64 posts • joined Friday 5th August 2011 00:06 GMT
Our family never had a computer in the 1980s, I had to go to friends places to use theirs. For some reason it was always kids that lived on farms that had computers due to tax rorts and they were meant to be for "doing the accounts".
Not sure what kids these days would program unless it involved API calls to Facebook and Google for various applications like some kind of weirdo. The number of actual programmers interested in that stuff is very low or they are already working for those companies.
I remember having to write out final assignments by hand even in my final year as I did not have enough time to type them on the computer at school. We only had BBC Micros from 1989 to 1994, with Archimedes in some labs and one PC that kids would sneak playing HHGTTG text adventure on.
Starting a computer degree meant I needed a computer at home and that was at the start of 1995. I had to share it with the whole family. Also I had to spend 4hr per day commuting on buses, through fifteen feet of snow, uphill in both directions. Kids today!
The gist of my computing degree was to prepare graduates for work in large companies using UNIX, COBOL, Relational databases and doing Y2K work. I ended up doing none of these and the job I am doing now did not even exist when I started high school.
They want what does not exist
All the ads I see are for recruiters who always want a minimum of five years experience in technologies that have not even been out that long. Also they will never tell you they are all advertising for the same role so it is pointless to apply more than once.
It fills me with terror
There is not the content checking you get with Facebook, I don't want to get fired for scrolling the wrong thing.
"Just don't use Twitter at work" is what some people would say, I already do not use Facebook and just keep Twitter on in the background. "Don't follow that woman who likes to post photos of her G-cups", but where's the fun in that?
It is irritating that there is no way to turn it off either. Expecting users to change their behaviour is no way to run a system, just look at the Myki ticketing system in Melbourne.
Carribean Gardens? There's a name I have not heard for a long time...
It is a big car boot sale with independant traders selling there own stuff and yes bootlegs and piracy has always been a problem there dating back since it opened almost.
I have spent a couple of hundred dollars in the past couple of months on import DVDs on titles that are not available in Australia. Attempting to buy the same titles from local retailers means you pay at least double for example the Warner Archive DVD-R movies are being sold at $40AUD where you can buy them for $9 online. Other markups are just obscene and are just the stores being greedy.
PAL and the Office of Film and Literature Classification are always used as an excuse to why the Region 4 releases for DVDs never get the same content, it is nonsense. The same with Bluray since Sony owns the format and it is hard to find multi region players.
I don't even use all the features on my SLR
I take a large amount of photos every year, going out over 100 separate times to do so and still do not use some of the features on my camera. Can't really call it a hobby, more of a second job that that I have to pay for.
I have specialised so much in taking photos of live music performances in darkened rooms that I struggle to take photos outside in the sunlight.
I bought the cheapest SLR I could find and just upgraded the lens to a slightly better one for low light (35mm). A lot of people buy fancy pants cameras just to have a new toy to play with. There is a big price jump up to the next rank of cameras before you get better quality and then you have to really know what you are doing as there are no auto controls at all.
There's a model of Canon SLR that mostly seems to be used by indie film makers now at least where I live. I have used to video feature on my camera a handful of times, yes once even for a model in the boudoir (no, you cannot see it.)
Why should I make Facebook more money?
I was putting a "preview" gallery of photos on my Facebook page before I did the proper version for my website, but it turns out no one was going to my website to look at the photos and assuming the Facebook version was the final one. I was doing the same work twice for no reason and giving Facebook the page views and advertising revenue for no reason.
I did have to upgrade the system to handle photos on my website though, just doing a plain HTML gallery may have been fast, but was a pain to update whenever I had to take photos down. At least I still have the photo galleries stored locally.
Thunderbirds Are Go!
That looks quite a bit like Thunderbird 2
The movie Thunderbird 6 is centered around an airship also.
I wondered why the B3TA weekly newsletter ended up in my mailbox six times this weekend. They could not get it to send in plain text.
The preferences thing happened to several parties
"Not enough time" was the excuse used.
The Wikileaks party has imploded over this issue and people have quit the party.
The senate ballot paper in Victoria is 5 feet long with hundreds of choices, too hard. I think I have voted "below the line" in one election.
