RE: About a word - how busy are you?

Subject: RE: About a word - how busy are you?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 13:43:45 -0400

How busy is this sucker?


-----Original Message-----
From: Combs, Richard [mailto:richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com]
Sent: May-31-13 12:11 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: About a word - how busy are you?

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

> A developer has called a customer-requested feature a "busyness" counter.
> It's reminiscent of the CPU Usage and Memory Usage that you see at the
> left- hand side of the "Performance" tab window in Windows Task
> Manager... the instantaneous indications, not the history graphs.
> Also, this is command- line-only. Numbers are spit out every few
> seconds. No graphs, unless customer makes their own by importing the counter output file into (say) Excel.
> Both the developer and PLM dislike "Usage counter" (or just Usage),
> because of the need to distance the measured entity from "performance"
> - given that Microsoft has already embedded the association in so many
> (Windows users) minds.
> Performance, in our industry has a real, empirical meaning, and is
> expressed in standardized RESULT terms. That is, the trailing indicator "performance"
> is only vaguely and partially related to leading indicator "busyness"
> or "usage" (or whatever else I could call it).

Kevin, you haven't told us what this "busyness" counter is actually counting. :-)

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom

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