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Comment Re:Oracle and Java (Score 2) 372

I don't like Java or C++ and Qt, but I recognize that me not liking them doesn't make either one less important or relevant in the software industry. I don't like .Net either. Heck, I don't like anything. In fact, nothing's perfect. How about that. There are things that Java is wonderful for, things that .Net is ideal for, things that Delphi (yes Delphi) is great for. There are things that C++ is great for. There are things that Python is great for. No one language rules all. I love Python, except that its GUI frameworks universally suck. Even PyQt. Java is pretty impressive, and after 15 years of ignoring it, I might actually find a project where I need it. netbeans is pretty nice too, by the way. Certainly nicer than Eclipse, which I really really hate. Warren

Comment Re:Tolkien's prose (Score 1) 505

Tom Bombadil seems to me to be an element of "inexplicable other-ness", and seems a mystical figure, and the most "mythological" of all of his "myth building" exercises. He is not affected by the power of the ring, and yet, he is also not the solution to the problem of how to dispose of it. He is something other than that, entirely. Warren

Comment Re:Tolkien's prose (Score 1) 505

I think it makes far more sense to say that "literature" and "fantasy" are two different things, at least as far as a "nobel prize in literature" goes. Fantasy novels, whether they are the very best ones (Tolkien, and a very short list of others, which ones make the list is very much a matter of opinion) are not to everybody's taste, least of all the taste of those who award the Nobel prizes. What I find most interesting is that (a) Tolkien is fascinated by Nordic mythology, (b) few people seem to show it more distaste than latter-day literary men of the same North countries that Tolkien takes his literary inspirations from. Look up the "Kolbitar", or "the coalbiters" group that tolkien belonged to. Warren W

Comment Kodak: digi-crap in 1997. Digi-crap in 2011. (Score 2) 309

In october of this year, my son bought a "waterproof" kodak digital camera that took pretty crappy 640x480 video and crappy 2 megapixel digital photos. The lens was crap, the camera build quality was crap, and the whole thing stopped working within 3 days of purchasing it. I have never seen a more poorly designed, poorly executed thing with a formerly-major-brand on it. In my opinion Kodak-the-brand still meant something to most american consumers, and so the executives have been cashing out. They can't go after the enthusiast market, so they go after kids and senior citizens. Neither one is happy with complete crap though. Warren

Comment The only reason I can see to create IT departments (Score 2) 214

In business areas where IT is a clearly defined discipline, different than what the primary business of the company is, where most, if not all employees have trouble performing their daily details without a clearly defined "IT function" within an organization, IT organizations seem to have sprung up as if they were needed, in all places where they were really needed. That they have not been (until now) clearly and obviously needed in your organization, suggests that the business need is not so clear cut. May I draw some parallels? I have worked in R&D environments around scientists and engineers, who know how to do most of the IT functions that non-technical people wish IT would do for them, and who actively resent some snot-nosed MCSE telling them how good Group Policy and locked-down IT environments are for The Business. May I suggest that what will (sadly) happen in your environment is that a major IT disaster will create the instant perceived need for Standardization and Lockdown. it is only a matter of time. Your most prudent course may be to do nothing extraordinary, but be there and ready with solutions when the actual animal offal hits the actual rotary air-movement apparatus. Warren

Comment Re:it's true you boys (Score 1) 557

Actually it was Windows XP's naieve "get to the desktop at all costs, as fast as you can" strategy (an effort to speed apparent boot times) but which delayed a lot of stuff loading, that resulted in Windows XP booting, and then not being usable for nearly 1-2 minutes after you boot. In vista, the startup architecture and the IO scheduling were fixed well enough that the machine, once booted, could actually be used, wonder of wonders. W

Comment Re:Stay Put (Score 1) 772

I'm 41, and I'm not happy with that advice about staying put. I'll tell you why. Because part of being a great software developer, is confidence in your ability to land on your feet. I have seen every mindgame management has at its disposal, too. And I pick my battles carefully, and I take notes. When people are arrogant bastards, I don't call them on it. I wait for a chance to leave, and I leave them to the hell of their own making. And I agree with absolutely everything Number6.2 says, except the verdict; Stay put. Only stay put if the place you are is not killing you. Make a lateral project management move to some other job that is 90% PM and 10% programming. Then make another lateral move inside the same company, that gets you the mix you like. Who says you can't do whatever you want? What kind of stupid software company would ban its PMs from coding? Oh right. Most of them. Because they're idiots. So leave. Who needs to work for idiots? Who cares where you land at 65, if you're dead of a heart-attack or a stroke, at 50. Toxic work environments kill you, especially if you're a typical overweight male geek, and your health isn't that great. W

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