How do you know my postman has an Aunt Bertha - he keeps that very quiet?
2398 posts • joined 11 Dec 2015
Yup, I updated our time capsule with an SDD - mainly because the HD gave up the ghost after 9 years and three house moves with much abuse in between. It still works quietly very happily and in the background - although it is not a terribly difficult thing to do.
I (and my partner and daughter) use 12" (approx) iPad Pros for drawing and photo manipulation with the rather wonderful Affinity Photo. Very portable, very fine control with a pen - but of course eye wateringly expensive. However for the job (and my daughter is a professional in that illustrations and photo editing are part of her day job) they are difficult to beat at the moment. It does other things as well, so I justify it on the basis that I also use Mathcad and Mathematica as well as a decent word processor and spreadsheet - so it is a legitimate business expense :-)
Many years go, while I was at HP, just after Fiorina arrived (certainly the beginning of the end), we were asked to take a 10% cut to save posts. As far as I am aware (I was not a manager), takeup in our R&D group was about 80%. It lasted for 3 months, following which they promptly slashed and slashed. At least at that time, they were offering decent redundancy terms (which I left on about 8 years later).
Combined with the explanations and choices made, that action destroyed a lot of goodwill - to the companies detriment. A vicious feedback loop that inevitably did not help.
10 PRINT "HELLO "; 20 GOTO 10
Ahh a wonderful game for machines that were left 'open' as demos way back in the day of a plethora of 'consumer' machines, all of which appeared to have some sort of basic interpreter available. HOWEVER
Invariably 10 PRINT "**** is sh*t "; 20 GOTO 10 was a more usual intervention.
No, at the age of 14 we were not very subtle let alone mature, and my partner assures me that 40 odd years later things have not improved.....
The joke amongst those doing proper degrees when I was a lad, was that at the end of the first year, they dropped the economics - too many hard sums, in the second, philosophy because the problems were too complex and that left them just reading politics for the last year - to their relief.
I have unfond memories of the 'Ryan Macfarland' Fortran compiler (I think I have the name right - it is 30 years) that came up with 'Unkown Fatal Erro' during compilation. This was for a large numerical; code I was working on.
After some experimentation - a sort of binary search on a rather wide range of parameters. I worked through naming, array sizes, variable mixes, expression complexity - I was tearing my hair out.
It turned out that a few of the variable names were too long (although within F77 standards). I was actually given a beer or three for the fix (and that was not cheap - I was working in Norway at the time) by my colleagues.
Compilation by friction was not an experience I had had up to then.
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