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(June 12, 1978) Fresh out of Caltech, I started work as a Software Engineer at Beckman Instruments, Inc.[^] (When the founder, Dr. Arnold Beckman[^], was still Chairman of the Board.)
Over time the company merged to become SmithKline Beckman.
Was divested back to being Beckman Instruments, Inc.
Merged to become Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Was acquired by Danaher to become a wholly-owned subsidiary.
And this January, as part of the Capillary Electrophoresis group, was transferred from Beckman Coulter to AB Sciex (another Danaher company).
It's been a long great journey, that isn't over(!).
I've worked with many great people on some pretty cool projects (some ahead of their time).
A positive attitude may not solve every problem, but it will annoy enough people to be worth the effort.
Sometimes I want access to the program foler so bad. And by so bad I mean "really bad". I need to uniquely identify the App Data folder for each application which uses my library. Oh, what a joy. I need a GUID provided by the application which uses the library, otherwise the parameters (which are different for the several apps that may use my library) are stored into the exactly same file, overwriting each other and causing a big chaos.
I don't really like this GUID solution, but there we go.
And Springlog grows, and grows, and grows, and grows.
In Sweden a reporter called Robert Aschberg has collected stories about people the is harassed by trolls that comments anonymously online. So he hunts them down, finds their identity and ask them questions about what they have said. (You can watch from the first episode here[^],
A trailer for the show (in swedish) can be watched here[^].
I'd say thats an interesting take on the situation of online bullies...
...of my birthday. Did absolutely nothing today. Slept the day off. Will have to work on Saturday or Sunday to keep work on track. Future Mrs. Wife got annoyed with me sleeping whole day. But she is travelling so not much to worry.
Recently, I was asked to work with this beast and integrate it with our system (not really code anything we have it already; but just to face clients and get things done). I think I was smart enough to run away. I am already working struggling with SAP and I have no interest in getting into yet another unknown territory.
I was once able to tell a programmer that had been assigned to look after an amazingly complex but well written, reliable and efficient software suite that I had designed it, written it, tested it, installed it for many big clients and then updated and expanded it several times before he was born! I had even documented it: Technical Guide, User's Guide and Management Overview (single page, small words).
I definitely felt old that day.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Looks like the latest updates to Google Chrome are now kicking in the lockdown on the extensions.
Only extensions issued by the webstore and meeting the new API standards and security content policies will be accepted/work.
So my CodeProject Rep Watcher[^] and Template Items[^] will be dead or dying soon, (depending on when the updates hit you). One user notified me a few days ago that his died, and mine died last night. Spent the afternoon today trying to refactor the code to meet the requirements. Going not too bad, problem with the RepGraph not loading and Google Analytics keeps throwing a hissy fit even though using their new guidelines.
Alas, I need to go and drink beer tonight with my youngest daughters class Dad's night out. Tomorrow's debugging session could be interesting.
At 12:40pm PDT on June 11, 2014 (yesterday), my Mother passed away.
Here is a tribute my sister wrote:
I will miss Mom very much. She was a talented artist who painted or drew landscapes and flowers and people in oils, watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, and pencil; she did this almost daily for her entire adult life and truly deserves the title "Artist." She handmade much of her clothing, much of it quite creative. And you can't even tell unless you really inspect that it was handmade. A lot of the clothing was sewed by hand, including a prom dress and clothes for our dolls. She did crafts with us when we were kids, like earrings and handmade Christmas tree ornaments. She opened her own arts and crafts shop in Columbus Ohio; Harry and I sent jewelry to sell there. She struggled for so many years, managing schizophrenia without medication or counseling, a crippled hip, and relentless poverty. Despite being incredibly poor, she saved and scrimped and mended her clothing to save every penny possible. And, amazingly, with her hard work on portraits and tutoring combined with Social Security, she managed to save enough money to pay her way through 6 years in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, all on her own... and even put away some money for her kids. Her love of us as young children provided the basis that helped make our successes possible. She loved her kids and she did the best she could within her limitations. She tried and tried and tried so hard and time and time again was forgiving of poor treatment. She was alone so much; she didn't get to have a wonderful spouse like some of us. She wanted to publish a book of her artwork; she wanted to sell her paintings; but we never managed to help make that happen much. She even had a commission to do some drawings for a children's book right before going to the hospital; the initial sketches had a child and a little mouse in them. Yes, I will miss Mom and I will always wish I could have done more for her, and could have done a better job. Yes, I know I did a lot ... but I wish I could have done more.
Mom was an incredible person who overcame so much suffering; I'm glad she won't be suffering any more. I'm glad her passing was without pain and without fear.
I love you, Mom.
My brother wrote in response:
With all the challenges and difficulties dealing with all the issues around Mom's care, it's good to be reminded of the larger picture that was her life. If accomplishments are measured relative to the challenges one is faced with, as they should be, Mom was an amazingly successful person
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.-John Q. Adams You must accept one of two basic premises: Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not alone in the universe. And either way, the implications are staggering.-Wernher von Braun Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.-Albert Einstein
Please accept my condolences: when my mother passed about five years ago, it was expected but that didn't stop it leaving a huge hole in your heart.
Celebrate her life rather than mourn your loss, if you can.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)