We make with C, no problem.
We make with C, no problem.
I predict that these things are going to take off. Once people realize that they don't need a heavy OS like Windows in order to enjoy a portable platform that provides email & web browsing, any prejudice against will evaporate. Besides, most people won't even notice that Windows is missing.
One reason PDA's never took off is the man-machine interface. The keyboard is pretty much a must-have for an email & messaging platform. These things are going to be everywhere, especially with carriers eager to sell data plans subsidizing them.
I'm surprised that nobody brought this up, although someone did mention that wp will probably be notable in hindsight as a social experiment.
To reference another social experiment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment (wp, why not ?)
A closed society, given absolute power, discards any moral obligations towards other individuals that are categorized as 'others'. We see this time & time again throughout human history. Is this exclusionary behaviour really a surprise to anyone ?
I've worked in several large datacenters in the Atlanta area for various clientes in the past few months. These things are overbuilt, and half or more of their capacity looks idle. Speaking with dc staff, many of even the populated cages are idle/bankrupt/abandoned.
And the dc salesmen have seemed pretty eager last 6 months or so. I've bought some rack space & virtual servers recently, and got some shinin' deals.
So I can attest to the fact that at least that postulate about dc capacity being underutilized.
But, things seem on the upswing now though, at least my intuition says so.
Only if it's equipped with a microscope
You're right, it can be tiring over the long run, and I think that many of us experience that burn out. But I find that I have a healthy amount of enthusiasm for my work when I'm allowed a certain amount of freedom to pursue good solutions on my own & implement them, or work on a team & pull off a project that is technically elegant or especially efficient.
The one feeds the other I think, you build up that confidence from management, and they continue to give you those degrees of freedom that keep you motivated. Then again, all it takes is one overbearing PHB to derail that
The best thing is that if it is going right, no matter how challenging the work is, it feeds into other parts of your life & has positive impacts there.
I'm with you, I liked being a contractor also. I felt like I owed a higher degree of professionalism & rapidity, though. Pull that off, and it'll make you shine, and they'll bend over backward to stay out of your way and let you get the work done.
Now, having moved to a full-time position, which I thought I would never do again, I keep the same attitude of 100% heads down, no slacking whatsoever, and man, do they ever show the appreciation for that. I work more than 40, never outwardly show any negative emotion regarding unpleasant maintenance windows or working conditions, and help out my peers.
So maybe how they treat IT folks also has something to do with the attitude you bring to the job. Act like a paid-by-the-hour, high-dollar pro, even if you're 'fulltime', and you'll be treated as such.
Okay, lots of fans for Finland here. Sure, they have some tech industry there. But they are still rural. Name three major metros in Finland, anyone ?? Helsinki, um, um....
Let's compare with Arkansas for instance, shall we ? Anyone want to debate that it is rural ? Anyone want to debate there is tech industry there ? Walmart, UoA RFID research center, Acxiom, Tyson Foods, Arkansas Best Freight -- all major tech consumers & employers.
Cell phone coverage everywhere ? Sure. Running water everywhere ? Probably.
Paper mills ? Yep, got them too. I don't know who designed them, but a paper mill is a big ugly smelly thing that unless otherwised purpposed, will remain a hulking ghost if decommissioned.
Finland is definitely remote relative to the core of Europe, is sparsely populated, and in fact refers to itself as a 'rural European nation' (google "rural finland").
So, I don't undertand what your argument is. Are you just punking on the fact that the guy was making a joke and I tried to turn it serious ? If that's it, then grow up and join the adult table.
If you believe that Finland is the premier urban oasis of Western Europe, maybe you ought to go there & look around for yourself. Then tell me what you think.
But then again, you have to admire how they structure their word usements.
I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. - Joe Mullally, computer salesman