I am Chris Ward (aka Chris Chinchilla). I am a technical writer, blogger, artist, video/audio maker and presenter who loves to explain cool tech to the World.
After 15 years as a developer I realized that my skills lie in helping others understand technical subjects. I achieve this through technical writing, blogging, networking and educating people through presentations and workshops.
I have crazy projects in progress and will speak to anyone who listens.
Below you can find my latest writing and appearances or contact me through a multitude of networks.
Why do you call yourself Chris Chinchilla? Yes it does sound silly doesn't it! It's a nickname I've had since 1997 after a passing comment at school, I've carried it through all my fanzine and music years and like it. For those who are interested, a Chinchilla is a small (and cute) South American rodent, a Small Town in Queensland, Australia and is a real name in South America.
My Latest Posts
On 14 Aug 2018, Chris wroteRead More
If you've wanted a spell checker or autocorrect that simply does more, check out how this tool is bein used to check for tense and syle as well.
Wondering which IoT devices you need for your home? Check out this guide of the different types of IoT platforms to connect the devices in your home!
In the past week, Berlin has hosted two high-profile blockchain conferences: DAppCon and the Blockchain Visionaries Summit. Click here for some of the highlights.
On 22 Jul 2018, Chris wroteRead More
After a short summer break, we've returned to the WTD podcast and taken up our mics again to talk about important doc issues. In this episode, we first chat about assumptions we have regarding our users and the value of doing user research. Basing the discussion on Jen Lambourne's talk at WTD Portland 2018, we talk about ways to capture the user perspective and limitations/workarounds for user research within the corporate domain. Next, we chat about an article by Emily January Petersen on the Make-It-Pretty Philosophy, where the roles of tech writers are reduced to grammar and style editing only, without more substantive updates and revisions to content. Finally, we talk about Tom's research project on healing the academic/practitioner divide and how he hopes his conversation posts will bring both sides more closely together.
Before we begin, let’s get definitions straight — what is artificial intelligence (AI)? Or more specifically, what isn’t it? As you might expect, ask any technical person for a definition of something, and you’ll get a dozen different responses, and at least half of them will be, “It depends.”