Re: About proprietary writing samples

Subject: Re: About proprietary writing samples
From: Tuples -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 15:46:26 EDT

In a message dated 8/2/02 4:43:55 AM Mountain Standard Time,
gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com writes:

> A company cannot prevent you from practicing your
> trade. That's would be a violation of federal
> interstate commerce laws. If samples are needed to
> practice your trade and you take reasonable steps to
> ensure the material does not divulge any confidential
> information - then you're fine. Nobody will think less
> of you.

Perhaps, but all my docs were considered property of Palm, Megahertz, 3Com
and USR. They were created in their facility, using their equipment, printers
and they paid me by the hour for their creation.

They belong to them, not to me.

Here is what I suggest: ASK. See if it is OK for you to use the materials you

We had a process for carrying PC Boards through an oven. Most who worked the
line did not know the value of this little bit of low tech. We had a method
of moving PC Boards into the In-Circuit Tester that was also quite novel. We
were told by HP that we could not do what we were doing, because it was

Some people do not understand that what they write might not belong to them.


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