I have been a computer programmer for a number of years and as a result I have sat down in front of an array of machines. As time has progressed the computers I have used have steadily become more and more powerful, with the effectiveness of their processing and memory increasing on a seemingly exponential level.
As you may or may not be aware, a computer is only generally capable of responding to exactly what it is told via the medium of a pre-defined script or program. If the program has been designed badly, then the machine interpreting the code can only respond in a way aligned to this input. If on the other hand a program is presented to the computer, which is well designed and has a purposeful meaning to it, then this can result in a very useful outcome. There is a well-known saying in the world of programming, garbage in, garbage out. GIGO primarily relates to the data fed into the computer and that if the quality of data is poor then the results of processing and therefore output data will also be of low value.
Given what we know about the way a computer works and the pitfalls to watch for in this discipline, it is a shame Continue reading
Being able to think of new ideas on a regular basis is both a curse and a blessing. This state of mind is a similar problem to “Shiny Object Syndrome”.
Without wanting to sound arrogant, I have a tendency to think of new project ideas almost all of the time. Most of my random insights crash and burn within minutes of their first inception within the bounds of my sometimes chaotic brain. Any idea that survives beyond the normal first round of internal cross examination might bubble to the surface and trigger a level of excitement enough to instigate some form of action.
The first mistake easily made with a new born idea is to Continue reading
My Father and Mother in-law are turning seventy this year, and so in connection with this the extended family are planning a meet up in late spring to celebrate the occasion. The intention is for everyone to congregate at a campsite just north of Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
Family members currently live in both the north and south of the UK and therefore Derbyshire seemed like a sensible, central location for us all to meet. Apart from the mutual proximity benefit for family members, it is also a very beautiful, interesting place to host a party.
The in-laws decided it would be a good idea to Continue reading