By Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler Internet TV host, technology writer, blogger and quality assurance tester Max Swisher knows more about technology than most adults I know. It comes naturally to him. And, it makes perfect sense to me. His parents are both involved in the technology industry. His idea of fun is mucking about in some HTML or launching a web project of one type or another. All this is pretty impressive, especially when one considers Swisher is also a seventh grade student. In this exclusive interview, I talked to Max about what he “does for a living”, how he makes money while going to school at the same time, and whether he prefers a Mac to a Windows machine, among many other topics. Leave a comment and let Max know what you think about his work. TCW: Hi, Max! Before we get started, tell us a little about yourself and what you do for a living. MS: I started and write Good Morning Geek and also do occasional writing for AppMinute and MyMac. TCW: I learned about your blog, Good Morning Geek, at a recent conference. How long have you been a blogger and what types of things do you blog about? MS: I have been blogging since October of 2008. I write how-to articles, opinion pieces, and reviews of software and hardware. TCW: What types of...Read More
Intelligent content guru (and the “Mother of Content Management”) Ann Rockley will be one of the featured presenters at Congility 2011, May 24-26 in Gatwick, UK. The theme of this year’s event is Content Integration: Leveraging Standards to Improve Customer Experience. Content strategist Noz Urbina talks to Ann about the need for content standards and a content strategy in order to create positive customer...Read More
In this exclusive interview with The Content Wrangler, Scott Abel interviews Lee Lefevre, Founder of Common Craft, creators of three-minute videos designed to help educators and influencers introduce and explain complex subjects. TCW: Tell us a little about yourself and your background. LL: I’m originally from North Carolina, but have lived in Seattle since 1998 after completing a Masters in Health Administration. I moved to Seattle without a job, and ended up at a company called Solucient (now merged out of existence) that created benchmarking software for the healthcare industry. I started the Online Community Program at the...Read More
[Interview] Microsoft’s Gabor Fari on Intelligent Content: Saving Lives By Helping New Drugs Get To Market Faster
Interview with Gabor Fari, Microsoft Life Sciences The Content Wrangler: Hello, Gabor. Tell us a little about yourself and your experience in the content industry. Gabor: I am a Chemical Engineer by training. I became fascinated with software a little over 10 years into my career, before I made the switch to the software industry. To me, building software solutions is still pretty much engineering, and my approach is to build solutions block by block. I have been working in the enterprise content management industry for over 10 years. I am constantly thinking about how to remove the road blocks to effective content management. Part of the challenges are technology issues, and many of the rest have to do with managing people and change. I am a contributing member of the Document and Records Management SIAC at DIA (Drug Information Association) and the OASIS DITA Pharmaceutical Content Sub-Committee. The Content Wrangler: Where do you work? Tell us a little about your firm, the markets you serve, and the products and services you offer. Gabor: I work for Microsoft on our Life Sciences team. I am the driver behind the Intelligent Content Framework (ICF) initiative. The idea is to implement a people-ready approach to structured content authoring and dynamic publishing, using the Microsoft tools that many people use everyday, i.e. Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office. The Content Wrangler: Intelligent Content...Read More
TCW: Eric, thanks for agreeing to chat with us today. Before we dive into dynamic content and DITA, please tell us a little bit about yourself and the company you work for. Eric: I’d be happy to. I’m a founder and Chief Technology Officer of Flatirons Solutions, which is a mid-size consulting and systems integration firm focused on content management, digital asset management, and XML-based publishing applications. My own career goes back about 20 years in the content management and XML/SGML world, and I’ve been pretty active in the community. I’m currently on the IDEAlliance board, and am also a past president of OASIS both vendor consortiums focused on practical applications of XML. TCW: It seems like were on the verge of some pretty amazing changes in the way we provide information to customers. What, as you see it, are some of the most exciting things happening in the content management arena? Eric: To me, the real excitement is when technologies come along that change the whole way we do things, rather than just incrementally improving on what we’ve done before. The World Wide Web was such a game-changing technology; so was the invention of the printing press and the telephone. Today, the most exciting thing I see is the reality of a concept I call dynamic content delivery—delivering the right information to the right people, at the right...Read More
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