The World's Best Living Programmers
Back in the early 90's we received a resume at my then employer in which this person stated they where the '#3 Clipper programmer in Rochester, NY'. Well, we HAD to interview him. He wouldn't tell us how he came about this ranking but it was correct! After the interview I told my co-worker that 'if he's the #3 Clipper programmer, then we are #1 & #2 and I'm pretty sure we weren't #1 and #2.' Always wondered were he came up with #3.
One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
I only used them in college at that time for COBOL, FORTRAN and RPG. You quickly learned NOT to leave your card stack out or someone might do a 'driveby'. That's when someone would walk by, shuffle the deck, then put it back down without anyone noticing.
Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party
My companies MRP is the (very) old CA-Maxcim written in BASIC. About every other year some change needs to be made to the code. I grab my old BASIC manual and CA-Maxcim API guide and go to work. We use SQL Server, C#, etc. for all new work and have a 3rd party product to access the CA-Maxcim files but it's funny to think of a $80 million+ company core application is written in BASIC. It just works with no problems.
Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview
I once responded to the 'do you have any weaknesses' question with 'I believe weakness is an excuse for failure. You need to turn the perceived weakness into a strength.'
I been working here almost 10 years.
Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online
I just graduated in December with my freshly minted BS in CompSci. I was driving my 1977 Dodge Aspen to meet my new wife at the hospital.. She was a new LPN. The radio broke in that something happened during the launch. I saw explosion when I looked into a patients room. The first and only time I've every gasped out-loud.
That was one cancer, one total-loss house fire, putting one child through college and another into college, ready to celebrate 30 year of marriage to the same nurse. (Now a RN administrator) ago.
Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords
Don't they prefer width to their passwords?
Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario
As a person that lives in the Syracuse area I would be upset with that statement if only it wasn't true.
Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?
Golf is the sport of business. I've meet more people outside my range, CEO's, Presidents, VP's, etc. because I'm a good golfer. It's about getting face time with them and becoming comfortable speaking with them. The more you do it the better you become. They also start to see you as a 'real' person and not one of the 'computer guys'.
Robotic Surgery Complications Going Underreported
I had cancer removed from my left kidney back in 2010. Two and half weeks later I was back to work. Normal surgery would have required almost 6 months to recover. I was lucky that I had the doctor from Duke medical who wrote the book on this type of surgery perform the operation.
South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software
Delphi has been around since before Win95. Delphi was incredible popular and allowed all us Clipper developers a way into Windows development when CA dropped the ball with Visual Objects. Remember, Anders Hejlsberg created Delphi before C#. It is still very popular in most other countries besides here in the US. The choice of Delphi doesn't surprise me. Even though my company is mainly C#, etc. now, we still have a few old Delphi 7.0 and Delphi.NET applications running. In fact, I was just making a change to one before I read this article.
Interviews: Jon "maddog" Hall Answers Your Questions
We just turned our Compaq Alpha box off about a 2 months ago. We went to a Virtual Alpha environment for our MRP. Nothing sexy, it just worked.
HP Discontinue OpenVMS
Just moved from Compaq Alpha box to CHARON VAX virtual server for our old MRP system about 2 months ago. I don't have to use it much, other people program on it a lot more than me. I just runs, runs correctly, and rarely fails.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
But as I get into my 50's, I've found even that isn't enough and I have to watch what I eat and drink.
In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'
Lem: Maybe the meat blob's not taking in enough nutrients. I guess I could try and give it a mouth.
Ted: I'm gonna say no to the meat blob getting a mouth. Mostly because I don't want to hear what it has to say.
USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication
Back in the 1990's my father's factory, they made train parts, was bought out by a German firm. After a while all measurements had to be done in metric. They had special classes to teach these men, most 40+ year old with high school educations at best the metric system. He said once you allowed yourself to change how you thought, it was no big deal. This was from a man that only finished high school because his parents wouldn't sign the paperwork for him to enter the USMC before he was 18! He's close to 80 today and still uses metric for most of his work around the house.
I always felt if someone like him could be converted then anyone can learn and use the metric system.
27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
Didn't really know what part of Conn. they moved to recently. Last my wife heard from her was EVERYTHING is in lock down. Her children would be middle school age so probably not at that school but she can't contact them and hasn't seen them yet. (As of 2 hrs ago.) Cannot image how this must feel as a parent. Just, so, so sad.
Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works
It's just intercepted more missiles in the last week then the previous 2 years combine.
Since there are only 4 Iron Dome Batteries operational, with a 5th that just came on line 11/17/2012, and 2 more scheduled for 2013, I always thought Hamas could overwhelm Iron Dome. It seems Hamas has tried that but Israel UAV's have been able to spot these attempts and that's where the IAF comes in. They are able to use their Air Power to bomb these attempts before any missiles are launched.
Each Iron Dome Battery cost around $37million US Dollars with the Tamir missiles around $40,000 each.
I feel this has just been a test by Hamas to see the capabilities of Iron Dome. They probably realized they lost this round days ago but are unable to stop now without loosing face. (A very important point in the Arab world.) A truce will be worked out and Hamas will re-evaluate where they must be in 2, 5, 10 years from now before they can attempt a successful attack. Of course Israel won't sit still during that time.
All just very, very sad.
Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed
The dairy farm behind my house, it's about an 7 iron shot to one of the barns, has been doing this for years. When my children were young, they are 22 and 18 now, the would come back with bags of pez candy. They would tell me stories of the 'Pez Mountain' at the farm. I didn't really believe it until I saw it for myself. A 10 foot tall pile of Pez. They would mix it in with the feed. They would also purchase day old bread, doughnuts, etc. and also mix it with the fee.
One Company's Week-Long Interview Process
I interviewed with a consulting company. After 3 interviews, tech exam, etc. the final thing they wanted me to do was go to one of their client's sites and do something. (Don't remember exactly what now.) I respectfully declined to go to one of their customers. That was the last I heard from that company.
GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...
Nope. It was very cool for the time. My CompSci prof. had one in his office to test. His daughter was part of the Lisa team. I remember the names of all the team members molded into the inside of the plastic case.
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