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Comment Same COBOL guys from Y2K? (Score 3, Informative) 405

I learned COBOL way back when (1984 to be precise, then used it for a few years and it eventually rotted out of my brain). I was thinking of coming out of COBOL Retirement back when I heard what huge demand Y2K was putting on the lack of COBOL knowledge. What happened to the Y2K COBOL team -- did they help the state of CA then? I'm guessing if CA didn't find a replacement in 10 years (which is not-so-suspiciously just before everyone starting fretting over Y2K), I don't really see it happening now, or I'd dig out my old COBOL disks, dirty up my resume (re)writing a few more COBOL programs, send out a resume, and move to sunny CA and $clean $up -- but anyone whose been a contractor has already thought like this.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Old Computer Game Covers -- Art, or just old? 1

zentechno writes: Cleaning out some VERY old boxes, in a long-untouched closet, and discovered my first supply of PC Games, some new back when 386's were new, and while there's (almost) zero use for these, I still think the cover art is quite cool. I found the original Zork (I), Zork II, Zork III (and the later released Zork 0), Enchanter, and Sorcerer from InfoCom, plus Star Trek "The Kobayashi Alternative" from Simon & Schuster, Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder from SSI, Loom by Lucas Games, Nuclear War from New World, Annals of Rome and FireZone from PSS, Sidewinder from EA, and Defender of the Crown from Mindscape to name many. I loved these games, and wonder if there's any sort of serious collectors market out there as there is for vinyl album art — or is it just a personal thing?
Microsoft

Submission + - Balmer egged, but none on his face (bbc.co.uk)

zentechno writes: Balmer was speaking at a lecture to university students at the Corvinus University in Budapest, and was just going into his "warm-personable" act when an angry student, sporting a classic, if European long-sleeved homebrew "Microsoft = corruption" shirt, shouted some choice words in anger, and pummeled him with several eggs . I'm not sure what the student said (anyone?), but it obviously echoes of the classic Gates-pie gag , only a bit more "raw" on several fronts, and lacking other "ingredients." Balmer, clearly a bit wigged, shook it off with his usual pacing and humorous observations.

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