MOTD::Archive::Fall 2000 (29 December 2000)

Summer 2000 MOTD

Week Ending 29 December 2000

Computer Systems May Greet the New Year Under Attack
Based on inputs from the FBI and other resources, the NIPC (National Infrastructure Protection Center) has issued an advisory about potential DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attacks that may greet computer systems as they enter into the New Millennium. [ New Year's DDOS Advisory from]

[Side-bar] There has been little talk about Y2K1 related computer problems, which is the opposite of Y2K. Because I spent so much time on it, I still haven't deleted the Y2K Digest If you have have time to waste, then you may find some of the postings interesting. [I'm sure it is full of linkrot.]

Programming Language Advocate Hates Programming Language Advocacy
Programming languages are tools and the language you use depends largely on the task you need to program. Nobody can say that one programming language is better than another; however, there are certain programming tasks that can be more efficiently done using a particular language. ThurmThanks to KevinM and UCLA Professor Phil Agre for the hyperlink to this document on programming language advocacy.

The New Millennium Approaches
Many software systems do extra processing on a periodic basis. Examples: end-of-day processing, end-of-month processing, and end-of-year processing. I wonder if there will be any systems out their doing end-of-century processing? [How about end-of-millennium processing?]

January 1st of Year 2001 is the binary date 01-01-01. January 1st of Year 2000 gave us the date 01-01-00. After January 1st of 2001, the next digital dates are 10-01-01 followed by 11-01-01. The next digital date after year 2001 doesn't happen until January 1st of the Year 2010 (01-01-10). Do I sense a programming assignment? Print all the binary dates from Year 1 to Year 9999.

Enough about cool dates.

   I wish you a Happy Ending to Year 2000.
   I hope you have a Happy Year 2001.
   Thank you for reading ThurmUnit.

[29 December 2000 (Partly Cloudy... 70°... @ 4:45pm) top]

Week Ending 22 December 2000

ASU Bound CS/CSE Students Be Advised
ASU's CS and CSE programs are experiencing student overflow; they just don't have enough faculty to service all the students. As a result, ASU has modified their CS and CSE admissions policy in order to maintain enrollments at their current levels. Here is more information that I received from ASU. [If I shared my true feelings about this, then my days at a dot-edu would be numbered.]

Chalk Blackboard Fading Into White
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Some Humor for Mature Audiences
I don't know who left this in my in-box, but ThurmThanks to you. Here is a copy of a technical support call concerning the installation of new software.

[22 December 2000 (A sunny and blue sky day... 72°... @ 2:00pm) top]

Week Ending 15 December 2000

Students Say the Foo-est Things
I have just completed my 7th semester of being a full-time Instructor. [I did three semesters part-time while working as a computer programmer.] I had 149 students start the semester with me and a lot of you made it to the end. Congratulations! I had all my classes write a final grade report for me and I've decided to publish some of your comments.

I May Have Found a Replacement
In the past, the ThurmUnit website hyperlinked to for definitions to computer related terms. But they restructured their website causing ThurmUnit major linkrot. A few days ago I received a hyperlink to a definition of the word foobar. The definition was provided by Here is a [deep] hyperlink to the term foobar. [ThurmThanks to NicholasB]

Advice From James Gosling
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[15 December 2000 (Sunny and brisk... 56°... @ 10:17am) top]

Week Ending 08 December 2000

The Future According to Dennis Ritchie has posted an interview with programming guru Dennis Ritchie. I've added this hyperlink to the ThurmInterviews section of the website. Recall, Dennis Ritchie is the father of the C programming language and is a co-creator of the Unix operating system. Here are some quotes from the interview.

   ...both [Unix and C] have been around, in not astonishingly 
   changed form, for well more half the lifetime of commercial 
   ...the "open evolution" idea has it own drawbacks, ...C is 
   peculiar in a lot of ways, but it, like many other successful
   things, has a certain unity of approach that stems from
   development in a small group. To tell the truth, I don't
   know how Linus [creator of Linux] and his merry band manage
   so well -- I couldn't of stood it with C.
[Note: also provides this 5-minute audio file of the Ritchie interview.]

A huge ThurmThanks goes to MarciaW for this hyperlink. MarciaW and I don't have much contact, but every now and then -- out of the blue -- she will send me some really excellent stuff.

From the 60s to the 90s... How Fun
A ThurmThanks goes out to KaraG for emailing me this list of 25 signs of having too much of the 90's.

Next Week is Final Exam Week...
and I will not be having any office hours [Instructors are not required to have office hours during exam week, so I don't]. If you need to get a hold of me, then send email to If you find exam week to be stressful, then remember these guidelines.

