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What do you guys do when a tune has been churning around for several weeks in your brain, with not indications that it is going to leave anytime soon? I hum it when I go to work, I hum it when I am making food, it is in my brain when I lay down to sleep... It is there all the time!
I had two traditional ways of handling such situations: Either play so much similar music that the one running around in my brain is drowned in the other stuff. Or, playing it so many times that I get sick of it: Oh no, not that one again! ... Sorry, neither trick has helped me this time.
It really doesn't matter which tune we are talking about, but if you are curious: This time it is William Albright: Burnt Fingers< a>[^] - maybe the most harmoniously complex ragtime tune ever made. Every time I listen to it, I enjoy all those nice twists and modulations. I have known the tune for years, but about a month ago I had to "defend" it for for a friend thinking that ragtime in general is harmoniously "primitive". To convince my friend, I really had to start listening closely to point out the details. After that, it stuck...
Last week I did a new clean install on my Windows 10 machine. When the install was done, I checked the startup list to see which apps in the list can be disabled. I found one app called simply "Program". It had no publisher, no icon, nothing. I disabled it and scanned the registry to see if it was listed anywhere. I found no entries. A Google search produced very little, other than the fact that it is probably malware. I could not get rid of it. A Defender scan came up clean.
However, this morning it was gone. It just disappeared. Does anyone have any idea of its origins and purpose? How did it get in the computer? Thanks!
No idea, but after reading the witch... I would consider another fresh install (including new download of the media tool). Just in case.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
"The new breed of the Silicon Valley lived for work. They were disciplined to the point of back spasms. They worked long hours and kept working on weekends. They became absorbed in their companies the way men once had in the palmy days of the automobile industry."
Tom Wolfe, 'Hooking Up,' 2000
compare with this from Douglas Copland's 2008 sociological exploration of MicroSoft employees, 'MicroSerfs:'
“Maybe thinking you're supposed to 'have a life' is a stupid way of buying into an untenable 1950s narrative of what life *supposed* to be. How do we know that all of these people with 'no l80's)ives' aren't really on the new frontier of human sentience and preceptions?”
I do not think it is a form of dementia that, like others who came late to programming (1986 for me), and, even later than most to the internet ... cannot now imagine life without the internet.
My years of use of reading books (I was reading at age 5 at a level 2~3 years ahead of my peers), and my intense use of libraries in my academic years, seem ghost-like, dusty, in my memories ... but, they are happy memories.
Now, heading too quickly towards my 1000th. lunation on this planet, and dealing with a down-shift in my usually very high energy level, and diminishing vision, I find myself ...
... while using programs as great as Visual Studio and PhotoShop ... often feeling like I am more the slave of the program, than "master:" that I continually cater to small ritual behaviors required to render what are not too complex results.
It seems surreal I can't just talk to the computer, and say things like:
(Win 10) find me the text files created in 1996 with the words 'extension; and 'generic'.
(PhotoShop) copy the layer, apply high-pass filter, set new layer mode to linear light 25%
(Visual Studio) create a new static extension template named GenericExtenions, define a static method DualDictionary with types D!, D2
... okay, you could, perhaps should, tell me I am lazy; I do know how to write PS macros. And, VS 2019 + ReSharper makes what I used to have to do manually seem primitive ! for file searching I use an at least 12 year old program 'Agent Ransack,' that has always put the execrable Win OS to shame.
Maybe, I am "losing it," maybe, I am finding ?
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
The misguided auto analogy:
first there was walking.
Then riding a beast of burden
Then the wheel, followed by the wagon. Drawn by the horse (or other).
Then the automobile, hand crank to start, kerosene lanterns, dirt roads, lousy tires.
Then the electric starter, still stick shift, electric lights. etc.
Then automatic transmission, heat, AC, power everything, more expensive insurance.
Then self driving autos.
First there were computing things, programmed with wires and tapes.
Then there was assembler language
Then there was C language and PL/1, and Basic (oh, wait)
Then there was C++, C#, VB
Then there were shiny frameworks and self configuring stuff and IDE's with intellisense and auto completion and refactors and and... tada QA
Then self programming stuff????
Fill some blanks, fix some errors. Sit back and wait for it, you will be assimilated.
Edit: somewhere along the line, the idiots took over.
If you can keep your head while those about you are losing theirs, perhaps you don't understand the situation.
I work in a different world, but I occasionally notice some bloat in the code so I start removing dependencies and watch what happens. It can be a useful exercise since it shows you who needs what and usually makes me wonder if I really need those things. Sometimes it leads me to split things up and that is often useful.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"