in Word are clearly viewed in Open Source. One of the tools in Word that I have used is the Reviewing tool....

Business & Technical Writing: long-term care?, compound adjectives, adverbs
compound adjectives, adverbs, self concept: Compound adjectives are an ambiguous area in English. I hyphenate long-term care . But note that if the care is long term (the description is in the predicate), it is not a compound adjective. What is more, this is one of the areas in which the language evolves...

Business & Technical Writing: tor?, pr materials, fund staff
pr materials, fund staff, team assignment: Dear Jamie, Thank you for writing to AllExperts. Terms of Reference refers to a document (page or two) that explains the project. Purpose (of project, group, team, assignment). It may define the scope, objectives, and scope. Structure and Accountability...

Business & Technical Writing: Related numbers, literary offerings, numbers and words
literary offerings, numbers and words, mixed numbers: Holly, This question frequently comes up. The answer depends on the style manual you are using. For example, APA says anything under the number 10 (one to nine)is spelled out. Over 10, the writer can use the Arabic numerals. MLA however insists that all...

Business & Technical Writing: capitalisation, common noun, grammar rules
common noun, grammar rules, human consciousness: Once the concept for the terms is introduced and defined in the essay, it is neither necessary nor desirable to keep on explaining it. Unless you are the translator, I would go with whatever term for reference framework the author or translator used in...

Business & Technical Writing: Case Study :: How to Proofread like a Pro : Tips for creating the Perfect Document, word processing department, improper capitalization
word processing department, improper capitalization, grammar punctuation: I assume you want me to correct this sentence. Application of these methods in stores in San Diego and Cincinnati have resulted in a 30 percent drop in robberies and a 50 percent decline in violence according to the developers of the security system,...

Business & Technical Writing: grammar, Numbers - when to use them and when to spell them out
Numbers - when to use them and when to spell them out: That s a great question, Kelly, and I m delighted you asked it. As I always do on these kinds of queries, I first consulted my Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), a.k.a. CMS16. I m going to quote a number of sections of it. Section 9.2: CHICAGO S GENERAL...

Business & Technical Writing: grammar, american psychological association, military time
american psychological association, military time, school style: Don, You should check the company or school style manual for the final word on the correct format for your organization. American Psychological Association (APA) give the following as the correct format. 6:00 a.m. If you use military time (a 24 hour...

Business & Technical Writing: Business / Formal Letters and Content Writing, proposal letter, presentation proposal
proposal letter, presentation proposal, formal letters: Dear Mohammed, You need to hire someone who can write. I might be able to help with this, but as it is a big project there would be a fee. I cannot estimate how much without knowing more. If you would like to proceed, email me at this address. dan@wordsmithofaustin.com...

Business & Technical Writing: Business / Formal Letters and Content Writing, proposal letter, presentation proposal
proposal letter, presentation proposal, public relations professionals: Mohammed, I would suggest you hire someone to help you with your project. Presenting your company well is an important element of success. Getting someone who can present what you do on your website requires different skills from someone who writes...

Business & Technical Writing: cc...pc...ec?, block letter format, modified block letter format
block letter format, modified block letter format, chicago manual of style: Fascinating conversation, Molly. YOU have taught ME some things this morning. Let me elaborate. 1. According to that same website, ec doesn t show up as standing for electronic copy. Nothing show up here, http://www.acronymfinder.com/EC.html, either....

Business & Technical Writing: Minute taking, meeting the challenge, amazon
Business & Technical Writing: Minute taking, meeting the challenge, amazon, best wishes

Business & Technical Writing: Minute taking, holiday donations, agenda formats
holiday donations, agenda formats, treasury report: Mathea, If you are asking for rules about writing minutes for meetings, I have not seen any. Most meeting minutes are written according the the custom of the organization. For formal report forms, however, you may want to look at some of the models that...

Business & Technical Writing: Citing web sites in-text, traditional footnotes, chicago manual of style
traditional footnotes, chicago manual of style, parenthetical citations: Citation styles vary with different style manuals, although in the US most such manuals ultimately refer back to Chicago Manual of Style. But in general, you should put enough information in the citation that the source in the bibliography can be referenced....

Business & Technical Writing: hyperlinks in texts, single line, hyperlinks
single line, hyperlinks, citation: Normally, hyperlinks should not break across a line if you want them to be real hyperlinks. But sometimes it is necessary because they are too long in their own right to fit on a single line. But the convention seems to be that if the hyperlink pulls itself...

Business & Technical Writing: If and When, Avoid Adverbs
Avoid Adverbs: That is true. However, it complicates the path to answering the question you posed. Had you removed the word already from each sentence, you would have seen that there was no substantial difference between them and that either was correct. The problem was...

Business & Technical Writing: If and When, Avoid Adverbs
Avoid Adverbs: You didn t answer my question, and your rewritten sentences do not solve the problem. Therefore, I m not convinced you know the difference. However, you have the correct focus. Adverbs b u weaken and confuse writing /u /b . Avoid them. Remove the...

Business & Technical Writing: Meaning of the compound word, 'Pyjama Moments'
'Pyjama Moments': Aytan-- Sorry I dropped off the radar screen. Workload is heavy here. I believe that the site in question is referring to pajama moments ; what you saw is a typographical error, I think. I ve not heard that phrase before, either, but I d bet money--a...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing help., enabler products, quality assurance analyst
enabler products, quality assurance analyst, company letterhead: I m not going to do ANYTHING until you (a) read this: http://bit.ly/r0Rvmj, (b) disclose your name (I d bet that you re CHEATING), and (c) run your spellchecker. Kiwis once had a well-deserved world-wide reputation for probity and bravery. People like you...

Business & Technical Writing: Personal Comments, sonia sonia, purpose of a research paper
sonia sonia, purpose of a research paper, personal comments: Sonia, The purpose of a research paper is to present facts and data to your audience. Personal comments, I am guessing, about the facts and data may be relevant, but they would be placed in a footnote, and because the rules about using first person...

Business & Technical Writing: help with writing a request to physician, allied health programs, allied health education
allied health programs, allied health education, medical education program: Marla, I cannot write the letter for you either. As with the previous expert, the information you have provided is sketchy. Moreover, any physician would be suspicious of what you are asking and reject it out of hand. Let me offer this suggestion instead....

Business & Technical Writing: Editing/Proofreading, profile summaries, bachelor degrees
profile summaries, bachelor degrees, part time work: Dominique, Some of the organizations like Hoovers that provide business profile summaries use part-time editorial help. Other than that, you might try a search for part-time gigs doing that kind of work. Another possibility might be to advertise your...

Business & Technical Writing: Comma after abbreviation in business name, blah blah blah, kelton
blah blah blah, kelton, verity: Beverly, Commas after every part of the location is correct. Your example has me a bit confused. Are you saying the company name is Verity Two (USSR)? Clearly, however, the comma after S.A., is correct. The Britannica prefers S. Am. because S.A....

Business & Technical Writing: Comma placement, participial phrase, restrictive phrase
participial phrase, restrictive phrase, writing books: Dave, I did an Internet search on nonessential participial phrase and found several entries. Probably the most useful is in the Purdue entry on the topic. An essential phrase appears to be the same thing as a restrictive phrase. I agree with you that...

Business & Technical Writing: speak vs. talk - context and personal style; transitive and intransitive verbs, transitive and intransitive verbs, impromptu remarks
transitive and intransitive verbs, impromptu remarks, formal context: Dear Bernard-- There is nothing in any of my reference books that addresses the question you raise. However, there are some ways to think a little more precisely about usage here. The first issue is context, which, in this case, is straightforward....

Business & Technical Writing: these vs.those, these vs. those and other tips about technical writing
these vs. those and other tips about technical writing: Thanks for your inquiry, Marilyn. I had to read it several times myself to get some faint handle on just what was going on. I m still not clear with what the phrase that you ve extended with a means. The word extended strikes me as the wrong one, but maybe...

Business & Technical Writing: letter, Cover letter for resume
Cover letter for resume: Craig-- Well, sir, for starters, you should make sure that AllExperts.com spells your name right. It came to me as Criag. For another, I recommend that you get in the habit of editing your e-mails before you send them. Eliminate typographical errors...

Business & Technical Writing: captials, proper noun, word butter
proper noun, word butter, sentence example: Well, capitalizing Lee is correct both because it is a proper noun and because it begins the sentence. Nothing else in the sentence should be capitalized, so I think this is a bit of a trick question. There is no reason to capitalize butter as it is not...

Business & Technical Writing: letter sample, sample proposal letter, coffee plantations
sample proposal letter, coffee plantations, mail details: Teena, I think the initial letter can be pretty straightforward and conciser. Try this. Ladies or Gentlemen: I have business relationships with two large coffee plantations in Karnatak, India, and am interested in exporting coffee to your country....

Business & Technical Writing: VERBS, helping verbs, linking verbs
helping verbs, linking verbs, action verbs: There are some pretty involved explanations of these verbs online, so I recommend you do a search on each term for more information and examples. But briefly 1. Linking verbs do not express action. Rather they connect the subject to additional information...

Business & Technical Writing: What's wrong with the sentence?, sentence structure, different kinds
sentence structure, different kinds, phrases: The ideal construction would be as follows: Go to school and take your notebooks with you. That makes the two parts of the sentence the same kind of construction and unifies the subject. In the other sentence, the two phrases are really independent...

Business & Technical Writing: Software for writing a book
Hi, Mark - Thank you for your inquiry. I looked on LinkedIn, and there are several Mark Eichingers, including two in Jacksonville, N.C. I m guessing that one of those is you, but please clarify. Even better, would you post a link to your LinkedIn profile,...

Business & Technical Writing: Advice for a Novice, core discipline, sporadic attempts
core discipline, sporadic attempts, oil gas industry: Greeting, Jim Shanks in the north of Scotland! It s a pleasure for me to offer advice about getting started in technical writing. Specifically, as I understand it, your goal is to consider constructive advice to gain a toehold in business and/or technical...

Business & Technical Writing: AGM Notice, annual general meeting, bogert
annual general meeting, bogert, good writing: Hi Annabelle, Actually, neither is an example of good writing, although the first sample you provided is the more grammatically correct. It would be more effective to say: The 13th Annual General Meeting will be held on --------. I hope that...

Business & Technical Writing: American English, mr smith, dear mr
mr smith, dear mr, particulars: The differences are not terribly great. There are some differences in spellings (realisation/realization, for example) and some differences in use of certain terms. But I can t very easily list a bunch of differences. I could look at the transformation and...

Business & Technical Writing: API/SDK tech writing, writer organizations, doxygen
writer organizations, doxygen, best tools: Marissa, I do not know of anyway to take the comments from the code and edit the text. What you say about the big need to edit the writing is true, and is at the heart of the tech writer s job. Once long ago, some program writers wrote their code in...

Business & Technical Writing: Appendix/Attachment, mail clients, supplementary document
mail clients, supplementary document, base document: They re about the same thing, I suppose. One definition of attachment is a supplementary document added to the base document. It is more a matter of convention than strictly a matter of definition. It is conventional to call supplementary materials at the...

Business & Technical Writing: Application for Admission in School, private secondary schools, application for admission
private secondary schools, application for admission, educational background: I regularly work with students on their applications to college and graduate school, and occasionally even to private secondary schools. But I would need considerably more information than you have given me to proceed. If you would like to pursue this further,...

Business & Technical Writing: Appropriate English terminology, progress rate, english terminology
progress rate, english terminology, business report: Hi Toshio, Thank you for your question. Were it me, I would simply state the facts rather than label the current status as progress rate or achievement rate. My suggestion is as follows; I hope it is helpful. Our 2006 projected sales forecast...

Business & Technical Writing: Asking for help, homework assignment, letter format
homework assignment, letter format, famous person: Emphasize to the person you are hoping will introduce you the benefits that will accrue to the famous person as a result of what you bring, in such a way that the introducer realizes the glory that will come to him or her for making the introduction. In...

Business & Technical Writing: addressing an envelope, addressing an envelope, kate smith
addressing an envelope, kate smith, bogert: Hi Tina, Good question! Only John is the Jr. or Sr., so it would be incorrect to use John and Kate Smith Jr. Therefore, the correct format would be either John, Jr. and Kate Smith or John Smith, Jr. and Kate Smith. Take care, Alice J. Boger...

Business & Technical Writing: agm report, tribal artifacts, member of the tribe
tribal artifacts, member of the tribe, accurate communication: What is an agm? Don t ever assume that everyone knows all the acronyms you know. Acronyms are usually very tribal artifacts except for the few such as DWI (driving while intoxicated) that have made it into the general vocabulary. They are mostly used to show...

Business & Technical Writing: ain't, informal correspondence, unabridged dictionary
informal correspondence, unabridged dictionary, native speakers: Ain t is commonly used in both British and American English, but it is most evident in less formal contexts. Whether it is appropriate or not depends on the audience. It is more commonly used in spoken English than in written, often for emphasis. Most...

Business & Technical Writing: what have you answer me before? can you plz double check...., rich text format, autoresponder
rich text format, autoresponder, technical writing: Well, I don t know what happened to my answer then. My response, however, was that an edit of this scope is more than I can do at no charge. I generally limit the free editing I do to no more than 1.5 pages, double spaced. I can edit this down to the required...

Business & Technical Writing: apostrophe question, fighting a losing battle, proverbial expressions
fighting a losing battle, proverbial expressions, headline style: It bugs me too, and I don t use them that way. I correct it in everything I edit. But we may be fighting a losing battle courtesy of the New York Times. The Times has an all-cap headline style and at some point decided that it would not put lower-case s ...

Business & Technical Writing: archaic definitions, archaic terms, reversion
archaic terms, reversion, effective communication: Probably not, though I d like to see the specific example you have in mind. But presumably when you write something you want to be understood. A reversion to archaic terms would usually defeat that purpose. Why not use whatever has become the contemporary...

Business & Technical Writing: Can you assist me with sentence construction and punctuation in this essay?, pan african congress, pro bono work
pan african congress, pro bono work, atlantic charter: I appreciate your comments in the feedback section, but don t you think it s taking advantage a wee bit to float succeeding paragraphs of the same essay by me in this manner? I can help you with this essay at a very reasonable fee, but I can t continue to...

Business & Technical Writing: Can you assist me with sentence construction and punctuation in this essay?, peasant proprietors, baptist ministers
peasant proprietors, baptist ministers, plantation system: OK. Here you go. My comments and questions are in parentheses. Peasants are people who must earn most or all of their money from the land around them. The peasantry emerged (emerged where? You really need to establish just where it is you are speaking...

Business & Technical Writing: Books, amazon book, barnesnnoble
amazon book, barnesnnoble, infinity publishing: I ve been earning a living for several decades by writing marketing and sales materials, mainly for professional service firms and nonprofits. There are a number of books on amazon.com that tell you how to get started. They re written by freelancers who have...

Business & Technical Writing: Brochures for Practice, iridology certification, email addresss
iridology certification, email addresss, marketing collateral: Mike, congratulations on nearing the completion of studies in a third specialty area. And on asking excellent questions. Few people (fortunately) ask, Should I do acupuncture on myself or my family members or hire a pro? But quite a few ask whether they...

