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Comment Re:Once past 50, you're fucked. (Score 1) 370

Try a resume going back to 1971. I get interviews, which go well. I use *most* of the new tech (code is code is code) so have the skills they want. Then nothing. Well, not always. Sometimes I get a call back about 6 months later about the 20-something that "didn't work out" and a bit about "would you be interested in a trial period?" Basically, no. I am not interested in filling time for an organization that discarded my offer without *any* contact, after face-to-face revealed my grey hair. They have told me everything I need to know about their corporate culture.

Comment IBM, NCR, Honeywell. Do the desk check tango. (Score 1) 230

As well as filling in the sheets, if you were lucky you could punch the cards, too. Before even writing code, though, you would do your program flowchart to make sure you knew where you were going. From your previous stash of cards, you would pull the appropriate JCL headers instead of having to go through that particular piece of hell. Want a printout with that? I worked for a college doing this stuff. One day, I was told to mount a new disk for a project. Going down the lines of drives, I finally found a bay that was not marked. I stopped the drive, pulled the 25 pound disk out and put the new one in. Then the system crashed. The only "free" unmarked pack was the OS. Students came by for weeks looking for their lost work. Must have been the gremlins, you know? ;-)

Comment Good Mental Floss (Score 5, Interesting) 169

I started on an IBM 360, doing assembler coding. Still have the IBM books I bought at the college bookstore. I was always amazed how much it felt like coming up from deep sea diving after a day of coding registers, doing multiplication via shift commands and all the other great little tricks that now seem ancient history. I still find myself comparing manuals based on how well they follow basic IBM rules: you can not self-reference a term in explaining the term, the explanation must not reference other terms that are not explained or that can not be identified as precursors to the term. It was a great machine to learn on.

Comment End the Accounting tricks (Score 4, Interesting) 342

Instead of just playing the numbers, why don't governments stop the manipulation entirely? You buy a stock, you hold it for 3 DAYS. The market adjusts for the sales and purchases instead of being artificially stimulated. The microsecond barons have to do some REAL work instead.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen