Home vs. non-home systems

Subject: Home vs. non-home systems
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 09:48:19 -0600

Sarah Perrault asked for help with a passcard-type system
in which one's personal "home" card could also be
reprogrammed to open someone else's locks. Sarah, I agree
with your reasoning that "foreign", though correct by one
dictionary meaning, has too many adverse connotations in
your context.

This sounds enough like a parent/foster child relationship
that you could perhaps call one the "home" or "parent"
system and the other one the "fostered" system. If that
particular metaphor doesn't work for you, perhaps move away
from the "home" idea entirely. You could go with "personal"
vs. "borrowed" system, or better yet, "temporary" vs.
"delegated" or "assigned" system.

You could also turn the phrasing around 180 degrees and
define the relationship of the cardholder to the system,
rather than nature of the system's ownership: then you
could say that "Joe" is the "administrator
[coordinator/manager/gatekeeper/etc.]" of one system and
the "guest [temporary/visiting/ad hoc/etc.] administrator"
of the other system.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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