I am reminded of the quote (title of a paper)...
"Why Pascal is not my favorite language" which can be had here. Of course the opinion may be biased, but is probably relevant.
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I am presently writing a set of instructions on how to do a task for my company. It is a LONG and tedious task, as I have to make SURE that the 1D10Ts who will be attempting to do the instructions will be able to do it. The whole thing includes MANY screen shots and paragraphs of explanations. Then after I write the thing, I force myself to "follow" the directions like a normal
idiot user would. We live in such trying times, that it seems that I need to go over about 3 iterations of this to get it right. The sad part: God will invent further 1D10Ts that I haven't accounted for.
Life goes on.
Of course, you had sequence numbers on them as well. Don't want to "drop that deck"!!
No sequence numbers?? If you weren't too clumsy then the cards might fall is such a manner as they would be easily picked up "intact". I got lucky a couple of times, but not always!
Back in the the 60's Rowan & Martin did a sketch about the "One minute news", where after rehearsal, the cue card guy dropped and shuffled the cue cards. The result was what you might expect, pretty funny!!
If you say you are a "rockstar" you probably aren't.
Of course the second rule is "never admit you are that good". Just show what you can do. No more, no less.
Oh, and programmers aren't "fungible". Skill sets vary, and without absorbing more knowledge, the half life is very short!
I thought that Cobol was a perfectly good programming language. I mean it does things like write checks, and keeps my utility bills all correct. Even my cell phone bill was produced with a Cobol program.
So what is the problem with Cobol...
Emily, its Cobalt... The element Cobalt... Not Cobol.
It seems that more and more I go back to my first: FORTRAN (66 mind you). You actually needed to wrote comments to understand what YOU were doing. These new fancy ones encourage you to skip this step much to the chagrin of the "next guy" who inevitably will be your own next assignment in 6 months.
Oh, and yes it had one time do loops!
Oh, it will be compatible with IPv4 as a subset. It adds a byte in the middle, so 127.3.2.1 becomes 127.0.3.2.1 if routed. Lots more addresses only TWO more bytes in the header. Easy for things to translate as needed. Oh, 256 times more addresses. Sorry not enough for every grain of sand on earth, but it should last a few years.
Well, we can always hope. Wishful thinking.
Perhaps another sillycon valley company (which has a bunch of $$$ floating around) that has IP addresses that start with 17 (one more than HP's) might be in the market, you never know....
The other option might be for HP to acquire Xerox. It has happened before.....
Some people don't learn. When designing optimizing compilers, you need to try it out. Compile the compiler with optimization on and off to see if you get workable results.
IBM found this out back in the 60's when working on their Fortran H compiler. It was written in (of course!) Fortran, and compiled with "OPT=2". Then tested again to see if it made the same compiler. They did a bunch to get it to work. Sometimes it would "optimize out" complete sections of code it thought didn't do anything.
One must ALWAYS realize that any optimizations are fickle things.
Make a simple transition tool. Takes in "python 2(.7)" and emits "python 3". The parser for python2.x already exists, just change what it outputs. Sure it might not be "optimal", but it ought to work. If it doesn't (something that doesn't translate) emit a nice message and a couple of suggestions, and let it go.
Sounds like the way to go for me.
Of course, I prefer nice ANSI C89, which doesn't have such fluff as '//' comments and the like (and MISRA seems to agree!). Of course YMMV!
These are actually called "wire nuts", and have a small helical sprint thingy inside. They actually work quite well and can handle the required current and are VERY sturdy.
Yes, we here in the USA (and Canada to some extent) have pretty strict electrical codes to follow, and for the most part it works quite well.
Sometimes a physical connected floppy is a good thing. You can fudge all the parameters and get a bit more storage (1.7Mb) to play with. Also some other devices (I have an EPROM programmer) use them for programs/data transfer. Yes, 1.44 MB IS limiting, but very useful. To be sure, the driver hasn't changed (I suspect), so there isn't any real reason to NOT keep it around.
Of course, the driver might be larger than the drive it is to support, which is normal these days.
Now about that printer port.........
My story (admittedly second hand, but I know the protagonist) was back in the 70's. We had nice IBM 2741 terminals in use and there were all over the place. The female programmer (yes, even in the 70's) with long hair leaned over and got her hair caught in the works of the Selectric mechanism, while it was nicely typing out things. She reached for the on/off switch, but not before a couple of inches were tangles up. The IBM CE (Costumer Engineer, aka repair guy) was called, and his solution was (as observed here) "cut the hair". Barbara (her real name) didn't like this solution, and being surrounded by LOTS of male engineers, they came up with the solution. You see there was an identical terminal right next to the subject one, which lent itself to investigation on how to disassemble the problem one. The end result was: No hair cut, and two disassembled terminals for the CE to put back together. The CE wasn't to happy about this, and the whole incident was written up in some note published periodically by the computer center.
I fully suspect that Barbara is retired by now as she was born during the war (as I was told). She was an excellent programmer!
You are mistaking me for someone who actually gives a damn.
It is all kinda silly. Look at their annual report. It might have a line item for "power costs" or some such, and go back from there.
On another note: I made a cross country (USA) plane trip reservation. Lo and behold, they now include how much CO2 the trip is emitting. Like I really care!
Oh, yes, burning wood is "carbon neutral".
Is usually found in power cords, but I digress. Usually the outlet corresponds to the voltage delivery system. At least you hope that that is the way it is. Back in my 3rd form days (a LONG while ago), the place I was schooled at we VERY "british" for being in the USA. A couple of older buildings were actually wired for 240 volts (yes, they were VERY old). Since everyone knew what to expect, transformers abounded for such mundane things as record players, and refrigerators (very big transformer). We didn't have much other stuff, as this was decades before PC's. I was tasked to make a recording with a nice reel-to-reel tape recorder in a place that I didn't know was a 240 volt building (ooops!), and promptly blew the fuse. The outlets were the same as the 120 volt power elsewhere, so I didn't know. My clue was that the light bulbs were 240 volt, so I quickly got another tape recorder and did my work. I suppose someone else changed the fuse.
Ah, youth. Yes, it was over 50 years ago.
In my garage, I do have a nice 240 volt outlet, and it has the proper NEMA 6-15 socket that has the horizontal blades, not the vertical ones for a 5-15 outlet normally used. Yes, it is labeled 240 volts as well!
In my case it was in the family room near the chimney (in the ceiling). When the beekeeper came out, he first took IR scans of the ceiling to see where they were. After that, he cut the ceiling open and vacuumed up the bees (he had a specialized vacuum container). Then he took out the hive, which looked like it was a work in progress for a while (years?).
Yes, I have pictures of the hive, after the bee removal, before the hive removal. Quite a complex construction if you ask me.
Was explained to me when I was in grade school. The general gist is that the LOUDER the complaint, the less serious it actually is.
So, if you encounter the shouty person, you can basically ignore it, BUT if you hear something like "Houston we've had a problem" in a calm and normal speaking voice, expect it to be VERY serious.
The original story about "Hamlet's Mania" was about injuries as a child, but it has meaning here.
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