RE: I need a user-friendly term

Subject: RE: I need a user-friendly term
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 09:33:59 -0400

Wade Courtney
> Sent: September 30, 2004 7:09 PM
> Subject: I need a user-friendly term
> Happy Thursday,
> We have an application that can write information to RAM or to a
> Solid State Disk (SSD).
> Currently in the UI we call the Non-Volatile Memory.

We sell HSMs (hardware security modules) for cryptographic
applications. In my customer docs I talk about volatile
and non-volatile storage.

I don't see the problem. They are well-worn, unambiguous
terms that have been in use for decades.

Do we really need to reduce them to "forgetful" and "retentive"
or some other cuddly terminology?

Besides, if the problem you had with volatile/non-volatile
is that some readers would insist on equating volatile
with violent, hot-headed -- rather than "evaporates readily",
then they'll be the ones who will manage to misuse "retentive"
or any other term you dream up. Cater to sensible, serious
product users, not to nutbars.

My four bucks worth. :-)

Kevin (who once waged a battle to continue using "rear" in
reference to equipment (or parking...), against people
who could only equate "rear" with "arse")


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