Engineering notebooks?

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From: Jim Whitehead (
Date: Fri Dec 01 2000 - 10:11:54 PST


I'm curious -- for FoRKs who areinvolved in Engineering of some form
(hardware, software, etc.)what is your opinion on the use/value of
maintaining an engineering lab notebook? I'm about to inherit a software
engineering project class where there is currently a requirement for
maintaining a lab notebook. However, I've never used an engineering project
notebook, and I know relatively few software developers who do.

I personally am more of a pad of paper person, although I have very rarely
gone back into these pads after about, say 3 months. Email archives, on the
other hand, I do consult fairly extensively.

I suppose this quickly gets into the whole issue of personal information
collection and archiving, across all forms of media (magazines, like Nat'l
Geographic, are a good example -- people hold onto these magazines for
years, despite having no good use for them, and the fact every public
library in America has a complete set).

- Jim

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