If people were programming languages

I took a daft on-line quiz on BBSpot. I don’t really know anything much about the site, but it seemed something to do to waste 5 minutes of my life. The quiz was working out what programming language I was. I think the results speak for themselves:

Which Programming Language are You?

Yep, that’s right, good old reliable COBOL. So I got Annmarie to do the same quiz and she got:

Which Programming Language are You?

PYTHON. Dag nabbit! I wanted Python. Not that I’m unhappy with COBOL, and in some ways it does make a bit of sense. Well … it make sense if you think too much about the world from the point of view of programming anyway …

Life is getting on

And so am I.  Well, last I reported, I was learning C++ and looking for work.  Which was kinda combined really.  I’ve now actually got a job again and it does involve programming in C++.  The place I now work for is a smallish company called ASTC, which is where a good friend of mine works, Sergei, and he encouraged me to apply.  Good thing too as so far I’m really happy.

They (or should I say “we”) write software for engineering kinda places to emulate hardware components to test design ideas before they are built for real.  That’s the 10,000 foot view of it anyway.  Apparently the whole client side of it can be rather hush hush so I won’t mention any more of what goes on without getting written approval from my manager.  The actual job though is proving to be really good though.  I’m doing some serious work (or starting to anyway) and I’m working with some really nice people.  In fact, I don’t think there are any not nice people in the company.  I won’t say never, since that always works out badly in some comical way, but if there is a horrible person there, they are sure hiding well. The company seems very flexible in the way they approach work and hours.  The prevailing attitude seems to be that so long as you’re getting your work done and you’re not stopping anyone else getting theirs done, it’s all good.  That also means that I need to be flexible in terms of taking conference calls at odd hours with people in other countries, but that’s all good for me.

I’m also rather chuffed that I can use Linux as my development platform.  I’m running Linux in a virtual machine from Windows at the moment, but I’m hoping at some point soon to switch it over and run Linux native and Windows in the VM.  I’m also hoping to upgrade my Linux version to something a bit more recent, if my manager thinks that’s ok.

Speaking of Windows and Linux, in the last post I mentioned that I had accidently killed my Windows system and was going to stick with Mandriva for a bit.  Well, I did, then I got rid of it.  And no, I didn’t go back to Windows, I switched to Ubuntu.  I must say that it (version 8.04) is very slick.  I’m super happy with it and think I’ll just stick with it for everything.  If you’re thinking of trying out Linux, that’s the one I’d recommend at the moment.

Anyway, it’s getting on a bit and I really should get off to bed as … I need to get to work in the morning.  Been a long while since I’ve been saying that.  Hopefully this will mean getting back to regular posting as I may actually have more to talk about.  Cheers!

Where has the time gone

Well it’s been ages since my last post so I haven’t mindlessly babbled for quite a while. But it’s not from a lack of things going on to blog about. It’s because I’ve been busy, yes, busy. I’m currently now looking for work and that does take up quite a bit of time.  I think I have something that may work out, but I’ll just have to see.

I also just recently killed off my Windows system when I was trying to try out Mandriva 2008.  It’s not the installer’s fault, it was mine really.  I’m not all that worried though. I’ve been thinking of switching back to Linux again and the current Linux system seem very slick now so I think I’ll stick with it for a while and see how things go.  I’m also trying to teach myself C++ (a programming language) at the moment so using Linux seems to match that well in my mind.

Just now I’m off on a long trek up to Magil to buy mik and cream so it’s a long bus ride with nothing to do but to read Accelerated C++.

My dark half

I just noticed that the super hero test has a matching super villain test. Well taking that seems to show that I don’t match the villains as well as I match the heroes (well that makes sense to me). But the villain I match closest too is quite cool in my opinion. That’s right, under the right circumstances I could be the devastating APOCALYPSE!!!!

I do notice though that my villain match is only 60% but my Spidey match is 85%. I guess that puts me more on the good side. Also that Dark Phoenix comes a close second is cool too, kinda…

Full details follow:
You are Apocalypse

Dark Phoenix
Dr. Doom
Lex Luthor
The Joker
Green Goblin
Mr. Freeze
Poison Ivy
You believe in survival of the fittest and you believe that you are the fittest.

Click here to take the “Which Super Villain are you?” quiz…

Dag nabbit, I’m Spider Man

Well it looks pretty authoritative. I’ve just taken a personality test and it seems that I am Spider Man. I was having a look on the blog of somebody who lives in Germany, a man who clicked on my SkypeMe button on my old blog and called me by accident, and found that he had his results up on his blog and I had to take the test too. Oddly enough he’s a Spider Man too. This could be a real ice breaker for parties and geeky gatherings of all kinds. You could open with “I’m a Spider Man, which hero are you?” and see if they back away slowly.

Anyway, here are my full results:

You are Spider-Man

Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
The Flash
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the “Which Superhero am I?” quiz…