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My guess is that my old ID is a primary key in a SQL database
I think you give them too much credit. More likely, it's a non-index field splattered across hundreds of tables in a completely denormalized way, without any naming consistency and certainly no foreign key references or integrity checks.
Or even better, it's all stored as ISAM data with a COBOL back end processing CSV formatted records.
This is based on my experience (no, not 30 years ago, but ONE year ago) on how the insurance industry and related industries, like risk rating systems, work. It's funny (actually not) looking at the REST API's that thinly wrap what is obviously callbacks into the archaic COBOL record management system.
Thank god I'm not working in that industry anymore. Never again!
The number that you give customers (on your invoices) is no longer the number you use to deal with the government.
Makes it that little bit harder to impersonate - a scammer trying to receive say your refund (if they intercepted your mail), or a scammer contacting you pretending to be the govt in their correspondence (i.e. it won't have that number ("re: your account: 123456" - that they pulled from your invoice) that is between just you and the govt).
The number of times I have heard "but it will never change" over the years is frightening. The user demand that a phone number/user name/country name/postcode etc be used as a primary key has annoyed me for decades and it still keeps happening.
A couple of years ago I walked away from a project because the PM insisted that all lookup master tables use the string as the PK.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
Yeah, I know!
I once had a discussion with a "database specialist" (a name that he got because he couldn't write code, but he could write SQL ) and he really made it a point that we should make some functional field a PK, but only in that one table.
He wasn't susceptible to any logic like "but we shouldn't use a functional key in case the functionality changes" (will never happen), "but it's inconsistent with the rest of the database" and "but using an arbitrary ID isn't more complicated for me, the developer, while it gives us all flexibility in the future"
That whole project never finished and the client got all his money back.
I quit the company before that time though
Got my first "social insurance number" (SSN) at 15 for a part-time job. Everyone gets one eventually if they expect anything to do with government.
Then with the equivalent of VAT (i.e. GST) every corp and self-employed got a "business number" (BN).
It's all about "entities".
My SSN represents "me", so I can collect benefits and pay taxes, and deals with "employee / employer" relationships..
My "self-employed / professional" BN gets me to file GST, but allows me to report that on my personal (SSN) filings.
My "corporate" BN was used to create an entity that was needed to deal with companies that would only deal with other corps while flowing all that income to my "self-employed" BN so I wouldn't have to do a pile of corporate filings (i.e. zero net income for the corp).
It was only in wine that he laid down no limit for himself, but he did not allow himself to be confused by it.
― Confucian Analects: Rules of Confucius about his food
A funny thing happened to me on the way to work...
In the middle of working on a set of problems I despise having to shutdown and restart things when I change location. And all of us know when we put Windows <anything> into sleep mode, it's a hit/miss proposition, mostly a miss.
So this AM I need to pack up and head for the lab, some work going on my Win10 machine and one VM running. I suspend the VM and sleep the desktop.
The desktop never wakes up correctly, the Vm snaps to attention. So how is it that VMware can sleep a VM and Microsoft has never managed to do so?
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
VMWare emulates a very small number of BIOS and EFI. Microsoft Windows has to deal with thousands of BIOS,EFI,UEFI versions that have various sleep states. Unfortunately when these BIOS vendors incorrectly implement or misreport the capabilities Windows gets the blame.
It seems like everytime I log into the codeproject forums someone is attacking the operating system I helped build. Not sure why I even come here anymore.
Well ... some of it is jealousy, some of it is "It's the year of Linux!" (again, again, again, again, ... repeat ad nauseam)
But a lot of it is not to do with Windows at all, but the lack of care MS have taken with the UI and actual usability in a rush to move in directions a desktop OS probably shouldn't go. Win8 was an attempt to force a desktop OS into a Mobile device: it failed there, and reduced usability on the desktop at the same time. 8.1 didn't reverse that, Win10 didn't either - because I suspect MS will not admit it made a mistake. Not the first time for that either...
That pisses people off: they loved Win7, because it worked, and looked good, and was easy to use. It had flaws, yes - but it was genuinely better than its "replacement".
That's not a Windows-the-operating-system problem: at that, Win10 is pretty solid. It's a UI problem compounded by bone headed corporate stubbornness.
Don't take it personally is all I can say!
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
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It seems like everytime I log into the codeproject forums someone is attacking the operating system I helped build.
It helps when you stop acting like a crazy mother that takes any criticism as an attack on her baby. This particular baby can be very annoying at times, even without the little annoyances that have been built in deliberately.
Not sure why I even come here anymore.
Masochism? perhaps you miss the soapbox where you could get plenty of that? Seriously, do you really think that everyone here is just lurking to get a good shot at you. Shirley there are at least a few around who actually may have something to say.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.