Why is this news?
I did this for several years once, they were trying to get me to leave so they did not have to pay me out. Would not even upgrade the computer and I spent a whole year without internet access while working as the webmaster for the company.
I once tried to make my text messages go faster on my old Nokia by throwing it, still worked great.
My current 2730c still works, but the battery is starting to lose its charge quicker. The new upgrade for the Facebook app made it slow.
Don't know why I show people how crap my phone is by putting it in my mouth? It still works. Don't need to get a new phone yet. Also do not want to upgrade plans or change to a new phone.
What's wrong with Office 2000?
The only thing I can't open is docx files, but they fixed that after Office 2007 (I use an online converter).
I can't believe the CD I installed it off still works.
I did use MS Access 97 and 2000 quite a bit back in the day (and worked out the dreaded Hatten.ttf error that stopped you installing both.)
Poke mon!? Poke mon ... Poke mon with the poke and the mon,
Phar Lap can be sequenced then?
The last word was that the DNA was "too damaged" after less than 100 years to be properly sequenced.
The skin is in a museum in Melbourne, the skeleton is in New Zealand and the heart is in Canberra I believe.
Dig up stupid!
What really is happening is that they are only now finding all the things that actually need to be fixed in the telecommunications network that were not looked at before. It costs thousands of dollars even to drain the pits and look in them.
I enjoyed this summation of the policy of the, lets face it now incoming government at the next election
"Have you heard about the government subsidy for solar panels?"
Arrgh! Stop ringing me! I don't have a roof!
As long as it doesn't become part of a government "scheme" where people how much they can rip it off it should be fine.
When monkeys fly out of my butt!
It will be lucky to be finished by 2030!
Different conditions in Australia
Game of Thrones does not screen on free to air in Australia either. Plus you have to pay for a "bundle" to get the channel that it screens on after paying for pay TV. There is only one pay TV provider in Australia and they are milking it for all it is worth.
I could comment more if I had any work recently
My agency won't even call me to see how I am going. I used to get catapulted into roles with a day or less notice and expected to work. It was the same sort of work all the time, but at least I had something to do and would do it like a relentless bulldozer, even finishing ahead of time when it would cost me money a couple of times.
I am still looking for work though and have tried applying for non IT roles, but I never seem to hear back from them.
No love for MS Access? It is a good starting point for learning MS SQL Server and you can use it as a front end for server applications. I do remember going through two thick books on the application (the second one was mainly office automation stuff.) I did even support a site that used MS Access for the web database, but updated it to SQL Server.
Never really got into .NET and these days a lot of roles want iOS and HTML 5 and stuff that hasn't even been around for more than a couple of years. Also whenever I see it, I have to say "Dispatch War Rocket AJAX, to bring back his body!"
The most training I have had in the past couple of years was two days training in a content management system so I could do administration tasks in the back end. It was from the official support company for the CMS though.
I am most concerned about the rate of superannuation going up from 9% to 12% in the next few years, meaning sneaky people will make it sound like you are getting more money when the rate includes super. I try to get an ex. super quote when I am applying for roles.
My rate hasn't really gone up by a large amount in the past few years, will have to start asking for a bit more even in the content roles. I have tried applying for more senior positions but I never seem to get them. One of the team managers on a project decided to just go back to migrating content for some reason and we never found out why.
Woomera doesn't get as much action as it used to.
Supposedly is one of the only rocket launching facilities where the launch and recovery were in the same country, was a landing zone on the West Australian coast.
There is a $10,000 departure tax if you leave the country on a rocket.
Australia also has the distinction of selling uranium to another country so it could have bombs exploded on its soil. Also they once sprayed plutonium across the desert by melting it with explosives. Fun times.
Too late now
They have created a massive bureaucratic organisation that they have no control over. It has been taken "off budget" according to even Abbott and is a law onto itself.
The final price for the NBN will be closer to $100Billion and it will be at least 10 years later than they are saying.
The same thing has happened with a lot of government programs that mean well, but as soon as someone finds a loophole they just start pumping it for as much money as possible.
Just wait a few years
Until all the "cloud" storage companies that over GBs of free storage go out of business for not having a sustainable business model.
