12 posts • joined 28 Feb 2011
Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code
The danger is that the VPs and managers of the future will think they can "code" because they did some parrot-fashion HTML and Scratch lessons at primary school. I pity the next generation of proper software developers.
So many possibilities
"But... before the operation I was a man!
Wait... don't worry, these look fun..."
Re: ...of podules
A rash of podules... sheer poetry.
Re: Kenny Everett
Yes, for 25 read 35 years. It's early, and I'm probably in denial about my age.
I've dubbed the travel pods at Heathrow terminal 5 "podules". They missed a trick in naming those.
I first heard podule used on by Kenny Everett on his Capital Radio show in the late 70's - I think it was in the Captain Kremmen slot, unmissable listening in those days. It's been a favourite word of mine ever since.
Amazing that I can remember a radio show from 25 years ago, but can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday.
HP9845B for me
Seventeen years old, my first programming job, and they plonk me in front of an HP9845B. Love at first sight, and over thirty years later I still think they're beautiful.
MATE is already available in the fc17 repos. My Dell Mini 9 is snappy and responsive again!
Re: " one of the worst branding and marketing disasters in the history of computing"
I think it was probably Wang Care.
You can have him
It took the efforts of groups like Computing at School and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to persuade Gove of the mess we were in, and his knee-jerk response demonstrates that he still doesn't understand the magnitude of the problem. A flexible IT curiculum from September? Who's going to teach it? It's not just kids today who aren't learning computer science, most of their teachers didn't learn it either. I've read that of the 28,000 teachers who qualified in 2010 just three were qualified in computer science. Maybe he expects the Big Society is to provide, but knowing his type he'll just outsource to India.
Can I use your dictaphone?
No, use your finger like everyone else.
So if I drive a Hummer I've got more right to be on the road than someone driving a Fiat 500, just because my VED band and fuel consumption are sky-high? Hey, I earn about twice the national average, too, and pay lots more income tax as a result, so how about all these poor people getting off the road too?
"This might justifiably annoy motorists, as it is they who pay for the streets and roads"
Vehicle Excise Duty goes into the big bucket of tax revenue that pays for our hospitals, wars, roads, MPs expenses and everything else. There is no hypothecation, we all pay for the roads through general taxation.