On Retiring

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have done this before.  retired that is.  Again on June 30 a long term consulting contract ends and I will again retire.  But I will be busy, living the mountain life, doing things like splitting shingles and planting food and just walking in the forest.

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Programmer’s rant

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

The first time I told a computer what to do was on an IBM 1401 in 1962.  I am still trying to tell them what to do but the days of ASM are gone.  The days of talking directly to the CPU are gone.  As CPUs have grown exponentually in power, the size of programs has done the same.  So have the problems.  When you have a program that has run for 10 years without problem and suddenly it starts hemmoraging memory all over the system, it seems it is the OS that has corrupted the memory management.  When you have a legacy of programs that are still being used, you have no time left for creativity, only maintenance or abandonment of the past.  It is time to do something new.

Hello world!

Posted: January 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hello World…  This is the starting point for nearly every programming example.

Since most of the programming languages I have used started there.

I usually end up wanting more and more complex examples till

I break something.