mage67 (mage67) wrote,

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Corporate documentation

I've been told on consulting jobs to look at technical documentation that has had it's latest update in 1973 and that it was still somehow gospel. I've seen 1930s documentation that was never updated because no one cared enough to and it was horribly out of date. I've seen documentation that was supposedly current that still deals with punch cards that are never used and tape drives that don't exist anymore. I've had to look at 1960s-1970s IBM manuals that are thousands of pages and are as useful as doorstops, except that a doorstop is not as much of a fire hazard.

I've reached the following obvious conclusion. Everyone wants documentation, but no one seems to want to write it or even read it. It's like a security blanket. It's of little use except it makes people feel better to have it around.
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