I have too many GB of files to be able to store them on a cloud storage service.
I updated the photo gallery software on my website to better manage the photos I have archived there a couple of years ago and now have 16,082 photos on it and that is only the best 10%. I have taken 390,034 photos in the past 10 years, not all of them are worth putting online.
Or just get your missus to monitor your comments
Like a certain right-wing newspaper columnist in Australia that ended up losing the defamation case and had a massive tanty about it.
Why upgrade? No, I do not want "to use Office on the Cloud".
DOCX format can go jump also.
I still remember the trick to be able to use Access 97 and 2000 on the same computer, you had to rename a font to be able to install both.
And the rest!
There are some concerns if may be up to 10 years late already
As will a lot of government projects that start out with good intentions, someone has found a way to scam it and will continue doing so until they crack down on it.
Green text on a black background
Tends to freak people out these days, they think I have a terminal window open when really it is just a text editor.
I have done a global search and replace that did 10,000 replacements at once and it was a bit slow, but did not fall over. Re-uploading all the files again to the web server took longer.
I still use a text editor to look at HTML files and for my writing, I just copy and paste into a Word (2000) for a spell check.
This is bullshit
Having to go out to a cafe and get decent coffee takes 10 minutes minimum, which adds up when you have a large team of contractors paid by the hour. Also happened when people complained about the amount of milk being used on a project I worked on. Still cheaper than making everyone go down in the lift to get coffee.
Social engineering strikes again
"Social" methods of hacking such as ringing people on the phone and asking for passwords have been around for decades. Exploiting people's greed or wanting to get ahead in games without having to either pay for it or earn the advancement by actually playing the game is a newer thing. Why would you not want to play the game though?
What about canned coffee?
You can actually get canned coffee drinks in the same cans as fizzy drinks. Also Milo and Calpico (fermented fizzy milk drink.) I am scared to drink some of those drinks from the Asian supermarket, even when they are labelled I don't know what they taste like.
Also you can get tea and coffee mixed together in the local Malaysian restaurants, so it would be twice as good.
This is why you still need paper maps/local knowledge
Also a good GPS for outback Australia.
People still die in Australia of exposure in the outback every year.
Had to go to a music festival in Nymagee (Western NSW) a few years back and it was hard to even find on Google Maps. You cannot find out local road conditions such as if the road we were taking was closed due to flooding 24 hours before.
There are still a lot of "official" gazetted place names that are no longer used
So many n- creeks in Queensland for example and also n- bounce. Some of them are only used locally and have darker connotations such as where a whole heap of rednecks chased people of a different nationality down and bashed them, the first mining boom ended quite badly in Australia.
Saw this earlier in the year, was great.
$75 a pop and they managed to sell out two nights at the 1000 seat Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. Plus other dates in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. It is not the first time the show has run either. I liked the part where all three levels of the theatre yelled out "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
Lots of gender re-assignment due to the sausage party of the Star Wars universe. Two Leia routines and a sexy Darth Vader.
There was some partial nudity in the show from the Imperial Guard routine with her booty dance, she was very intimidating.
NSFW photos from the show I went to
Not sure how this book is going to go though, a friend reckons they will be destroyed by Disney lawyers
NSFW book preview
Even had a song written about it
This song was written about the artwork with the words from Google
Quite possibly the worst thing you can do
Even if working with the old forums is a massive pain in the arse, junking historical content means you lose all the extra page impressions due to searches and also ad revenue if you have ads on forum pages.
Not to mention pissing off your own user base when they cannot find archived discussions. There was a book I read on managing forums once that said the equivalent of taking off in a helicopter and blowing the place up will cause users to harbour grudges that would be bad for you down the line.
The current trend of linking all discussion back to Facebook is going to come unstuck once Facebook loses its prominence to another service and then people will have to move on.
Should be fully rolled out in the government departments in another 20 years
Was hard enough to get everyone to upgrade from Internet Explorer 6 as several mission-critical applications used it. Seems to be a trade off between Java memory errors or Microsoft server errors at least for the server-side stuff.
I've got a phone that works
It's called a Nokia and does not break when I throw it after drinking when I am trying to make my SMS go faster.
