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Professional software developer in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
9
awarded  Commentator
Sep
9
comment Getting started with documentation
"DRY" is a great principle for machines, a lousy one for people. What I've done (with reasonable success) is to repeat the principle and reference the details. So I'd have the exhaustive detail about "which Active Directory groups are used to control security" listed in one document, but the principle that "system access is controlled by membership in active directory groups" would be repeated wherever relevant, in documents detailing installation, configuration, troubleshooting, management, training and so on.
Jul
20
awarded  Reversal
Dec
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comment Getting started with documentation
I'd agree - as long as it is both well known and easily accessed - a single authoritative secret source is an all too common antipattern.
Jul
2
awarded  Yearling
Nov
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
2
awarded  Yearling
Aug
17
answered Does adding Hyper-V role affect host server performance when no guests are running?
Aug
4
comment Bash can't start a programme that's there and has all the right permissions
Good suggestion - but other shell commands shown in the question find the file fine, so I don't think this is the problem.
Jul
30
answered How do I find out which remote desktop sessions are active?
Jul
27
comment Getting started with documentation
To some extent, I agree - links and cross references can be very useful indeed. There is a trade-off though - in database design, its common to de-normalise tables to aid in reporting. I think the same approach is relevant here - to make consumption of the documentation easier, repeating key facts can be valuable.
Jul
27
answered Getting started with documentation
Jul
23
answered How do you copy huge (millions) directory trees in Windows?
Jul
20
comment Copy files over network
Indeed. When I screwed up my RoboCopy settings, I managed to nuke both my master copy AND my primary backup in one go. Was very glad I had another backup that was both up-to-date and offline to use for restoration.
Jul
20
answered Copy files over network
Jul
19
answered What is the Open Source CMS of choice?
Jul
18
comment White noise as a system monitoring aid? Real or myth?
I heard about this years ago, but had lost all reference, leaving me sounding like a loony when I told people. Nice to have some evidence that I'm only partially crazy.
Jul
8
awarded  Editor
Jul
8
revised Windows Legendry
Applied correction mentioned in comments.