One of those monumental days ........

James Knott james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at
Thu Nov 10 01:20:14 UTC 2005

Sy Ali wrote:
> On 09 Nov 2005 00:21:52 -0500, Tim Writer <tim-s/rLXaiAEBtBDgjK7y7TUQ at> wrote:
>> In general, it's not so much the format that's the problem but the quality
>> and coverage of the content. Unfortunately, most developers (myself included)
>> prefer writing code to documentation and there are relatively few volunteers
>> who write documentation.
> I'll go off into a bit of a rant here..
> I love writing documentation.. love love love.. I write docs wherever
> I go.. I hop onto the wikis of projects I'm mildly curious about and
> fiddle around to fix their FAQ or whatever.  I write howtos whenever I
> do anything.

Are you responsible for the following?  ;-)


1. The toilet is of the standard zero-gravity type. Depending on
requirements, System A and/or System B can be used, details of which are
clearly marked in the toilet compartment. When operating System A,
depress lever and a plastic dalkron eliminator will be dispensed through
the slot immediately underneath. When you have fastened the adhesive
lip, attach connection marked by the large "X" outlet hose. Twist the
silver coloured ring one inch below the connection point until you feel
it lock.

2. The toilet is now ready for use. The Sonovac cleanser is activated by
the small switch on the lip. When securing, twist the ring back to its
initial-condition, so that the two orange line meet. Disconnect. Place
the dalkron eliminator in the vacuum receptacle to the rear. Activate by
pressing the blue button.

3. The controls for System B are located on the opposite wall. The red
release switch places the uroliminator into position; it can be adjusted
manually up or down by pressing the blue manual release button. The
opening is self adjusting. To secure after use, press the green button
which simultaneously activates the evaporator and returns the
uroliminator to its storage position.

4. You may leave the lavatory if the green exit light is on over the
door. If the red light is illuminated, one of the lavatory facilities is
not properly secured. Press the "Stewardess" call button on the right of
the door. She will secure all facilities from her control panel outside.
When green exit light goes on you may open the door and leave. Please
close the door behind you.

5. To use the Sonoshower, first undress and place all your clothes in
the clothes rack. Put on the velcro slippers located in the cabinet
immediately below. Enter the shower. On the control panel to your upper
right upon entering you will see a "Shower seal" button. Press to
activate. A green light will then be illuminated immediately below. On
the intensity knob select the desired setting. Now depress the Sonovac
activation lever. Bathe normally.

6. The Sonovac will automatically go off after three minutes unless you
activate the "Manual off" over-ride switch by flipping it up. When you
are ready to leave, press the blue "Shower seal" release button. The
door will open and you may leave. Please remove the velcro slippers and
place them in their container.

7. If the red light above this panel is on, the toilet is in use. When
the green light is illuminated you may enter. However, you must
carefully follow all instructions when using the facilities during
coasting (Zero G) flight. Inside there are three facilities: (1) the
Sonowasher, (2) the Sonoshower, (3) the toilet. All three are designed
to be used under weightless conditions. Please observe the sequence of
operations for each individual facility.

8. Two modes for Sonowashing your face and hands are available, the
"moist-towel" mode and the "Sonovac" ultrasonic cleaner mode. You may
select either mode by moving the appropriate lever to the "Activate"
position. If you choose the "moist-towel" mode, depress the indicated
yellow button and withdraw item. When you have finished, discard the
towel in the vacuum dispenser, holding the indicated lever in the
"active" position until the green light goes on...showing that the
rollers have passed the towel completely into the dispenser. If you
desire an additional towel, press the yellow button and repeat the cycle.

9. If you prefer the "Sonovac" ultrasonic cleaning mode, press the
indicated blue button. When the twin panels open, pull forward by rings
A & B. For cleaning the hands, use in this position. Set the timer to
positions 10, 20, 30 or 40...indicative of the number of seconds
required. The knob to the left, just below the blue light, has three
settings, low, medium or high. For normal use, the medium setting is

10. After these settings have been made, you can activate the device by
switching to the "ON" position the clearly marked red switch. If during
the washing operation, you wish to change the settings, place the
"manual off" over-ride switch in the "OFF" position. you may now make
the change and repeat the cycle.'

The above was "borrowed" from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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