I did a computing degree
There was also "what is a computer" type subject in the first semester that a lot of my friends in the course blitzed, I needed it though as I never had a computer at home before the course.
We didn't get to play with SQL until the second semester of the second year and had to pass COBOL first (was leading up to Y2k), the people who didn't have COBOL had to do the SQL subject assignments using C.
Was lucky to pass one of the subjects that had abstract mathematics, ballied on the computer graphics subject as it had algebra.
I would recommend at least having a subject where kids get to take apart old computers and put them back together, you can learn a lot from that as I did it for charity for six months.
Hot Potato, Potato, Potato,Potato!
Can't even post the link to the original story on my own Facebook wall without a fight breaking out, yeesh!
I go to a large amount of gigs including ones with 20+ musicians on the bill and they all manage to get paid.
Musicians are the first to help out other people and a lot of gigs I go to are charity gigs. One of the most popular ones in my city is an Aussie Rules footy match where the players can end up injured and stuffing up their tours, yet they still want to play.
The artist in question has a really devoted fanbase, but that can be exploited also.
An oldie, but a goody
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> i'm kidding. crack will be passé in 3001.
[Interior of Arco-Habitat 39B, Ganymede Altruity. Several hundred
silver-jumpsuit-clad ascetics line the interior of a cuboctahedron-
shaped chamber in shining white. Silver wires are connected to
each one at the base of the skull.]
ASCETIC 1138 I rejoice in my transhumanity!
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STEVE JOBS GET A MAC!
ASCETIC 124C41+ I rejoice in your condescension!
ASCETIC 1138 Everything is perfect now!
[A BLONDE IN RED SHORTS bursts into the chamber directly
opposite our two ASCETICS and tosses a hammer at 900-FOOT
STEVE JOBS. The hammer hits STEVE JOBS in the middle of
the forehead, causing him to double over and exposing...]
ASCETIC 124C41+ CRACK!
ASCETIC 1138 CRACK!
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transcendence and all associated states of
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[The inhabitants of Arco-Habitat 39B break through the outer
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I wondered what was happening with this last night
It seemed to install correctly once I went to turn my computer off though.
Re: He probably needs the porn
I read that review, didn't think it was that bad http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/books/review/Crain-t.html
The New York Times has good book reviews, I have found out about quite a few books I normally wouldn't have this way.
Facebook ads can work
If you link it to a specific thing to sell such as a direct link to where you can buy the product.
A friend's business uses it to sell concert tickets and has been doing very well out of it, so much that they have cut back on the amount of print advertising that was costing hundreds of dollars with no direct way of tracking sales from deployment.
I have also had experience with Google Adsense and AdWords. Not really the best idea to run both on the same site as it is difficult to raise enough profit from AdSense to pay for Adwords. Still doesn't stop Google sending me the "free $100 trial" for AdWords though (you have to through in some of your own money to use it.)
Now there's a name I've not heard in a long, long time...
When I learnt COBOL in the mid-nineties to be exact - training for big-enterprise Y2K work and industrial strength RDBMS (a lot easier to do in COBOL than C at the time.)
We bought it to help with your homework...
I never actually got to use a Spectrum, but still remember games being reviewed for the system in the early 90s in C+VG (when it was an actual magazine). Some reviews even used to put the screenshots from various systems side by side.
There are still games being made for it, but I do not know if it is as popular to use for computer art and music as the old C64, which has still has a following in Europe and artists such as GOTO80 and Raquel Meyers using it.
That's why we got haters, that's why we got haters Haters everywhere we go, haters everywhere ...
Surely it can't hurt? When you are slaving in the content mines of Siberia, you will be thankful of any HTML knowledge you have to make things easier, especially when you only have a plain text editor to use.
Content migration projects are a good thing for entry-level workers as they get a lot of experience in content management systems and various web systems.
At the very least knowing HTML will help with browsing websites as you can take short-cuts via the back-end and get to places that are blocked via poor navigation if you know your way around.
Try fantasy land!
Recruiters will not even consider people with less than five years experience in these skills, even if the technology has not been around for five years.
Anyone with more that five years experience in iPhone development either works at Apple or now owns a solid-gold house.