I'm a 45 year old developer, and while the company I work for is as full of stupidity as any other, at least it doesn't expect everyone to manage staff like some organisations. I know from experience that I don't have the people skills to be a good manager, but I also know I'm pretty good at gaining and using technical knowledge. My plan is to keep my technical skills up to date, and pour enough money into my pensions that I can retire at 50 if necessary.
4 posts • joined 8 Feb 2011
Why are ATM fascias so complicated and intricate?
I think the design of ATM machines makes it easier to attach card-skimming devices. They have lots of joints, recesses, protrusions, badges, unnecessary styling features and so on. Even genuine ones look like they've been assembled from various mismatched components over a period of years.
If the entire ATM facia was a single large moulded piece of smooth curved plastic, preferably flush with the wall of the building, it would be easier to spot at a glance recently attached card-skimming devices.
Do they block the noise of co-workers?
I'm still looking for a pair of headphones that can block the noise of my shouting, yawning, sneezing, coughing, farting, burping, coin-sorting office-mates, while I'm trying to concentrate on coding.
Are these any good for that?
I was a MicroVAX man
My memories of DEC's products:
- VMS was rock-solid, and made MS-DOS look like a toy in the early nineties.
- The reliable, well-documented compilers for Fortran, C and Ada, and the way in which it was easy to write programs that mixed languages.
- The excitement of receiving several large cardboard boxes full of tapes and manuals each time a new version of VMS was released.
- TK50 tape drives that sounded like a dentist's drill.