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Comment Well, most people are missing the point (Score 1) 568

There are certifying agencies. Including 1 for Data Processing professionals. However, most of us in the field could care less. 1 company I was with wanted to check out the tests they had. They had several senior people (I was 1) take tests in their field. The feedback was pretty consistant - the tests were not broken down into the correct brackets. They dumped the testing agency.

In another case I was required to take a "programming" exam as part of an interview process. Supposed to be generic questions without a language. I pointed out to the tester that 1 question had 2 different correct answers depending on a compile time switch in a language I was familiar with.

A couple of years ago, I got to help write a DB2 certification exam. The problem with that exam is that most people doing the actual work would do it with an open manual next to them, and IBM on the horn to answer questions, not closed book against a clock. (My assignment was 3 questions - 1 on each version of the exam). (A couple of the writers were people that then wrote study books for the very same test)

So the question of certification is who is qualified to write the tests? And how realistic are they?

Sorry, my best resume device is to list some of the things I have done to save companies money. The best 1 so far - found 1 line of code that was holding $10 million dollars of excess inventory. Close second - write a program from scratch and run it within 8 hours to avoid $4 million in IRS fines.

Comment Never installed Win 3.0 ever (Score 1) 387

I was running OS/2 at the time. OS/2 had the absolute best terminal emulator available at the time. And on the NCR computers we were stuck with at work, the DOS window of OS/2 was a better behaved DOS then the DOS that came with the NCR machines. As for the "multi-tasking" of Win 3.0 - Desqview did it better, even on an 8088 machine! And finally, The CASE tool I was running would not run on Windows. (I ran Dual boot anyway).

Comment Over 20 years ago (Score 1) 550

My mom had diabetic retinopathy laser surgery. After having the lenses removed the old fashioned way years before that (scalpel, while awake). There are also effects noted for divers, so between the fears from my mom's surgeries, the potential side effects to diving, and the probable changes as my eyes age even more, it just isn't worth it.

Comment NOVA Southeastern. (Score 1) 433

Many classes can be done online, others are done in clusters - brought to your town on evenings and weekends. You may have to do capstone on campus (for my MBA it was one week long class in Ft Lauderdale). So you save up vacation for the capstone... (I saved vacation, then my boss gave me the week as a training week - great boss).

I hear Webster is geared on the same model, but don't have the actual knowledge of them - you may want to investigate.

Agree with Phoenix being scam school. I actually looked into teaching for them once.... Not enough knowledge of DeVry to state about them.

Comment HS Class of 1977 (Score 1) 632

Junior year we had the new DEC PDP-8e. Single platter disk drive Mini. Took BASIC course that year. Next year they offered the advanced course for the first time. Took that. Senior year took third at the state math fair with a game program. Paper tape backup (still have some) Studied some of the assembler, and was one of a handful of students allowed to boot toggle the machine.

Today Database Adminsitrator for a fortune 10 company, BSCS, MBA, have spoken at an international conference several times.

Also, in 8th grade we did one section in programming in the advanced math class - by punched cards - Fortran

Between sophmore and jr years in HS actually did a short session of a couple weeks and programmed for the US government (fortran).

Learned programming more from my Dad (he had been in the field since about 1961)

Early TRS -80 in the house in 1977

Comment Re:You get what you pay/wait for (Score 1) 491

Here here. Agile is nothing more than a rehash of what we called prototyping back in the late 80s / early 90s. You didn't think there was anything new under the sun did you?

The big problerm with Agile, the way it is practiced, is that you push 3 times as much rework on your DBAs and other support personal. Tell me - who costs more - a DBA or a developer?

Agile proponenets never facter in the higher costs of the support staff, since they are "already there". But what does it cost to extend your support staff when they are overloaded? Where do you get those scarce people as well?

Comment Actually (Score 1) 357

I paid full retail for my first photoshop (version 2.2) back in the day (1994). MS Office? 10$ for a fully licensed version thru my employer (That's professional version, including access and powerpoint).

OS - XP professional came with the machine, I would have to spend a lot of time to replace it, and it WOULD NOT RUN a piece of software on the machine that my company paid 1200$ for.

So, what would Linux cost to implement? No way to tell, because it can not do the job. So once again, the premise is faulty to start with. Linux is not a complete solution.

Comment We came in on the list. (Score 1) 205

They go on and on about a series of awards - given out for various accomplishments. And the "low" turnover last year. Well sure, they cut our salary, but we stayed anyway to keep from becoming unemployed --- that's your low turnover.

But the company across the street came in 11 places ahead of us? Are the people that created this list insane? The place across the way doesn't pay well, but talks about big bonuses in their writeup. Then they go on about them paying for tuition for people - my question is where are the people going to college? The closest acredited school is 30 miles away and doesn't do much at night. All we have locally is community colleges and a couple of non-accredited "universities".

United States

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

Comment Re:so long... (Score 1) 430

And you are so wrong. It is a simple problem.

I have already put the new lights into almost all of my home lighting now. Eventually, all but ONE light will be replaced. That one 5 bulb chandelier REQUIRES 1 incadescent bulb in order to turn on correctly. The other 4 bulbs are the lower power lighting. They are a smattering of other bulbs still as incadescents, but as they burn out they are getting replaced. (Or as the one required incadescent burns out, I use one of those others to replace it and swap it for one of the low power ones.)

And before you get on with the "oh they have special bulbs for that" - tried them - they don't work.

So, GE, please keep manufacturing incadescents.

Comment It depends (Score 1) 466

Vector and such math is good if you want to go graphics and the like.

Algorithms and Automata theory is good if you want to go the Database administration route.

You pays your money and makes your choice.

As for Mathmaticians making the best programmers - sounds like a mathmatician talking to me. It ain't neccessarily so.

I chose the automata route myself, and I employed as a DBA for a fortune 10 company. However, with todays DBMSes, you might want to get some statistics under your belt.

Comment Re:Longevity (Score 1) 277

I was one of a team of 3 that wrote a system in COBOL in 1983. Last I heard it is still running. It generated Maintenance schedules for a large plant automatically.

The next system I worked on after that (1985-88) was running until the company sold the division that used it. Don't know what happened after that.

Code from 1996-7 is still running for a tax system for an insurance company.

Code from 1999-2000 is still ordering merchandise for a major entertainment company (A certain Mouse you know).

And if you send packages by certain LARGE corporations then you use COBOL behind the scences. I wrote a new COBOL program for one of those a few weeks ago (and I'm a DBA, not a developer).

Comment Typical (Score 1) 386

Define "multitasking" so that people are bound to fail, then measure the failure.

I define multitasking to include doing more then one task on my computer at a time. The trick is to start a long running BACKGROUND task and then do something requiring more attention in the foreground. It works very well.

So, I call this study INCOMPLETE. the peole doing it were probably playing video games while measuring their data - LOL!

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg