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Retiring… October 4, 2006

Posted by gordonwatts in computers, life.
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My Dad retired at the end of last year. Congratulations. Unfortunately, he doesn’t write a magazine column, or he might have filled it with pithy sayings as did Paul Dubois (check out the retirement date; that is how far behind I am in magazine reading!!). Paul writes a column, Scientific Programming, for the Computing in Science & Engineering magazine. He is an open-source zealot (a bit more of a zealot than I’m comfortable with). And he has retired after 35 years of working on numerical simulations: he knows a lot of what he speaks. He starts his farewell column with a great Douglas Adams quote:

It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of [these devices] by the sense of achievement you get from putting to work at all. […] Their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.

Does that describe how you feel about computers sometimes, or what!? He also starts his column with the heading I Hate Computers. And ends with several good sayings:

“So long you morons. Sleep tight” – J.D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye)

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” – Douglas Adams

“Screw you guys, I’m going home.” – Eric Cartman

His last real column in that issue, btw, is about all the different variants of python. One reason why I’m pretty convinced C++ is the past, and something else is the future: so much development and exploratory work is being done in other languages.

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