Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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>>When anyone buys an expensive piece of equipment do you really think is necessary to learn how to maintenance that equipment? I think so.

Exactly. One day as a kid while riding with my dad in the combine harvesting corn he took out the book for it and pointed out to me the name of it "John Deere Model xxx OPERATORS MANUAL" (emphasis mine). It doesn't say "drivers manual", he pointed out and that a drivers one doesn't exist. Anybody can learn to drive the thing; throw this switch, set the speed, lower the head and activate thresher. But what's needed is to know how to "operate it" which includes knowing what sounds it should and should NOT make, what to do when the oil pressure gauge goes berserk, how to watch the yield computer and adjust your speed accordingly to maximize it and minimize waste and so on.

Sadly these days more and more devices we buy don't come with manuals at all and this has contributed to ignorance I feel and making them driver's instead of operators.