[FM Discuss] Small Business Tools (was Re: Beyond Manuals)
echerlin at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 19:46:11 PDT 2009
On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 7:20 PM, Andy Oram <andyo at oreilly.com> wrote:
> Just to repeat one warning I made before: the hard challenge for a small office business software book is keeping the scope down to reasonable size.
We're getting pretty good at that. The idea is to think about the
absolute minimum knowledge required to use tools for the essential
purposes. In the Command Line book we did a remarkable job of
identifying the essentials and giving a coherent and concise
explanation of each topic. For small business, what are the
essentials? What kinds of document? What sorts of record? What
required paperwork? A Web site? Various other server software? Once we
have the answer to those questions, we should have no trouble making a
list of appropriate Free Software, and making a proposed outline.
We will probably need chapters on switching from proprietary to Free
Software, and dealing with others who cannot deal with open formats.
> I like the idea of offering such a book.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John & Melonie Curwood <marketing at lovinglearning.co.nz>
> To: discuss at lists.flossmanuals.net
> Sent: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 22:13:44 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: Re: [FM Discuss] Beyond Manuals
> Thanks Adam, I'll start there.
> adam hyde wrote:
>> On Sat, 2009-04-18 at 21:10 +1200, John & Melonie Curwood wrote:
>>> Thanks for that Adam,
>>> Now I've just got to figure out a structure - time to really start
>> coolio...i was thinking you could also perhaps use some of the material
>> already created for the various manuals. there is some good info in some
>> of the introduction chapters
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