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July 10th, 2018

Data curation

Give me a few more days and I'll be able to match the average programmer for general crabbiness levels.

Working with Other Peoples' Data can be a nightmare.

Specific Examples:
If two iPads are simultaneously logged into an Oogley-Googley web page of typey-boxes, one can very easily and unwittingly over-write the other, with no form of absolute step-by-step version control check. In case you had any doubts about this sort of "shared editing" being a terrible idea.

Are those crucial data files stored on personal computers, backed up to a shared external hard drive, on Brop-Dox, given over to the Oogle-googles, in an e-mail as an attachment, hard copy somewhere? All of the above, but varying according to person and year? Oh, what's that, in some cases the information only exists as frozen samples in frozen-over freezers?

What, exactly, do those 191 distinct letter code combinations mean?


Getting interrupted periodically by Thought-Jammers REALLY doesn't help.

/vaguebooking
/grump

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