RE: Back to the Dark Ages.

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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