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Oct. 28th, 2002 | 01:32 am

So while chatting with arden tonight (do you notice an obsession forming here?) I discovered that she has a problem with wondering what copies of her writing have the latest updates.

This made me immediately think of CVS (or perhaps subversion). I wonder how hard it would be to teach humanities people how to use such tools. Are they sufficently useful to overcome the barrier people seem to intrinsically feel toward command lines?

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Life Rebooted

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from: hopeforyou
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 08:25 am (UTC)
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There's a win-CVS version out there that Arden may have no trouble using. It has a web interface, whereas regular CVS falls back to the old command line via UNIX. I don't know whether she'd have trouble with command lines or not -- that seems to be a trait with high variability in folks, humanities majors or not.

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adrienne

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from: sapience
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 12:40 pm (UTC)
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do you notice an obsession forming here?)

Actually, you know, you've barely mentioned Arden at all. Maybe you'd care to elaborate and actually tell us something about her? Then we can fully appreciate your obsession.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 05:48 pm (UTC)
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As someone with a humanities background myself, I really don't understand this block on the command line (or writing raw HTML, for that matter). It's like, duh, you type. Like you do when you're typing an essay.

There again, one of my colleagues used to work in a publishing company. He said that when they changed from DOS to Windows, everyone was going "Eek, what's this mouse thing? Why can't we just type things like we used to?"

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