Monday, April 7, 2014

Technical Writing Blog Task 1--due April 8

1.) Locate a terrific sample of technical writing. Paste the link here.

2.) Summarize the content, telling the rest of us what this sample explains.

3.) Explain why the technical writing sample you found is exceptional. You should type 300+ words for this task.

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  1. Kauffman
    This sample explains to me on how to work a Barns & Noble’s Nook like how to browse, fix settings and how find books to read on it. It also show’s where every button is at like the charger plugin and the speakers are at. It explains in great details and lots of example images. It also show’s and tells how to dismantle it so you can put a new screen on it and how to find the battery pack. Sometimes it helps you how to setup your nook with audio and settings so you can put parental controls on it so your children don’t do anything stupid on it so they won’t get in trouble. It shows a lot of images and icons for examples of what they look like and how they work so you don’t need to get frustrated with your nook. Also it shows a picture of books on the bottom screen of your nook to show your books you bought and it shows the operation controls so you can figure out the problem if you have a bug that you have to fix. I don’t have a nook but it would be cool to have one so I can read my favorite books all day long. Also it has the table of contents on it and chapter and page numbers so you can find what page you need to be at to figure out what to do with the nook. Sometimes it has a charging integrator light so it tells you if you tablet is charging or if it needs to me charged. If you want to know more about the nook look on the address for the manual so you can figure out what to do with the nook. Send me a comment if you like it.

  2. How To Build A House…………….
    Daniels K.

    The first step explain you must find a area to build the house and you must make sure the ground is even and that it has no soft spots so the house doesn’t sink. Then the second step says you must select the property which you then must purchase and build the house. Third step you must have the the land surveyed which basically mean you must have it inspected before you start doing the things you have to build a house and the limit where the property line stops. You MUST look and the issues that it would have with the weather like the rain and see if it’s high possibility of dangers of flooding during the rainy season.
    Also, you can draw a blueprint of what the property / the house will look like before you even start building. By doing this it will help you with the living the living spaces such as the bathroom and bedrooms and other spaces you need. You will also need to find spaces on the house to place windows as well as doors.But before you start building your house you must get a loan and a permit (construction), insurance.
    This easy to build because you pretty much just have to do what the instructions say that you have to do and plus in this example they basically give one on one basics about how too and what to do when attempting to build a house of your dreams or even for your job as well. They also show picture of how to set up and what a blueprint looks like when trying to draw one yourself.Finally they include a video the tech writing as well to show how they build a nice house in one day.

  3. David Swars

    How to build three different kinds of birdhouses.

    The sample I chose reflect the creativity shown in building a habitat for a wild animal. The birdhouse can be as creative as the imagination of the builder. Many birdhouses are home to all sorts of birds from ostriches to owls; and can be as simple as five pieces of wood glued together to as complicated as a bird mansion. not only are birds houses fun to build but many bird watchers see all the sorts of birds that live in them.
    The question was why is the sample I chose exceptional. The answer is that the web page chosen both has pictures and is very explicit in the way it describes the instructions. For example the first set of instructions read as followed along with the picture: Connect the two bottom pieces. You'll need two pieces of 1x6 lumber. One should be cut to 5 1/2" in length, the other should be cut to 6 1/4" in length. Connect them so that they overlap and the top ends end up being roughly equal height. Glue them together and allow them to dry.
    Once it is dry, nail or drill through one and into the other to secure them firmly (use 2 nails/screws, equally spaced)
    The end.

  4. Bratland
    Even though I could not find any examples of tech writing, i did find forms of tech writing. There is more to tech writing then just building things out of legos. Instructions give us a guideline to follow so it is done right. There is technical writing that deals with setting computers up with home networking system, writing an analysis of a legal case for other lawyers, and all the way to writing a sales pitch. It is obvious we run into technical writing everyday and it is important that we understand how to read it, but also how to write it. If it was not for technical writing we would not have any good recipes, Legoland, or anything that needs to be assembled. If everyone could be good at technical writing there would not have to be directions written in a foreign language, because Americans could write them.


    I choose this one because it shows how to do one specific thing and it does it well. when reading it I found that they were straight forward and easy to understand really air tight. Also when reading this i saw that there were a lot of good adjectives use to describe what they we'er trying to tell you to do in the directions. In conclusion I feel like this technical writing is really descriptive and good to follow

  6. Johnson

    How to grow your own homemade potatoes
    An example I found was how to make home grown potatoes. It talks about the production of potatoes and detailed instructions into these steps: (1) preparing the soil, (2) preparing the potatoes, (3) planting the potatoes, (4) maintaining the plants, and (5) harvesting the potatoes. They also had a list of supplies for you to either find at home or buy which are a Hoe, Spading fork, Rake, Knife, and Tiller to grow them, plant them and maintain your potatoes. Also you will need to buy Shallow trays, Water hose, Seed potatoes, Fertilizer, Insecticide to control insects, preparing the Soil. By buying these list of tools and supplies and following the directions you should have no problem turning out beautiful potatoes for you and your family to enjoy. Giving you detailed step by steps on how to use the tools and how to properly plant and harvest the potatoes you should be able to not struggle on anything and be stress free while growing them. The process of raising potatoes is a time consuming procedure, the turn out can be both good or bad but after doing it a couple times you will master how to make your own homemade potatoes.

  7. How to tie a bow tie….

    This technical writing example explains the steps toward tying a bow tie.