Business & Technical Writing: Brochures for Practice, iridology certification, creating brochures
iridology certification, creating brochures, licensed acupuncturist: Mike, My apologies for not reponding sooner. I have had a number of emergencies this week that kept me from my computer. Congratulations on your certification and starting your new practice. The cost of creating brochures depends on where you live....

Business & Technical Writing: Brochures for Practice, iridology certification, licensed acupuncturist
iridology certification, licensed acupuncturist, office printing: The economics of the project depend on how large a print run you will do at one time. With today s home-office printing technology, you can create very attractive brochures in multiple colors at very reasonable cost, but as the volume goes up the expense in...

Business & Technical Writing: Brochures for Practice, iridology certification, licensed acupuncturist
iridology certification, licensed acupuncturist, punctuation errors: Hi, Mike -- Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I did not receive an email telling me I had a question pending. Your best bet would be to have a professional create the content of your brochures because you are too close to your subject. A professional...

Business & Technical Writing: Business Capitalization Rules, business capitalization, capitalization rules
business capitalization, capitalization rules, female pig: You re welcome. Again, almost anything written is almost always better without the acronyms. Even if they are well known, they often screw up normal syntax. We have a bank in Austin that used to be American Bank of Commerce. It changed its name to ABC,...

Business & Technical Writing: Business Communication, elements of business letter, alternate arrangements
elements of business letter, alternate arrangements, promptness: Salman, I thought I had saved the address of a particular website that had sample letters. Unfortunately, I could not find the reference I wanted. Instead, I have the following suggested websites that will together, if not alone, answer your questions about...

Business & Technical Writing: Business Communication, elements of business letter, alternate arrangements
elements of business letter, alternate arrangements, promptness: You re just being asked to format a business letter is all. The formatting options in this venue are somewhat limited, so my example will not be precise. But your letters should look something like this (I m just making some stuff up): The top of your letter...

Business & Technical Writing: Business Communication, elements of business letter, alternate arrangements
elements of business letter, alternate arrangements, promptness: Salman, This looks like an exercise designed to familiarize you with the typical business letter. It doesn t seem to be asking you to write a letter, just construct one using one of the five sample bodies provided. Here is my take on it: David Boyce...

Business & Technical Writing: Business letters, word processing programs, business correspondence
word processing programs, business correspondence, word processing application: Matt, Your questions are matters of style. The short answer is it depends. Q1. I have not heard of using Yours faithfully anywhere except for correspondence among members of a church. Sincerely is an appropriate closing, Regards is an appropriate...

Business & Technical Writing: Business Plan, bogert, developing business
bogert, developing business, business plans: Hi Eric, I don t know of a specific resource. You could search on the web. I typed in developing business plans, and there were many resources that came up. See if any of those are helpful. If not, try sending your query to one of the experts noted...

Business & Technical Writing: Business and Technical Writing Career, graduate diploma in business, diploma in business administration
graduate diploma in business, diploma in business administration, diploma in business: Matt, I wish I could say that jobs in the States are not technically oriented. My work here and my conversations with other writers have led me to believe that most of the good paying work is technically oriented. I have a friend who finally got a job...

Business & Technical Writing: Business and Technical Writing-is there a difference, technical writing courses, sales materials
technical writing courses, sales materials, business writing: Generally, technical writing has to do with the specific requirements of technical documentation and how to meet them. It will be mostly concerned with how to write clear and useful technical manuals and online documentation. Business writing could be a...

Business & Technical Writing: Business & Technical writing, volunteer basis, e mail
volunteer basis, e mail, technical writing: You have asked four questions that are obviously part of a take-home examination of some sort. I can help with such problems, but do not, on a volunteer basis, simply answer the questions for you. For one thing, the answers to such questions may vary considerably...

Business & Technical Writing: Business Writing, how to write business letters, investment sectors
how to write business letters, investment sectors, proper grammar: Eli, Your question is both easy and hard to answer. Traits are different from skills. I cannot say exactly what traits are needed. 1) Skills are determined by the type of writing. In other words, it depends. 2)Being concise, using proper grammar, knowing...

Business & Technical Writing: Business writing, business assets, translation company
business assets, translation company, management accounting: Toshio, The answer to your first question is yes. a large decrease or large decreases would be correct. Your second question may be best answered with an example. For instance, here in the US, much of our real estate increased substantially in value...

Business & Technical Writing: Business writing, first quarter sales, core segment
first quarter sales, core segment, seasonal fluctuations: Mr.(Ms.?) Ota, You are to be congratulated on your mastery of English. Some Americans do not write as well as you have. In the first paragraph. The sentence is rather long. You may want to break it into smaller sentences. As it is written, the sentence...

Business & Technical Writing: Business writing, fiscal year ended march, ircj
fiscal year ended march, ircj, abc group: My apologies Ota san for the tardiness of my reply. I did not see your questions until just this minute. 1. ... fiscal year ending[not ended] March ... The answer to this question is one of the convoluted rules of English. Ending is a gerund, which...

Business & Technical Writing: Business writing, linguistic traditions, study soil
linguistic traditions, study soil, feasibility study: 1. Either feasibility studies or a feasibility study would be acceptable. Which it should be in this context might depend on whether the larger context refers to a single site or sites in general. I don t think either will get you in trouble. 2. Good...

Business & Technical Writing: books on technical writing, instructional systems design, subject matter experts
instructional systems design, subject matter experts, mark ups: Ron, Thanks for your question. There are a number of good Instructional Systems Design references out there. Check Borders Books or Amazon.com for a listing. You really don t need to spend time and money on a reference, though. Just plan and do the...

Business & Technical Writing: brackets, vladimir putin, parentheses or brackets
vladimir putin, parentheses or brackets, square brackets: Sabirjan, The commas are not needed when brackets are used. The Gregg Manual says brackets ([ ]) are used for a correction or insertion in a quoted extract. In the sentence you gave me, no commas, parentheses, or brackets are needed unless you are...

Business & Technical Writing: How to make business contacts?, kind of business letters, paypal
kind of business letters, paypal, local writers: If you have been buying books on business letters, they ll tell you how to format the letters. There s probably not a great deal to choose among them, though I was pleased with a book simply titled The Business Writer s Handbook a few years ago. But the...

Business & Technical Writing: business letter, creative juices, simple sentences
creative juices, simple sentences, interested buyer: Patricia, My apologies for not responding sooner. We had a couple emergencies this week that kept me from my computer. The realtors have distilled the important information about a house in the standard MLS listing. Using a model like the fact sheet...

Business & Technical Writing: business letter, writing handbook, business letter
writing handbook, business letter, business letters: I thought I had answered this question. I apologize if there has been a delay. Any business writing handbook will show you several different says to format a business letter, and any of those standard formats will work just fine. Microsoft offers templates...

Business & Technical Writing: business letters, business letter formats, word processing software
business letter formats, word processing software, business letters: Nik, You can find business letter formats on most any word processing software. Business letters are very individualized letters that can be categorized into several different topics. You may have better luck going onto the Internet and finding the information...

Business & Technical Writing: Capitalization, waldorf salad, proper nouns
waldorf salad, proper nouns, language assoc: Hi Dianna, I ve researched your question. Capitalization is a style issue. Some rules are hard and fast, like capitalizing proper nouns and the first word in a sentence. Many other capitalization issues have as many exceptions as there are rules....

Business & Technical Writing: Capitalization, common noun, proper noun
common noun, proper noun, dear john: Hi John, You are correct; the salutation is capitalized; i.e., Dear John. In the example you gave, Dear John would be capitalized. John, because it is a proper noun which always needs capitalization and Dear because it is the first word in a sentence...

Business & Technical Writing: Capitalization, proper noun, concrete evidence
proper noun, concrete evidence, software developers: I doubt if you ll find a manual that addresses this particular issue. You might try the Microsoft style guide for software documentation, however. The proper name is Magnus Dashboard. Just dashboard is not a proper noun even in the context of talking about...

Business & Technical Writing: Capitalization, chicago manual of style, full confusion
chicago manual of style, full confusion, confusing area: It is a confusing area. But the general rule, taken from the Chicago Manual of Style, is that geographical and related terms are capitalized if they are part of a proper name and not otherwise. Thus: East, the East Coast, the Orient, the North Pole, the...

Business & Technical Writing: Car Parking Fine Letter, abiding citizen, illegal parking
abiding citizen, illegal parking, terminal patients: Hi Lyn, I will assist you with the rewrite; however, it may not negate the consequences for illegal parking. Also, I assumed you meant you are a caretaker, so that s the term I used in the letter. Dear Sir: I am a registered caretaker working with...

Business & Technical Writing: Car Parking Fine Letter, death situation, park space
death situation, park space, ticket number: The basic setup that you sent was OK. You just need to elaborate a bit more. Tell more specifically why it was an emergency and why you were distracted. Something like this does not, in fact should not, be professionally written. That would look phony....

Business & Technical Writing: Car Parking Fine Letter, death situation, park space
death situation, park space, leniency: Lyn, I am not sure a letter will do what you want. I would take the option of going to court if I could. The judge, who ultimately makes the decision in these cases, will want proof of your life-or-death situation. He or she may find cause for leniency...

Business & Technical Writing: Car Parking Fine Letter, mail content, evil death
mail content, evil death, death situation: Hello Lyn, Have a look at the mail content below: Dear Sir, I am in receipt of your parking fine dated .... and thought of sharing how I felt after receiving it. As a doctor, it is my first duty to help and save my patients in whatever way I can....

Business & Technical Writing: Career advice, corporate recruiter, writing a resume
corporate recruiter, writing a resume, little radio: I have found it difficult to sustain that kind of income working alone. There s a lot of competition out there, and very few people even have the skills to evaluate resume writers. I ve had some luck with Google ad words and am starting a little radio campaign...

Business & Technical Writing: Career Questions, subject matter experts, free lancers
subject matter experts, free lancers, technical writing jobs: I don t have much more insight than you have. This is something that is frequently ocntracted for on a project basis. I contract both independently and through agencies from time to time. Austin is adding jobs in general, and the unemployment rate is quite...

Business & Technical Writing: Combined Technical Words, rules of grammar, flight crewmembers
rules of grammar, flight crewmembers, grammatical rules: I wouldn t worry too much about this one. The important part here is that you establish a rule that you will follow in the materials you are responsible. It is important to be consistent in the same publication or set of publications. There are no hard...

Business & Technical Writing: Comma after Inc., appositives, medai
appositives, medai, innovative tools: You are correct. But many people get it wrong. The comma should also come before and after such things as LLP, LP, and PC (that s professional corporation, not the machine). They are all appositives, and appositives are always separated from the rest of...

Business & Technical Writing: Computer program?, macintosh computer, writing education
macintosh computer, writing education, adobe acrobat: Rolf, You may use whatever program you like to write your book. Usually publishers can convert your text to whatever they use as publishing software by converting your file into a rich text format. Many people who are self-publishing these days prefer...

Business & Technical Writing: Conference, restuarants, reference material
restuarants, reference material, information page: Try looking up Web sites on conferences that are upcoming. That is the kind of information usually provided. I can easily ghost this for you if you send the information to me directly. There will be a small fee for the service, however. I can even look...

Business & Technical Writing: Correct punctuation, compound complex sentences, uottawa ca
compound complex sentences, uottawa ca, correlative conjunction: The sentence is a compound sentence just like this one, and the independent clauses should be separated with a comma before the correlative conjunction. Leaving aside the unfortunate misspelling of Montreal, you will find this page helpful in understanding...

Business & Technical Writing: Correct use of "square metres", action verb, xxxx
action verb, xxxx, variation: As long as it is accurate, I think the purpose will be met. In general, a stronger construction is to use the action verb (shipped) rather than a variation of to be (is/are). Preferred: The factory shipped xxxx square meters in June. OK: The shipments,...

Business & Technical Writing: Correct use of, possessive noun, possessive pronoun
possessive noun, possessive pronoun, grammar test: Hi Mary, Great question! English grammar can be confusing sometimes for most of us. No need to be ashamed to ask for clarification. The rule is: Use a possessive noun or pronoun before a verb that ends in ing. (we call a verb ending in ing a gerund)...

Business & Technical Writing: capitalization, proper nouns, proper noun
proper nouns, proper noun, capitalization: I would not normally think of those as proper nouns. Sometimes it is appropriate to use capitals in such situations to call readers attention to important terms even though they might not usually be considered to be proper nouns. If you use capitalization...

Business & Technical Writing: cause/effect essay, student stress, staying up all night
student stress, staying up all night, test students: This is generally well written, but I do have a few suggestions. You will be better off in prose of this type by simply writing consistently in the plural. That avoids the awkwardness of his/her constructions. Only use the singular when you have a particular...

Business & Technical Writing: computer programming training for technical writers, critical thinker, microsoft projects
critical thinker, microsoft projects, object oriented programming: Carolyn, I can empathize with your situation. I too have had difficulty getting technical writing work, and for the same reason that you have - technical expertise. I was working for awhile on Sun and Microsoft projects with some sucess; however, I ran...

Business & Technical Writing: Definition, google search, world trade organization
google search, world trade organization, trade bodies: A trade body is an organization that is devoted to promoting trade. The World Trade Organization is one such body, and has the general objective of promoting international trade and establishing the rules under which it is conducted. National trade bodies...

Business & Technical Writing: Demand for Technical Writers?, mainframe programmer, customer support representative
mainframe programmer, customer support representative, mainframe world: Hi, David: There are a number of great books on Amazon.com about how to become a Technical Writer. Much like mainframe administration, writing of ANY kind is a specialized skill. However, unlike mainframe programming, no one with any sense is outsourcing...

Business & Technical Writing: Development/Marketing Homemade Marinade Sauce, electronic engineering technology, patience and perseverance
electronic engineering technology, patience and perseverance, target market: Hi, Mike-- Thank you for unchecking Private, and thank you for using AllExperts.com. Let me ask you some questions, if you don t mind. Depending on your responses, there might be a few more. I have to do this so that I can try to see the world you...

Business & Technical Writing: Developmental English, reading and comprehension, comprehension skills
reading and comprehension, comprehension skills, google search: The phrase is a new one to me, but it has been a long time since I actually did any teaching. I did a Google search on the phrase and quickly scanned several sites. It appears to be a curriculum designed to build reading and comprehension skills that are needed...

Business & Technical Writing: Dividing dates at the end of a line, informal writings, natural break
informal writings, natural break, line thanks: Hi Michelle, I m sorry I didn t answer your question properly. After the month and day, february 20, is a correct place to divide the typed line. The comma gives a natural break point. If that isn t eye-appealing to you, you might consider expressing...

Business & Technical Writing: Documentation Plan, documentation plan, instructional guide
documentation plan, instructional guide, special needs: Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, Akram. I changed ISPs and just now got your request. The first thing you should do before writing a user manual or instructional guide is analyze your audience. Who are they? What do they need to learn from your...

Business & Technical Writing: Drawing words, graphic design unit, technical audiences
graphic design unit, technical audiences, sophisticated audience: Hi, Chris-- Thank you for your question. This category is meant to be about writing for business and technical audiences as opposed to, say, writing for an English class or writing fiction. Business and tech readers want information in the vernacular they...

