RE: Back to the Dark Ages.

Subject: RE: Back to the Dark Ages.
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 14:51:09 -0500

When I first started my first writing job (and this was only back in 1998), I had to work nights for several months so I could share an ancient Windows 3.1 machine with another writer. There were two projects going on simultaneously, and our entire group was on night shift. We didn't get to go to days (with our own machines) until the government required a format (electronic manuals) that had to be written using Word 95 (for the SGML add-on that MS dumped when they moved to VB scripting in Word) and they had to get new equipment. The older team had to keep their cruddy ancient machines for a while longer while we got upgraded to a whopping 200 MHz and Windows 95.

Our project was the one where they had to phase out the write it out long-hand and give it to the typist system, which as far as I know they are still using for their paper-based manuals there, except for troubleshooting (which was my specialty there) because the typists don't know the clumsy flowcharting program that they use there.

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