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Comment Re:Attended - a first person perspective (Score 2, Insightful) 135

C++ - B (Asian professor, accent was a distraction - "mammary leaks" discussed in-depth)

Please, lets ignore the accent issue. It doesn't prove bad teaching, just that the teacher learned English in a different place than you did.

I attended and graduated from MIT. One of my professors had a thick accent and it was distracting. He also had a Nobel prize.

Comment More help is available on Objective-C (Score 4, Interesting) 316

If you're just starting out you're going to be learning a lot, reading blogs, reading stackoverflow, and there is far more Obj-C out there than Swift now. So you since you want fast, not best, Obj-C is the correct choice for you. Not necessarily for everybody, but for you.

Comment The laser is computer controlled, that's why. (Score 1) 550

I write software for a living. And yes, we all test our code, unit tests, regression test, automated testing, QA departments. And we still have bugs in our code. And you want to shine a computer controlled laser into my eye? PS: a friend of mine had it done about a decade ago. We've lost touch so I can't say how it worked out for him, but I do recall him sketching out on a bar napkin the areas that needed improvement. He was going in for a touch up since the doctor's office called and said the new software was in. No thanks...

Comment Radio Collars (Score 4, Funny) 117

My ex-brother-in-law is a wildlife biologist. He's done a lot of field work. He told a story at Christmas a few decades back. He took his 7 year old son out hiking is some deep woods. Being concerned if something went wrong he put a radio tracking collar on him, just part of the stuff in his lab. I asked him how it worked. He deadpanned, "I hated shooting him with the tranquilizer dart from the helicopter." I almost lost my egg-nog.

Comment Re:Been doing it for 2 decades now - love it (Score 1) 114

Thank you!

I was out on the road and couldn't respond. Glad you did for me.

Yes, I did OS X before then. And before then it was MacOS 9 and then 8. And before that was System 7. And before that was System Software 6. Before that was SunOS (not Solaris, and MassComp, remember them?). Before that was VMS and before that was RXS-11M. Before that I was at MIT, best one I remembered was called Q on Perkin-Elmer hardware. You had to call out "Ok to to compile" before compiling. Of course some ITS and a smidge of Lisp machines. Then it was PDP-8 assembly language. Oh wait, one more. A Frieden Flexo-writer. Yes, that means I have cut and pasted with scissors and glue.

Now get offa my lawn.

Comment Been doing it for 2 decades now - love it (Score 5, Interesting) 114

I'm an iOS developer (and used to do OS X) who has worked at home for over 2 decades now. I did have one year where the new boss wanted me in the office. (I upgraded bosses via the resume route eventually.) And I once was laid off because I refused to move halfway across the country (new boss wanted me sitting there.) You need discipline to not blur the line between home and work. For me that means regular hours and an office with a door that shuts. Once place I lived even had the office in a studio that was attached but I needed to go outside to get to it. I loved it. Family also knows what working means and treats it as such. I wouldn't change it for anything.

Comment Re:Cool, but... (Score 2) 280

Not an excuse. They are a "premium luxury" brand. If they couldn't do right by the customer with the parts they had on hand then they should have given the customer a better replacement.

I'm typing this on a MacBook that Apple gave me. You see, my previous had failed and been repaired twice. On the third failure, they gave me a brand new machine. Not identical to the old one, but a brand new one. This is Apple's "three strikes" policy. If a machine needs a third repair, in warrenty or under Apple Care, just pick out a new one with the same size, hard drive, and memory as the defective one.

That's doing right.

Comment Good but hard... (Score 1) 480

I've spent about 14 of the last 15 years working from home. Mostly full time but some of that was half in the office, half at home. First off, be prepared for a better life. The one thing you can't get more of in life is more time, now you have more time since you're not driving.

Office with a door - Mandatory. You'll find that you'll always be "on" and that is bad. Telecommuters either slack off (and get fired) or work too much. I love my current setup, my current office cannot be accessed from my home, it has a separate entrance. So my commute is about 10 seconds of walking.

Hours - You'll want regular hours and stick to them. Again, this is to prevent overwork. It is also good in the begining to prevent goofing off.

Water Cooler - you don't have one. You will be out of the loop on everything that goes on in the home office. Oh well. 90% of that was crap anyhow. Missing the 10% can hurt you, but don't worry. You'll get by.

Perception - All of your co-workers will think you are goofing off. So you will be held to higher standards then they are. That's ok, they get to fight traffic on I-whatever twice a day. If you work 9-5 you are home at 5:00:01.

Headset - get a nice one. And I don't mean a $100 Bluetooth one. A $10 wired one that is comfortable is far better.

Pets - get a cat or fish. I have 4 fish tanks in my office. I'd love to let the cat in but with the walk outside that's just asking for trouble with her.

Enjoy your new life, congrats!

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