[08 December 2000 (Partly cloudy... 70°... @ 5:20pm) top]

Week Ending 01 December 2000

Computing::Nielsen Says My Password Strategy Doesn't Work
A common way to crack a system is to guess a valid user's password. This works because many computer users don't know how to use good passwords (e.g. they use their first name or last name or a word found in a dictionary). I allow students to have accounts on the Unix machines at school, but I assign them their passwords and don't allow the passwords to be changed. The passwords I use are randomly generated by a program and they conform to guidelines presented in ThurmSpeaks::About Passwords. The generated passwords are cryptic and difficult to remember. According to Jakob Nielsen computer generated passwords don't increase computer security because people end up writing them down or they record them in world-readable files. Security & Human Factors by Jakob Nielsen. [mkpasswd.cpp is the C++ program that I wrote to generate random passwords.]

Y2K::It's the Last Month of Year 2000 (Y2K)
What a Year 2000 we have had and to think the 21st Century doesn't begin until Year 2001. [Will there be any Y2K1 problems?] I can't help but wonder if this year's Presidential election isn't a manifestation of the Y2K problem. We are ending the year with a messed up election, a devastated high-tech stock market, and lawyers having the time of the lives.

From a computing perspective it has been a great year and 2001 promises to be even better. The dot-com shakeout -- although painful -- was necessary in order for us to move forward. The Internet is changing everything and offers amazing long term potential. I find learning about computing to be fun.

For high-tech investors it has not been fun; the stock market has been devastating. For long term investors, all is okay; but, those gambling for easy money have been badly burned. I'm sure we will be looking more closely at the stock market when this semester ends.

Foo::National Friendship Week
I think every week is suppose to be National Friendship Week. KathleenM shares with us some words from Eleanor Roosevelt.

[01 December 2000 (Overcast... 72°... @ 2:27pm) top]

Week Ending 24 November 2000

 ThurmAlert: I will not have an office hour on Tuesday, 28 November 2000. 

Having a Windows Program Crap Out on You is so Much Fun
I received the following fatal error message from the ICQ program:

   %1 caused stack fault in module %2 at %3!.04x!:%4!.0x!.
This has to be one of the most useless error messages I've ever encountered. If you know what the problem is, why it happened, and what I need to do to fix it, then let me know and I'll buy you breakfast at Harlow's Cafe.

My Windows System is Dying...
Slowly, but surely, I am watching my computer dye. Luckily, it believes in organ donation; therefore, some of its components will live on in other computers. It is amazing how gracefully it is passing away. It is a good old computer. With every new program I download onto my computer, the more fiesty existing programs are becoming. For example, I cannot have Naptster and ICQ running side-by-side -- they used too, but not after I downloaded and used some Olympus Digital Camera software. I'm getting a new computer and I thinking about running FreeBSD.

Oops... More on Biometrics
I was suppose to put the topic of biometrics to rest, but I could not resist sharing the following hyperlink from Bruce Schneier to an article that challenges the assumption that no two fingerprints are exactly alike. [Bruce Schneier is a Guru on computer security and I got this hyperlink from his CRYPTO-GRAM newsletter.]

24 November is Buy Nothing Day
Thanks to the Internet, this year's Buy Nothing Day is taking on world-wide proportions.

[Buy Nothing Day]

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ThurmHoliday: Thanksgiving

Week Ending 17 November 2000

 ThurmAlert: I will not have an office hour on Tuesday, 21 November 2000. 

It's a Triple: Biometrics
Two weeks ago there was a MOTD posting about advances made with respect to computers using fingerprints for user identification (biometrics)... Last week a Security Watchdog posting was about night clubs in the Netherlands using fingerprints and face scanning (biometrics) to determine who gains entrance into the clubs... This week, on 15 November 2000, the front page of the Arizona Republichad an article about computerizing our voting procedures. In the article, the topic of biometrics was a major theme. Many technologists feel that computerized voting could be the first major application in which biometrics is employed. Biometrics aside, the CPSR offers us the following useful resource: Voting, Computers and the Human-Computer Interface. [ThurmFoo] Speaking of the Y2K election, earlier this week I received the following Floriduh related press release.]

Silicon Valley... Money, Money, Money
I am sorry and I promise that I'm not going to start doing Silicon Valley bashing again, but I had to pass along this tidbit. WiredNews::Politics reports:

"The high cost of living in Silicon Valley has claimed another victim: The mayor of San Carlos, California, is moving away because he and his wife can't afford the exorbitant costs."
If dot-coms continue dumping, then maybe you and I could afford to live in or near S.F. Recent failures include:,,, and

Today is "National Homemade Bread Day"
17 November is National Homemade Bread Day [cute image]. I celebrated the day by making banana bread using Post Banana Crunch cereal. I've posted the recipe to ThurmFood. Enjoy.

