Re: do alarms always sound?

Subject: Re: do alarms always sound?
From: "Mark Baker" <mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 11:24:44 -0400

Christi Carew wrote

>"You can configure an alarm to go off when a metric fails."
>I didn't like the "go off" verb, so I changed it to sound. He then pointed
>out that it might not be an audible alarm. The alarm could be a light that
>lights up, or some other nonaudible indicator.

I don't have any problem with alarms that go off. That's good old
Anglo-Saxon. But I do have a problem with the idea that a "metric fails".

If the alarm goes off when some limit is reached or exceeded, then I would
have to say that, if anything, the metric succeeded. If measurement had
failed, the alarm would not have gone off.

Mark Baker
Senior Technical Communicator
OmniMark Technologies Corporation
1400 Blair Place
Gloucester, Ontario
Canada, K1J 9B8
Phone: 613-745-4242
Fax: 613-745-5560
Email mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com

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