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Looking for best practices for creating a "living" manual

My co-workers and I have created a "living" (continually updated) manual for some processes we do with some associated agencies, but none of us are technical writers or copy editors, so we're looking for assistance in the structure and appearance. Please share your experiences, guides, and tutorials for creating and managing a manual that won't remain in a fixed form. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Why are computers so mysterious?

I am trying to figure my new Samsung Galaxy 2014 tablet, can anyone recommend some specific video tutorials? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Jun 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Non-native lenses on micro four thirds cameras: The Sequel

The answers to this question landed me with a lovely adapter and security-camera lens. But now what?! I only have a one-mm focus range about 20cm ahead of me. Idiotic blithering inside. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jan 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Vintage Honda motorcycle manuals?

Incredibly-specific-gift-filter: What is/where can I get the best manual for 1977 Honda CB750Fs? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Dec 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Good "owners manuals" for new dog owners?

What are good "owners manuals" for new dog owners? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 30, 2013 - 13 answers

It's off to the mountains we go...towing a trailer!

I'll be towing a UHaul trailer 4500 km across Canada next week with my 2005 manual Toyota Rav4 (4 cylinder), including across 2 mountain ranges. As a relative newbie to towing, how do I not doom my transmission or new shiny vehicle to a early demise? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Sep 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Manual typewriter tricks

I thought I could find a website where I could find tricks and funny things you could do with manual typewriters. I was wrong. An example: type the number 8; backspace and type a period; backspace and type a quotation mark. Voila, you have a bunny. I seem to remember that there were other such things. Any ideas?
posted by jackmcc on Sep 7, 2013 - 2 answers

I need a camera halfway between a smartphone and a DSLR.

I am looking for a digital camera that is easier to carry around than my DSLR, but a more capable camera than my smartphone. I am looking to spend at most $500. I have a couple ideas, but it's been a long time since I shopped for cameras, and I wanted some more recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Aug 7, 2013 - 22 answers

We're a 95% match

How do I go about test driving a car that is perfect for my needs—in terms of price, personality, condition and fit into my life—except that I don't drive manual? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jul 24, 2013 - 39 answers

Word alternatives for writing user manuals with lots of shared content?

I have two user manuals, for two version of a product, which are 75% identical. They're currently Word documents. It's a pain to keep the parts in sync that I need to keep in sync. How can I do this the best way? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 answers

HyperCard reference manual?

I just got a friend's ancient Mac with a copy of HyperCard 2.4 on it, and I've gone through the tutorial but I can't figure out how to actually make stacks and write scripts. Anyone know where I can find the HyperCard reference manual or a good tutorial? (I'd prefer the manual.)
posted by glass origami robot on Dec 30, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I get the most mileage out of my manual-transmission car?

Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 2, 2012 - 27 answers

At least she knows she doesn't want to be a farmer...

How does someone used to constant mental work adjust to the drudgery of manual labor? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Jul 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Excel Manual

Im writing a manual for an excel tool I wrote. Does anyone know any really nice templates I can use or let myself be inspired by? I just need help on the aesthetic part ;) It's one of those manuals with pictures and screenshots too :) [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jul 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Learn to drive stick-filter

Help me get over anxiety from learning to drive stick on surface streets in a moderately hilly town, please? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Jun 12, 2012 - 44 answers

Analytical relationship advice books without esotericism?

How to be an adult in relationships, but without fifties gender roles and esotericism? [more inside]
posted by faux fabric entertainment device on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I use to create an internal manual for my department?

What is the best (Mac compatible) program/thing to use to write an internal manual for my department at work? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Dec 29, 2011 - 6 answers

CIA/FBI manual on subversion?

A couple years ago I read a CIA or FBI manual about subversion in other countries. I believe it was written in the 1950s, and it focused on "mundane" subversion methods. I don't believe it was "The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception." Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? [more inside]
posted by ellaminnowpea on Oct 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Copyright a procedure manual?

Can I copyright a procedure manual or a process written/created as an employee? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Aug 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me learn to drive stick in NYC

How do I learn how to drive a manual transmission in New York asap? I have called a few schools and they're booked for a few weeks ahead. [more inside]
posted by I-baLL on Jun 25, 2011 - 16 answers

You Shouldn't Take Drugs, but When You Do...

I'm looking for a particular book. It might have been called "People's Medical something-or-other". Or maybe not. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Krazor on May 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Open parking lots for driving practice

Best place to practice driving stick in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Apr 11, 2011 - 13 answers

CESAB BLITZ 315 forklift service manual

CESAB BLITZ 315 forklift service manual [more inside]
posted by victorashul on Mar 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Schwinn 734s Strength System: Instructions, Selling

Where can I find an official manual for a Schwinn 734s Strength System? Googling brings up some crapware sites, the Schwinn site has nothing about it, it was bought many years ago and I can't seem to find it a manual. [more inside]
posted by artlung on Jan 13, 2011 - 4 answers

LG Cosmos cellphone manual sucks.

I just got the LG Cosmos on Verizon (not the LG Cosmos Touch), and the booklet it comes with is nearly useless. Anyone else have this phone? Help? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Dec 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Is there a how to manual for self-hosted Wordpress sites?

Is there a how to manual for self-hosted Wordpress sites? [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Dec 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Seeking info on Ford Country Squire transmissions.

What was the last year that the Ford Country Squire wagon was available with a manual transmission?
posted by jpallan on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for an ideal spot for driving lessons...!

