When
· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · January
· · · · 07 (3 entries)

Bye, NCD · Via the Reg, I see NCD is go­ing away. Kind of sad; I feel I have a per­son­al re­la­tion­ship with the com­pa­ny. I saw their first prod­uct at a 1989 Usenix and liked it enough to buy it and post­ed a re­view which gen­er­at­ed storms of email and Usenet traf­fic and many thank-yous from NCD and, I im­mod­est­ly think, sig­nif­i­cant­ly helped get them launched. Ob­vi­ous­ly, our Sun Ray is a di­rect de­scen­dant of the orig­i­nal NCD idea, and the peo­ple here who use ’em gen­er­al­ly love ’em. I think it’s the nifty Ja­va Card trick that makes them fly; go any­where, plug in the card, and there’s your desk­top. The no­tion, in an en­ter­prise of any size, that you should have in­de­pen­dent­ly man­aged stan­dalone com­put­er­s, one per per­son, is ob­vi­ous­ly nut­s. There are some job func­tions and per­son­al­i­ty types that call for a re­al com­put­er of one’s own, but to the ex­tent we can avoid that, busi­ness is go­ing to run smoother.
 
TechWikiDoc · Jon Udell sug­gests a new doc­u­men­ta­tion strat­e­gy for tech­nol­o­gy ven­dors; rather than go­ing on pub­lish­ing in­com­plete, out-of-date, poor­ly writ­ten man­u­al­s, they could just set up a per-product Wi­ki and let the cus­tomer base fill it up with prob­lem­s, fix­es, workaround­s, tips & trick­s. As he points out, most of us have got­ten used to search­ing the Web for us­er re­port­s, rather than crack­ing prod­uct doc­s, to help us solve prob­lem­s. He sug­gests do­ing it at the Wikipedi­a, but I don’t think it mat­ters that much where the thing lives. Like many great ideas, it’s ob­vi­ous once you think of it. I’m quite sure it’ll hap­pen.
 
F.C., Triple-Daffodil Edition · Th­ese ones are adorable, I tell ya, adorable ...
 
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