One effort I’m just finishing is to replace my main office machine and now have a situation I haven’t had in many years – I don’t have a single LIMS, ELN or LES installed on it. It’s a weird, weird, weird feeling!

As happens with many of us, by the time I retire a machine to some alternative duty (i.e., not running as the primary machine for my office), there is just way too much junk installed on it and too many files that I no longer use nor need to save. I always look at this as an opportunity to do some cleanup.

As such, I copy everything but I make a list of all the software I know I want to install and then I install it on the new machine. But I have a copy of everything in case I’ve forgotten something and I can always add it, later.

But as I was making this list, I realized there is not a single piece of laboratory software in my list. There is no LabWare LIMS/ELN, no Thermo Fisher SampleManager LIMS/LES nor Nautilus LIMS, no Autoscribe Matrix LIMS – nothing like those. Not a single one!

So, while I do sometimes login to an LVS system at work, that’s on my work machine. And while I do login to the iVention iLES system, the versions I’m using are in the cloud – I don’t have to install them on my own machine.

So, for now, at least, my machine seems so barren without these – a virtual wasteland. This is a situation I’m struggling to adjust to. Honestly, it’s left me feeling a little creeped-out. And it forces me to ask myself this question, “Without LIMS, ELN or LES, who am I, really?” So, it’s a bit of an identity crisis situation.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises

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