    I thought this was a great example of technical writing because it gives specific steps and it also has videos on how to tie a bow tie. It also gives some handy tips like before trying it on yourself try it on a teddy bear or your thigh and its also like tying a shoe upside down. It also describes how the texture of the boy tie can affect how easy it is to tie like silky material is a lot harder to tie than rough thick material. An example of some of the steps would be like this:Place the bow tie around your neck, with the right-hand side about 1 ½ inches longer than the left-hand side, so that the tapered middle of the longer end is lined up with the bottom edge of the shorter end. (The longer end will be the FRONT of the finished bow tie.)Slip the shorter end under the longer end.Tuck the long end under the short end, just like the first step when tying a shoelace. And even if you're not able to figure it out through the writing there are step by step pictures and instructional videos.

  8. Drake Tutt

    How to build a book case step by step.
    This example shows you step by step how to build a very nice, well build book case. First you will have to figure out what type of lumber you would like to use for your project. These step by step instructions are very knowledgeable about getting started on a new book case for your home.
    There are many different types of ways to build a book case from sizes to styles. If you have a large room I would prefer making it big enough so it does not look awkward when it is too small for the room. You can always choose different thickness of the wood you use to make it look different. To make you book case look better and match your home with the darker or lighter color theme in your house, you can stain the wood you use.
    If you would prefer a book case that you can move around your house you can do that. If that is not what you want you can have it screwed to the wall where you would like it to be placed. While you are building you can determine the amount of shelves you would like, and how they are spaced out. You can apply many different types and color of trim to what you want to fit your desire for your project.

    This technical Writing is explaining how to make a good paper air plane. It is actually showing you with a picture.
    This website is exceptional because you could look up anything and it will give you specific details and step by step on how to do something sometimes even showing pictures I found how to make cookies on this website even bird houses to cooking to putting about anything together with there great details. It gives you specific details steep by steep showing you how to put the model together even showing you pictures I specially like how they show the movement in paper airplane it shows how it should look like in each angle and side and how it should be folded and put together. so it helps you understand how it should be folded I also found it fascinating how there is more than one way to make a paper airplane and there are many kinds of them too and they actually look like the actual airplane and from what I have seen on the website they fly pretty well. For an example on how they displayed there directions. Get a sheet of paper. 1.)Standard letter size paper is all you need. 2.)Fold it in half, lengthwise. This means folding the two long sides together. 3.)Fold the top corners in to the center. Make the fold nice and crisp, using your nail. 4.)old the angled edge into the center. Take the new angled sides and fold them both in to meet at the center fold. It continues so on and so forth showing you the very detailed steps and if you would go on that website proved above it will. I like it because for me I need specific details to know what to do right. And I have tried writing directions and its not easy so I really like this website because of it and how they are written so great.

  10. Hoeke
    I couldn't find any examples of technical writing online so I went and found all three forms of technical writing. The first type is end user documentation. End user documentation shows you how to run something step by step. Normally this type of writing would be found in manuals. The second type of technical writing is traditional technical writing. This type of technical writing is found in a legal case or they could be written from medical experiments in a medical lab, or for a trade publication. The last form of technical writing is technological marketing communications. This type of writing could be used for a sales pitch or for a web business that would save you money. There are also many types of technical writing. Some of the examples are: Training manuals, Operating guides, promotional brochures, online articles.

  11. Austin Krumbach

    I searched up on how to install a turbocharger into your car. I found step by step instructions on how to install it on a Honda forum. The instructions had pictures on it to make it easier for the person following the instructions. This is exactly what we are doing except we don’t have pictures on ours. A turbo increases the amount of horse power in your car by a lot. With a turbo comes a lot of money and a lot more stress to your vehicles engine, which is why it is a good idea to upgrade your internals. Upgrading your internals, like your pistons, connecting rod, crankshaft, camshaft, valves, valve springs, lifters and push rods, with a turbo keeps the stress on the engine low, letting you run more pounds of boost with your turbo, gaining you a lot more horse power. When you get a turbo, you need a lot of things for it to make it run correctly. You need an intercooler, intercooler piping, blow off valve, up pipe or down pipe, Exhaust manifold, oil line, the turbo itself, turbo timer, boost controller, boost gauge, air/fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge. Once you have it installed it is proper to get your car on a dyno and tune it so it runs good and you gain even more horse power. The directions the guy is giving, I think, help a lot to a reader trying to install a turbo.

  12. Lucas Swenson

    1. Vertical




    5.Directly to the right of

    6.Directly to the left of

    7.Directly above

    8.Directly behind

    9.In front of

    10.Leaving no space between

    11.Specific measurements like ½ inch

    12.Evenly distributed

    13.aligned perfectly leaving no pegs to show



    These words are really important to use when doing technical writing. They can all be used in different ways and different styles of writing. They are all really specific words and someone should be able to use them when building something. Vertical is a line up and down and it can show people where they have to put something or do something. Horizontal is side to side so like on a lego instruction you can tell someone to put a lego horizontally on the piece. Directly above is useful because you can tell someone to put something directly above another piece. Adjacent is right next to something so you can tell some to put a piece adjacent to another piece so its right next to it like directly next to it. Leaving no space in between is saying don't let any space be in between two pieces. Directly behind means put a piece directly behind something and its pretty specific where to put it if you're saying directly behind. Absolute means put a piece in the absolute spot which is really specific because you shouldn't put in any other place. Evenly distributed means put use the same amount of pieces or same amount of something for each side. Directly to the right of is useful to put something directly to the right of and nowhere else. Directly to the left of means to put a piece or an object directly to the left of another piece or object.