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Randal L. Schwartz
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Attended Colton High School
Lives in Beaverton, Oregon
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«At the MIT Instrumentation Lab where Hamilton worked, she and her colleagues were inventing core ideas in computer programming as they wrote the code for the world’s first portable computer. She became an expert in systems programming and won important technical arguments. “When I first got into it, nobody knew what it was that we were doing. It was like the Wild West. There was no course in it. They didn’t teach it,” Hamilton says.»

Truly amazing story.
#software   #womenintech    #apollo   #skylab  
Instead of just supporting her husband’s career, Margaret Hamilton invented the modern concept of software.
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Fun fact: my Oregon car license plate is "SOURCE". Yes, I'm the only
person in Oregon with a "source license" for my car.

And for a while, I had a frame that said "May the" ... "be with you
always!" The guy at the state fair who made the frame for me said
"isn't there a word missing?" :)

Before SOURCE, I had BINARY, so I had a binary license for the car.
Then, I upgraded, and my brother got BINARY for his rav 4, which next to
my 4-runner with SOURCE, also fit nice, because you compile SOURCE "down
to" BINARY. :)

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When I heard you could get the black California legacy plates for any year car I thought about getting a vanity plate. At first I wanted "IFORGOT" (think about it). But I got "ANDYSC7" instead.
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Michael Bolton plays Michael Bolton of Office Space. Nice! #officespace  
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Timezones and DST and governments.  Ugh.

#dst   #timezones  
What do Turkey, Chile, Russia, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, North Korea and Haiti all have in common? Time Zone Chaos! No, that's not the punchline to a joke. It's actually quite a serious problem. The biggest issue with time zones is not...
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+Russell Nelson A rare moment of clarity for Oklahoma Republicans for sure. 
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If only Swatch Time had been UTC instead of the incredibly mis-stepped UTC+1, this might have gone somewhere. #beat   #swatch   #ihateDST  
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I've always liked that idea, but I think the failure is more the different units of time making the whole thing foreign, rather than one-time-per-planet.
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I find the arguments both for and against "No Perl Please" in this 1992 thread from comp.unix.shell to be interesting, including the /bin/sh code that looks even weirder than Perl. #perl   #shell   #unix  
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+Richard Foley looking at the dates of the messages, I figured that Perl was relatively young, and as the orinal poster in the thread pointed out, the language was not on all systems at the time. Today the opposite is true: it is the rare box that does not have it.
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I have no mental visualization. Just learned there's a word for it: "Aphantasia".
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It's interesting. I tried to imagine what it'd be like to function like this and I absolutely can't. My first impulse is to visualise, but there is nothing to visualise in this condition. I can only explore it through reason, without half the mental tools I have grown up used to.

Can you describe in words what it feels like?
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Sweden Becomes First Western Nation to Reject Low-fat Diet Dogma in Favor of Low-carb High-fat Nutrition #lowcarb   #sweden   #health  
Now when can we look forward to the US having the same lucid moment?
Sweden has become the first Western nation to develop national dietary guidelines that reject the popular low-fat diet dogma in favor of low-carb high-fat
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Does anyone know what it's like to sit in an office and listen to a co-worker not say much all day but when they do it's all about the low fat foods they are avoiding plus quoting doctor said this and doctor said that.  It's like if anyone wanted to listen to this personal gastronomic low fat docudrama they would have asked!  Insane. 
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Good memories.
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Oh great. Another arbitrary time-zone change introduced less than 2 weeks before implementation. Good luck flying in and out of Venezuela or setting up a conference call! http://www.timeanddate.com/news/time/venezuela-change-timezone.html
On May 1, 2016, Venezuelans will set their clocks forward 30 minutes as a measure to save energy.
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No, it is too complicated (physics graduate speaking here...)
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What a keen idea!  #JobsForBabies
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They'll stay in the job for six months and then quit to have parents.
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    Computers, 1976 - 1978
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Open source technologist, author, and podcaster
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Just another Perl/Smalltalk hacker,
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Literally "Wrote the Book" on Perl. Many of them, in fact. Some argue that the interactive web wouldn't have existed as early had it not been for Perl's deployment, and from there we get e-commerce and www on the side of a bus. Thus, I claim at least some responsibility for this whole web thing.
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Open source technologist, author, and podcaster
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Explaining complex things simply. Making things go faster. Being a good first lieutenant.
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  • FLOSS Weekly
    Host, 2007 - present
  • Stonehenge
    Consultant, 1985 - present
  • Sequent
    Writer, 1983 - 1985
  • Servio Logic Development
    Sysadmin, 1983 - 1983
  • Tektronix
    Software Engineering Manager, 1978 - 1983
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