RE: Transition that verb out of here!

Subject: RE: Transition that verb out of here!
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 09:35:18 -0500

I'll grudgingly accept that migrate implies "relocate with all your
amenities re-installed and configured the way you like 'em."

Anyway, "migrate" doesn't apply to STC's request -- though of course
Kevin never said that it *did* apply there.

To paraphrase Rosencrantz (or was it Guildenstern? :-)): Clarity is all
we ask.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: McLauchlan, Kevin
> Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 9:18 AM
> To: Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Transition that verb out of here!
>
> I find "transition" used as STC (and so many politicians and
> biz-baffle-speakers) used it to be jarring and of no advantage.
>
> "Migrate", on the other hand works and feels right in either
> mode, depending on context.
>
> In my niche, it is common to "migrate" one's encryption and
> signing keys, one's certificates, and other cryptographic
> finery to newer-generation (or competing...) systems. In that
> context, "migrate" carries implications beyond "transfer".
> It's possible to "transfer" them many places, and in many
> ways that they will definitely arrive, but they probably
> won't be usable.
>
> Similarly, I could "transfer" a big, complicated database
> from one computer or network to another, but if I didn't have
> the right "machinery" in place, all I'd have is a big blob of
> files that I couldn't use. Migrating a large database has
> implications beyond "chop here and here, and ftp the pieces
> over to here".
>
> Same again for users on one network going to a different or
> updated network... though that might be just another example
> of a database migration, I suppose.
>
> To me and to the people in this industry, transfer (and some
> similar verbs) implies "shift location", while migrate
> implies "relocate with all your amenities re-installed and
> configured the way you like 'em, and a fresh pot of coffee
> brewing when you come in the door".
>
> Ducks migrate and set up their own housekeeping at the new digs.
> Data migrates, but not on its own. Especially for
> special-format, special-use data, you have to hold its hand
> and "migrate it", and know whether to place a mint or a rose
> on the pillow...
>
> If there's a better word or a better way of saying it that
> doesn't annoy or add cost, I'm all ears. :-)
>

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Transition that verb out of here!: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Transition that verb out of here!: From: Combs, Richard
RE: Transition that verb out of here!: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Transition that verb out of here!: From: Combs, Richard
RE: Transition that verb out of here!: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Transition that verb out of here!: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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