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Subject:RE: Back to the Dark Ages. From:"Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 19 Jun 2002 14:04:15 -0400
At my first tech writing job, I didn't have a desk, let alone a phone or a
PC, for the first 3 months I worked. (I think I counted 17 different work
stations I used in the first month.) I carried around my "desk drawer" and
"book shelf" in cardboard boxes - I even taped cartoons on my "office wall."
In the meantime, I was given printed pages and spec docs, and edited, wrote
and re-wrote by hand on the printed pages or on lined paper, then handed the
mess to the admin to type up.
When I finally got my XT (and a supply of hamster chow to feed the little
guy inside), I started doing the edits myself in WordPerfect. When I asked
the admin to show me how to change headers, she said it was too hard for me
to do and she would do it herself. I later found out she typed the header
and footer on every single page in multiple documents. I didn't insult her
by offering to teach her how to do it -- although I _really_ wanted to.
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