lawpoop writes: "My buddy has a precocious 7-year-old who has exhaused the level-building games on the Nickelodeon website. My buddy asked me about games that will help him learn programming or logic skills. I thought of Alice, but its youngest version is targeted at middleschoolers.
What are some great games that will help a 7-year-old build their creativity and logic skills? I'm thinking of stuff along the lines of Lemmings, where you have to come up with creative solutions, using logic. Also, free would be great:)"
lawpoop writes: Russell Kirsch, inventor of the square pixel, goes back to the drawing board. In the 1950s, he was part of a team that developed the square pixel. " 'Squares was the logical thing to do,” Kirsch says. “Of course, the logical thing was not the only possibility but we used squares. It was something very foolish that everyone in the world has been suffering from ever since.' Now retired and living in Portland, Oregon, Kirsch recently set out to make amends. Inspired by the mosaic builders of antiquity who constructed scenes of stunning detail with bits of tile, Kirsch has written a program that turns the chunky, clunky squares of a digital image into a smoother picture made of variably shaped pixels."
lawpoop writes: After looking at a few salary sites, it seems that I'm very underpaid in my current position. I'm thinking about striking out on the job hunt, but I have a question. Can I trust information from salary.com, glassdoor, and the like? They might have an interest in me thinking I'm underpaid; I'm more likely to use their services ( which doesn't apply to glassdoor, but might be subject to similar gaming). Also, doesn't not having the exact skillset for the job posting affect the salary you ask for? A lot of what I'm seeing these days has specific tools and libraries. If I don't have that specific set, will I be able to justify the salary for a more general job description?
I couldn't submit this ask without a link. Link is not necessary; mods please remove!
lawpoop writes: At my current workplace, I'm tasked with creating a rather complicated and metastasizing web-database application. I've mostly been the sole 'IT guy' at my workplaces in the past, so I've never had to, nor taken the time, to learn proper project management routines — code comments mostly got me through it. Now for this project, it's getting somewhat hairy and I'm sensing that I need to start doing things in a more organized manner. What resources would you direct me to? Books? ( I wouldn't mind buying one good one. ) Websites? What do proper 'specs' look like? Must I use UML ( seems complicated and unintuitive ) or a simpler ER diagram? For this job, I just need to provide better estimates for completing features, but what will I need if/when I would be working with a team?
My roommate recently passed because of substance abuse. Unfortunately, his family situation was as messed up as the rest of his life, and his family is out of the country, from another culture, and *extremely* hard to get a hold of. I've never met or spoke with any of them.
His computer is still here. I'm contemplating logging on and seeing if I can contact whoever he spoke with via email. However, this could be seen as an invasion of privacy. I'm not sure if I can get permission from his family.
If this happened to me, I would like for somebody to do this. But this many not be what he would want, or what his family would want. Also, I'm not sure about law in this area. What do you think?