Where can I find an ideal and expansive place in or around Baltimore to teach someone how to drive manual transmission safely? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Dec 14, 2010 - 18 answers

WordPress content with manual home page?

Can I put a manually updated home page in front of what WordPress generates, using the Thesis theme framework? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc on Nov 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Conventional wisdom lets me down...as usual.

I thought a 5-speed manual always trumped an automatic for mpg, all else being equal? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur on Oct 5, 2010 - 25 answers

How can I prove I can drive a stick in Ontario?

How can I prove to the UK I can drive a manual transmission in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Maintain My Domain

I'm looking for a home owner's manual. By that I mean a book, website, etc. (the type of media doesn't matter) that is structured like a car manual's scheduled service interval section. [more inside]
posted by schleppo on Jul 23, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I set my Toshiba RD-XS235 manually to record?

We have a satellite provider rather than cable tv. I recently bought from e-bay a Toshiba RD-XS235 which comes with a "TV Guide" feature built in, unlike my previous Toshiba recorder, an RD-XS32SU (the drive of which is giving out after extensive use). The reviews say that there is a "manual recording" feature, and I looked up the owners' manual online and found the relevant page, but the directions do not seem to work. Is that because I need to allow a few hours for the TV Guide feature to attempt to "kick in"? The manual says to "turn it off overnight for the TV Guide programming to take effect." It WON'T take effect because we no longer use a cable provider. I prefer the manual programming anyhow. Does anyone in the hive mind know how to manually program the RD-XS235? My frustration is running high right now! Any and all advice is welcome! Thanks, techies.
posted by ragtimepiano on May 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Which Whip should I Wish for? (Help me choose my next car)

My car was totaled, (totally not my fault) and I'm in the market for a newer car (yipee!). I was in a 2003 Mercury Sable and found it was too much car for me, now I'm leaning towards a coupe or smaller hatchback. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by Advocate, I on May 12, 2010 - 24 answers

Kia seems to think that I should take it to the dealership, but...

How do I get the transmission fluid/gear oil into the transmission of an '08 Kia Spectra5? It's a manual 5-speed, and, as far as I can tell, there is no dipstick. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Mar 21, 2010 - 7 answers

lawn care help please

[lawn care filter] I'm new to the world of lawn care. If I use a manual push mower (without a grass catcher) to cut my grass - would I need to rake and bag the cut grass afterwards or can I just leave it where it lies? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Mar 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me get my European drivers license.

Looking for a Citroën C3 drivers manual. [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Nov 22, 2009 - 1 answer

Human powered heater?

Is there such a thing as a self powered/manual heater? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Nov 1, 2009 - 15 answers

What's the best way to learn to drive stick in Toronto?

I'm in Toronto and I'd like to learn to drive a manual transmission. I don't want to ask anyone to lend me their manual-tranmission car because of the wear and tear I might inflict on it, and you can't rent stick-shift cars (as far as I know) for exactly that reason. So I'm considering paying for lessons. My question: does it make sense to spend more money for lessons from a dedicated learn-to-drive-manual outfit like Shifters, or should I inquire with a regular driving school like CSS about individual lessons? Or, alternatively, do you have any other suggestions?
posted by Dasein on Sep 8, 2009 - 14 answers

What's the shift pattern on a 1980 Toyota pickup?

What's the shift pattern on a 1980 Toyota pickup? The 4-speed shifter, not the 4WD.
posted by attercoppe on Aug 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me figure out this Korean karaoke manual!

Can you or anyone you know read Korean? Our favorite dive bar bought a Taijin Media Ziller TKR-880 karaoke machine, but the manual and menus are entirely in Korean and we can't figure out how to transfer songs to the unit via USB. Here's the manual. Rick Astley needs your help!
posted by eamondaly on Jul 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Where can I download a Sony KDE p42 manual from?

Sony Plasma TV Manual Download [more inside]
posted by paulramshaw on Jun 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Bokeh my balls with this Kodak camera

I just got a kodak ZD 710 with manual controls. How do I shoot bokeh balls with it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 30, 2009 - 11 answers

I want to put a web site on my Kindle.

Is there a simple way to convert a multi-page website to a mobi-format book for reading on a Kindle? The site contains html-text plus graphics, but no interactivity. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 10, 2009 - 10 answers

sorting algorithms for people

Given, for example, a table and a deck of cards or numbered sheets or whatever, what's a good way to put them in order? I feel like this is the sort of knowledge that would be passed around as tricks of the trade among secretaries, but, more generally, is there any field that makes systematic study of algorithms for humans instead of computers?
posted by d. z. wang on Feb 3, 2009 - 20 answers

Where can I find repair manuals and exploded diagrams for valve amplifiers?

Where can I find repair manuals and exploded diagrams for valve amplifiers online? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Jan 21, 2009 - 3 answers

I want a rotisserie chicken tonight; please help...

My sister gave me a slightly used convection oven/rotisserie cooker and the manual is missing. It's a Cook's Essentials/QVC brand and I can't find any information on it at all... [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jan 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me work my breadmaker! It's a breville BR9, and I've lost the manual...

Does anyone have a manual for a Breville BR9 Breadmaker? Specifically, I'd like to know the quantities and settings for wholemeal and white loaves - nothing fancy, just bread! [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Proper way to write military technology terms

How do you handle names of military technology in writing according to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Sep 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Am I destroying my clutch?

Is it bad to keep my clutch pedal pushed all the way in as I brake for stop signs and turns? Should I instead shift to neutral, let the pedal out, and then shift back into gear when I need it? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 20, 2008 - 33 answers

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