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Comment: Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (Score 1) 165

by mwvdlee (#48436799) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0


It just means that kernel version numbering has been robbed of it's use by the marketing department.

Never mind that the only people who would actually care about kernel version numbers are the same kind of people who actually need it to have some significance. All this "10.0" version number will do, is for the technical community to start using more meaningful version identifiers like build numbers or dates or perhaps some other internal number that hasn't been discovered by the marketeers. It just means that the kernel version number is no longer of any value or useful meaning.

Comment: Re:Cobol is still alive and well (Score 3, Insightful) 133

by mwvdlee (#48409661) Attached to: HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

The only way COBOL might die a natural death is if the biggest companies in the world all fold, without any of their IT assets being sold at liquidation.
Given that the value of those assets is easily in the hundreds of millions of dollars for large companies, it's a bit unlikely.
COBOL will out live anybody reading (or writing) this comment.

Comment: Waste (Score 5, Insightful) 276

by mwvdlee (#48400957) Attached to: World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

The kid apparently has either a talent for computers or for learning.
Either way, it's a waste to train him for an MCP exam when the kid could be learning something actually valuable in the future.
I have no idea whether an MCP exam is easy or difficult, but it'll damn sure be useless by the time he is old enough to get benefits from such certification.
Having the kid get an MCP certification is about the parents' bragging rights rather than actually teaching the kid something valuable.

Comment: Re:Obvious guy says (Score 2) 223

by mwvdlee (#48390435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Yes. This.
Spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days concentrating on being a better person, nothing else.
Do not try to keep in touch with your old self. Do not try to work on your education, knowledge or skills.
Do not try to improve anything about yourself except whatever "being a better person" entails.
Force yourself to enjoy yourself for 8.760 concecutive hours without interruption. /sarcasm

I typically do some programming on vacations too. Because I enjoy doing it.
If you're not going to have an internet connection (or rather; any outside help), I'd try to focus on things for which you can get a complete manual in paper.
I think a language like C would be ideal; relatively small syntax and standard library. Probably any "old" language would do in your situation.
"Generic" IT books would also be great. If you got the complete "Art of computer programming" series, you'd probably be the only human who will have read it completely and will have learned a lot of useful things.

The typical page layout program is nothing more than an electronic light table for cutting and pasting documents.