Business & Technical Writing: "Due to" vs. "because of", employee conflict, passive verbs
employee conflict, passive verbs, active verbs: Hi Shawna, Good question with a relatively complex answer. A good rule of thumb is to use because of if you can answer the question why without a complete sentence. Example: I lost my job because of an employee conflict. Question: Why did you...

Business & Technical Writing: Editorial question, academic journal, corrigendum
academic journal, corrigendum, erratum: I will confess to never having come across the latter before. So I looked them both up. They pretty close to being synonyms. They both appear to be an error in a printed work that is published with correction after the printing of the original. I don t think...

Business & Technical Writing: Ellipses and question mark, three dots, bogert
three dots, bogert, ellipses: Hi Steve, In response to the question attached to your feedback remark, my opinion is to put the question mark at the end of the sentence. I would then space before I added the three dots so that it is clear that the omitted text is not any part of the...

Business & Technical Writing: Ellipses and question mark, three dots, correct punctuation
three dots, correct punctuation, complete sentence: Steve, Oohhhhhhhh... Check APA 275 to 281. The use of the ellipse depends on the circumstance. Using the end punctuation with the ellipse is fine including using the question mark. Did he say he was going to the store with us? We need to leave soon....

Business & Technical Writing: English grammar, grammar and composition, bad manners
grammar and composition, bad manners, composition books: 1. I have not heard of this. At any rate, it is bad manners not to do a salutation and proper close. Perhaps bad manners are becoming the standard. Of course, if you look at the many e-mails with no punctuation or capitalization it is apparent that bad manners...

Business & Technical Writing: English Statement, declarative sentence, logical rules
declarative sentence, logical rules, native speakers: The newspaper you read made an error. The usual response of a native speaker who had graduated from high school would be, Yes I did. (and I would not put a comma there). First of all, note that the newspaper article incorrectly describes the statement,...

Business & Technical Writing: English usage and grammar help, linguistic gaffes, foreign service exam
linguistic gaffes, foreign service exam, hasty generalization: The classic for nearly a century now is Strunk & Whilte, The Elements of Style. It is short, readable, and thorough. It is also inexpensive at about $8.00. For answers to specific questions of modern usage, the best and most entertaining book I have found...

Business & Technical Writing: English usage, time parameter, japanese company
time parameter, japanese company, businessperson: In all these examples, both alternatives are correct and except for example 3 have identical meanings. In example three, both are correct, but you would choose one or the other in different circumstances. If you do not receive would be an instruction...

Business & Technical Writing: Example of formal meetings, deputy chairperson, secretary records
deputy chairperson, secretary records, tresurer: Sorry this took so long. The site seems to have been having difficulty. Chairperson: Directs the course of the meeting. Deputy Chairperson: Directs the course of the meeting in the absence of the chairperson. Secretary: Records the proceedings of the...

Business & Technical Writing: edit, local high school, answering questions
local high school, answering questions, english teacher: Lisa, I edit for a living. I don t mind answering questions, but if I offered my services for nothing, I could not eat. You might consider checking with your local high school or junior college for an English teacher who would help you for a low cost....

Business & Technical Writing: essay, high school diploma, cause and effect essay
high school diploma, cause and effect essay, future dreams: My first comment is that this is probably not what your teacher meant by a cause-and-effect essay. This is an explanation of why you are taking an action. It is true that you expect some outcomes from that action, but usually this assignment means that you...

Business & Technical Writing: eyes, ears and belly button in speeches, visual perception, belly buttons
visual perception, belly buttons, belly button: The question should read, What DO eyes, ears and belly button have to do with good speeches? Having noted that, the first two are obvious: both speakers and listeners are dependent on auditory and visual perception during the course of a speech. Belly...

Business & Technical Writing: Appendix/Attachment, base documents, document author
Business & Technical Writing: Appendix/Attachment, base documents, document author, calcs

Business & Technical Writing: Business and Technical Writing-is there a difference
Business & Technical Writing: Business and Technical Writing-is there a difference

Business & Technical Writing: Comma after Inc., chicago manual of style, appositive
Business & Technical Writing: Comma after Inc., chicago manual of style, appositive, manual of style

Business & Technical Writing: "Due to" vs. "because of", intransitive verb, mistake
Business & Technical Writing: "Due to" vs. "because of", intransitive verb, mistake

Business & Technical Writing: free e-books on Technical writing
Business & Technical Writing: free e-books on Technical writing

Business & Technical Writing: Microsoft Word's grammer checker, subjunctive mood, slope
Business & Technical Writing: Microsoft Word's grammer checker, subjunctive mood, slope

Business & Technical Writing: might vs. could, capacidad fisica, accion
Business & Technical Writing: might vs. could, capacidad fisica, accion, podria

Business & Technical Writing: Paper presentation., knee jerk reaction, paper selection
Business & Technical Writing: Paper presentation., knee jerk reaction, paper selection, paper presentation

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing
Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing

Business & Technical Writing: Trademark Symbol Use, trademark symbol, trademark names
Business & Technical Writing: Trademark Symbol Use, trademark symbol, trademark names, proper names

Business & Technical Writing: free e-books on Technical writing, carnegie mellon university, free e books
carnegie mellon university, free e books, trivial undertaking: Murthy - I don t have any idea where you can find a free e-book on technical writing. I have to ask: if you aren t willing to pay for a book on technical writing, what do you hope to accomplish? I got a degree in technical writing from Carnegie-Mellon...

Business & Technical Writing: GRAMMER, bogert, target
bogert, target, oil and gas: Hi Faye, Yes, technically, it is grammatically correct. However, I would recommend eliminating the words target and potential, making the sentence read: The program will analyze both oil and gas bearing horizons. Take care. Alice J. Boger...

Business & Technical Writing: Grammar: Coordinating conjunction question, correct punctuation, coordinating conjunction
correct punctuation, coordinating conjunction, independent clauses: I don t think it gives too much emphasis to the and. I think you re making way too big a deal of it. There may be other alternatives now and then, however. Consider them as opportunities arise, and relax. You can t get to too-far-wrong from here. Hope...

Business & Technical Writing: grammar, grammatical rules, word order
grammatical rules, word order, adverbs: Grammatically, adverbs are allowed to either precede or follow the terms they modify, so your construction, below figures, may be technically correct in the strictest sense of grammatical rules. But it is not the usual construction by a long shot. I think...

Business & Technical Writing: Hi there,I hope this dosn't..., technical language, technical writer
technical language, technical writer, technical writers: Lisa, I know several working technical writers who ask the same question... A technical writer often gathers information about a technical topic like computers or science, and writes the information into instructions, documentation, or explanations...

Business & Technical Writing: hello, management softwares, analytical report
management softwares, analytical report, course management: I may be able to help with this, but its scope is probably beyond what I can do pro bono in this venue. Write to me directly at: dan@wordsmithofaustin.com We ll see what we can work out. At the least I ll try to offer some suggestions. It may be necessary...

Business & Technical Writing: some help, uses of the internet, dealer networks
uses of the internet, dealer networks, business lines: Again briefly, Ford did what a lot of companies in the 1990s did and let costs get out of control, expanded into non-core business lines that turned out not to be profitable, and focused too much effort on highly speculative uses of the Internet. The company...

Business & Technical Writing: help me out, target market, invitation cards
target market, invitation cards, rick rhoads: Is this for real or a homework assignment? I don t do homework assignments. If for real, you re asking me to write an invitation for you: Tell me the attractive wording. That s more of an assignment than a question. If you ll send me your email address...

Business & Technical Writing: help me out, invitation cards, multi level marketing
invitation cards, multi level marketing, brochers: I would need to know a great deal more about the company to offer any suggestions. Yes, I know how multilevel marketing works. If you would like me to work on this with you, write to me directly at: dan@wordsmithofaustin.com with greater detail about...

Business & Technical Writing: help me out, two different worlds, invitation cards
two different worlds, invitation cards, multi level marketing: Amir, I am flattered that you are asking me about writing marketing material, but I am afraid that the kinds of writing that I do and marketing are really two different worlds of writing. I can tell you that any type of sales oriented letter or note...

Business & Technical Writing: some help, elegant dinner, balanced diet
elegant dinner, balanced diet, idiomatic phrases: Sue, can you tell me briefly about the article? No, because I would be doing your homework. The brief summary is an executive summary. I read the article, and I know why you were asked to read it. The article has many idiomatic phrases and much jargon....

Business & Technical Writing: hyphenated word, compound adjectives, long term health
compound adjectives, long term health, hyphenated word: Compound adjectives are ambiguous, and they evolve some, so confusion on the subject is natural. In general, you have a compound adjective if the words modify something and form a single concept. As you are using it here, it should be hyphenated in both instances...

Business & Technical Writing: Improving English Sentences, national garments, sewing machinery
national garments, sewing machinery, english sentences: You say you are not doing this for commercial reasons, but this is clearly a promotional piece. The first thing I would do to improve this is to expand the acronyms to the full phrases. What are LC and CISMA ? Other than that, this is done pretty well...

Business & Technical Writing: Improving the sentences, national garments, homework type
national garments, homework type, sewing machinery: John, I appreciate your honesty in explaining the purpose of your question. Most people try to conceal help with homework type questions as business questions, but it s very easy to see through the pretense. In any case, I must apologize; I just do not have...

Business & Technical Writing: knowledge mgt, rick smyre, what is knowledge management
rick smyre, what is knowledge management, glossary button: Hello Sue, I think the best site for you to read about Knowledge management at work, as it would relate (not necessarily to IT exactly) but to the concept of using I-access is the following: http://www.communitiesofthefuture.org Rick Smyre, president...

Business & Technical Writing: knowledge mgt, professional team sports, what is knowledge management
professional team sports, what is knowledge management, professional services firms: Glad to help, Sue. Rather than elaborate myself, let me provide some links for you. They will answer your question faster and better than I can: http://blogs.isixsigma.com/archive/when_jack_talks_people_listen.html http://www.qualitydigest.com/nov01/html/sixsigmaarticle.html...

Business & Technical Writing: knowledge mgt, peter m senge, homework question
peter m senge, homework question, what is knowledge management: Sue, This question reminds me of a homework question. As a teacher, I don t do other s homework. However, because knowledge management is a relatively new concept, I will help you begin your search. As the Boomer generation leaves the workforce, much...

Business & Technical Writing: Legal Authorization Letter, business letter format, standard business letter format
business letter format, standard business letter format, company letterhead: 23 June 2004 Sam Sam s Company Sam s Company s City, State 77777 Dear Sam: What I have done here will work just fine if you simply center it top to bottom on the page, but any standard business letter format will be just fine. Microsoft Word,...

Business & Technical Writing: Legal Authorization Letter, mainland china, memorandum of agreement
mainland china, memorandum of agreement, authorization letter: Sam, The short answer on this request is that you need a lawyer. Long answer. You have several issues you need to address in this letter. -- What do you want this person to do as your agent? -- Will they handle money? Do they need a letter of credit?...

Business & Technical Writing: Letter Format, business letter format, standard business letter format
business letter format, standard business letter format, michael alexander: Any standard business letter format will be appropriate, and you can find these in the templates section of Microsoft Word and other major word processors. Click File New, and it will open up the templates. You may find one such as been preloaded with the...

Business & Technical Writing: Letter Writing, state zip code, address city state
state zip code, address city state, zip code country: Good morning Navid, Thank you for your question. I m not sure whether you are familiar with titling the business letter, so that is where I will start. Date Mr. (Mrs. or Ms.) First and last name Title Company name Company address City, State Zip...

Business & Technical Writing: Letter, ali, investor
ali, investor, money: I ll need a good bit more information on this one. If you d like to give me some more data, write directly to me at: dan@wordsmithofaustin.com Normally an investor would like to know what the product is, how it is produced, what the costs of production...

Business & Technical Writing: Looking for help on Editing, personal statment, reply thanks
personal statment, reply thanks, paypal: You did not include it. I often edit these, but I usually limit the work that I do free to one double-spaced page, 12-point type. Helping with applications to graduate school or university is one of the things for which I usually charge a small fee. Send...

Business & Technical Writing: language, generous hearts, cup of coffee
generous hearts, cup of coffee, large numbers: This article is about making a business efficient by not allowing employees to waste time by working as human beings would normally work: chatting with each other, finding ways to enjoy moments between tasks, having a cup of coffee. The workers become extensions...

Business & Technical Writing: leeterhead, professional services business, narrow niche
professional services business, narrow niche, bell ringer: Hi, Damaris-- Thank you for your question, and thank you for using AllExperts.com. Whether in for-profit or non-profit organizations, letterheads are highly personal. The best ones are simple, are easy to read, have a tag line, and motivate the recipient...

Business & Technical Writing: legal letter, electronic correspondence, blind copy
electronic correspondence, blind copy, writing a letter: Heather, With electronic correspondence, the chances that all recipients of a letter will get all the information is too great to risk putting an eyes-only note in the same email. I would simply email all parties with the letter that you described, and...

Business & Technical Writing: How should this legislation be read?, source deduction, fault system
source deduction, fault system, injured workers: I am not the person to ask about this issue. Such legal questions involve not only grammatical structures but also precedent in interpreting the law. In short, the grammatical details of the legislation do not exist in a vacuum, and nothing I could say on...

Business & Technical Writing: letter form, questins, will find tons
questins, will find tons, google: Sorry, I don t do schoolwork-related questins. If you Google business letters you will find tons of good information on how to structure and write your letter. One good source is http://writing.colostate.edu/references/documents/bletter/index.cfm . ...

Business & Technical Writing: letter form, personality characteristics, eager student
personality characteristics, eager student, letter of recommendation: Hi, Nattalie -- I m not sure I understand why a teacher is going to confirm information about the date and place of your birth. Are you sure the teacher is not supposed to write a letter of recommendation about your ability to do college work? If it is,...

Business & Technical Writing: letter form, letter thanks, responsible person
letter thanks, responsible person, legal document: Nattalie, Sorry for the late reply. I have not been able to access the AllExpert website for the last couple of days. Your date and place of birth should be verifiable by a certificate. A letter is not a legal document, especially if it is from a teacher....

Business & Technical Writing: letter to request an adviser, memo format, bogert
memo format, bogert, letter format: Hi Farrah, Congratulations on your election to secretary of the school council. I ve prepared a sample letter for you. You might want to clarify with the council whether they want this in letter or memo form. Letter format is more formal than a memo...

Business & Technical Writing: letter writing, letterhead stationery, visa office
letterhead stationery, visa office, business letter: I don t have a form letter for that purpose. Just address the letter to the office and explain that the person is employed by you and give his title and salary. Just format it as you would a normal business letter. Put it on your company s letterhead stationery...

Business & Technical Writing: Microsoft Word's grammer checker, equilibrium position, subjunctive
equilibrium position, subjunctive, grammer: Word is wrong in the first and third. In the second example, I think you could get away with either, but I would prefer were. Grammar checkers do their best, but review their suggestions carefully. They don t always understand the intended meaning, but...

Business & Technical Writing: meaning of the working vehicle, language background, asian languages
language background, asian languages, native speakers: I think I would call such a set of vehicles self-propelled industrial vehicles. Normally a crane is just a crane, not a crane vehicle. Native speakers would call cranes that move from place to place under their own power either a motorized crane or...

