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Once upon a time, when a journal "Language" came out, they gave an example of a simple program written in many languages just as a comparison (cube integers 1 through 10 via one function call, or equivalent). The title of the article was, "To a nail, everything is a hammer" - and now I see, expressed in the current mentality-vernacular, every device is a telephone.
well once (not that long ago) computers lived in buildings or small (i.e. PC's) occupied part of the area on a desk. even including fuzzy logic washing machines still way less than 1 computer per human
...computers occupied a small amount of space amonst the humans.
these days: phones, cars, tv's, shoes, coffee cups, smart cameras, iot chickens etc, even counting the poor nations must be >1 computer per human
... is it now humans occupying a small amount of space amonst computers?
Just a guess, but if you ever take a survey I's suspect you'd find a lot more people who used something other than a hammer to bang in a nail but very few people who used a hammer to "nail" things together without an actual nail.
Your quote is ubiquitous, online - attributed to Mark Twain. The journal just swapped it because it was just coincidentally mapped the other way (i.e. a single problem with many tools to solve it rather than a single tool with many problems).
It's the other way around: "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".
I always carry a hammer. Estwing, 20oz, leather handle, 30 years old now. Great for smashing things I think of as nails.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
I had the impression that the idea was to make mobile phones "smarter and smarter" until they are fully computers with way-too-small monitors.
Bjarne Stroustrup had reportedly already made the observation that he used to wish his computer was as easy to use as his phone...and that he got his wish, because now phones are as complicated to use as computers.
So today a Dell engineer will come to replace my SSD (and motherboard, if necessary) and take the old hardware back.
He'll be here between 08:00 and 17:00, which is quite a time slot
I don't really want to do a lot of work since I've got everything backed up now, but any work I do will not be backed up immediately and it requires me to install some software that I'll have to reinstall later today (or tomorrow, depending on what time he's here).
So I am now faced with what's probably some law:
If I start now the engineer will be here as soon as I've installed everything and am just beginning to get to work.
Or I could do nothing and he'll be here at 17:00
On a positive note, a customer just approved a new project which I get to do so there'll be plenty of work for the rest of the month (and probably next month too)
I first demonstrated this technique, and subsequently perfected it, at the airport luggage carousel, back when you could smoke in an airport. Get to the carousel, light a fag, and my case would always be first out. A win, all for the price of a fag, which would have been duty-free anyway.
Of course, this might have been because my employer graciously paid for me to fly first class.
Lighting a fag in the US is considered a hate crime.
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