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Microsoft Software, the Good and the Bad

When you are mixing with the Software crowd, you are mixing with the Good and the Bad, all mixed in together. And it is hard to separate the truth from the lies.

I have decided to reacquaint myself with the latest in Software Development – and my first decision was “Who do I want to get in bed with?” I’m going to be had, no matter what – but who will give me the best experience? Got the picture?

Microsoft is no guardian angel – it’s more like the other kind. But it has blundered into a position of market dominance. And has gradually realized that it has to help all the software developers, who are writing software, for everyone else to consume. Their users can barely count to ten, without using their fingers – and they need software to help them.

There are two classes of people in the world – those that produce content, and those that consume it. And the gap between them is huge. I have decided to be on the side of the producers – but not make too big a deal of it. I’m getting in bed, and doing what people do there – but doing it quietly.

I am taking Microsoft’s Visual Studio series of courses – for free. Using Visual Studio 2017 Community – the free version. You should be able to use it, right out of the box – but first you have to customize it, which isn’t too hard – but you have to do this, before you can take the courses.

These show you how to use the .net framework – a huge thing that Microsoft developed for its developers – and decided to make it available for everyone. And use the C# language – another big thing, that does everything – including everything Java does. Another big thing by a competitor, Oracle.

You must have noticed that I am using the word big here a lot. Software is the elephant in the living room – everyone is ignoring, even while it shits all over them.

I have decided to be on the side that does the shitting.

Hatred of Information

Americans are haters – as I have often remarked in these pages. And the range of their hatred is remarkable.

Recently, I was sent some genealogical information from a relative I didn’t know. We all have hundreds of those scattered across our family tree. I tried to share this with other family members – only to find they were not interested in this.

I could sympathize, this was a huge amount of information to absorb, all of a sudden. But then I expected them to slowly get used to it. They did not, and seemed to be offended by this intrusion of new information into their orderly lives.

They don’t realize they now live in an Information Economy – and they are incapable of being there.

I work at absorbing new information all the time, and consider this part of life. As my mother used to say “Live and learn!”


Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry


This gal calls herself an Industrious Optimist – and she tells us what she means by that.

She fights against irresponsible news. But judging by my own family – I can see they prefer the sensational and simple – and don’t watch TED at all.

I will even take that further – if our present course is destroying the World, they can’t see much wrong with that either. If it’s defective, they think – why try to save it?

User Experience (UX) Research and Design

Principles of Designing for Humans. edX has courses on this, presented by the U of Michigan.

If I were starting over again, this is what I would do. Every parent, in my opinion, should ask their children to consider this as a possible career choice.

It shocks me to see how many parents do not want their children be be anything.I’m sure this is not a conscious choice. but the results are there for anyone to see.

The Fighter

New York Times Magazine

The Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.

This is a very long article, but it does not discuss a fundamental problem – most of today’s youth cannot be productive workers in our highly technical society. Siatta could only be a fighter – nothing else.

This is clearly a deficiency of our schools – but our schools only teach what our parents want them to. They do not want to teach them how to learn.

Machine Learning Cannot be This Simple!

I kept saying this to myself while I read Machine Learning. MIT really wants everyone to learn everything – for free. Anything else is a scam – in their opinion.

I didn’t mind. Even at my advanced age, I don’t mind learning – as long at it’s simple.

And doesn’t require an erection.

Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered

This is a MOOC sponsored by MIT on the edX platform – that has better graphics capabilities then Coursera does. This course treats its viewers respectfully, and never pushes them around.

I want to emphasize that this is sponsored by MIT, which is about as pro-business as an institution can possibly be. But it also realizes (as many other Business colleges have) that the Business world has to reform itself.