RE: Session session session...

Subject: RE: Session session session...
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Suzanne Chiles" <suzchiles -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Rick Stone" <rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com>, "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 11:46:31 -0400

:-)

I think I can type "session" faster than I can remember and type a
keyboard macro.

Really, I wasn't bothered by it until I found myself staring at a
paragraph where the word was used three times, and each time meant a
different "session"
- one an SSH command-line session (or other, better word) between an
administrator's workstation and the networked security appliance that
s/he is administering,

- one an encrypted client-server session between a computer (could be
the same one the admin is using, but not necessarily) and the appliance,
for the purpose of securely passing authentication data, and

- one a local physical link (and the encrypted session it engages)
between the computer that's doing the authentication serving and a
handheld device that reads/writes hardware authentication tokens, and
accepts keypad input (something-you-have and something-you-know
two-and-three-factor security).

I could feel my audience getting all sessioned out. Yet it was kinda
necessary to refer to them all because of the interaction of session
timeouts and other settings. Y'see why I was groping for a useful
synonym or three?

According to Fred, possibly none of these ... er... um...
"conversations" actually qualify for the strict definition of session,
but for lack of a better term... I've got sessions coming out my ears.

- Kevin

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Suzanne Chiles [mailto:suzchiles -at- gmail -dot- com]
> Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2009 4:13 PM
> To: 'Rick Stone'; 'Fred Ridder'
> Cc: McLauchlan, Kevin; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Session session session...
>
> I'm with Fred. You need to be extremely careful about
> creating new words for
> an important concept that already has a name that is understood
> industry-wide. How will the reader, especially if the reader
> is a novice to
> this technology, understand the substitution between the
> concept of session,
> which is well-understood and has known properties, with a
> another word that
> from the thesaurus? How will the reader know that session is
> the same as
> conversation or whatever word you choose? Why have two names
> for the same
> thing?
>
> In this particular case, I would advise not changing anything. Write a
> keyboard macro to type the word in for you.
>
> Suzanne
>
> >
> > Hi all
> >
> > Based on what I've seen, I might suggest that
> "conversation" would work
> > equally as well. After all, isn't a "session" really just a specific
> > "conversation" occurring between two points?
> >
> > Then again, conversation is 12 letters long and session is
> only 7. So if
> > you are worrying about repetitive typing, that probably
> totally defeats
> > the purpose.
> >
> > Cheers... Rick :)
> >
> > Fred Ridder wrote:
> > > In the context of communication across a computer
> network, "session" has
> a very
> > specific meaning and there really is no direct synonym. One common
> definition of a
> > session is that it is a semi-permanent dialog between two end-user
> application
> > processes. If you can find some other single word that captures that
> specific
> > abstract concept, I say go with it.
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References:
Session session session...: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Session session session...: From: Fred Ridder
Re: Session session session...: From: Rick Stone
RE: Session session session...: From: Suzanne Chiles

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