Business & Technical Writing: might vs. could, grammar rule, nonnative speakers
grammar rule, nonnative speakers, probabilty: In these two stand-alone sentences, they are pretty much interchangeable. If some context is added, then one might become preferable over the other. If, for instance, the issue is one of probabilty (there is a chance you might be called in to work tomorrow...

Business & Technical Writing: monetary amount, transcription services, editorial assistance
transcription services, editorial assistance, pae: Transcription services in Austin charge $1.00 for a 25-line page. That s roughly one double spaced pae, 12-point type with header and footer. I think that s reasonable, but if he s flush, go up a little bit. Figured another way, downtyping services charge...

Business & Technical Writing: Notify Letter, salary increment, personal matter
salary increment, personal matter, personal matters: Use this instead. Effective 15 December 2004, your salary will be increased to $10,000. Your salary is a personal matter, so please do not disclose this information to your colleagues. I actually question the personal argument. If it is personal,...

Business & Technical Writing: need assistance for writing a business mail, recruitment partners, business mail
recruitment partners, business mail, recruitment firm: Well, if the care you put into addressing your question to me is any indication, you need quite a lot of help. To assist you with this, I would need a great deal more information about you. What is your experience in recruiting, for example? In what industries...

Business & Technical Writing: What do I need to get started in tech writing?, entry level positions, nightschool
entry level positions, nightschool, rudimentary knowledge: Most community colleges offer courses specifically in technical writing. You might take a couple of those. Then, be sure you know how to use well some of the standard software used. Just a rudimentary knowledge of Word is not sufficient. You have to be really...

Business & Technical Writing: i need to write a personal letter., personal letter, first language
personal letter, first language, native language: I have worked with many people on admissions to graduate school and in a variety of disciplines including medicine. And I have worked with many whose native language is not English. I ll need to know more about you. I do charge a fee for such work, and...

Business & Technical Writing: Online Writing How to get Started?, internal combustion engine, oil gas industry
internal combustion engine, oil gas industry, technical discipline: Well, you certainly write clearly. I don t have a good feel for whether there might be a niche for the kind of thing you describe. I have found over the years that my volunteer efforts here have yielded a number of jobs that are interesting. And there appears...

Business & Technical Writing: Online Writing, freelance business writer, basic technical writing
freelance business writer, basic technical writing, rank novice: I ve been writing marketing and sales materials out of my home for the past 19 years. Most of my clients are professional service firms or nonprofit organizations here in Los Angeles, although we have done work for manufacturers and distributers as well. I...

Business & Technical Writing: A.P.A, summary critique, publication manual of the american psychological association
summary critique, publication manual of the american psychological association, american psychological association: You will need to get access to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. I cannot give a full answer in this space or provide an example of such formatting. If your teacher did not explain what APA was, that was a serious failing...

Business & Technical Writing: Paper presentation., local writer, artificial intelligence
local writer, artificial intelligence, paper presentation: Sam, Have you taken classes in writing or composition? Any exercises you ve done in writing essays for a class should be helpful. The first step is an outline. Organize your thoughts on what you want to talk about first, what second, and so on. The...

Business & Technical Writing: Paper presentation., spoken presentation, graduate thesis
spoken presentation, graduate thesis, posterboards: What you will have to do depends on where the paper is to be presented. If you are presenting a paper at a conference of academicians, for example, the conference itself will have guidelines that you should inquire about and follow. Your fits step, of course,...

Business & Technical Writing: Parentheses to combine singular and plural forms, abomination, parentheses
abomination, parentheses, verbs: I agree with you but don t have a source either. I generally object to the use of a slash instead of a conjunction in a sentence. In the example you give, is the writer unable to discern whether there was one or more dogs? Why would this situation arise? ...

Business & Technical Writing: Payrise concerns, diploma degree, wage changes
diploma degree, wage changes, industry certifications: Zack, You have expressed your concerns clearly in your email. I don t believe, however, an email is the appropriate vehicle for your presentation. Let me explain. First, these concerns should go to the person who supervises you. You need to ask for a...

Business & Technical Writing: Please Edit My Cause & Effect, quiet shelter, noisy neighbors
quiet shelter, noisy neighbors, cause and effect essay: Try this. I put some comments into parentheses where you had made particularly egregious errors. You ll have to take those out after you read them. The worst was the phrase living alone students. Don t fall victim to this kind of creeping adjectivism. The...

Business & Technical Writing: Please edit this page. Thank you, france world war ii, pro bono work
france world war ii, pro bono work, axis and allies: I don t suppose you have a friend named Peter, do you? I have explained to him my policy regarding pro bono work, and this looks a lot like his work in a question on the same topic that I answered earlier. Sorry to have to impose limits, but I really must...

Business & Technical Writing: Plz edit me essay, value of education, watching television
value of education, watching television, soccer team: I am sorry. This essay is not far enough along to be edited by someone else. There are too many places in which I cannot tell what you mean. You need to go over it again yourself, ask yourself if each sentence actually says anything meaningful, and if it does...

Business & Technical Writing: Punctuating number ranges, chicago manual of style 15th edition, number ranges
chicago manual of style 15th edition, number ranges, worcester ma usa: Thank you, Meredith, for your question on expressing a number range such as 12 to 14 (people) or 12-14 (people). According to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, Section 9.62, using “the en dash [the short dash] between two numbers implies up to...

Business & Technical Writing: Punctuation, service answer, promina
service answer, promina, fq: 1. the subject of the sentence is means, not communication. Means is plural, and that is the noun with which the verb must agree. Grammatically, both communications and communications are correct. But communication usually refers to the act of...

Business & Technical Writing: phrase "in the case of", dependent clause, visible image
dependent clause, visible image, image information: Would you please send me this question directly in an e-mail? Some of the characters in your question are not translating in this venue, and I can t tell what your question is. Send your question to: dan@wordsmithofaustin.com Sorry. But some characters...

Business & Technical Writing: plagiarism?, intellectual theft, whatever your question
intellectual theft, whatever your question, crain: Dear Jim, I understand your concern. However, contrary to what your email indicates, you did not include comparisons of my response and Mr. Crain s nor did you include Mr. Crain s referenced URL. So, I continue to be in the dark as to what you speak, and...

Business & Technical Writing: plagiarism, legal purpose, legal language
legal purpose, legal language, plagiarism: That is not a problem. Plagiarism only arises as an issue when you take credit for the work of another in a public or academic setting. Legal language is very often used over and over again without giving credit. As long as the language serves your legal purpose,...

Business & Technical Writing: proofreading, war communism, immense harm
war communism, immense harm, decision makings: Katrina, I have quickly gone over this essay. In general, it s important to organize your writing around subtopics and paragraphs. It s much easier for the reader to understand and helps the writer get and stay organized. I added lots of paragraphs, but...

Business & Technical Writing: proofreading, professional inquiries, high school teacher
professional inquiries, high school teacher, english grammar: Aesculapius, I can proof read, but you would be better off asking a high school teacher in Illinois to look at your letter. My reason for suggesting this alternative solution is that experience with the certification process may be essential to offering...

Business & Technical Writing: proper format, e mail address, signature block
e mail address, signature block, company style: Emma, I am not sure that a decision on the best format has been determined. The company style manual often dictates these issues. The Greg Manual states that the word e-mail, as an abbreviation does not capitalize the E and a hyphen is placed after...

Business & Technical Writing: punctuation, correct punctuation, absolute ceiling
correct punctuation, absolute ceiling, puctuation: Thank you for your nice comments. So you have some idea, $50.00 would be an absolute ceiling on what I would charge for the paper you describe, and most of that length come in closer to $25.00. Things that affect the price are how close to deadline I get it...

Business & Technical Writing: the purpose of page numbers in the dictionary, page numbers, english dictionary
page numbers, english dictionary, discontinuity: The same as having page numbers in any other document, I suppose. Granting that the alphabetical structure of the dictionary serves much the same purpose, if pages are not numbered a discontinuity in the production process would not be nearly so obvious if...

Business & Technical Writing: Question on Citing as essay., textbook study guide, mla handbook for writers of research papers
textbook study guide, mla handbook for writers of research papers, lies and the lying liars: Your teacher is not just telling you she wants a works-cited page. Teacher wants evidence that you have done research and wants to know what that research is. You don t have to cite your own opinions, of course, but you do have to cite the evidence that led...

Business & Technical Writing: question, adjustable mortgage loans, negative pledge
adjustable mortgage loans, negative pledge, secured creditor: Hi Luke, I m not an expert in financial matters, but I will do my best to answer your question. You might try researching the terms for more expanded examples or asking this question of someone in the banking or financial industry. Libor is one of several...

Business & Technical Writing: What is a quorum, quorum, bylaws
quorum, bylaws, board of directors: A quorum is the minimum number of officers of the organization required to do business. The actual number is usually specified in the bylaws or charter of the organization, but is most often set as a majority. Thus, on a Board of Directors with nine members,...

Business & Technical Writing: quorums, mother and daughter, quorum
mother and daughter, quorum, bylaws: That would depend entirely on the bylaws of the particular organization. For example, the board of directors of a family-owned corporation might very well all be related to each other. But in every case, what constitutes a quorum is defined in the bylaws....

Business & Technical Writing: Revision, thomas hine, daily basis
thomas hine, daily basis, goths: I don t think I could edit this without a look at the article itself. Could you forward your essay, and a link to the article or the article itself, to me directly at: dan@wordsmithofaustin.com I m having trouble arriving at what Hine might have said...

Business & Technical Writing: report style, topic paragraph, lengthy reports
topic paragraph, lengthy reports, professional report: Hi Greg, Thank you for contacting all experts. I would not choose a magazine style for a professional report. All professional reports that I write in business have the same format. __________________________________________________________ Date: ...

Business & Technical Writing: report style, professional report, report style
professional report, report style, combination of words: Dear Greg-- Thank you for your inquiry. I d like to try to help you. It would help me to know what the subject of your report is supposed to be and for what kind of course (department and course title). I d also like you to explain to me what an undergrad...

Business & Technical Writing: report style, professional report, report style
professional report, report style, column format: Greg, While you may like to have a report that appears like a magazine article, that style would not be an appropriate style for a report. Magazines typically are in a column format with headlines. An appropriate structure would be headings starting...

Business & Technical Writing: Salutation, formal greeting, business letters
formal greeting, business letters, business letter: I have no idea, and do not think it is correct. If you are on a first-name basis with the person and there is no other reason for extra formality, use the first name. If you are not on a first-name basis, use the more formal greeting. Hope this helps...

Business & Technical Writing: Seeking Perfect Word, answer homework questions, homework question
answer homework questions, homework question, smart aleck: It may not be a homework question for you -- but according to the guidelines of All Experts it qualifies as a homework question for us. We are here to answer questions about publishing as stated in our biography section. You do not have a question with...

Business & Technical Writing: Sentence Structure, outbound faxes, computer programmer
outbound faxes, computer programmer, mobilexusa: Barrie, I have suggested some changes below to your statement; however, legal should have the last word. Legal language is not necessarily even grammatically correct, but it is legally binding. Their wording and terminology are required to assure the information...

Business & Technical Writing: Style Issue, proper nouns, grandparents raising their grandchildren
proper nouns, grandparents raising their grandchildren, quotation marks: I took a quick look at Chicago and couldn t find anything specific to that problem either. That s not to say it isn t there; Chicago and other manuals often call such things by names that would never occur to mere mortals. and we only find them years later...

Business & Technical Writing: scholarship essays?, scholarship essays, commercial clients
scholarship essays, commercial clients, word processing: Depending on how long they are and how many there are, there might be a fee. I normally limit my free editing to one double-spaced page. Also, editing something of any length is difficult in this venue because of its very limited word processing capabilities....

Business & Technical Writing: science project report, person pronoun, research hypothesis
person pronoun, research hypothesis, personal pronouns: Do not use a first-person pronoun in the hypothesis. Generally speaking, personal pronouns of any sort do not normally have a place in a formal research hypothesis. Since I have no idea about the subject of your research, I can t suggest something very close,...

Business & Technical Writing: sequence of academic degrees with British honors, commander of the order of the british empire, md frcp
commander of the order of the british empire, md frcp, order of the british empire: I would give precedence to the academic degree and the professional affiliation before the social honor. MD, FRCP, DBE I do not know of a standard convention, however, and have not been able to locate one. This just seems a logical order to me. Hope...

Business & Technical Writing: I am sorry, invitation cards, typist
invitation cards, typist, mlm: I live in Texas, but please do not misunderstand me. I am not interested in joining a MLM, but if you want me to work on your literature I will do so for a fee. Your writing did not hurt me, but it hurts you. It makes your presentation less readable, and...

Business & Technical Writing: starting a sentence with, all star game, baseball fans
all star game, baseball fans, main clause: You would not normally make two such closely related phrases into two sentences. He liked the girl, but he never asked her out. would be the preferred construction. The example is technically correct, however. But you should keep in mind that some...

Business & Technical Writing: structure of a news letterr, double spacing, computer class
double spacing, computer class, white space: Hi, Annette: Sorry it s taken me so long to get back to you -- I was out of town. While double-spacing between paragraphs instead of indenting is a popular convention, I am not aware of this being a hard-and-fast rule. Much depends upon what kind of...

Business & Technical Writing: Taking minutes of a Meeting, meeting minutes format, minutes of a meeting
meeting minutes format, minutes of a meeting, taking minutes: Check out this site. http://www.meetingwizard.org/meetings/meeting-minutes-format.cfm Beyond the suggestions offered here, as long as your minutes accurately reflect what happened at the meeting, you ll be fine. So be sure you get things down accurately....

Business & Technical Writing: Tech Writer trailblazer, specialty software, internal processes
specialty software, internal processes, software documentation: I would start by establishing internal procedures for creating documentation for both internal processes and software that they sell. Until you establish such procedures, not much is going to get done. That would include standards for deciding when to begin...

Business & Technical Writing: Tech Writing, high school graduates, programmer web
high school graduates, programmer web, learning curve: I have confronted the same problem, but I have pretty much turned a different direction and away from this kind of contract. I can t help you that much. If you want to discuss the direction I have taken in greater detail, write to me off forum at: dan@wordsmithofaustin.co...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing, best guess, ap style
best guess, ap style, generic name: Different magazines use different symbols, and some use nothing more than a period, simply going to the title of the next article. I am not aware of a generic name that would encompass all ending symbols in magazines. I am not sure you will find the answer...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing, teletype machine, journalism books
teletype machine, journalism books, octothorpe: Lauren, Good question. I can tell you from where it came. When articles were typed on a typewriter and ultimately typed into a teletype machine, to show the end of one article, the typist would enter -30- I am not sure why except that at if you...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing, subject matter experts, writing skill
subject matter experts, writing skill, happy holidays: Thank you, Glenn, for your question. As an auto repairer, you certainly would appear to have an advantage in breaking into technical writing, especially mechanical or hardware technical writing. You asked, can one get into tech writing after being in...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing at Ford and GM, detroit metro area, public customer
detroit metro area, public customer, tier 1 supplier: Horace, Good questions! I ve done some tech writing for Ford and GM within the past 4 years, so I guess I m somewhat qualified to respond to your questions. Let me take them in order: 1. Yes, you really do need an automotive background (or at least Tier...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical Writing, basic computer literacy, technical communication program
basic computer literacy, technical communication program, tight job market: Dear Hai, Thank you for your question. In a tight job market such as the one in the USA, having technical writing and software experience can give you a competitive edge when you apply for technical writing positions. I would suggest you teach yourself...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical writer, writing a script, professional writer
writing a script, professional writer, technical writer: I ll be happy to take a look at the content. Why don t you send me a sample directly to: dan@wordsmithofaustin.com I m reasonably knowledgeable about computers and have both written and edited manuals and training materials. After I ve had a look,...

