Thursday, 11 December 2008


I need to document this.  Why do most help manuals and HOWTOs read like the author assumes the reader is an expert, and knows what he or she is doing?  I had a professor like that once in undergrad; he taught his course as though we all had already mastered the content.  We learned nothing.

I couldn't help thinking of him while trying to setup VPN access to UBC.  "It's easy, even in Linux" the HOWTO claims, but it is scarcely more than: 1. Setup VPN.  2. Add routes.  3. Done.  Steps 1 and 2 could use a few sub-points.