RE: document your job?

Subject: RE: document your job?
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:30:27 -0400

It is kind of funny to hear people rave about things like VM and "The
Cloud". IBM was using VM 30 years ago. You sat down at a terminal, logged
in, and all your stuff was there. I was in Raleigh once, had a bad feeling,
and found I was gone. I called a friend in Boca, said I had three personal
files I'd like deleted, gave him the password. He logged in, had my VM, and
removed the personal files so that they remained personal.

Much of this neat stuff people find amazing today was being done a lot time
ago. Instant message? IBM had a two line Tell area at the bottom of the
screen to IM anyone on the system. The current texting language may not
have been invented in Tell but it was definitely used there. After all, u
only hd abt 70 char @ a tme so u md t mst of wht u wrte, dyk? The Cloud?
Everything used to be on "The Cloud", some server in some place we had no
idea of, unless you were directly connected to the group overseeing the

The difference today is we have a GUI and most connections wireless, but it
is all the same stuff really.

-----Original Message-----

I mentioned I have similar text files strategically scattered.

On a server that runs one-or-more VMs, or that has a cache of VM clones,
I'll have a text file with the VM passwords. Inside each VM is a text file
with login/user names and passwords for what runs inside the VM or for what
that VM is intended to connect to.

Some parts of the whole orrery are now stable, and are also backed up to IT
servers nightly, my documentation source and tools VM, for example.

Others are fluid, and might last only for days or weeks as my current
projects progress and demands change.

I'm a lone writer at this office. Other writers at other company locations
support unrelated product lines, and are in different reporting structures.

If somebody who replaces me after a lay-off has something to say about how I
organized my work and my working environments, let them jabber, the
scabs... :-)
If somebody who currently works here wants to know about my stuff, I'll
overshare at the drop of a hint. I'm still only partway up the learning
curve with this VM stuff, but it's become really impressively versatile in
recent years.

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