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Every morning, Hector tries valiantly to wake me, so he can have his walk!
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No spoonful of sugar with this ;)
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A bag of sugar.
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"""For any program, there are literally an infinite number of possible preferences. Each one has a cost. A program with infinite preferences is therefore infinitely bad. But clearly some preferences are genuinely useful and important. So the UI developer's job is to choose the useful subset of possible preferences.

An argument that "preferences are good" or "preferences are bad" is clearly unproductive. Only an argument that draws a line between when a preference should exist, and when it should not, is a meaningful argument that impacts real-world developer decisions."""

This was written in 2002 but it's still true today. Only the references to CVS date it.

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(Essay was written in April, 2002). (Translations: Belorusian, German). Many people have argued that free software has trouble creating good user interfaces. Recently Matthew Thomas posted a nice example of this argument, which I found on Joel's web site. It was cool to find mpt's article, ...
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What are the best apps on the Pebble smartwatch? What makes them so good?
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In the UK we had Tandy stores which sold Radio Shack products (until 1999 when Carphone Warehouse to over the stores). It's sad to hear of the demise of Radio Shack however.
 
Just in case no-one else has posted this recently, a Radio Shack catalogue from 1981, there's a lot more TRS80 gear available than I thought.
Back when Radio Shack was a "pioneer" in personal computing.
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That network controller is mental :)
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Always amazed by the effort that +oldcomputr​goes to and the spectacular results.

The original post is here: https://plus.google.com/107160787362397871006/posts/F7ZvaZAygXo
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Looks fantastic! Unfortunately, by the time me and my brother switched from the VIC 20 to the C64, our fingers have all but rubbed out the graphics symbols on the side of the keys, due to continual brushing against them while typing. And yes, the same thing happened to the C64 keyboard.
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I can't stand my photo being taken....  
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Feels like it at times!
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I had a great wander about +Centre for Computing History​ yesterday! Really is a great hands-on experience in Cambridge.

I'll be going back again for a good play hopefully soon!
 
Yesterday's mini meetup at the +Centre for Computing History in Cambridge - just three of us but we had a good day's exploring. There's lots to see and a lot of hands-on machines (although some are not working terribly well, probably because of sticky fingers - birthday parties are catered for here, for 5 year olds and 50 year olds.)  The Elliott 903 is probably the most remarkable exhibit - it's in working order and will sometimes entertain with Tic-tac-toe or Numberwang.
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I like the poster with the ZX80! I want one :-)
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If you don't trust your employees you shouldn't have employed them in the first place, or shouldn't be their boss.
 
I agree. ST:TNG operated from a principle that every crewmember was trained to at least a basic level of proficiency and that their concerns, when voiced, were at least valid enough to investigate. In the workplace I've learned that when you assume everyone is a competent adult and you set up policies and procedures that treat them as competent adults they tend to behave as competent adults. When you create policies and procedures that treat them as incompetent children they behave as incompetent children. Expectations beget performance. 
There are a lot of things you have to simply accept (like teleporters and faster than light travel) in the Star Trek universe. But there's also an underlying assumption in the show that has less to do with technology and more to do with its characters — and it's been hiding in plain sight the entire time.
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+Vincent Swart and a red-shirt being killed?
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Chinook flying by on a very cold lunchtime walk.
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They fly over fairly regularly... So quite possibly!
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I'm a Software Engineer with extensive experience creating applications of all shapes and sizes, for customers big and small.

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  • Bamboo Auctions
    Chief Technical Officer, 2015 - present
  • Pinewood Solutions Ltd
    Director, 2013 - present
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    Software Engineer, 2014 - 2014
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  • Sustainable Data Solutions
    Software Architect and Developer, 2014 - 2014
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