Business & Technical Writing: Technical writer, society for technical communications, writing a script
society for technical communications, writing a script, professional writer: Fitz, I do not normally make recommendations of this kind. There is a technical writing professional organization who you can contact. Society for Technical Communications stc.org. The writer s rates vary from region to region and topic to topic, so...

Business & Technical Writing: THANK YOU NOTES, fundraising campaigns, cash donations
fundraising campaigns, cash donations, exemplary job: Hi, Paula: Given the length restrictions here, I would be unable to actually WRITE the letter/note for you. However, I would suggest you to visit this link: http://ezinearticles.com/?Donation-Thank-You-Letters,-Cards-And-Notes-Should-Never-Ask-For-A-Gift&id=155465...

Business & Technical Writing: Thank you note for nonprofit organization, memorandum of agreement, official organization
memorandum of agreement, official organization, horse rescue: Good morning, Beth, Your letter can be quite simple. The band needs to have something to show the IRS, and the IRS is not fussy. What I would do in your place is after the concert, write a thank you note to the band. Be sure to use the official band...

Business & Technical Writing: Thanks a Million, kind hearted woman, university of british columbia
kind hearted woman, university of british columbia, city of vancouver: Porya, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You will do well, I m sure. The greatest part of success is in one s attitude, and you have the right one. Your kind letter is all that we experts want to get. While I would love to see your beautiful city of Vancouver,...

Business & Technical Writing: Thanks very much for your previous help.Can you assist me with sentence construction and punctuation of this second essay please?, african colonies, world war ii
african colonies, world war ii, electoral successes: World War II drained the resources of many European countries, most notably Britain, thus encouraging independence movements in what had been colonial possessions. During and after World War II, the West had become increasingly industrialized. Most colonies...

Business & Technical Writing: Three English expressions, english expressions, parenthetical material
english expressions, parenthetical material, conventional construction: You re welcome. All three are correct grammatically, but the parenthetical material is less clear, I think. I marginally prefer sentence 1 because it is a more conventional construction in conversational English. But it is not a strong preference. Hope...

Business & Technical Writing: Trademark Symbol Use, international trademark association, trademark section
international trademark association, trademark section, tmhotline: Steve, The Gregg Manual states, If you refer to other organizations trademarks in material of a commercial nature that will be publically distributed, use a raised symbol after each trademark. In all other documents, the symbols are not necessary,...

Business & Technical Writing: technical english, friends and neighbors, legal language
friends and neighbors, legal language, business english: Salman, In truth, the language is the same, but the vocabulary and the forms of the letters and documents differs. Sometimes in business English, there is technical language or legal language related to the industry in which the correspondence is written....

Business & Technical Writing: technical marketing brochures, technical marketing, reputations
technical marketing, reputations, product features: Mr. Rew, I do not know of any template for a brochure, but the brochure s purpose is to sell your product. Generally, brochures are used to provide the benefits of the product, so the person receiving the brochure will want to contact the provider. The...

Business & Technical Writing: technical writing, edward tufte, desires of your heart
edward tufte, desires of your heart, adobe framemaker: Dear Voodi, Thank you for your specificity. 1. Adobe FrameMaker. (Without a doubt, this is important!) 2. Know MS Word like the back of your hand. 3. Use PowerPoint. There s no need for the fanciful stuff, though. Use PPT for displaying information,...

Business & Technical Writing: in text citing, guide apa, times roman
guide apa, times roman, parenthesis: Jeremy, Is your style guide APA? If it is, then your quote has to be longer than 40 words. If your style guide is MLA, I am not sure any longer how long the quote must be. Three lines is not the best measurement. In all APA papers, the font must be in...

Business & Technical Writing: thank you letter, welcome leslie, lateness
welcome leslie, lateness, embarassment: Sorry, Shannon, for the delay in replying. Holidays have a way of interfering with my daily schedule... By all means send the thank you letter! There are a few things you can do that may ease the embarassment of the late reply. 1) Hand write the note...

Business & Technical Writing: How do I type a business letter?, type a business letter, san diego california
type a business letter, san diego california, block style: Hi Michelle, I m sorry your teacher didn t take the time to tell you exactly what was wrong with your letter. I don t know what your assignment was or what your letter looked like, so I will give you some basic information on business letter writing....

Business & Technical Writing: University Application, educational path, career students
educational path, career students, university application: Porya, Sorry for the slow response. I teach school myself, and in January, I am unavailable for the first three days of the week. ...I gained in meeting and close contact with youngsters. Try saying ...I gained working with children. It s simpler...

Business & Technical Writing: Use of Brackets [ ] and [SIC], editor writer, writer editor
editor writer, writer editor, technical manuals: Jerry, The [sic] is an editor s symbol that means what was just written had a grammtical error, and the editor cannot change the error because the item was quoted. Example: She said, That ain t [sic] true. The [text...] is used by the editor for...

Business & Technical Writing: Use of the term "applicable", design capability, common phrase
design capability, common phrase, perameters: Your customer is correct, and it s not even a close call. The standard is being applied to the product, not the product to the standard. Whether either changes is neither here nor there. I have a couple of observations as well. Your use of which is the...

Business & Technical Writing: Using too., comma
comma: I would not normally set it off with a comma. I don t know that I ve noticed it done very often, and I m having trouble thinking of an example of when the comma should be used. Me too. is correct, as is, I like it too. Used in this sense, it is identical...

Business & Technical Writing: the usage of the verb "store", merriam webster, college dictionary
merriam webster, college dictionary, collegiate dictionary: Dear Mineko, It s a pleasure for me to answer your question about the meaning and use of the word store in the example you give. You write that you used a dictionary that says the verb store means a person who stocks or saves a thing in preparation...

Business & Technical Writing: use of quotation marks, nike slogan, use of quotation marks
nike slogan, use of quotation marks, grammar rule: Dear Ganelle, The grammar rule that applies in this case is that material that is quoted or emphasized is enclosed in quotation marks. Just do it is a Nike slogan/icon. The context in which you are using it is in an essay about a Nike ad, so, in essence,...

Business & Technical Writing: useful links, systematic instructional design, design curriculum
systematic instructional design, design curriculum, audience analysis: Richa, Sorry for the delay in responding. The holiday weeks are particularly busy. The list of internet sites for instructional design are limited. Have you checked out ASTD (American Society of Training and Development) http://www.astd.org/astd/Conferences/ICE/ICE04_Home.htm...

Business & Technical Writing: Voc:Coordination, english as a second language, english documents
english as a second language, english documents, bogert: Hi DS Lee, The English language is difficult even for those of us who use it as a first language. One of the basic rules of good writing is to keep it simple, and a good way to do that is to be specific. One way to accomplish specificity is to avoid...

Business & Technical Writing: vehicle, caterpillar d9, cement trucks
caterpillar d9, cement trucks, wheel tractor: First of all, the words heavy and light are relative, so different speakers might put different vehicles into one or the other of the first two categories. In other words, there is no clear cut-off at, say 5 tons. Even so, most native speakers would have...

Business & Technical Writing: those vs. them, types of pronouns, relative adjective
types of pronouns, relative adjective, adjective clause: Dear Jim, I sorry for the delay; I had a house full of unexpected company over the weekend. I m a bit surprised at this query since you expressed dissatisfaction with a prior response and opined it was suggestive of plagiarism. At any rate, I will field...

Business & Technical Writing: Want to develop, spoken english, habit
spoken english, habit, good luck: Sai, You already know the answer. Reading more and practicing your English language writing is the best method of improving your written English skills. Think of your English skills as a muscle. You could not get a strong muscle if you do not exercise...

Business & Technical Writing: Word Hunt, penultimate resource, online dictionaries
penultimate resource, online dictionaries, word hunt: Carl, Where did you look? Have you tried some on the online dictionaries or thesauruses? Try cogent or cogence. Others would be influential, authoritative, weighty, consequential. Penultimate resource. Valued, rated highly, weighty, distinguished, helpful....

Business & Technical Writing: Word meaning, protective covenants, applicable definitions
protective covenants, applicable definitions, correct phrase: Well, then, there would be no other way to amend the document. It very clearly says that unless it is amended by a method specified elsewhere in the document, this is how it is to be done. Making that qualification does not mean another methods must be specified....

Business & Technical Writing: Word Style Guides or Templates, headers and footers, open source software
headers and footers, open source software, word style: I m glad this is helping, Gregory. As I mentioned in the previous message, it takes a bit of getting used to, so be patient with yourself! Once everything clicks, it will be much easier! To answer your last question first, Word is not the application...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing a, writing friends, authoritative answer
writing friends, authoritative answer, tight budget: Randy, I have not published, but from what I have gathered from my book writing friends, writing the book is the easy part. Getting published is difficult. To learn what your market may be, I would suggest you check with Amazon.com to see what other...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing a, professional reviewers, prestigious publisher
professional reviewers, prestigious publisher, professional book: People who publish to make money typically do not get far. Publishing under this quest does not make you an author. Authors publish from their heart and that s what they put into their work, not their experience. Experience comes later the more they write...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing, light refreshments, staff meeting
light refreshments, staff meeting, time place: Hi Milkah, The most efficient way of notifying folks of a meeting is to send a memo letting folks know the purpose of the meeting, date, time, place, length of meeting, who s expected to attend, what, if anything, folks should bring to the meeting and whom...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing Effective Product Descriptions, freelance copywriter, ss index
freelance copywriter, ss index, catalog copy: Hi, Jared: My apologies for taking so long to get back to you. I ve been deep in the middle of several projects and just didn t have the time until tonight. As I m sure you know, what you re looking for is copywriting help--specifically what s commonly...

Business & Technical Writing: Writing, technical writing course, junior colleges
technical writing course, junior colleges, technical documents: Hello, Terri. There are a couple of ways that you can do this. You can contact your local community and junior colleges and talk to them about offering this class as a noncredit course. You ll have to locate the right department to talk to at each institution,...

Business & Technical Writing: Wrting in English, japanese student, term governor
japanese student, term governor, consecutive terms: I think you are correct. But if the speaker is really talking about the present ( now ), I don t think the phrase, until now, adds meaning. The sentence should simply be, No governor has ever been elected for more than two.... If the discussion is...

Business & Technical Writing: I want to get data about " it is always easy to quit", internet search engines, addictions
internet search engines, addictions, tobacco: To quit what? If you need information about addictions in general, look up that topic using any of the standard Internet search engines. There should be a wealth of information. If you want to look up a particular addiction, tobacco, for instance, look...

Business & Technical Writing: want to develop, conversational manner, native speakers
conversational manner, native speakers, spoken english: As I said, write in a conversational manner. No one would say the things you have said. Your object should not be to learn all the big words you can. It should be to communicate. Beyond that, I cannot become your free English tutor. I f you d like to...

Business & Technical Writing: The word "data", u s census data, mass noun
u s census data, mass noun, singular verb: You can t win on this one. Here is what the Dictionary of Modern American Usage (Garner, 2000)has to say on the subject: Data is a skunked term: whether you write data are or data is, you re likely to make some readers raise their eyebrows. Technically...

Business & Technical Writing: The word "data", merriam webster dictionary, singular pronoun
merriam webster dictionary, singular pronoun, plural pronouns: Fernando, Your question has been contemplated and debated by minds much greater than ours, and recently has been answered. This entry is from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Main Entry: da·ta Pronunciation: dA-t&, da- also dä- Function: noun...

Business & Technical Writing: The word "inspire ... to", grammatical aspect, good sentence
grammatical aspect, good sentence, infinitive: This is actually not a very good sentence, and that is why you re struggling with it. But in this sentence, better is an adjective. It would be a better sentence if it read in one of the following ways: He inspired millions of people to live better...

Business & Technical Writing: word meanings, preparing a proposal, free writer
preparing a proposal, free writer, benchmarking studies: Patti, A benchmark is a standard by which other things are measured. A milestone is a point where we can say something is done. Your proposal should include some comparison to other similar or identical projects, a benchmark. It should also include...

Business & Technical Writing: wording on a title of a patent abstract, speed change, language preferences
speed change, language preferences, vehicle speed: I would phrase this as follows: Vehicle speed-change control device and speed-change control method These are the natural-language preferences for such, however. It really doesn t have anything to do with the specifics of technical writing. I...

Business & Technical Writing: how can I write an application, letter of application, sales experience
letter of application, sales experience, relevant experience: Hi, Sara -- Basically, you write it as you write any other letter. As you are writing, imagine you are talking to the person to whom you are sending the letter. Start out with telling the person that you are interested in the job. If you are responding...

Business & Technical Writing: how to write a letter of resignation, letter of resignation, how to write a letter of resignation
letter of resignation, how to write a letter of resignation, employment relationship: Generally, it is a good idea to express some regret at terminating the employment relationship and appreciation for your experiences while there. Say simply that you have decided to accept opportunities elsewhere and give an ending date. Usually two weeks...

Business & Technical Writing: writing, computer software system, feasibility reports
computer software system, feasibility reports, executive information system: I have given you a head start. But to go a bit further, I would either take an example of an existing company or make one up. Whichever, describe it briefly and establish that greater efficiency in some areas would be a good thing. That would be your introduction....

Business & Technical Writing: writing, country billions, work buddies
country billions, work buddies, fitness regimen: Sue - My mistake. I did not write a revised version. I inserted paragraphs in the message I sent back to you. If I had written a revised version, that would have been my writing, not yours. So I inserted some advice. Sorry about that mistake in...

Business & Technical Writing: writing, management softwares, analytical report
management softwares, analytical report, mileposts: Sue, I m all played out in the help category. I m a full-time newspaper reporter and very busy. I think you d get a good start by using what you ve said in your message as an outline. Experienced writers and reporters will tell you that the best...

Business & Technical Writing: writing instruments, officemaxx, office depot
officemaxx, office depot, account transaction: The selection of writing instruments at Office Depot or OfficeMaxx is extensive. I m sure you ll be able to find what you need there. I have Pilot Rolling Ball extra fine that seems likely to work. I don t use it for checkbooks, but I do have a pretty heavy...

Business & Technical Writing: writing, computer software system, feasibility reports
computer software system, feasibility reports, executive information system: Sue, Like any analytical report, you must describe the problem, explain the potential solutions, and explain the best solution. You need to find the products. First, you need a problem to resolve... You need to put some thought into what you want to...

Business Travel: Expense Management Systems, expense management systems, yadda yadda
expense management systems, yadda yadda, small business applications: Cynthia, I am in a similar situation as an independent consultant. There are a number of enterprise level expense management systems such as Concur or Necho, but there is a bit of a void concerning small business applications. The most appropriate small...

