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Old 9th June 2004, 00:25   #1
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Why you should always read new mail in reverse chronological order

Background: I work in a software development team and I perform user acceptance testing. About 2 or 3 test builds per week are made for the app I test, and the developers regularly notify us of upgrades by e-mail.

So when I got to the office this morning, there were two e-mails waiting in my Inbox:
  1. From: CER Dev Team; Subject: CER build 20040608 available; Date: 8 June 2004 20:25
  2. From: Don (CER Dev Team); Subject: Fw: CER release 20040608 available; Date: 8 June 2004 20:34
I opened the first mail and it read:
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Dear all,

A new release of CER is available. Install it by running:
<\\DISTROFARM\INSTALLERS\CER-1.60a-testbuild-20040608203025.exe>

Release notes:
  • First test build with new InstallShield script
  • (... blah blah blah ...)
So I ran the installer on the test machine and it went chugging along happily. Back on my production PC I went on to read the second mail:
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IMPORTANT: DO NOT upgrade to the 20040608 build!

We made a mistake on our first try at the new install script, and the result of that is it wipes out the entire C:\Program Files while attempting an upgrade. New installations are not affected (but that's moot since we're all upgrading from previous versions).

A new build will be available in the morning. Until then, please DO NOT UPGRADE. Thank you.

Regards,
Don
And by this time, the "Program Files" directory has been wiped spanking clean. Luckily it's just the test machine. But re-installing all those other apps will consume the better part of this morning.

Recommendation: I implore you all -- sort your mail by date in descending order (so the newest one appears on top), and against all temptation, always read the latest mail first.

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who doesn't do that? You get the latest mail first.
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Ah man. How could they have not noticed that after installation?

"Luckily it's just the test machine."
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Re: Why you should always read new mail in reverse chronological order

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Background: I work in a software development team and I perform user acceptance testing. About 2 or 3 test builds per week are made for the app I test, and the developers regularly notify us of upgrades by e-mail.

So when I got to the office this morning, there were two e-mails waiting in my Inbox:
  1. From: CER Dev Team; Subject: CER build 20040608 available; Date: 8 June 2004 20:25
  2. From: Don (CER Dev Team); Subject: Fw: CER release 20040608 available; Date: 8 June 2004 20:34
I opened the first mail and it read:So I ran the installer on the test machine and it went chugging along happily. Back on my production PC I went on to read the second mail:And by this time, the "Program Files" directory has been wiped spanking clean. Luckily it's just the test machine. But re-installing all those other apps will consume the better part of this morning.

Recommendation: I implore you all -- sort your mail by date in descending order (so the newest one appears on top), and against all temptation, always read the latest mail first.
What does this app do? Or, can you not reveal that?
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Old 9th June 2004, 01:26   #6
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I read mine in chronological order. I delete the chaff as I read, but that is all I do until I'm done reading. Then I act upon the ones worth my time.

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What does this app do? Or, can you not reveal that?
CER = Clinical Evaluation Reports. It's healthcare stuff. You won't see it on the market since we use the software in-house.

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I read in order of receipt as it was intended to be
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Re: Re: Why you should always read new mail in reverse chronological order

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What does this app do? Or, can you not reveal that?
It's supposed to wipe the D: drive clean. Damn code typos...
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Old 9th June 2004, 04:14   #10
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I read mine in chronological order. I delete the chaff as I read, but that is all I do until I'm done reading. Then I act upon the ones worth my time.
Ditto. I just start from the bottom of the list, read all my emails until I get to the latest one at the top of the list.

And being a beta tester, I know better than to go installing any software before I read ALL the emails about it. But again, take this as a lesson learned. The only way anyone will learn is to experience things for themselves.
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