A bit, byte and word

Where the title came from, I have no idea. It is amazing what you find when you go through old text files.


10000000000000000000000000000000 2147483648 $80000000
1000000000000000000000000000000 1073741824 $40000000
100000000000000000000000000000536870912 $20000000
10000000000000000000000000000268435456 $10000000
—-1000000000000000000000000000134217728 $08000000
—–10000000000000000000000000067108864 $04000000
——1000000000000000000000000033554432 $02000000
——-100000000000000000000000016777216 $01000000
——–1000000000000000000000008388608 $00800000
———100000000000000000000004194304 $00400000
———-10000000000000000000002097152 $00200000
———–1000000000000000000001048576 $00100000
————10000000000000000000 —-524288 $00080000
————-1000000000000000000 —-262144 $00040000
————–100000000000000000 —-131072 $00020000
—————10000000000000000 —–65536 $00010000
—————-1000000000000000 —–32768 $00008000
—————–100000000000000 —–16384 $00004000
——————10000000000000 ——8192 $00002000
——————-1000000000000 ——4096 $00001000
——————–100000000000 ——2048 $00000800
———————10000000000 ——1024 $00000400
———————-1000000000 ——-512 $00000200
———————–100000000 ——-256 $00000100
————————10000000 ——-128 $00000080
————————-1000000 ——–64 $00000040
————————–100000 ——–32 $00000020
—————————10000 ——–16 $00000010
—————————-1000 ———8 $00000008
—————————–100 ———4 $00000004
——————————10 ———2 $00000002
——————————-1 ———1 $00000001

It is the Concept that Counts

The other day I had probably one of the better conversations I’ve had in a long time. The topic of the conversation was software development. This is one topic I could talk about non-stop and it also tends to bring out the conversationalist in me. The dialog was a friendly exchange was with a software developer that works primarily with development environments different from the ones I use (The opportunity to broaden horizons and discuss another viewpoint is one that I will rarely pass up).

In an effort to keep this short, the gist of the conversation focused on the concept that learning/understanding a development language (syntax) is similar to learning/understanding spoken language. This is a concept that I feel strongly about and fortunately, the other participant of the conversation felt as strongly as I do, leading to a very pleasant, yet intense conversation. Although it is possible, one does not typically memorize spoken language, rather they understand it, live it and feel it to a point where it becomes completely natural. Having an understanding of the concept of nouns, verbs and adjectives and the underlying knowledge of expression (a natural understanding of why and what to express) allows for the fluid ad hoc building of sentences and dialog. The ability to broaden one’s vocabulary also becomes easier. Memorizing what to say would result in a painfully drab and yet often out of place conversation.

Everyone has a ‘native tongue’, however the understanding and feeling of the basic concept of how to express oneself in certain situations allows for the cross-over of expression in other languages. Again, understanding (almost naturally) the concept of what to say allows one to figure how to translate that into another language for communication and expression of the concept. After all, most languages are similarly related and tend to result in the communication of expression. This same concept can be easily applied to software development environments/languages. Having a baseline conceptual (logical) understanding of what one is looking to achieve and how it all works is the foundation of developing an application; achieving a desired result, that can be built upon. With the understanding of the overall concept of what needs to be done (logically), a developer can generally search out the concept and find away to express that in another development language, whether it is Delphi®, Visual Basic, C, ASP, T/SQL, P/L SQL or whatever. After all, a development language is just that, isn’t it?

Well, enough of my rambling (I hope this makes enough sense to get some point across) for today I am off to play with some .NET EventLog stuff.

A Few Good Shows

I have never been a television or movie buff. A vast majority of my time is spent in front of a computer. A typical day finds me with about 13 hours in front of ye ole’ monitor, followed up by some technical reading (two of my recent selections are here and here). This has been going on for so long that I haven’t a clue about much primetime television. If I am watching television it is typically sports, TLC, Discovery or the History channel. (TechTV used to be there until G4Tv completely killed it) Besides the Revolution, Patriots, Red Sox and the morning news it is rare for me to have a ‘must see’ television show.

I do have shows that I enjoy a lot (Dirty Jobs), but none I can say that cause me to drop everything. Someone did recently tell me to watch The Office. I caught an episode last week and though it was hilarious. The jury is still out though….

Over the past few months I must say I finally found a ‘must see‘ —Criminal Minds. This show has me hooked and I can now say that there is a show that without a doubt I’d turn of the computer for. Wednesday nights now are on my calendar. With my luck, they’ll end up canceling it, which, well, would piss me off. Remember The 4400?

Adieu George!

Some years ago, on a trip to the city, I stopped at a corner market for breakfast. I ordered my breakfast sandwich and provided payment to the cashier. The cashier handed back change consisting of both bills and coins. One of the bills had a strange stamp that caught my attention. The stamp referred to an interesting website address. Being of the curious type I decided to view the page while I consumed my morning fuel.

The site — Where’s George?! ®. This site allows you to track where your paper money has been and where it goes. This site only tracks US currency and has a brother, Where’s Willy?! ®, for Canadian bills. I haven’t come across one for the Euro (does one exist?), but I could see how that would allow for more participation and interesting travel routes.

The Where’s George?! ® site reminds me of something I had done back when I was in elementary school. I tool a ledger book and jotted down the numbers of the dollar bills that crossed my path in an attempt to see if I ever encountered the same bill twice. I never did come across a repeat visitor and the task became arduous to do by hand and ledger book so it was short lived. I wish I had something like this back then.

What’s your George score?