R.T.F.M.

If you don't know what that acronym means, let me put it to you gently...
RTFM - means "Read The F?#king Manual" . It's vernacular used in all support and customer service departments.

We used the term (RTFM) a lot in my previous profession. It always amazed me how many people were either too lazy or too impatient to read the manual before calling for help. 99% of the time, all the questions asked where somewhere in the manual.  I would nicely answer the question and less than 3 minutes later I'd get another call from that same person asking a followup question.  Let me tell you, there were days you wanted to grab a couple of those people around the neck and hold on tight.

Maybe you've been the recipient of calls from someone you know that just refuses to read a manual but has no problem bugging the hell out of you with question after question.  Or maybe, you're the one doing the calling.  Make no mistake, the guy on the other end is rolling his eyes after about 3 of these calls and saying to himself "gawd - now what?"

It doesn't have to be that way - really.  And actually, there are a lot more benefits to reading the CarveWright or CompuCarve manual other than just answering your immediate question.  In most cases, learning how one notion works, helps to understand how another concept fits in. When you understand part "A" of the puzzle, you can then see how part "B' relates and a whole bunch of concepts start to come together.  In addition, you may also find a whole set of features you never even knew existed.

In a recent blog entry I mentioned how my dad is always amazed at all the little tricks I know. I have to laugh, cause it's no secret - I have access to the same information he does. It's just that i seek it out and then USE it.

Maybe you feel you know all there is to know or have a good idea what's in the CarveWright manual... When was the last time you reviewed it?  Any good athlete tells the same story when asked what makes them great:  Practice, practice, and more practice of the fundamentals. Reading a manual is practicing the fundamentals.

I'll bet a crisp jackson that every time you pick up the manual, you learn something or understand something you didn't know the time before.

Before I go, I want to pass on one additional tip about manuals...  In the old days all manuals were printed on paper.  Now, a good share of them are in electronic form - including the CarveWright manual.  This form is great for searching.  Type in a term and pow, there's your links to finding the answer.

Don't underestimate the value of a manual and the next time someone asks you a question - tell them "RTFM" - READ THE FANTASTIC MANUAL!