[17 November 2000 (Sunny, but cool... 61°... @ 12:55pm) top]

ThurmHoliday: Veterans Day

Week Ending 10 November 2000

Merging of Human with Robot
As computers become faster, smaller, and more affordable; the study of artificial intelligence continues to evolve. Many of those interested in moving computing into the 21st century are fascinated with what robot technology can provide. You could install a robot in your home armed with a video camera that would allow you to access it online to check on the kids or on elderly parents. Robots could also be used to let repair people into a home when no one is there. Longer term, the repair person could be projected into the robot, allowing the robot to do the work. [ThurmFoo] I hope I'm dead when this all happens. [ More... from WiredNews::Culture]

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DSO -- Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestra is an amazing collection of musicians. They sound mysteriously like the Grateful Dead. Last Sunday, at Alice Cooper's Town, DSO performed a Dead concert from 1977. My favorite song of the night was It Must Have Been the Roses. [Goto the Dark Star Orchestra website.]

[10 November 2000 (Cloudy and cold (this weather sucks)... 55°... @ 9:15am) top]

Week Ending 03 November 2000

Biometrics Continues Moving Forward
We are constantly speaking about how important it is to use good passwords [see ThurmSpeaks]. In the future, however, passwords may not be necessary because of biometrics. WiredNews::Technology serves up Fingerprint Security Gets Handier.

How to write the term e-mail?
Stanford University Computer Science Guru Professor Donald Knuth pontificated that the hyphen should be dropped from the term e-mail and I agreed. In fact, I dropped the hyphen from all eterms. Now I read the following:

"Despite conventional wisdom that "new terms often start as two words, then become hyphenated, and eventually end up as one word," Wired News now inserts a hyphen into e-mail (and every other e-word), as God and Noah Webster intended. Call it striking a blow for the majesty of the English language, assuming you can find anything majestic in a word like "e-mail."

The decision to hyphenate e-mail becomes even easier when you consider that email as a solid word certainly evolved because some programmer was either too lazy or too ignorant to correctly insert the hyphen in the first place.

Besides, the e means electronic, and a principal function of the hyphen is to join two words to form a completely new word. In this case, electronic and mail. Ergo, e-mail.

[ Full Story from WiredNews::Culture]

Xerox to Modify PARC's Role
Xerox -- a leading copier maker -- has decided it is time for its 30 year old research division to make some money. The Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) has made numerous contributions to computing over the years. Some examples: the personal computer, the mouse [see ThurmSpeaks], Ethernet, WYSIWYG (i.e. whizzy-wig... what you see is what you get) word processors, the GUI, and so on. [I've always thought that one of the most secure jobs in the world is being a copier repair person. Those damn machines are always in need of fixing. My most anxious times in life is when I approach a copier machine needing it to work.]

[03 November 2000 (Here comes the rain... 69°... @ 3:00pm) top]

ThurmHoliday: Halloween Y2K

Week Ending 27 October 2000

HP Buys Garage Where It was Born
Hewlett-Packard has bought the garage where the company was started in 1939, along with the adjoining house, for $1.7 million. HP was started on $538 of borrowed money by William Hewlett and David Packard. Today, HP has 86,000 employees and yearly revenues exceeding $42 billion.

Ralph Nader... Going Once, Going Twice, Gone
About a month ago I learned that programming Guru Richard Stallman supports Ralph Nader for President of the U.S.A. Then Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam fame told his young audience to vote for Nader. Then, this headline on the front page of the 26 October 2000 AZ Republic: " Nader's Rise Could Raid Gore Votes." Many people in government would love to get control of the Internet. Which candidate is best for the Internet? Only you can make the decision. [Extra] Ralph Nader's running mate is Winona LaDuke. She lives on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and works on restoring the local land base and culture.

Pearl Jam Jams
My first Pearl Jam concert was fun and the band was outstanding. Those guys sure know how to play rockin' roll. It was a rainy night, but the rain stopped so we could watch Pearl Jam without getting soaked. The audience was young and I felt old, but that's okay. Vedder (the lead singer) made a political statement [vote for Ralph Nader] and paid tribute to Neil Young [Quote: "Neil Young's getting younger while we're getting older."] For an encore, Pearl Jam did a version of The Who's Baba O'Riley (teenage wasteland...) I was surprised how many in the audience knew the words to this oldie-moldie song.

