Re: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would

Subject: Re: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: List, Techwriter <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 08:49:31 -0800

There wasn't a technical context provided; it was just
an aside to the conversation about made-up words.

My "geek audience" would probably respond to "graceful
recovery" by telling you that all "recoveries" must by
definition be "graceful" (i.e., requiring little or no effort on
the part of the user to resume operation with minimal loss
of data and no physical damage to the system), or else
they are really "repairs." They would probably tell you this
only after spending five minutes or so laughing at it.

This sounds to me more like a Marketing-driven effort
to avoid saying "fail gracefully" because someone has
an aversion to terms that even suggest failure.

Gene Kim-Eng



----- Original Message -----
From: "John Posada" <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>

> I didn't see the post from which this came from, but I'll assume that
> the context of "graceful recovery" is to define bringing an IT system
> back up after an event. It's related to "graceful exit".
>
> While you may shudder at its use, that is one of those terms that is
> completely understood by your geek-audience. Its a matter of knowing
> how to explain something in their terms rather than terms that they'll
> have to mentally translate.

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RE: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would: From: Downing, David
Re: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would: From: John Posada

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