How-To's: Online Low-Tech ResourcesEnergy Bulletin pointed us to the website of Practical Action (previously known as the Schumacher Centre for Technology & Development), an online resource devoted to low-technology solutions for developing countries. The site hosts many manuals that can also be of interest for low-tech DIYers in the developed world. They cover energy, agriculture, food processing, construction and manufacturing, just to name some important categories. We would like to add to this the impressive online library put together by software engineer Alex Weir. Other interesting online resources that offer manuals and instructions are Appropedia and Howtopedia. Related: How to make everything ourselves: open modular hardware / The museum of old techniques / Online knotting reference books / UNESCO sets up Traditional Knowledge Database / Primitive technology handbook / Green Wizard Forums / Compendium of Useful Information.
Dozuki: A new way to write how-to manuals « iFixit BlogI have a big announcement to make. For the first time ever, iFixit is branching out from our core business of selling parts and tools. We’re going to start selling software—the same software that we use to run iFixit. This is something that astute observers may have expected from the development, and success, of Make: Projects. User manuals are stuck in the 20th century. We started iFixit with the idea that there was a better way—that useful documentation could help people do amazing things. Our intuitive, step-by-step repair manuals changed the world. Today, we are announcing Dozuki: the software behind iFixit’s manuals. Guidebook makes step-by-step instructions come alive. Guidebook is a modern procedural documentation platform. Answers transforms conversations into archived wisdom. Answers is enterprise-grade Q&A for experts. Building expert communities iFixit won top online community this year at South by Southwest (SXSW). Workgroup collaboration Proven solution What does this all mean?