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by DeleteMyStuff In reply to Stack Overflow...

<p><strong>//SYSIN</strong></p>
<p><strong><em>Starting anything new is difficult!</em></strong></p>
<p>On that note I declare and initialize my <strong><em>Stack Overflow</em></strong> blog. </p>
<p>I'll try not to make this a core dump (archaic term) of 30-some odd years of garbage collected and stuck in a brain whose first paid programming assignment required a wooden mallet, various metal components, and not one iota of symbolic computer code.</p>
<p>Things change daily ...and change ...and continue to change ...into something new and potentially world-altering, until finally, if you've been around long enough ...you see the same substance and form morph back into it's original appearance. </p>
<p>But very few technologies become world-altering ...and the interaction of between all of them brings profound change that goes unnoticed. Small steps in sequence make a long journey --few truly large jumps ever occur.</p>
<p>Take computing for example ...it yoyos between distributed and centralized every 5 years or so. And each time there's a transition, the new visionaries expound like it never happened before. After you've seen it happen a few times, the latest innovations are nothing more than increasingly complex versions of the castoffs from half a decade ago. </p>
<p><em>"What, in your view are the truly world-altering technologies?"</em> you might ask.</p>
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<li>Object-oriented programming
<li>The "Internet" whatever that might be ...TCP/IP? HTTP? definitely FTP
<li>Jump Drives
<li>Remote desktop</li></ol>
<p>These are the notable things that have changed my life as a programmer across a continuum from wooden mallet all the way to IDEs with code-completion and syntax checking. Three of the four of them, I might note, involve WHERE rather than HOW. I still keep code and documentation in my shirt pocket ...but just in an electronic, jump drive version of what I used to scratch on the back of a punched card.</p>
<p><em><strong>Starting anything new is difficult?</strong></em> </p>
<p>No ...starting anything new is the easy part. Persisting with it ...changing it in small increments into something more, something meaningful, something unnoticably world-altering --that's the hard part of doing.</p>
<p>Enough retrospective ...this blog is about today, and the future from a "mature" programmer who has made every attempt to keep up with "modern" methods and technology.</p>
<p>Whether I persist in this effort depends on your comments and feedback. I'll try a post or two, and if I end up talking to myself ...we'll just have to see if it's worth the effort.</p>
<p><strong>999 /*</strong> </p>

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Working from home...

by DeleteMyStuff In reply to Stack Overflow...

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<P><p>I don't know where all of that nostalgic drivel came from on my initial post. I needed to be hit in the head with the wooden mallet instead of programming with it... </p>
<P></P><p>My daughter is sick today, so I'm working from home. Remote Desktop over VPN is great! However, I've about had enough of the Wiggles. </p>
<P></P><p>I've already been on SQL Server Enterprise Manager and fixed one problem. Answered a few eamils (I have webmail but don't like it nearly enough to use it if I can get to my desktop system). Sometimes I work from home through VPN for months at a time. I get a lot more lines of code delivered faster, and big projects usually find my boss throwing me out of the office till I get finished. </p>
<P></P><p>The worst part of working from home is if you're dealing with hardware. I had an extra Dell Small Form-factor workstation with 2D barcode scanner, mag stripe reader, and receipt printer cluttering things up for 5 months last year. I was physically present in the office about 7 times during that period.</p><p>It's hard stop working once you're heads-down coding, so I may not be that much more productive, but it sure is more convenient and comfortable doing it from home.</p>
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Working from home....

by DeleteMyStuff In reply to Stack Overflow...

<p>I don't know where all of that nostalgic drivel came from on my initial post. <strong>I needed to be hit in the head with the wooden mallet</strong> instead of programming with it... </p>
<p>My daughter is sick today, so I'm working from home. Remote Desktop over VPN is great! However, I've about had enough of the Wiggles. </p>
<p>I've already been on SQL Server Enterprise Manager and fixed one problem. Answered a few eamils (I have webmail but don't like it nearly enough to use it if I can get to my desktop system). Sometimes I work from home through VPN for months at a time. I get a lot more lines of code delivered faster, so big projects usually find my boss throwing me out of the office till I get finished. </p>
<p>The worst part of working from home is if you're dealing with hardware. I had an extra Dell Small Form-factor workstation with 2D barcode scanner, mag stripe reader, and receipt printer cluttering things up for 5 months last year. I was physically present in the office about 7 times during that period. </p>
<p><strong>It's hard stop working once you're heads-down coding</strong>, so I may not be that much more productive, but it sure is more convenient and comfortable doing it from home.</p>

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