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I can imagine the look on his face as your telling him all this: He'd be staring at you, not moving, maybe the eyebrows raise a bit here and there. You finish and the stare lingers for a heartbeat before he turns back to his computer and types
You forgot to mention the trickle of drool from one side of the OP's mouth.
But that's okay. It will all become clear next lesson when we discuss thyristors triggered by Josephson junction-based super-conducting qubits. The obvious advantages far outweigh any cost considerations. The step from there to relay logic and ladder programming is quite simple, after all.
It's very much alive and well. I never saw it in my life until our company took over management of the tribe's water and sewer operations. Everything in those businesses is run by relays and programming is documented on ladder diagrams. It's baffling until you learn to view it as a pseudoschematic of a logic circuit.
A company called Steeplechase Systems developed a complete replacement for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) using a PC as the controller and using a flowchart to describe the operations. The flowchart directly compiles to code.... no need to code in faaaarkking Embedded C or any such crap.
They were based in Ann Arbor, MI and were trying to sell them to automobile manufacturers who have huge assembly lines controlled by hundreds of PLCs.
The sensors and actuators and have to be there but the logic of operating the latter is abstracted into a program. The relays through which signals cascaded were replaced in the 1960s by PLCs and in the late 1990s by software.
When I first started as a contractor back in 1847 I steadfastly refused to take any time off; reasoning that time off == money lost. The most I would do was a week and then only if at least one of the days was a public holiday that I didn't get paid for anyway.
But then I realized that time off == better work. Besides, I got to the point where I had an annual budget which aimed to work at least 44 weeks in any year; more if possible but I would be okay at 44.
So started to take more time off; first 2 weeks, then 3 then 4 at a time and it made no real difference. I still made the money I wanted to and had some great vacations.
Moral of this tale: take time off: it will make you a better worker.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair. Those who seek perfection will only find imperfection nils illegitimus carborundum
It's pretty easy. I tend to work by front loading my hours so that I ramp up a couple of months before a holiday so that I can clear off my desk and get rid of a lot of the crap work. Then I mark the time in the schedule and make sure that this is down as "Do not disturb time". For instance, I'm off to Tenerife this Friday for a week - I have one more reasonable task to do this week and then that's it - I log off on Thursday at 5PM and any issues can wait until the Monday I get back to work.
Every hour spent not making money is a wasted hour.
I have my main day job, and run two personal businesses, a stationery company (although it now has 60,000+ lines of products including PPE, Security Equipment, Site Materials, Tooling, Janitorial and Premises Management Supplies and more), and a CCTV and Premises Security Company. I also have investments and rental properties.
I realise at the moment I cannot take any time off, and it is likely to be that way for at least another couple of years. Once I get to >£1,000,000 I shall start motioning toward winding down the hard work and taking it easy.
Until then it is Work Work Work.
--------------------------------- Obscurum per obscurius. Ad astra per alas porci. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
I get a high hourly rate but works at irregular interval. (.NET certified trainer) So most of my time is free. I also have my economies in front of me so I can refuse work if I don't want to work.
In fact, I forgot what a vacation is, because this is a concept that only people with external time constraint seems to have. (It can be the boss, the business, customers, or social pressure like wife, kids and friends) Except to go out during summer with friend, I don't have any of those constraint. (On the short term, sometimes, but never on middle and long term)
When I had a family to support holidays were a very precious luxury, we would try and get 2 weeks away in a year but not always. The time off == lost income is certainly a driving force when the finance is tight but if you get to the point where there is more incoming than expenditure (this happens when the kids leave home) make the time to take all the breaks you can.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity RAH
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