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Comment Re:Amen (Score 1) 26

I used mh/nmh for a long, long time. The command-line tools were excellent for quickly filtering emails (thanks to bash and grep and each message being a file in a folder), but really, the tcl/tk exmh wrapper was what I really liked. It did what I wanted, using tools that worked, without me having to memorize all the tools and how they worked.

These days I just use gmail.

Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 1) 199

The C-suite, whose job is to guide the company strategically, does not need to know how the hardware and software works on a detailed level, or at all really.

And yet, I'm pretty sure Boeing's CEO doesn't order the employees to start building planes without wings (I don't care, just do it! You're the engineer, you make it work or I'll find another that will!) Something tells me he knows planes a bit better than "not at all, really".

Comment Microsoft and XP (Score 2) 58

Microsoft ought to issue one last update for XP to replace IE's "this site is broken and sucks shit" message with "this browser is broken and you need to upgrade to access secure sites"

That's the only way I'll ever be able to remove support for XP's https implementation from my servers (or until 2020 or so when the last of the XP boxes finally have their harddrive fail and a new computer bought)

Comment Re:BTW (Score 1) 29

If you go to your journal list do you see a very dark gray gear on the very dark subject line on the journal next to the green "Journal" thing sticking out the side? (obviously not, but it's there. It's also right next to the very dark gray (x) icon to delete it, so clicking blindly is dangerous.) It's fancypants javascript so it may or may not work, it took a few seconds on mine to convert the subject and body fields to inputs I could change (I just tested it on mine, the "Preview" shows me the original post but submitting it saved the edit).

Comment Re:Account should not try to "get knowledgeable" (Score 2) 87

This is absolutely what the programmers need. Someone who can explain domain knowledge and how they expect to use the software without starting to go off on about how you can just use a database widget to manipulate the numbers here in that java thingy. If I was going to write accounting software, I don't need someone telling me what library function to use to calculate interest, I need someone to tell me what happens when a user chooses cash basis or accrual basis, and which one is a more likely choice so we can make that the default and save the user a click (or perhaps it is absolutely vital that the user chooses one without simply accepting a default).

The general case of learning to ____ for the purpose of interacting with someone who _____s makes my skin crawl. The accountant should consider this the other way around and ask himself how they'd feel if the programmers started coming up to him to ask if his receivable cash bases are dollar averaged or some other mishmash of terms that will hopefully sound inane to an accountant.

That said, there's nothing wrong with learning to program for the sake of learning to program, and if he was able to bootstrap himself to a level appropriate for the task on hand it would almost certainly be beneficial to himself and his team (unless his team members are paranoid that he's looking to replace them). The main issue is the strain he'd put on the programmers if he tries at too low of a level, and the programmers end up taking time from their actual job function to train him.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.