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Subject:Re: Prompt as ask From:mmorgan -at- intrepid -dot- cdg-hargray -dot- com To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com Date:Tue, 14 Sep 1999 07:36:32 -0500
Tom Murrell asked:
>I'm interested in how others react to this observation. I'm also
>in other words or phrases we might use to distinguish between volitional
>acts, which might be committed by human beings, and pre-programmed acts,
>which are programmed into our systems.
Just yesterday I came across a phrase such as this while editing one of
our manuals. The writer used the phrase:
"If this field is left blank, the job will run when the system can schedule
When I read this, I got the image of a little gnome sitting inside the
with a notebook, taking calls and scheduling appointments. OK, so I have a
slightly overactive imagination, but this phrase really did not sit well
me. So, I changed it to a more passive statement:
"If this field is left blank, the job will run when the system is
Side note: Here's another one that really cracked me up. A developer sent
a document describing how a telephone circuit should be set up using our
software. This one's a doozie:
"When facilities cross into other routes, they should only penetrate the
by one piece of equipment."
Gee, I didn't know facilities had the ability to penetrate! Do you suppose
second and third pieces of equipment might be jealous of the first piece
of equipment? ; )
mmorgan -at- intrepid -dot- cdg-hargray -dot- com