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bio website darenscotwilson.com
location Southern California
age 54
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
seen Jul 4 at 4:25

Physicist/Artist who fools around with electrons, photons, pixels and bits. Currently in San Diego, formerly of Socorro NM, Orlando FL, Boulder CO, Ann Arbor and other places in Michigan.

Mainly, I've been making 2D and 3D illustrations and animations, writing explanations for things in physics, astronomy and electronics, writing software for image processing and science number-crunching, and teaching the cats to do my work for me. Regrettably, the latter endeavor has been a total failure.


Dec
3
comment How valuable and rare is being able to create something from scratch?
+1 on different mindsets. That's exactly why I didn't last long in more than one recent gig. I am quick to create new things from scratch, and suck at maintenance. Find out what your mindset is and spend most of your time there.
Nov
30
comment What to bring to a programming interview?
In several interviews over the last few years, I have never brought copies of my resume. They already have it printed out, enough for everyone I meet. Same is true when I'm on the interviewing side.
Nov
17
comment What is the history of why bytes are eight bits?
Re 12 bits: Back when I first learned digital electronics, in the days of 7400 series TTL, logic gates usually came 4 or 3 to a chip, or 6 inverters on a chip. Handling a 12-bit word would have been doable different ways. As for addressing and powers-of-two wordsizes, did those early pioneers use addresses to individual bits?
Nov
11
comment Why am I seeing so many for(;;) constructs?
While this isn't the original reason, it is a secondary reason why the preference stuck long after the original reason became obsolete. It's very hard to trot out any evidence to support this, though, other than to ask long-experienced programmers.
Oct
31
comment Increasing confidence in personal knowledge about coding
Many are not imposters, but fake imposters :D
Oct
10
comment When to use C over C++, and C++ over C?
This is true, but only for cases of one person working on their own little project. In real life almost everyone spends maybe half their time working on other people's code. Unfortunately most other people "think wrong" regarding those utterly irrational reasons.
Sep
4
comment How do you tackle really bizarre errors that keep you puzzled for more than 10 hours?
The "someone else" need not be human. Sometimes I explain things to the cat, and aha! I find the problem.
Jul
16
comment Tools to support learning a new business domain
+1 especially for connecting with others in other roles, other departments, including the suits.
Jul
13
comment What is involved in learning Eclipse-RCP, from zero Java background?
I am ordering that book...
Jul
11
comment What is involved in learning Eclipse-RCP, from zero Java background?
Though it might be useless to compare durations, about how long did it take you?
Jul
10
comment What is involved in learning Eclipse-RCP, from zero Java background?
I barely understand anything on that EMF page at eclipse.org I have a ways to go...
Jul
10
comment What is involved in learning Eclipse-RCP, from zero Java background?
EMF? As a physicist, that looks like Electro-Magnetic Field :P
May
25
comment Why is every programming language “powerful”?
Regarding "market their programming languaeg as "weak"... well, there is one product out there called Fawlty Language. It's a freeware clone of ITT-VIS's IDL.
May
5
comment How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
What's a "code camp"? User groups are good, 'cept I don't like being in rooms full of geeky types, and currently I live in a small town far from where any such groups would be.
Apr
27
comment How to explain to non-programmers that programming is not a repetitive task?
Being an artist myself, I like this comparison. It will make sense to most artists, of all types, and those who can relate to art activities. (I'm not sure about non-artists.)
Apr
27
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
I'm starting to look at Android app development. That's certainly not window/mac. Yes, I see there are many more platforms out there than browsing through Monster.com would suggest.
Apr
27
comment How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
We could trade brains!
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
@David Thornley: Some big 3D animation companies use Linux for render farms. I don't know about individual artist workstations - probably all platforms.
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
@S.Lott: absolutely no basis whatsoever. Just my impression from my crooked viewpoint from the nonaverage places I've been. It does seem I'm not the only one with that impression.
Mar
30
comment Does being a Linux-only expert limit career choices outside academia?
Would showing skill in too many fields make one less appealing, as unlikely to stay in some narrow position? (I guess that would be a separate top-level question here.)