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Reorganize one of these topic lists into a meaningful menu, by dividing items into groups, sequencing those, and rewriting items to articulate your new structure. Feel free to delete duplicates. You may need to create group names. Remember that similar items ought to have the same grammatical structure.


Choosing the Paper for Your Sales Brochure

• Paper weight

• Paper surface and texture

• Slickness

• Bendability, foldability

• Color

• Absorbability

• Toughness in standing up to mail

• Ability to print small type clearly

• Resemblance to papers we have used before

• Cost per 500 sheets

• Ease of printing (how much gets damaged)


Other ways to make your menus meaningful:

6a. Think of a heading as an object you reuse many times.

6c. Offer multiple routes to the same information.

6d. Write and display several levels at once.

6e. When users arrive at the target, make it obvious.

6f. Confirm the location by showing its position in the hierarchy.



Arguments in Favor of Purchase

• Recommending $100,000 purchase of equipment

• The budget

• The benefits

• The possible disadvantages

• How we will cope with any problems

• How the machinery works

• Where the machinery will go

• Changes we need to make in wiring

• Possible code violations and solutions

• Air conditioning upgrades needed

• Break-even date (when we’ll start saving money)

• Labor-saving aspects

• Improved quality, thanks to this equipment

• Improved competitive position

• Unfamiliarity of equipment

• Training needed to familiarize workers with gear

• Replacement cycle

• How to speed up replacements

• Why the cycle is slow now

• Vendor promises, on replacement cycle

• Quality of this equipment

• Mean time between failure for this equipment

• Speed of this equipment

• Maintainability of this equipment


Resources on menus

Taking a Position on Menus

Heuristic Online Text (H. O. T.) Evaluation of Menus





Electronic Devices to Catch a Thief (list of topics)

• Anti-theft devices

• Equipment to catch a thief

• Electronic guard dogs

• Spotting a shadow

• Locating metal

• Sensing heat gradients

• Noticing temporary duration brightness deltas

• Picking up a break in the circuit

• Detecting metal

• Electronic gizmos to warn you if a robber has entered your business

• Installing a fan to set up a background vibration

• Breaking an ultraviolet beam to change current in a photoelectric cell

• Detecting a change in light levels

• Detecting a change in heat patterns

• Picking up metal in a location that usually has no metal

• Detecting a change in pressure

• Detecting a change in capacitance

• Detecting a change in vibration

• Alerting the police over the phone lines

• Autodialing the police

• Sounding an alarm

• Running a surveillance camera




Network Security

• User rights

• User privileges

• User access options

• What a user can do with a file or directory

• The things a user can get ahold of in your computer

• View, read, write privileges

• Right to view a file

• Right to read a file

• Right to write to a directory

• Right to overwrite a file

• Right to view contents of a directory

• Right to view and read, but not write to a directory

• Privilege to look inside a directory

• User ability to open a particular file

• User ability to assign rights to a file

• A user can set up privileges (or rights) for everyone, or a group, or just oneself

• Setting security options on your own file

• Setting security options on your own directory

• Setting up a group account

• Defining a group’s privileges as read-only or view-only for the whole system, a directory, or a file

• Defining a user as read-only or view-only for the whole system, a directory, or a file

• Defining a user’s privileges for a particular file

• Regulating an individual user’s access to a directory

• Regulating a group’s access to a directory

• Defining user rights for a directory

• Specifying what a user can do with a file



Help on the Distributed File System

• Add a Dfs link

• Add a Dfs root share

• Add a Dfs shared folder

• Check status of a Dfs shared folder

• Conceptualizing a distributed file system

• Create a Dfs root

• Creating a distributed file system

• Delete a Dfs root

• Delete a Dfs root share

• Display a Dfs root

• Managing a distributed file system

• Remove the display of a Dfs root

• Set replication policy

• Troubleshooting a distributed file system

• Understanding a distributed file system

• Using a distributed file system



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