connect verb?

Subject: connect verb?
From: Gil Yaker <gyaker -at- mci -dot- net>
To: Techwriter List <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 14:21:53 -0400

Quickie:

What's a good way to say X network or customer connects to Y network or
customer using Z hardware layer?

For instance: Gil Yaker connects to his ISP with a 56k analog modem. BLECH
that sounds like hell. the bastardization of the noun dialup to a verb
sounds so much better: Gil Yaker dials up to his ISP with a 56k analog
modem. still jargonish, but understandable by all in the telecom industry.

Well what's really bad now is that I have to write about more industrial
connections. So here's a typical sentence:
Univerity of Anywhere uses a DS-3 connection to access the vBNS+ network
backbone.
I mean I just can't get over how weak that sounds.

Anyone who has been writing like this for a while, pls help! Verbs like
Connect and Access seem to feel diluted by the end of the day. We're using
defined hardware protocols to connect (there I go again) routers around the
country! I'm just getting frustrated that all the wordings in the dox I'm
writing do not shine, err if you know what I mean.

I never really ran into this problem when I was documenting software. It's
all quite odd!

Anyway, thanks for any help :)

Gil Yaker tel:703/886.1816
Technical Writer fax:703/886.0048
WorldCom vBNS+ gyaker -at- mci -dot- net
/// very high-performance Backbone Network Service+ ///





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