Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Fri May 18 21:12:00 UTC 2001

"James A. Landau" <JJJRLandau at AOL.COM> writes:

2)  Circa 1960 (and today as well) there were many facilities which control
visitor access.  Among the controls are that the visitor must sign a register
upon entering and usually upon leaving.  This register is sometimes called a
"visitor's log" or other variation on "logbook".  Hence to enter the
facility, the visitor had to "log in" and "log out".  Hence a user to access
the Project MAC computers had to "log in" and "log out".

The trouble with 2) is that the OED2 does not recognize this usage of "log
in" and "log out".

So much the worse for OED2. -- Not even the sense with the physical log book?!

   Mark A. Mandel : Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
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