Category Archives: IT

Goodbye, Object Oriented Programming

Charles Scalfani

I’ve been programming in Object Oriented languages for decades. The first OO language I used was C++ and then Smalltalk and finally .NET and Java.

I was gung-ho to leverage the benefits of Inheritance, Encapsulation, and Polymorphism. The Three Pillars of the Paradigm.

I was eager to gain the promise of Reuse and leverage the wisdom gained by those who came before me in this new and exciting landscape.

I couldn’t contain my excitement at the thought of mapping my real-world objects into their Classes and expected the whole world to fall neatly into place.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Read more »

Names that break computers

A few people have names that can utterly confuse the websites they visit, and it makes their life online quite the headache. Why does it happen?

(Credit: Olivia Howitt)

By Chris Baraniuk / Images by Olivia Howitt

Jennifer Null’s husband had warned her before they got married that taking his name could lead to occasional frustrations in everyday life. She knew the sort of thing to expect – his family joked about it now and again, after all. And sure enough, right after the wedding, problems began. Read more »

Why an email is not answered

Kitchen coding

Brett Terpstra

I’ve developed a love of cooking. Perhaps even an obsession. It’s been good for my diet, and good for my palette.

When my mental health providers cut off the stimulants I had been taking for a decade to treat my ADHD, the only real upside to the new regime was that it was really easy for me to stop working at the end of the day (if I made it that far). Because my brain wouldn’t let me sit at a computer for any extended period of time, I ended up having free time in the evenings.

I’ve always been decent in the kitchen. Kind of like I’ve always been decent at coding, writing, and even sports in my younger years. To the extent that I could make it work, anyway. But, like coding, I decided there were things I could do better and started studying my meals in detail. Read more »

Enabling GodMode for Windows 10

Just a quick-hit tip here. Those that are familiar with gaming know that there’s almost always a tweak available to find that will enable god-like powers in games. These tweaks give you things like unlimited lives, indestructibility, and infinite powers. In reality, it’s a cheat. But, who hasn’t enjoyed it and used it to learn how to beat the toughest levels of gameplay?

For those Windows 10 testers hungry to have similar god-like powers, Windows 10 has its own GodMode. GodMode for Windows 10 gives you access to 262 new god-like powers. And, while it doesn’t give you unlimited lives or save you from bluescreens, it does expose some additional features and tools to play with. Read more »