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When I look through the Java programs I have to work with right now, I keep seeing things like this:
if (x == false) return true; else return false;
Perhaps in today's world of unfulfilled promises and widespread low quality people have developed a general mistrust of the silver platter. They have stopped to believe that it exists.
Nowhere is this more true than in computer software. I'm not sure why. Perhaps there just is more garbage or perhaps the difference between perfection and garbage is, for many, not easy enough to see.
Two years ago I bought four of these, then pretty expensive, 1,600 x 1,200 pixel flat screen monitors.
They are wonderful and about perfect for all purposes including the difficult tasks, for different reasons, of photo retouching and gaming.
However, after this time the first one showed a strange defect. After switching on power, they drop dead for several minutes, the time getting longer and longer by the month.
The symptom is that the monitor drops dead entirely. The green light goes off, the monitor does not react to any key press, and the screen is totally black.
How can an ordinary customer judge a company, particularly its commitment to quality and good products? That's a very difficult undertaking, and analysts spend a lot of time and earn a lot of money for this, some of it probably undeserved.
However, there is an easy substitute for judging an entire companyjudge only its web site. Everybody can do that, it doesn't take very much time, it can even be entertaining and fun.
These are a few thoughts from the point of view of a hobby economist and friend of old cars. (I have a 1970 Jaguar E. :-)
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I just received an email bounce with an error message saying:
It was an important email. I had worked into the night to prepare some source code from a programmer in Nigeria for somebody else to work on. I was not amused to be told that my email was "inappropriate".
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The Humble Programmer
As a result of a long sequence of coincidences I entered the programming profession officially on the first spring morning of 1952 and as far as I have been able to trace, I was the first Dutchman to do so in my country. In retrospect the most amazing thing was the slowness with which, at least in my part of the world, the programming profession emerged, a slowness which is now hard to believe. ...
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