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Comment: From my misbegotten youth... (Score 1) 142

by creimer (#48684399) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared
I had an original IBM AT keyboard in the late 1990's. My college roommate worked at a surplus computer store and gave me an old IBM AT computer to stay off his shiny 386 computer that could play Doom. The 286 was a big downgrade from the 386, but a big upgrade from the Commodore 64 that I used for ten years. Loved the keyboard during my BBS days. Alas, I gave it up when I discovered the Microsoft ergonomic split keyboard. Since then I went through several generations of Microsoft keyboards ($40) for my primary computer, and use Logitech keyboards ($20) for secondary computers.

Comment: Re:Why not include the original IBM design? (Score 1) 142

by creimer (#48684359) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

I have also switched to MAC and not having cords (Bluetooth) is so nice.

Ran into a guy at Google who had a Apple Desktop Bus keyboard connected via a ADB-to-USB adapter to a fully decked out Mac Pro (~$40K in 2008). Bleeding edge technology with an ancient keyboard made for interesting conversations.

Comment: Positives and negatives (Score 1) 285

by spaceyhackerlady (#48677505) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

I feel here are positives and negatives to being older.

The positive is a depth of experience. An inherent patience to work through problems, looking for the right answer. My boss can - and does - tell me "Laura, figure out XYZ and see if we can use it in our company." This will keep me busy for extended periods.

While it's not strictly age-related, I find many "younger" companies have views on work/life balance that are incompatible with my own. I do not eat, live and breathe my work. When I go on vacation I go, and make damned sure I'm out of cellphone coverage when I do.

Also, many "younger" companies have messages I do not believe in. A prime example is local media darlings HootSuite. Since I don't buy the problem, I can't be part of its "solution".


Comment: Re:what we need are solid workers not rock stars (Score 2) 515

by creimer (#48677169) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

All that great work usually comes with a bad attitude, lack of documentation, and a me vs the world mentality.

Typically these are people who been with the company the longest (i.e., 5+ years). Bad attitude comes from taking the same crap day in and day out. Lack of documentation is the only form of job security that they have from getting randomly laid off. Me vs. the world mentality comes from knowing that their value in the labor market is significantly less than a contractor who makes more money from working at different companies on shorter assignments.

Comment: Re:Why the piss poor state of computer science? (Score 1) 138

I have a two-year A.S. degree in computer programming, which required one web "development" course in HTML. Since this was an online course with no hard deadlines, I waited until the very last day to complete all the assignments in six hours before taking the final exam. Having taught myself HTML with a text editor, it was a breeze to ace the exam. My only complaint was that all classes were taught in Java since the school couldn't afford to renew the Microsoft site license for Visual Studio. The Linux instructor added some C/C++ programming to the side. The assembly language class got cancelled for not having enough students.

Oh, well. I can't complain too much. Uncle Sam picked up the tab with a $3,000 tax credit that paid for my second associate degree.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.