Business Travel: travel, travel agent office, hotel industries
travel agent office, hotel industries, business options: I really cannot advise on this question -- only because I have no experience in the travel industry business options. However, I do know that you will need some sort of global accreditation that will allow you to contact and deal with the airline and hotel...

Business Travel: travel agent, international airlines, activity providers
international airlines, activity providers, local travel: Travel agencies make money on commissions, back end overrides (also a form of commissions) and service fees. Back in the late 1990s U.S. airlines eliminated upfront commissions. Hotels, some car rental companies (for leisure travel only) and activity providers...

Business Travel: Business Travel - State Residency Status, state residency, texas michigan
state residency, texas michigan, travel state: Naomi, I afraid all I can give you is an opinion. I would check with a CPA to verify this, but as long as the employee still has a residence in Washington state I believe their state of residence status does not change no matter the frequency of travel...

Business Travel: Looking for Finance Central!, grand gesture, finance central
grand gesture, finance central, finance classes: Andreas Tough question ..... only because your chosen career is way out of my understanding .... but will go as far as suggesting that Chicago, London or Hong Kong would classify as Finance Central Cities. There are probably others, like Zurich or Geneva...

Business Travel: Curious, working visas, airlines delta
working visas, airlines delta, united airlines: The first option that comes to my mind is to suggest that you seek employment with an airline -- to the best of my knowledge, airline employees get travel perks (heavily discounted tickets) no matter what job/department or level. You need to check that out...

Business Travel: Curious, green zone, travel agency
Business Travel: Curious, green zone, travel agency, state department

Business Travel: Average meal per diem, per diems
per diems: The best resource for meal per diem rates is Runzheimer International http://travel-management.runzheimer.com/ Also you can check the Federal Government per diem rates as a benchmark as well: http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentId=17943&contentType=GSA_BASIC...

Business Travel: Travel between Amsterdam and Berlin, tegal airport, bahncard 50
tegal airport, bahncard 50, bahncard 100: I think you are heading in the right direction. Look for a small airport running local airlines. They tend to be pretty cheap. The drawback is that the airports tend to be further away from major cities and therefore transportation (pickup, taxi, train,...

Business Travel: Debit Memos, airline reporting corporation, debit memo
airline reporting corporation, debit memo, aggressive stance: I have heard from many sources that the airlines have increased their collection efforts as a way to raise additional funds. (more aggressive stance on debit memos) If the customer cancels you should not be liable for the charge provided you have the...

Business Travel: promotion, international flights, otas
international flights, otas, strong hold: To promote your site you need to: 1) Optimize your site for search by Google and Yahoo!. Given the strong hold on search created by the OTAs and suppliers, I would suggest you target a specific niche such as international flights to a specific destination...

Business Travel: Travel Reimbursement Policy, customer material, us federal government
customer material, us federal government, mile radius: This is completely up to your company s culture. If you worked for the US Federal Government your employees would be reimbursed at $.585 per mile. Most companies I am aware of would not reimburse employees for a trip to another office that is within a 10...

Business Travel: Hotel and resorts discounts for a new travel agency, new travel agency, host agency
new travel agency, host agency, licensed travel: Unless you are booking airline tickets (which is a WHOLE new ball of wax--and NOT very profitable), you really don t need an IATA number. As a new agency, you might actually have trouble qualifying for one. Really what you want to do is open up a tour operation...

Business Travel: New travel agency., new travel agency, travelsavers
new travel agency, travelsavers, licensed travel: As a licensed travel agent you simply need to contact Disney and other suppliers to negotiate a discount or net rate that you can mark-up. There are many independent agents who work as an outside agent for an established agency. If you are obtaining the IATA/IATAN...

Business Travel: Technology Trends in Travel Distribution, corproate travel, IT
corproate travel, IT: IT in the business travel industry generally resides at the travel management company (TMC) or licensed directly by the corporation. From the TMC viewpoint IT investment centers around technology to increase the efficiency of the agent, manage mid-office...

Business Travel: meal allowance, irs guide, irs gov
irs guide, irs gov, volunteer capacity: Ryan, I just received the BTN Corporate Travel Index 2010 which lists per diems per top US cities. An electronic version can be found here http://www.btnonline.com/businesstravelnews/headlines/frontpage_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004077723 Best Regards,...

Business Travel: Travl Agency, home based travel agency, home based travel agencies
home based travel agency, home based travel agencies, arccorp: Not sure where you are writing from. In the US you need to contact ARC: http://www.arccorp.com/index.jsp For outside the US you need to contact IATAN: http://www.iatan.org/Pages/default.aspx Here is a good page devoted to home based travel agencies:...

Business Travel: Updated Study?
1) The client (corporation) generally pays fees to the agency (TMC). If you mean by setup - creating traveler profiles and setting policies that is usually part of the overall fee arrangement. 2) For larger companies the corporation negotiates with airlines....

Business Travel: American average meal allowance, corporate travel executives, business travel association
corporate travel executives, business travel association, national business travel: Colleen, I don t have per diem information but I believe if you contact Runzheimer International at http://www.runzheimer.com/web/home.aspx they will be able to help. Additional resources are: The National Business Travel Association http://www.nbta.org...

Business Travel: American average meal allowances, gsa per diem, government gsa
gsa per diem, government gsa, meal allowances: Jack, The best resource for per diem amounts is Runzheimer International http://www.runzheimer.com/web/home.aspx who publishes per diem. They do charge for this listing. You can also look at the US Federal government (GSA) per diem amounts at http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?programId=9704&channelId=-15943&ooid=16365&contentId=17943&pageTypeId=8203&contentType=GSA_BASIC&programPage=%2Fep%2Fprogram%2FgsaBasic.jsp&P=MTT...

Business Travel: average american meal allowance by large companies, typical employee, perdiem
typical employee, perdiem, meal allowance: There is no average across the United States. It varies from city to city, state to state. Typical employee and US government employee per diem rates are established by the US government. They are published annually and can be found, among other places,...

Business Travel: Briefcase with wheels, safe travels, size dimensions
safe travels, size dimensions, day travel: Dear Lisette I am on my second briefcase with wheels ! (the first one was a Samsonite and current one is a Swiss Army from Costco). I went with wheels because I was tired of lugging over my shoulder, and I tend to take a lot of stuff with me ... (I would...

Business Travel: Business Travel, professional definition, government tourism
professional definition, government tourism, tourism agency: Viviane, That is a broad category but basically means anything involved with the delivery of tourism services. That may be suppliers airlines, hotels, car rental or tour services or even government tourism agency. Can you clarify the context. You may...

Business Travel: business travel, train to venice, venice italy
train to venice, venice italy, stuttgart germany: Train travel is far more convenient and comfortable in Europe. I suggest that you investigate a route that you might have to change trains to get to Venice (probably in Milan or Turin). You do not want to go by bus ... too far and too long. You might have...

Business Travel: Columnist, small business owners, writing about business
small business owners, writing about business, business profit: Thank you for contacting me with this opportunity. In addition to writing about business travel, I have written and published extensively on the subject of quality (management, process, improvement, lean). I also wrote and published a book on the subject...

Business Travel: Curriers....., currier services, good resources
currier services, good resources, soren: Hello Again Mario, I cant find the article but here are some good resources: http://www.courier.org/ http://www.websciences.org/dvhpub/COURIER.HTM http://www.aircouriertravel.com/ http://www.aircourier.org/ http://www.adventure1.com/chplist.htm...

Business Travel: US college degree/ UK employers, college degree from, degree in psychology
college degree from, degree in psychology, degree uk: Please explain to me what NEA means ? You should be careful with this situation only because the cultural divide of a US education to a UK job situation can be a challenge -- it all depends on field of study and job description .... tell me more and I could...

Business Travel: costing, bottle wine, taxi fare
bottle wine, taxi fare, lunch dinner: I live in Chicago (and by coincidence -- I was born in Bloemfontein !!! -- have lived in the USA since 1992. $75.00 per day for NYC to cover what you list is not a bad amount at all (accommodation is very expensive at the moment). My company allocates about...

Business Travel: Frequent Flyer re-imbursement, frequent flier miles, time musician
frequent flier miles, time musician, ticket value: Sounds like they are using the $1400 to cover their time or at least his time (musician). Why not approach him directly and ask how come the $1400 (airline ticket) but miles were used ? sounds weird. Did the musician expect to be paid ? Is he going to...

Business Travel: first business trip, foremost consideration, dear jennifer
foremost consideration, dear jennifer, renting a car: Dear Jennifer The first consideration is that you should make sure you are staying in a safe area and in a decent hotel. Not knowing your company policy (do they make the reservations or do they allocate a budget for you to make the reservation?) that is...

Business Travel: frequent flyer miles, frequent flyer programs, frequent flyer miles
frequent flyer programs, frequent flyer miles, laptop cell phone: Russ The airline frequent flyer programs are pretty much the same -- there is no one that is better than the others. I am locked into American only becuase of the convenience of using O Hare as my main departure airport. Your decision could be influenced...

Business Travel: Generating Business via Hotels, destination management companies, corporate teambuilding
destination management companies, corporate teambuilding, new best friend: Hi John! Actually that IS a very common practice, and many corporate groups look for teambuilding options while holding meetings in hotels (particularly if you are in a resort area). You should not PAY a hotel to offer your services, although it can be...

Business Travel: golf business, golf coures, business in thailand
golf coures, business in thailand, golf in thailand: Yes. There are a number of sites that specialize in specific activities such as golf, adventure travel, kayaking etc. Check out http://www.travelgolf.com/ as an example. Of course to start a new business involves a number of issues including funding, competitive...

Business Travel: Hotel costs per major US City, hotel costs, individual hotel
hotel costs, individual hotel, delayed response: Very difficult to locate one site with all the information -- most of the online sites (Travelocity, Expedia, Hotels.com etc) seem to list the same properties/same prices. I would advise starting with individual hotel chain websites (Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton,...

Business Travel: Incentive Travel, consumer incentive promotion, mail steve
consumer incentive promotion, mail steve, blackout dates: Hi Blair! I need to do a little research on this before I can give you a good answer--because there are SOOO many rates out there, I am not sure if it is possible to buy a ticket that would be valid anywhere. I am definitely willing to check with some...

Business Travel: -------------------------..., italy vacations, french answer
italy vacations, french answer, afraid your question: Sorry for the delay. I didn t see your additonal question. The wholesale usually contracts with suppliers for either block rooms (hotels) or discounted price for serices (e.g. snorkerling, or other activities). The wholesaler then may markup the hotel price...

Business Travel: What language?, different dialects, life business
different dialects, life business, countries of the world: From my experiences I would assist your planning by suggesting that Spanish is a good option to consider -- spoken in one form or another in many countries of the world (in different dialects). The other languages listed are not too worldly -- except French....

Business Travel: Meal Allowance, meal allowance, breakfast lunch
meal allowance, breakfast lunch, gsa: The best place to find out this information is at Runzheimer International http://www.runzheimer.com/web/home.aspx In addition the GSA publishes annual per diem rates as a point of comparison http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/channelView.do?pageTypeId=820...

Business Travel: marv alpert, marv alpert, travel impressions
marv alpert, travel impressions, vacation cruises: I have only bought travel insurance for my december family vacation cruises. I have never bought insurance for the flights (both international and domestic) that I have taken. Tell me more -- what are you seeking to cover ? your luggage or your life, or...

Business Travel: I need a well-known government travel consultant, keynote speakers, government travelers
keynote speakers, government travelers, content offerings: Hello Michael, I was responsible for government travel for Global Travel (all federal travel in Idaho) for several years. During that time noone really jumped out to me as The expert on this topic. However a good start would be to contact GSA (responsible...

Business Travel: Passenger profile, corporate travel policy, corporate travel programs
corporate travel policy, corporate travel programs, corporate travel agency: Hello Raluca, This is an interesting question and unfortunatly not one that is easily answered. Most business travel at larger companies is done by a corporate travel agency. In this scenario, each individual traveler has a profile which is maintained...

Business Travel: Temporary cell phone for India trip, food in india, safe travels
food in india, safe travels, sim cards: You will need a GSM phone -- that accomodates a SIM card. Lately I have heard that AT&T sell a phone in the USA that will work overseas (but at very expensive rates). There are a few options to consider (and will need internet research) that will assist...

Business Travel: Travel Agency, sophisticated computer software, phone computer
sophisticated computer software, phone computer, strict regulations: Hi Mike This is an interesting question, and something that I have thought about doing myself actually !! You definitely need some sort of accreditation because of the strict regulations in the industry (commissions from service providers like hotels,...

Business Travel: Travel, flights from frankfurt, restaurants in madrid
flights from frankfurt, restaurants in madrid, international chains: I assume that you have investigated the travel details of the routing that you intend taking (trains and flight schedules). The train from Spain will probably be an overnight trip and there will be various classes of travel (from a private cabin to a general...

Business Travel: Traveling to China, program exchange, time in shanghai
program exchange, time in shanghai, good experience: I have not spent much time in Shanghai -- but like all cities there are good and bad areas. I am sure that you will find out information about the city soon after arrival. I forget the details of your venture, and cannot remember if you are going there alone...

Business Travel: traveling cheap, renting a car, own car
renting a car, own car, amtrak: The answer to your question is based on where you are going, at what time of the year, how quickly you need to get where you need to be, and how much money you have to spend to get you there !!!! So, until I know more about where you live and what your destination...

Business Travel: Visa, bible study group, immigration official
bible study group, immigration official, visa application: I am not a legal expert but venture to offer you a response that all most visitors to the USA need visas and passports of their home countries. There are some passports/countries of the world that do not need visas but those are few and far between. Travellers...

Business Travel: Writing, travelling and how to live off of it., teaching english in asia, journalism background
teaching english in asia, journalism background, set ups: KG, Guide book publishers have traditionally hired free lance writers for input into specific destinations. I would start with them (Lonely Planet, Fodors, Frommers, Rough Guides) With the growth of Blogs, many frequent travelers are creating their own...

Business Travel: Writing, travelling and how to live off of it., teaching english in asia, worldwide freelance writer
teaching english in asia, worldwide freelance writer, journalism background: There are numerous net opportunities for writing p/t. A simple Google will yield lots of sites to choose from. Many travel magazines also have an online version. Contact them too. With your background you should already know the ins and outs of getting...

Business Travel: wireless options, wireless fax, printer solution
wireless fax, printer solution, wireless options: I do not know of any such accessory -- sounds like a great idea. Search the internet and see what you find ... and then please let me know the details because I would consider buying such an item (in fact today I was in Atlanta and thought about a portable...

Busy Cooks: over ripe bananas, banana bars, ripe bananas
banana bars, ripe bananas, plain yogurt: Hi Pam. For buttermilk, try adding a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of regular milk. You can also use plain yogurt to replace sour cream. I hope that helps some. I know what you mean about not having things on hand but sometimes some fun recipes can be discovered...

Busy Cooks: a Flower question, flour bag, storage place
flour bag, storage place, pilsbury: I have never tried it but on the Pilsbury website they give us the go ahead so it must be alright. Store flour in an airtight container in a cool place (75° F. or cooler). For longer storage, place flour bag in a resealable plastic freezer bag and refrigerate...

Busy Cooks: Cooking Lasagna that is Frozen, frozen lasagna, cooking times
frozen lasagna, cooking times: I would cook it at 350 degrees for between 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours. However, since all ovens are slightly different your best bet for a perfect lasagna is to use your meat thermometer. Aim for 165 degrees in the center of the lasagna. Leave the lasagna...

Busy Cooks: Freezing Veggies, freezing vegetables, freezing veggies
freezing vegetables, freezing veggies, freezing carrots: Hello Alex, thanks for the question. Your answer is a resounding sort of. Most vegetables freeze acceptably well, with exceptions being leafy greens like lettuce. But all food will lose some quality after freezing, so whether or not you choose to freeze...

Busy Cooks: Freezing Macaroni salad with Miracle Whip on it., freezing macaroni salad, freezer cooking
freezing macaroni salad, freezer cooking: Dear Connie, Thanks for your question. Anything is safe to eat after freezing, as long as it is kept at 0° F and is put in the freezer when fresh. In theory, you can keep food indefinitely in a freezer without having to worry about safety. Bacteria can...

Busy Cooks: premade casserole, OAMC, freezing casseroles
OAMC, freezing casseroles, pregnancy freezer meal plan: Casseroles can be frozen before or after baking, though I prefer to bake them on the day I serve them. I do, however, cook many of the ingredients before freezing, which hastens the baking time. I will generally take casseroles out of the freezer and put them...

Busy Cooks: Freezing Ham Salad
Mayo doesn t typically freeze well, but the less of it there is, the less you ll notice any quality issues. If you make a ham salad with light mayo you may not notice a difference between the flavor of the thawed version and the original, but you may notice...

Busy Cooks: Freezing smoothies in mason jar
Hi Aylesha, technically you could freeze a smoothie, but I don t think I would do it because the texture after it s been in the freezer wouldn t be quite right. It would probably get kind of frosty and the ice crystals would be upleasantly large, so although...

Busy Cooks: Brown Rice, cold rice salad, vinegarette dressing
cold rice salad, vinegarette dressing, egg dishes: Hello Doris: Wow.......several cups of cooked brown rice. Well first of all, you could add an assornment of chopped, fresh vegetables and peas, etc. and a nice vinegarette dressing and serve it as a cold rice salad. Or, you could make a fried rice, or add...

Busy Cooks: boiling water, room temp, boiling water
room temp, boiling water, roommates: Hello Brooke: I sincerely hope that you are not one of the two roommates who believe that cooler water boils faster than warmer water. Come on Brooke........logistics will tell you that hot water will take a shorted period of time to reach the temperature...

Busy Cooks: busy cooks, chicken kabobs, 11p
chicken kabobs, 11p, frig: It is NEVER safe to defrost food at room temperature. Food should always be defrosted in the refrigerator, in the microwave or under cold running water. http://www.foodreference.com/html/art-defrosting-safely.html is a website that explains safe defrosting...

Busy Cooks: Cheddar cheese soup (canned), cheddar cheese soup, milk solids
cheddar cheese soup, milk solids, double boiler: Hello Verena: Here in the USA we have a product which is made by a few commercial soup companies like Campbell s, and sold in cans. They are condensed (most of the water is removed) and are meant to be rehydrated with milk. For soup, it is equal parts...

Busy Cooks: Cooking a filet mignon, filet mignon roast, beef wellington
filet mignon roast, beef wellington, generous portions: Hello Jayne: Yes, you can roast the entire filet mignon roast in the oven or you may grill it on your bar-b-que. And, yes 10lbs. would be enough for generous portions (since there is very little waste). However, please beware of the pit-falls. Namely:...

Busy Cooks: Creme Fraiche (?), gourmet snack, culinary heritage
gourmet snack, culinary heritage, cheese products: Thank you Harry! It s always nice to hear back from a person (like you) who wants to know about something.....and thinks enough to share the information as it s obtained. It is very interesting that Alouette has gotten into the production of this product....

Busy Cooks: Crock Pot / Slow Cooker, electric cookers, slow cookers
electric cookers, slow cookers, food service industry: Hello Lynn: Actually, your question is an interesting one. The reason I say this is because there is a difference, and there isn t a difference. If that sounds completely convoluted to you, please read on and perhaps it will make some sense. The generic...

Busy Cooks: cooking appliances, pork chop, cooking appliances
pork chop, cooking appliances, chicken meal: Hello Kerry: I can t resist watching those infomercials either. And yes, I saw the one one that you are referring to. The design of the appliance leads me to think that the steam method that they talk about makes sence. Whether you can cook a chicken...

Busy Cooks: cooking a filet mignon whole roast, roasting oven, medium roast
roasting oven, medium roast, salt and pepper: To cook tenderloin, thaw it in the fridge for a couple days, season with salt and pepper and/or garlic and oil and roast in roasting pan in oven at 425 degrees to ensure browning. Make sure you trim any fat or silverskin before roasting. If you tie it up into...

Busy Cooks: corn syrup & light corn syrup, light corn syrup, what is corn syrup
light corn syrup, what is corn syrup, american vocabulary: Hello Umbra: Corn syrup is a very thick, sweet product that is commercially made from corn. It contains glucose, dextrin and maltose. Most bakers and cooks use it to create body in pastries and sweet sauces. Frankly, there is no substitute for this product....

Busy Cooks: dinner for two, long distance relationship, rice pilaf
long distance relationship, rice pilaf, ground sage: Hi Jessica, There are several different meals you can make that are affordable (and filling) that are still delicious. One of my client favourites is a marinated pork tenderloin dish. One pork tenderloin will make two very generous servings. The marinade...

Busy Cooks: Extra virgin olive oil?, extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil
extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, corn oil: Hello Beth: I sincerely apologize for getting this back to you today. I would assume that your dinner party is over. However, to answer your question, vegetable oil would work just fine. In fact, since vegetable or corn oil has a higher flash point...

Busy Cooks: Two Frozen premade lasagna casseroles, lasagnas, exact time
lasagnas, exact time, casseroles: Hi there, You will need to increase the baking time - but not twice the amount. I can t give you an exact time, but it will probably take about 1/2 hour longer. Check the center of the lasagna for doneness to be sure. Also, I would rotate the lasagnas half...

Busy Cooks: busy cooks, bad idea, room temperature
Busy Cooks: busy cooks, bad idea, room temperature, mom

Busy Cooks: Crock Pot / Slow Cooker, facial tissues, rival company
Busy Cooks: Crock Pot / Slow Cooker, facial tissues, rival company, slow cooker

Busy Cooks: corn syrup & light corn syrup, pecan pie recipes, brown rice syrup
Busy Cooks: corn syrup & light corn syrup, pecan pie recipes, brown rice syrup, black strap molasses

Busy Cooks: how long do things keep, iron stomachs, shepherds pie
Busy Cooks: how long do things keep, iron stomachs, shepherds pie, roast meat

Busy Cooks: Substitute for eggs, apple sauce, baking soda
Busy Cooks: Substitute for eggs, apple sauce, baking soda, baked goods

Busy Cooks: White wine vinegar, red pepper jelly, red wine vinegar
Busy Cooks: White wine vinegar, red pepper jelly, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar

Busy Cooks: five-spice powder, rice wine vinegar, white wine vinegar
rice wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, spare rib recipe: Hmmm... five spice powder, while not essential, will definitely be adding a lot of flavour to your spare rib recipe. If you can t find it at your local grocery and you re not anywhere near an Asian market, you could use equal parts cinnamon, cloves, fennel...

Busy Cooks: freezing baked goods, baked brownies, graduation party
baked brownies, graduation party, baked goods: Hi Jackie: You certainly may. Brownies freeze very well. There is no special instruction. Just make sure that the baked brownies are completely cooled before you cover them, and pop them into the freezer. Congratulations to the graduate(s! And, have...

Busy Cooks: freezing Macaroni or potato salad dressing without the mayo, dry herb mixture, congratulations on your marriage
dry herb mixture, congratulations on your marriage, macaroni salad: Congratulations on your marriage! What you might want to consider doing is make up a dry herb mixture that will be an addition to the mayonnaise for the dressing and then you wouldn t need to freeze it at all. I m not sure what the other ingredients are, but...

Busy Cooks: freezing yoghurt, smooth texture, plain yoghurt
smooth texture, plain yoghurt, liquid portion: Hello Tracey: Yes, you may freeze yogurt. The fact that it is plain yogurt is good, in that there are no other ingredients that can be effected by the freezing (and thawing) process. Remember, however, whenever you freeze anything (especially something...

Busy Cooks: freezing, clam chowder, consistency
clam chowder, consistency, potatoes: I have a client who requests clam chowder and does freeze it, but I don t really think it s the best soup to freeze. Potatoes have a different consistency when frozen and the texture is not really as nice after freezing. The client who does freeze the...

Busy Cooks: Heating water in a microwave oven?, coffee soup, microwave oven
coffee soup, microwave oven, heating water: Hello Jay: Believe me, this questions is far from silly. The reason that I say this is because whenever you use your microwave oven for boiling water you are literally courting potential disaster . If you do not take special precautions, the end result...

Busy Cooks: Lasagna, lazagna, quality oven
lazagna, quality oven, oven time: Hello Tillie: I can think of two possible reasons for your problem. The first being: 1)You may be adding too much sauce to the layers. Some cooks do this, as they especially like a rich and flavorful finished product. Unfortunately, they do not realize...

Busy Cooks: how long do things keep, refregerator, microwave oven
refregerator, microwave oven, frozen meat: Hello Louise: Your question is very complex. First of all, every refrigerator (just like every oven) is different. Also, everyone seems to keep the temperature a little bit different, as well. In addition, the length of time that the meat was cooked; ie.,...

Busy Cooks: Meatballs, ground turkey meatballs, sausage balls
ground turkey meatballs, sausage balls, turkey sausage: Hello Sue: Sure, I ll be happy to provide you with the following recipe for ground turkey meatballs: For every pound of the ground turkey (that you can purchase in any supermarket, buy the way) add the following ingredients: 3/4 cup of bread crumbs 1 tsp...

Busy Cooks: Olive Oil?, olive producers, wine temperature
olive producers, wine temperature, virgin oil: Hello Ryan: Your question transends that of mear trivia, I can assure you. By olive oil afficionados standards, cold pressed is far superior to any other method of crushing and bottling in that a constant, low temperature is maintained throughout this process....

Busy Cooks: Potato and macaroni salad, optimum freshness, macaroni salad
optimum freshness, macaroni salad, store shelf: Hello Marilyn: If your salads have mayonaise in them, I would not freeze them. They tend to separate, and break-down and generally don t take to freezing well. As for the time that you might be able to keep the salads in the refrigerator, well that depends....

Busy Cooks: plum jam, plum jam, couple recipes
plum jam, couple recipes, plums: To be honest I m not experienced with making plum jam, but since you re in a hurry I found a couple recipes for you. The plum butter sounds better to me. If you re making jam from canned plums I d definitely use less sugar because of the syrup. Plum Butter:...

Busy Cooks: Recipe, mexican flair, city chicken
mexican flair, city chicken, spicy city: Hello Carrie: Your question is a perplexing one for me. I do not know of any City Chicken recipe that originates from Indiana. However, I do know of a Spicy City Chicken , that has a Mexican flair and I know of a Mai Fun City Chicken with an Asian...

Busy Cooks: receipt wanted, hog casings, cayenne pepper
hog casings, cayenne pepper, anise seed: Sandy: First of all, I d like to preface this by saying two things. 1) You had better be committed to this project because it is not intended to be a Sunday afternoon activity that you will be able to enjoy the same night. 2) Your daughter had better enjoy...

Busy Cooks: how to roast a 6lb. 45oz. filet mignon?, roast beef tenderloin, google
roast beef tenderloin, google, oven temperature: Hi Sherri, When I do a beef tenderloin like the one you re mentioning, I normally sear the outside of the roast on all sides and then roast in a 350 - 375 oven until the roast reaches an internal temperature of about 125 - 130 (which will give you a medium...

Busy Cooks: Shrimp, butterfly shrimp, restaurant supply house
butterfly shrimp, restaurant supply house, wire grids: Hi Jeanne: Those butterflied shrimp are done by applying pressure to keep them from curling. This is usually achieved by weighing the little critters down while they are quickly cookied (sauteed, pan fried or even deep fried, grilled or high-heat baked)....

Busy Cooks: Slow cooker, slow cookers, conversion charts
slow cookers, conversion charts, chicken breasts: Hi Teresa, I ve actually never prepared Corned Beef before so I can t help you with that. You might try a recipe search at a site like Epicurious. Many of these sites have user comments so you might find some tips that way. As for adjusting recipes for the...

Busy Cooks: Substitute for eggs, baking soda, baking powder
baking soda, baking powder, muffins: Marcie: The type of product that you are attempting to bake (muffins), I m afraid, would be too oily if you used all the mayo that you would need. Some recipes would be okay. However, not for muffins. Try to find an egg, or use a different levening, like...

Busy Cooks: simple soups, beef stock, family recipes
beef stock, family recipes, chicken stock: Hello again, Nats: And thank you so very much for your family recipes. I definitely plan to try them. Also, forgive me for not remembering to provide you with a substitute for the beef stock that I had included in the Minstrone Soup recipe. You certainly...

Busy Cooks: strawberries, freezing strawberries, abundant fruits
freezing strawberries, abundant fruits, domestic kitchen: Hello JJ: Your question is a very, very good one....one that food processors, throughout the ages, have been asking. Unfortunately, there is no method available to the domestic kitchen that will prevent the delicate, plump, juicy strawberry from becoming...

Busy Cooks: substitutions??, vanilla, custard
vanilla, custard, pastry: Hi Tammy: It depends on the recipe. For example, if you are baking pastry, you may often time use almond extract instead of vanilla. If you are making a custard, you may wish to use lemon, or orange extract, or a liqiuor. And, the recipe may not demand...

Busy Cooks: Thickening Liquids- "The Sequel", slurry mixture, whole caboodle
slurry mixture, whole caboodle, creamy chowder: Hello again yourself Gene Michael: Yes, you are correct. The proportions are correct (for your preference) with the 4Tbl per 1/2 cup method. And, yes, you may heat all of the remaining 5 quarts up at once. However, I would suggest that you slowly heat...

Busy Cooks: Thickening liquids, custom taylored, recipe for fish chowder
custom taylored, recipe for fish chowder, potato flour: Hello Gene Michael: Your question may seem very straight forward and simple. However, get ready for a long protracted, and somewhat vague answer. Have you ever heard the saying how high is up? ........well, that s what this is all about. Firstly, there...

Busy Cooks: can u tell me more about your..., personal chefs, brent evans
personal chefs, brent evans, several different kinds: Hi Jeremy, The answer to this question can be many things as there are several different kinds of personal chefs. Because we run our own businesses, some personal chefs cook strictly regular meals for families, some do dinner parties/special occasions and...

Busy Cooks: Vinegar, vinegar mother, vinegars
vinegar mother, vinegars, nutritional value: Hi there, Most of the plain white vinegars you buy have been heat pasteurized to eliminate an appearance of a vinegar mother. If one starts to form and you don t want it, you can simply filter it out and the vinegar is still fine to use. Many people like...