[27 October 2000 (Rainy and cool... 64°... @ 2:42pm) top]

Week Ending 20 October 2000

DigiScents FirstWhiff Members to Experience iSmell
I have received a certificate that allows me to experience a FirstWhiff demonstration at the upcoming Comdex convention in Las Vegas. I probably won't go [don't have the time], but DigiScents is serious about bringing smell to our computers. Here is a quote from the DigiScents CEO: If a picture is worth a thousand words, a scent is worth a thousand pictures. { FAQ About Digital Scent Technology}

AZ Software Industry is Hot
The state of Arizona has 72,800 software-related jobs according to a report issued by Arizona State University. Software jobs are good for the state because they pay higher wages and attract workers who generate ideas. The complete report costs money, but here is a summary.

ThurmUnit Hits 3000 Webpages
ThurmUnit continues to grow. As of Fri Oct 20 10:08:14 MST 2000 the website on Inficad alone has 5746 files and 456 directories. Here is a recent report from the website's search engine.

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Pearl Jam this Saturday
KevinM and I are hoping Pearl Jam does Neil Young's Keep on Rockin' in the Free World. [I got a great version of this song off the Internet using Napster.] This will be my first Pearl Jam concert and I'm looking forward to it greatly. For a pre-concert goody, I'm making this new ThurmFood recipe... Artichoke Garlic Bread.

[20 October 2000 (Partly cloudy, but very nice ... 84°... @ 3:55pm) top]

Week Ending 13 October 2000

The Age of Spiritual Machines -- Ray Kurzweil
Here are a few interesting quotes from Kurzweil's new book.

People can reasonably expect a $1,000 personal computer to match the computing speed and memory capacity of the human brain by 2020. By 2029, human learning will be enhanced by "widely available neural implants," and most teaching will be done by "virtual teachers" equipped to provide intelligent, interactive instruction. Learning, he says, will have become the primary endeavor of the human species.

Research is leading toward what he describes as a spiritual ideal of infinite intelligence. "We will experience what it is like to be another person or even another species."

Kurzweil sees possibilities for a new kind of immortality in the 21st century. It will come, he says, "as we cross the divide to instantiate ourselves into our computational technology." Once that divide is crossed, he says, a person's identity will be his ever-expanding mind file. "We will be software, not hardware."

IT Labor Shortage -- Foreign Workers to Help?
Early this month, Congress approved legislation to increase the number of visas for highly skilled foreign workers, in a demonstration of the high-technology industry's clout on political people. Hours after the Senate voted 96 to 1 for the bill, the House passed it on a voice vote, and President Clinton is expected to sign it. According to numerous reports, 1 million information technology (IT) positions are unfilled, with up to 200,000 new jobs likely to be created in each of the next 10 years. The Washington Post reports Congress Backs More Tech Visas.

Devastation Hits High-Tech Stocks
There has been major devastation among high-tech stocks this last week. provides some good examples of what is happening.

There is a simple solution to eliminating the volatility of the stock market: eliminate those short-term oriented greedy money managers. Bottom line: think long term and never consider this.

Grand Canyon is Pretty Darn Grand
Here is a note about spending a weekend in Flagstaff.

[13 October 2000 (Sunny blue skies, cool ... 77°... @ 2:32pm) top]

Week Ending 06 October 2000

Download Music, Download Porn, Download Your Mind?
Ray Kurzweil, the inventor, predicts that computers will be smarter than human beings within a hundred years -- and that eventually people will achieve a kind of immortality by downloading their minds into computers.

Goofy Stuff: Programmer Dress Codes
For almost nine years I worked for a company that required us programmers to where a tie. For the first couple of weeks I didn't get anything done because I always thought I was too dressed up to work. Over time, however, I developed a liking for ties [and tie shopping]. In fact, my co-workers enjoyed my taste in ties and I always received compliments on them. Bottom-line: Ties, although pretty, are a waste of money and serve no practical purpose at all. I sure am glad SCC doesn't have an Instructor dress code. Casual Attire Works for a Steel Mill's IT Staff from [Here is a ThurmSpeaks::About Ties.]

