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Having spent a number of years trying to follow his footsteps along that mind bending road in cosmology I always felt I knew just enough to know how little I actually knew and in that the immensity of his intellect and his achievements. Doing all that while living with ALS makes the entire feat that is his life incredible.
We all knew he’s been on borrowed time for the last 50 years, and even though I thought it would never come as a shock when he eventually shuffled off to the great singularity in the sky it..., well, it still is.
I feel like a torch that was helping shine a small light on the deepest darkest places of our understanding of the universe has just gone dark.
Just saw the movie The Theory of Everything[^] a few weeks ago.
If there's anything I admire more than his IQ and his (proven) theories it's his positive mindset.
If more people had that mindset the world would be a better place.
Unfortunately, we now have one less
Sad indeed. I wonder if studying his physiology will help in the treatment of ALS, as he may have been the person who survived the longest with that disease.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
Given the not advanced breed of monkeys I have to write software for I think the worst PIC is better than them. The machine shows an alarm with a text detailing how to fix the problem and the mandatory training taught the only way to reset the condition? Abruptly shut down the power! It happens again (because the condition is still valid)? Abruptly shut down the power! Rinse and repeat until the poor PC inside the machine gives up then call our company threatening law action because "ze safwar dasz no wooking".
I don't remember the particular episode but yes, it was a wonderful series.
As to automation, I find it odd that we see this as a new thing. When I started work in a big utilities office, we had a typing pool, a room full of comptometer operators (remember those?), a whole stack of people making punch cards and numerous other people doing jobs that simply don't exist nowadays.
Ned Ludd and his mates were predicting the end of employment due to automation way back in the 18th century but we've seen time and time again that when one activity becomes obsolete a new one is created.
I will be moving to new role next month with different organization. I have been with current employer for 6.5 years and built around 30 solutions in that time span. Now that I am leaving I need to handover all those solutions to external company. They are not filling the role for now but outsourcing the work. I have already setup all the documentations I have in a nice folder structure by application. Made sure all the source code is there in version control server. I will be having one on one meeting with company this Friday.
Any tips for smooth handover ?
Zen and the art of software maintenance : rm -rf *
Maths is like love : a simple idea but it can get complicated.