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Independent web developer since 2004.

Former systems engineer for SGI.

Electronic design engineer for everything from vending machines to computerized surgical instruments.

Former television and radio broadcast engineer.


Feb
27
comment I want to experience the early days of computing
@whatsisname As one who has built his own computer from logic gates and boot code...twice...I can attest that it does not take a lifetime to do so.
Feb
27
comment I want to experience the early days of computing
@chillpenguin While modern processors have a lot of neat new tech built into them, they still can execute the basic instructions I used when I first started out in the 70s. If you're looking for basic I/O ports, I don't think you can get that without buying a board to plug in, but you can. Reading and writing to disk drives is more complicated so it might be better to use standard libraries to do that.
Feb
26
answered I want to experience the early days of computing
Jan
31
comment Is It Late To Start Learning Programming @ 26 Years?
Though I did assembly and C as an electronic engineer for the products I designed, I didn't learn C till I was 32. I didn't learn any other language till I started developing web sites at age 42.
Nov
12
comment History of vendor css prefix
In case you aren't aware, it's been part of the spec for many years: w3.org/TR/CSS2/syndata.html#vendor-keywords
Oct
23
comment How Microsoft Market DotNet?
@Fendy Well, you're saying the same thing. They lost power when they didn't do it and, without searching through the article again, there is a title about them losing the backwards compatibility religion.
Oct
23
answered How Microsoft Market DotNet?
Sep
14
comment Does IE have more strict Javascript parsing than Chrome?
@ClayShannon IE11 already trails behind all other browsers and it's not even out yet. And then, there it will sit, for at least another year while every other browser moves the web forward every 6-8 weeks. I haven't compiled my list for that one yet.
Sep
13
comment Does IE have more strict Javascript parsing than Chrome?
@ClayShannon Yes, it lit a fire under them. Instead of being 10 years behind the times, they're now only 3 years behind. Inept at best IE 10 is still the worst browser on the planet.
Sep
12
comment Does IE have more strict Javascript parsing than Chrome?
The web developer's mantra, "If it works in IE, but not the other browsers, your code is wrong." You can never trust IE to do anything right. Eventually, you'll find out the issue was with your code or Chrome was right in the first place.
Sep
5
comment Is there an advantage for a C programmer to have read K&R?
K&R removed the fear of learning it for me. It's almost as if they were sitting next to me explaining things in a homey, friendly chat. That is the value of "the white book". (And I learned it in 1985)
Jul
29
comment Creating a Website Without a Framework
What are these frameworks things you speak of? Never had 'em. Never will after nearly 10 years of doing this.
Jul
17
comment XML/HTML: Do we need the element name in closing tags?
@JörgWMittag - No. Closing tags are not optional in all HTML tags. w3.org/TR/html401/index/elements.html
Jul
15
comment Am I slow or is this normal?
In any new area I've gotten into, my personal experience has worked out like this: it takes me three years to become comfortable. Five years and my opinion matters to everyone else. Nine to ten years and I'm a master.
Jul
14
answered Is it legitimate to ask co-workers to use specific browser in an intranet website?
Jun
21
comment Is there a standard way to structure a website
And 960 has fallen out of favor for a while now which is why I agree this question is too broad and too much design opinion. 12 columns, too, is an opinion and doesn't work in all cases. Neither work well in a responsive design.
Jun
10
comment Software design vs physical products design
I feel the design process could, or at least should, be very similar so I could have a hard time explaining the differences.
Jun
10
comment Software design vs physical products design
You are comparing this to manufacturing while he is talking about the design process. I don't see how it answers anything.
May
31
comment Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
As far as web dev goes, we use FreeBSD and Linux but one Windows box for testing in IE that doesn't touch our dev network
May
24
answered Responsive Web Design vs. User-Agent Sniffing