daecabhir: (I've Had It)
No, seriously, I mean like latches onto it with big lips and frickin' inhales.

I just lost 15 minutes of work because that POS IDE decided to lock up hard. We're talking so unresponsive that no difibulator could revive it. I thought I had saved more than what the current state of the IDE reflects, but I was banging along at a pretty steady pace so it is possible I did not do an explicit save. Time to look at auto save, which I detest.

To the folks developing JDeveloper, locking up hard due to garbage collection, code insight or other actions is not acceptable. You should each have 10 pubic hairs yanked out with tweezers each time this sort of thing happens. Of course, we'd have to start peeling away layers of skin soon, since you'd be out of pubic hairs in short order.

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
daecabhir: (Zonked)
Screw you guys, ahm goin home

Yes, the timestamp is correct. Long story short: too many irons in the fire, combined with hitting the afterburners on a coding jag, makes for a long day. Of course, I also am trying to make sure I have enough hours in so that I don't have to work all day on Friday (more on that later).

At this moment, I think I am generally disgusted with software engineers (and yes, I are one, note I said generally). OSes should not crap themselves so badly that they require you to enter arcane commands via a so-called "recovery console" (kinda would put me off the 12 step recovery process if I were on such a thing). Applications should not just spontaneously combust without warning or reason, taking your last ten minutes of work with them is a ball of smoke. Young coders really need to be taken under the wing of more experienced coders, so that they can learn how to program algorithmically and how to think up meaningful yet concise names for classes, variables and methods (and yes I know that many 'experienced' coders need to be taken out behind the woodshed and 'schooled' on these very topics). Cleaning up behind inexperienced coders and brain-damaged supposedly experienced coders licks the sweat off a dead man's balls.

Conversely, a conversation with a fellow greybeard code slinger today resulted in greatly simplifying how I was approaching a bit of refactoring, and allowed me to fully decouple the presentation of the data being manipulated from how it was being stored. This was a good demonstration of the technique of "creating space" for communication and creative problem solving, where the typical Alpha Geek behavior of defending one's approach to the bitter death is discarded in favor of letting go of one's attachment to their code (as if such things are anything but ephemeral). This is a good way to approach many things in life, but that is the topic of a different post.

Now I really am outta here, with that off my chest. TTFN.
daecabhir: (Geek Out)
So, I'm looking at making a push to get off the Microsloth bandwagon, kind of in the same breath as getting a new laptop this summer. This means not only ditching the M$ OSes if possible, but also their software. Of course, there are some things upon which I rely for which I have had problems finding an analog under Mac OS X:
  • Microsoft Visio - Yes, [livejournal.com profile] tth I know it isn't a real CAD program, but I use it ALOT. I do more structured drawings than I would care to admit, so I need this capability.

  • Microsoft Access - Sure, it's not a *real* database, but for quick and dirty it is hard to beat.



Also amongst my list of questions is how to replace the Windows NT domain authentication we're currently using on our network (yes, NT... still running a Windows NT server... is there a problem with that?) to control access to network shares, etc. Anyone out there using an OS X or Linux box to provide similar capabilities to OS X boxen, so I can wash my hands of M$?

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