From their website: “The 2018 Engineering Gift Guide from Purdue University is filled with fun toys, games, books, and applications to engage girls and boys ages 3-18 in engineering thinking and design. Researchers looked for toys that would promote engineering practices ranging from coding and spatial reasoning to problem solving and critical thinking.”
This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”
“A man of knowledge lives by acting,
not by thinking about acting.”
This is a page from my book, Functional Programming, Simplified
Before jumping into the diary, there is some essential background material that I need to cover to help provide some context for the diary itself. I'll cover only the items that I think are essential to your understanding the diary.
A QA Engineer walks into a bar ... (image from this link).
A long time ago -- 1991 to be exact -- a friend of mine named Joe was a contractor for the aerospace company I worked at. Just like a consultant, Joe was paid by the hour.
At some point Joe decided he was going to leave that company to take a permanent job elsewhere, as he had a medical problem and wanted to get better insurance. Upon telling my employer of his plans, the employer came back and said, “What if we make you a full-time employee here?”
I just fired up my old 2006 MacBook Pro that runs Mac OS X 10.5.8, and it helped me realize why I don't like the Spaces feature in the newest versions of the Mac operating system: It used to be fun.
The life of a software engineer. (I'm sorry, I don't know the original source of this cartoon, but it is excellent.)
Wow, a friend of mine sent me an email yesterday that echoes my sentiments exactly, and he doesn't hold anything back. With his permission, I'm sharing it here:
Man, I'd rather die than create another friggin' web app. I mean, who really gives a crap about web apps? What the **** are these apps doing for the real good of the world? Who cares if you can order a pizza online, or share photos easier than we did 10 years ago? I just don't want to look back on my life and think that I spent it creating friggin' web apps.
Geek Valentine's Day gifts 2010: I was going to write a special "Geek gifts for Valentine's Day" article here today, but as I looked around for new gift ideas, I realized that it's so close to the other holidays that not much has changed since then.
Trying to find the perfect geek gift idea for under $50 for the 2009 holiday season, or perhaps a geek birthday? Look no further. I've gone through hundreds of items and found my personal favorite geek gifts for the 2009 holiday season for $50 or less, and collected 15 of them here. (I planned to stop at 12, but couldn't.) I hope you like these geek gift ideas as much as I do. I know I'd be happy to receive any of these gifts over the 2009 holiday season.