Happy Pi Day! Since Snow Storm Stella has rendered outdoor travel hazardous, I decided to use the extra time to help out new programmers. The reality is that programmers spend a lot of time in front of computer screens, regardless if it’s snowy or sunny outside. This article is to help beginners maximize their efforts, to focus on useful endeavors, rather than struggling with issues that so many programmers battled with in the past. Here are five typical mistakes that beginning programers make.
Apple has been stingy with new Mac hardware – especially with desktop computers. It’s been years since the Mac Pro or Mac Mini have been updated. That’s why I’ve been pushing my Mac Mini (Early 2009) to the limit. I bought that computer almost eight years ago. I’ve been holding out for a worthy replacement, but using a single computer for so long comes with risk. A crash could lead to significant data loss. Well, on Ground Hog’s Day 2017, my Mac Mini crashed… and it crashed hard!
Donald John Trump is now officially the 45th president of the United States of America. That’s a huge change in direction for the country. What does that mean for the lives of ordinary citizens? Well, if Whitehouse.gov is a bellwether, nothing too radical so far. The Trump administration was given the keys to the official website of the Whitehouse. While there was a significant change in content, it’s still running on the same old content management system (CMS) – Drupal 7.
Nintendo has some hubris. The Nintendo Switch is slated to be available on March 3, 2017 – for $299. That puts it against the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Slim. Worse, these two competing consoles can be found for significantly less money than $299. Direct from Amazon.com, it’s about $20-$30 cheaper. That’s with a bundled game. The problem is even bigger than that. Why buy a toy when you can get an iPad? The iPad Air 2 was recently on sale for $275. Games are fun, but sometimes you need to be productive. With so many choices, how does the Nintendo Switch fair against the competition?