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Tech Angel
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Icon 5 posted January 28, 2004 14:24      Profile for Tech Angel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hi, all!

Does anyone know the origin of the geek convention of capitalizing multiple letters in software applications with compound names, e.g., HyperCard, AppleWorks, etc.? Is this a relic from the days when file names and programming variables couldn't have spaces?

Secondly, is there a name for the averted glance or lookaway we do out of courtesy when someone is entering a password? (And if there isn't a name for it, there should be -- suggest one!).

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quote:
Originally posted by Tech Angel:

Secondly, is there a name for the averted glance or lookaway we do out of courtesy when someone is entering a password? (And if there isn't a name for it, there should be -- suggest one!).

I dunno what it is called, but I do it all the time. Little do they know I have numerous (both legit and non-legit) ways of getting into their account/machines. I should just wear this shirt.

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you mean like in a product name? thats easy, $$$. You see AppleWorks! on the shelf and want it more than appleworks.

As far as looking away when someone types thier password, I don't know what you're talking about. I never do. People who don't go through the proper physical measures (cover it, ask me to move for a minute) to protect thier password, deserve to have it taken.I don't ever give someone such a chance to get one of mine, so why should I get the chance for one of thiers?

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Well, another good reason to do it besides decency is the level of trust that you build in them by this act. I always look away, and some people will tell me, "Oh, I don't care," or something to that effect, and I try to remind them of the importance of password security. I then usually give my little speech, "I don't need your password, I have administrative priviliges, and can get right in without it if necessary, or reset the password. Further, I don't really want one more piece of extraneous information (cf. Sherlock Holmes and frivolous tidbits)."

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This password thing sounds kinda like the honor code among climbers. Soince there's no privacy on a glacier or cliff-face you simply avert your eyes when your buddy needs to relieve himself. It's called "I don't want or need to look." Good way to reinforce trust.
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Icon 12 posted January 28, 2004 17:55      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Maybe it could be called "The Dixieland."

"Look away, look away..."


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Here's the Jargon file entry for your first question. The entry for StudlyCaps says the origin is unknown.

http://www.elsewhere.org/jargon/html/entry/BiCapitalization.html

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quote:
Originally posted by Tech Angel:

Secondly, is there a name for the averted glance or lookaway we do out of courtesy when someone is entering a password? (And if there isn't a name for it, there should be -- suggest one!).


Nerdiquette?

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Well, another good reason to do it besides decency is the level of trust that you build in them by this act. I always look away, and some people will tell me, "Oh, I don't care," or something to that effect, and I try to remind them of the importance of password security. I then usually give my little speech, "I don't need your password, I have administrative priviliges, and can get right in without it if necessary, or reset the password. Further, I don't really want one more piece of extraneous information (cf. Sherlock Holmes and frivolous tidbits)."

Funny, when I was working I always made them log in privately for my protection if they wanted to show me something. If I needed the access, I had it, but I certainly didn't want it coming back as "well, she watched me put in my password" if they left with their workstation logged in (as most of them did) and something bad happened. That CYA induced level of paranoia is just another reason I'm not really heartbroken that I was one of the cuts. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by SupportGoddess:
[QB] Funny, when I was working I always made them log in privately for my protection if they wanted to show me something. If I needed the access, I had it, but I certainly didn't want it coming back as "well, she watched me put in my password" if they left with their workstation logged in (as most of them did) and something bad happened. /QB]

When I was visiting client sites doing software installation, I always insisted the client virus-check the installation disks for the same reason. I knew there was no virus on the disk, but I didn't want anyone pointing the finger at me when a virus appeared a week later.

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Icon 1 posted February 02, 2004 19:18      Profile for Elvermere     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
As an alternative though, maybe it originated from the concaternation of two capitalised words, rather than capitalising a second half of the word.

Be interesting to find out.

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