Re: SN Not Valid: A Non-Fiction Novella Chapter 2 by Emily Berk

Subject: Re: SN Not Valid: A Non-Fiction Novella Chapter 2 by Emily Berk
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 12:24:11 -0600

Sometimes there IS justice and we even get to see it! Serves the guy right for
not listening!

As I mentioned earlier, I had a similar experience when my FM license was the
same one already issued to another holder. Like Emily, I was NOT a happy camper!
But at least I did get my very own serial number out of them!

Jo Byrd

"Brierley, Sean" wrote:

> As an aside, I had a chance while working for a software company to make a
> recommendation about serial numbers. I learned the company was creating a new
> s/n scheme for a new release. I was not asked, but I suggested that lowercase
> L, uppercase I, the letter O, the number 1, and the number 0, not be used . .
> . or, at least, if they were, that they be used in all numeric or all
> alphabetic sections of the s/n. Now, I was not trying to limit the number of
> alphanumeric serial numbers available but was trying to resolve s/n support
> issues.
>
> When they were issued, the s/ns went out with a nice mix of 1s, ls, Is, Os,
> and 0s. You see, apparently it was "unavoidable" to use these particular
> alphanumerics (who knows, it was very Dilbertian). The funny thing was that
> the prime mover in setting these codes was the lead support engineer . . . who
> had to suffer tech support calls about mis-typed s/ns for quite a while to
> follow . . .. Years and companies later, I still laugh at him (and, now, you
> can, too).


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