Hopefully Helpful Stuff
Way back in the mists of time, when I was a senior at WPI (ok,
1994) I was working on my Technical Writing senior project - which was
a study of email usage on campus. It sort of bled over into general
system usage (read: I had no focus) and I identified what I saw as a
need for a simple, easy to understand beginners manual. So, since my
project needed some padding, I wrote one. It covers the basics of
using the UNIX file system, emailing using Elm, editing in Emacs, and
reading USEnet news with rn or trn.
Since the original version was targetted at WPI students it had a
number or specific WPIisms. After I put it up on the web I realized
it would benefit from being more general. I've since done minor
editing a few times to achieve that goal. But I've never sat down and
really top-to-bottom overhauled it - so please forgive me if there are
any lingering items specific to WPI.
At the same time I also created a couple of simple 'flashcard'
references for Elm and Emacs. I envisioned these being the kind of
thing novices could print out and keep next to their terminal as a
quick reference. And happily I've seen a number of people at my
various employers using them that way. It is always fulfilling to see
something you created being put to use. I hope others find these
works as useful.