A couple of people forwarded me the link to this ACM paper. It discusses “silver bullets” in software. I loved the XML example. Perfect. This should be mandatory reading for Computer Science (any IT related course) students.
I spend a lot of time on the phone some days – trying to get to a human being. This little database has the numbers and techniques for many companies (in the US mostly) to “get a human”.
I might have to build one of these (unless someone can point me to a place to buy one of course). I think my son Alan would enjoy building it – maybe we’ll do one together. A bit of water, a strobe light and some fluorescent dye and you can play with time (and water).
They might be old, but they can be really good sometime. Here is a site that has a large set of movies that are out of copyright – and available for download. I just pulled “Plan 9 from Outer Space” – never actually watched it. I’m hoping it is as bad and as cheesy as I think it will be. The price is right. I didn’t think my T1 line would feel slow, but after hitting this site…
Thinking outside of the box
Here are some neat questions. Don’t over analyze them, don’t over think them. The less you analyze them, probably the better you’ll be able to answer them.
It is like the database sometimes. We approach it like everything is going to be complex and are so surprised when it is not. Here is a case in point.
Can you pass 8th grade science?
I did very well (I could pass the 8th grade again) – how about you?
Someday, I want to have this much spare time
The graffiti machine – looks like a fun computer science project. Imagine – you could just set it up and leave while it defaces the building – and come back and collect your stuff afterwards if the police are not around.
Just say no to sending MS-Word
I fully agree with this article. I normally return word documents sent to me by people I don’t know – asking for plain text, or at most – html. Most of the times, the word document is simply hold a bmp file that is a screen image of a character mode sqlplus session!!! Cut and Paste – simple, lo-tech, but small and it works.
Ok, I was a math major in college so this funny math page resonated with me. #3 is my all time favorite – “Here it is” – laughing out loud. #6 is no slouch either.
You need 8 feet of space between you and your computer for this one to work. It is pretty freaky though.
You know those motivation posters some companies have hanging in the conference room. Here is a “true” one. You always knew the guy in the red shirt that you never saw before was going to buy it big time.
This needs no explanation.
Learning curves for various editors. Visual studio is the best (curve, not editor).
And lastly, this image seemed most fitting to close up the time sink. You are not paid to think after all.
Now, get back to being productive.