There was a time when the word "algorithm" was not spoken in mixed company. I learned the rhythms of diversity in electronics.


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Technology Writing

Barbara was an accidental tourist, originally unable to communicate with Silicon Valley pioneers that gathered ones and zeroes until they made a billion dollars or more in personal computers. She mastered the language, explored her surroundings and shared her intellectual curiosity with computer magazine readers. She served on the Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 writing team, was a regular blogger for MSN's Technology and Gadgets blog, as well serving on several other Microsoft assignments. She developed several projects for Getty Images including an Intranet newsletter that was distributed to 400 employees worldwide. Earlier, she was a weekly columnist on storage technology for Digital News, a Digital Equipment focused VAX market trade magazine . Here are some samples of her writing on high tech products:

High Noon for CD-ROM

In 1986, silver platters that had already revolutionized the music industry, teased the personal computer storage industry as the "next big thing." Standing in the way, however, was a partisan debate on establishment of a common standard across the industry. The 1986 Microsoft CD-ROM conference changed all that.

Published in Datamation, November 1986.

Optical Disks Inching Their Way to Reality

MIS Managers considering new heights in storage technology, began to take the Write-Once-Read-Only bait of CD-ROMs for their intensified needs as magnetic disks touched their limits. On the horizon was still another optical technology the Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) disk that would promise the distribution of 600 million characters of data equivalent to 175,000 pages of ASCII text.

Published in ComputerWorld, July 1987.

Case Looks and Feels Like a Patent

Software developers encountered a new legal definition for "look and feel" as Paperback Software suffered a major loss againt the established spreadsheet giant, the makers of Lotus 1-2-3. Microsoft was also looking over its shoulder while deep in litigation against Apple Computer regarding its graphical user interface.

Published in Bellevue Journal American, July 1990.

Learn How to Spell HTML

Even users of Microsoft Front Page, designed for users with limited HTML skills, should learn something about Hypertext Markup Language, if they want to achieve the most out of their Web site development.

Published at Microsoft Office Site, July 2002