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Its not always completely pointless. If you have a VCS that 'wants' to have a justification for changes like we do, the release letter typically has a place for tracker issue.
In our issue tracker system, we have change requests for bug fixes, enhancements and new features. Our VCS release letter template has an issue reference field. The project report system reports on all the release letters in the repository periodically and a null tracker reference shows up on the report as a gratuitous change.
In a similar vein, many years ago on about my second day as a junior technician, I made the mistake of using the last page in the departmental requisition book for something other than a new requisition book. Talk about the noob bringing the department to its knees...
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
Got fed up of writing long e-mails only to look-up when I finished typing to see that I had typed half of it in capitals and had to delete it all. (Why can't you just select all of it and de-capitalise it like you can change fonts etc*)
So I've ripped my Caps-lock button out and binned it and I feel much better for it, I suggest you do the same. Just debating whether to remove the # button now as I keep pressing that a mini-second before I press return and I do a lot of command line Linux, but obviously I will miss it for comments.
*I know some clever bugger is going to make me look stupid by telling me an easy way to do this.
Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, served in a Provençale manner with shallots and aubergines, garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried egg on top and Spam - Monty Python Spam Sketch
Caps Lock was invented by Romulan Engineers, as any fule kno'. Capitus Locus (Place Heads, cognate to our "Bang Head [against wall]"
“Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed” “One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated”
Yeah that's good but still means I need to open a new tab, got to that tab, and then go back to the mail tab. It's the last bit I find difficult as I look at the tabs for the mail tab but end up noticing the codeproject tab or something similar and distract myself and don't return to the e-mail for at least half an hour. Would be much better if it was a feature inside Gmail.