Busy Cooks: Vita-mix vs Ordinary Blender, vita mix blender, holistic health center
vita mix blender, holistic health center, fruit smoothies: Hi Michael, I ve use the Vita-Mix blender in the past and loved it s super-powerful motor but I ve not put out the $$ for one myself. I too have read the literature which I first saw when I worked in a holistic health center. I m not sure if it s true but...

Busy Cooks: White wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar
red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, garlic onion: Hello Myla: White wine vinegar is a vinegar that is simply made out of white wine; ie., chardonay, chabis, etc. The end result is so similar in taste that one would have to have a very finite taster to detect a noticable difference in the type of recipe...

Busy Cooks: Do you ever..., lol thanks, hundred times
lol thanks, hundred times, lacey: Hi Lacey, There have certainly been times when a dish has not come out exactly as it has in the past. I can t comment on whether or not your audience is a factor but I can suggest doing a mis en place (getting all of your ingredients in order) before you...

Buying Coastal Properties: buying now or wait, hoa fee, droping
hoa fee, droping, townhome: Hello Jason. If we were able to time the market better, it would be a better place for all of us. The only thing you can really do is evaluate the area you are looking at and make sure you are happy with the deal you are getting. Sometime you can wait to...

Buying Coastal Properties: Complicated question re property on Italian Riviera, railway authorities, fruit and veg
railway authorities, fruit and veg, italian riviera: Geoff, Thank you for writing such a well informed question, but I regret not being able to help you. I have no experience out of the country, as my speciality it Pawleys Island, South Carolina. I will comment that real estate is in terrible shape here...

Buying Coastal Properties: Beachfront condo as investment property, gulf shores al, beachfront condos
gulf shores al, beachfront condos, condo fees: I am not aware of any programs available to help you purchase and I am in South Carolina, so I cannot even recommend anyone. The most important issue would be to look at the past performance of these units and make sure that the entire property is not going...

Buying Coastal Properties: condo, bedroom condo, hilton head
bedroom condo, hilton head, top management: Hello John, I would be happy to help and urge you to visit me through my website at http://www.premierpropertiesofsouthcarolina.com. Property Management is a specialization of mine, so I would be happy to help and guide you through the process. Rental...

Buying Coastal Properties: PLEASE HELP, paragraph 5, breach of contract
paragraph 5, breach of contract, commitment letter: Let me first start by saying that I am not an lawyer and basically got booted off another answering subject because I gave advice (that was correct by the way.) They wouldn t even answer me when they gave me the boot - so anyway here I go. You are most certainly...

Buying Coastal Properties: I want my own bussiness, any advise please, free college money, downward spiral
free college money, downward spiral, ged completion: Hello Daniel, Be sure to check the market in the area that you will be working in, as it may be in a downward spiral (affecting the income that you could possibly make). You really don t need college money to be a real estate agent - just a GED, completion...

Buying Consumer Goods: Activating a telephone jack, telephone jack, spencer
telephone jack, spencer, phone number: Mark, go to your outside network connection box, find the line that was your second number, and swith it over to the line that the others all connect to. Then inside, test that jack, if you hear dial tone you re done. if not, try switching the wires on that...

Buying Consumer Goods: big screens, atsc digital, sdtv hdtv
atsc digital, sdtv hdtv, dual tuner pip: N. Dave, OK, here s the lowdown. Mom and Dad can get away with a very good unit without all the hottest rarely used features for between $2400 and $3500. So you ll impress them when you tell them you saved them $4000. Sets with 4:3 aspect ratio (non-widescreen)...

Buying Consumer Goods: dv camcorders, progressive scan ccd, sony pc110
progressive scan ccd, sony pc110, luck mike: Ronen, You ve presented an interesting challenge. The Sony has a 1 megapixel (I assume progressive scan) CCD, but 10x optical zoom. The JVC has a 680k progressive scan CCD, with 20x optical zoom. They both have digital image stabilizers, which I don...

Buying Consumer Goods: long distant carriers and offerings, better business bureau, carier
better business bureau, carier, american telephone: Charles, ask yourself these questions: Have you heard of them before? Ever see a national TV ad for them? Know anyone who has them? Ever see an office or even a building with their name on it? Know of ANYONE that is employed by them? That should give you a...

Buying Consumer Goods: Overseas phone, communication devices, compatability
communication devices, compatability, african countries: Hi Aysha, Hmm, something tells me you know a little about traveling! You ve covered the electric part of your answering machine/telephone, however, most African countries use a british standard for communication devices. It would be best to contact the manufacturer...

Buying Consumer Goods: T.V. options, buying a new tv, picture tubes
buying a new tv, picture tubes, projection tvs: Tim, Projection TVs use three CRTs (Red, Green, Blue) to project the image on the screen, whereas the direct-view tube we ve all been used to is a single CRT that does it all. The direct-view set has a durable, glass, curved surface that is easily viewable...

Buying Consumer Goods: Telephone jacks, telephone jacks, network interface
telephone jacks, network interface, telephone box: Hello pam, I d like to say yes, it s a simple thing but, I can t. If you re lucky, this will take about ten minutes, on the other hand you could be in for a week of work. Let s start with the jacks themselves. Are they standard or business telephone jacks...

Buying Consumer Goods: wiring a jack, number thanks, aprtment
number thanks, aprtment, network interface: Stan, locate the network interface serving that jack and the one serving the others.(it may be the same interface) just switch the wires from that jack to the interface serving your other two and you should have your third extension. An easier way might be...

Buying a computer system: Adding Ram, mb memory card, minimum functionality
mb memory card, minimum functionality, minimal ram: Hi David, The minimum ram for XP Professional is officially 64 MB. For minimum functionality, however, it is 128 MB. However, I would reccomend at least 512 MB. You told me that you have 4 memory ports. Since two of them are full, you can add one 128...

Buying a computer system: Best Laptop?, educator discount, macbook
educator discount, macbook, best laptop: Well, best is a fairly subjective term, best in terms of what? Whats your application load look like? Lots of video and audio work? CAD/CAM? Photo/graphics work? or lighter workloads like word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoint, etc What kind of budget...

Buying a computer system: Buying computer, mail attachments, mail internet
mail attachments, mail internet, microsoft documents: If you have Microsoft Office it should let you open it. The only exception is that you cannot open Office 2007 stuff in an older version of Office, but there is a converter you can download from Microsoft s website for free. Microsoft documents are generally...

Buying a computer system: Buying a Dell desktop, 56k pci data fax modem, data fax modem
56k pci data fax modem, data fax modem, intel core2 duo: All the coupons out there are still for laptops. I haven t seen any desktop ones come around. Here s an idea. If you ever went to college, log into www.dell.com/delluniversity. You don t need a username - just click the link below. You can get a little...

Buying a computer system: computer speed, front side buss, front side bus
front side buss, front side bus, traffic jams: Front Side Bus or FSB for short, is the speed at which add on cards can operate up to. Its not unlike saying the speed on the highway is 800 Mph, that said, its still possible for 800MHZ FSB to develop traffic jams. This was a problem until they broke...

Buying a computer system: Dell vs HP config, 56k pci data fax modem, data fax modem
56k pci data fax modem, data fax modem, intel core2 duo: It depends on how long you plan on keeping the computer for and how long of a warranty you get. I always buy a 3-4 year warranty on a laptop without a doubt. Most problems start to happen after about a year. You can do almost anything with a warranty. ...

Buying a computer system: external hardrives, external hardrives, external hardrive
external hardrives, external hardrive, disk defragmenter: You could do an external or an internal hard drive. It wouldn t really matter either way. The external hard drive would probably be the easiest to set up. You could just keep most of the stuff on the external hard drive, therefore leaving your normal hard...

Buying a computer system: HP or Dell Support?, intel core 2 duo e6550, dell inspiron 530
intel core 2 duo e6550, dell inspiron 530, dell support: Yes, I d give the nod to Dell, in my experience (mostly IT industry related), Dell outshines HP in terms of support, and general build quality. One thing to note, ensure you purchase the upgrade option on your support package, to ensure you get decent support,...

Buying a computer system: Laptop ram vs emac ram, background tasks, laptop ram
background tasks, laptop ram, unfortunatley: Hello Victoria, I like in the U.S., so I wouldn t know a lot about pricing information in Britain. I do agree that you need at least 2gb ram for a PC. The reason the Mac may have been running faster was because Mac s are much more efficient than PCs because...

Buying a computer system: Laptop for video editing, lojack for laptops, genuine windows vista home premium
lojack for laptops, genuine windows vista home premium, trend micro internet security: I m not a fan of the current 15 Inspiron line that Dell has but they have a brand new XPS 15 notebook that is fantastic. I own the identical 13 version and I love it. They are having a great sale on it now so we can get it within your budget. Start...

Buying a computer system: laptop, dell inspiron 1501, dell support
dell inspiron 1501, dell support, mobile type: Hi Nick, Without a lot of discussion about technical stuff, I will just say that that best noteboog deals, at the moment, cost $599. After checking my favorite spots, I found a DEll Inspiron 1501 for thar price. It has an excellent processor in it, 1GB...

Buying a computer system: looking for a used laptop, proper capitalization, dell latitude
proper capitalization, dell latitude, cheap laptop: First off, when the seller cannot spell the name of the device, or use proper capitalization in their post, I m somewhat turned off, the actual name is Dell Latitude. Secondly, that laptop is in no way worth $175, the screen likely does 800x600 max, if...

Buying a computer system: Memory, scratch pad, heavy graphics
scratch pad, heavy graphics, math problems: One thing I d like to interject, is that your hard drive isn t memory, its storage. Meaning you have 160GB of data storage (just as your iPod has 8GB of data storage). The actual RAM ammount of your system (think about it like this: if your computer was a...

Buying a computer system: need laptop, mobile type, compaq presario
mobile type, compaq presario, internet wirelessly: The Compaq Presario C700T is around $450 starting with the academic purchase program. The Dell Inspiron 1525 starts at $490 with the academic discount. Otherwise, I would advise checking out eBay, craigslist and the Sunday ads for good deals. You can...

Buying a computer system: new computer, dell inspiron 531, illon
dell inspiron 531, illon, dell inspiron: I personally use McAfee, but there really isn t going to be much of a difference between them. I only use it because my university gives it to students free. As long as you are careful, you shouldn t have a problem to begin with. I have used Norton and Trend...

Buying a computer system: Printers, printing capabilites, envelope feeder
printing capabilites, envelope feeder, value segment: Most MFPs or business class printers will feed envelopes through the normal paper track, and most basic printers are targetted at a value segment (if the ink or USB cable costs more than the printer, don t buy the printer) or photo printing (devices which...

Buying a computer system: Purchase recommendation, bookkeeping software, cpa accounting
bookkeeping software, cpa accounting, dell vostro 200: The Vostro series is a decent choice, it comes with Dell s business warranties, so thats a benefit for small business owners (saves you on hiring IT personel, as long as you can do most of the minimal stuff on your own), as well as provides a security blanket...

Buying a computer system: printer, canon pixma printer, power curve
canon pixma printer, power curve, printer combo: Hi Bud, If you have a 4 year old printer, I would say you are WAY behind the power curve. Not only are the new ones faster and better, but they are also CHEAPER. You can buy a photo-quality Epson 7400 scanner/printer combo for $60 and order ink cartridges...

Buying a computer system: printer, canon pixma printer, printer problem
canon pixma printer, printer problem, life span: I would download the most recent drivers from the company website, If that does not work either call customer service or maybe check the companies forums. As far as the lifespan goes, I couldn t tell you, as it has to many variables. Sorry I couldn t be more...

Buying a computer system: software, bit operating system, computer magazines
bit operating system, computer magazines, thanks john: Unless you are doing some hardcore things with the computer... like beyond gaming, programming, video editing type stuff, you won t have any benefits from the 64-bit. However, there are a lot of downfalls to them. A vast majority of software does not work...

Buying a computer system: still looking for a laptop, intel pentium m, cheap laptop
intel pentium m, cheap laptop, pentium 3: I wouldn t even pay that much for it. If you browse places like eBay you can find laptops much better than that for like $300. Plus - the person can t even spell the type of name of the computer :). That computer is around 9 years old - no joke. Laptops...

Buying a computer system: Video editing machine..., dual core processors, quad core processors
dual core processors, quad core processors, mac g5: I have never owned a Mac in my life because they are impossible to work on and repair yourself. Additionally, I am yet to find something that a Mac can do that my PC can t. I do plenty of video editing on my custom built PC. For a Mac desktop new, you...

Buying a computer system: video editing, regina saskatchewan canada, pinnacle studio 10
regina saskatchewan canada, pinnacle studio 10, video editing software: I would reccomend you build your own PC. Laptops can be very convenient, however they are still not, and most likely never will be, up to snuff as far as power goes. It sounds to me that you are planning to spend alot of money. If this is true then please,...

Buying a computer system: wirless networking, electronic smog, news bbc co uk
electronic smog, news bbc co uk, health and wellbeing: Hi Keith, and sorry for the tardiness, I was researching your question and found out that there actually are some concerns about health risks to children. Here are some articles I found (sorry that its not helping your cause much). However, I also read...

Buying a computer system: Buying a computer, fallout 3, store photographs
fallout 3, store photographs, crysis: Honestly for $5000 you can buy above and beyond the top of the line available in 2008. To accomplish everything you d like, is around $750-$1500, to be quite honest. If you could specify which games it needs the ability to play (such as Crysis, Fallout 3,...

Buying a computer system: buying a computer, slow as molasses, flat monitor
slow as molasses, flat monitor, buying a computer: Well, all of the tasks you ve described are basically child s play for a modern system, so more or less anything would work. If you have some more tasks to narrow it a bit, although, if your goal is general office work, email, browsing the web, and so on,...

Buying a computer system: buying used computers, intel pentium 4, model types
intel pentium 4, model types, usage scenario: At $250, you should be able to find a decent used system, however in terms of basic model types , thats going to be somewhat exhaustive to do (consider that in a given year, the industry as a whole probably releases a thousand different variations on a...

Buying a computer system: Laptop - Sony, Toshiba, Dell, wireless networking technology, laptop sony
wireless networking technology, laptop sony, change computers: Ah, a great many questions, which get a great many answers. I m not sure what you mean by the line I m looking at a good processor in the 8000 , although to answer everything else in a list: 1. 4GB of RAM is a good move, especially with Windows Vista...

Buying a computer system: Media center pc, media center pc, video connection
media center pc, video connection, good options: Yes, that will work just fine, don t let the sales people bully you into buying something you don t need. If you have an HDTV it will connect with no problems, preferably over HDMI, although DVI and Component video are both good options too. As far as...

Buying a computer system: Regarding opteron processors, opteron processors, graphical works
opteron processors, graphical works, phonom: The dual core Opterons are likely based on the older K8 design, not the newer Phenom architecture, they are still quite capable though. I would go with the quad-core, based on your needs. As far as differences between the two, I could list naming convention,...

Buying a computer system: Computer Price, hp desktop computer, xp sp2
hp desktop computer, xp sp2, circuit city: Well, first of all, they should be including in the Windows CD (the manufacturer), and second of all, uninstalling a few applications and downloading some freeware apps isn t enough to justify $200 in my book. Anti-virus: http://free.avg.com/ Anti-spyware:...