My Email Processing is Down this Weekend
Today, Friday, 06 October 2000, I am attending an ATF meeting. ATF, in this case, stands for Articulation Task Force. I'll be attending a meeting with other CS and CIS Instructors from all of the Arizona colleges -- this includes ASU, UofA, and NAU. The meeting is being held in Flagstaff, AZ at NAU. I'm spending the night in Flagstaff. [I've been told to visit the Flagstaff Brewery, Beaver Street Brewery, and Charlies.] On Saturday we will get on Route 66 and head west. Destination: Supai Falls. Saturday night should be a wild night in downtown Seligman, AZ before returning home on Sunday. [Seligman, AZ, is 111 years old and has the Mother Road as it's main street.] My email processing will be down until noon on Monday. [I do not and will not travel with a computer.]

Phish Rates a 10 and I am now their fan.
By the way, attending the Phish concert [along with prodding by Lost Soul and EricJ] prompted me to post a grilled cheese sandwich recipe to ThurmFood.

[06 October 2000 (Clear ... 88°... @ 8:58pm on Thursday, 05 Oct) top]

Week Ending 29 September 2000

SCC Selected Best Community College Campus
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Intel Stock Takes a Dump
Last Friday Intel (nasdaq: INTC) stock took a major hit closing at $47.94, down 22 percent, on news that its third-quarter earnings would be lower than estimated due to a slowdown in European sales. As of this Friday Intel's stock has not recovered, but I suspect savvy investors are using this crash as a buying opportunity. Intel is a leading maker of computer brains (i.e. CPUs and other chips) and many believe declining chip sales indicate declining computer sales. [ More... from the Washington Post]

[Extra] Last night (Thursday) in after market trading, Apple Computer (nasdaq: AAPL) stock tumbled $25.81, or 48 percent, to $27.69 after the company announced it was not going to meet analyst expectations. With 15 minutes left until the close on Friday, Apple's stock was down 51.75%.

Neil Young Continues to Mellow My Mind
The Neil Young concert was absolutely wonderful. Although he had his "mellow" band with him, there was plenty of good old rockin' roll and lots of guitar. Personal highlights included Powderfinger, I Believe In You, Peace of Mind, Walk On, Winterlong, and World On a String. He did five star renditions of Words, Tonight's the Night, Cowgirl in the Sand [encore #0], and Mellow My Mind [encore #1]. Neil did a great job with new songs such as Buffalo Springfield Again, Unknown Legend, From Hank To Hendrix -- heck they were all good. Neil's sister (Astrid) and wife (Pegi) provided harmony vocals. Here is a playlist and reviews from [As an added bonus, Sheryl Crow opened the show and played an excellent set of songs which included her rendition of An American Girl by Tom Petty.]

  I will not be having an office on Monday (02 Oct 2000) and Friday (06 Oct 2000) of next week.  

[29 September 2000 (Partly cloudy and hot ... 100°... @ 2:41pm) top]

Week Ending 22 September 2000

ThurmBloat -- Good Stuff Piling Up; Too Many Files
I've just defined a new ThurmTerm and it is called ThurmBloat. The Internet provides an un-interrupted stream of plain-old-text that contains amazing stuff. We need to think more XML in order to structure this plain-old-text. Don't get me wrong: plain-old-text is good, but it is even better if you objectize it. Personally, I don't care a lot about its display; I'm more interested in its internals. I've got some students wanting to help and I am giving out lots of tasks (i.e. projects). If you want to follow what is happening, then subscribe to the csZero::Learning About Computing mailing list at

Computing Jokes
Thanks to PaulM for sharing the hyperlink to Computing Jokes. I've lifted the following:

How many hardware engineers does it take to change a light bulb? None. "We'll fix it in software."

How many people does it take to change an object-oriented light bulb? Change it? Aw shucks, I was going to reuse it.

How many IBM engineers does it take to screw in a light bulb? None. They just let Marketing explain that "Dead Bulb" is a feature.

How many Macintosh engineers does it take to screw in a light bulb? None - it has to be done by a local authorized dealer.

Neil Young... Let's hope it's a mellow pause...
I'll admit it: My favorite Neil Young stuff is his grungy-style rockin' roll. His mellow stuff is great and I'm sure this Sunday's concert will be excellent, but I'd like to see him performing with Crazy Horse. Journey Through The Past... it would be great if Neil did another movie. Speaking of a journey through the past, here is a picture of me at three.

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Week Ending 15 September 2000

ThurmAlert: I will not have an office hour on Monday, 18 Sep 2000.

Improve Your Memory by Implanting a Computer Chip in Your Brain
Here is an interview with Dr. Peter Cochrane, chief technologist for British Telecom Labs, who specializes in "human-computer interfaces." The Future of Cybernetics. [Hyperlink provided by MaliaR]

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace is a new book that is highly recommended by Ed Yourdon. Yourdon provides the following synopsis:

Lessig's theme is simple, and profound: whereas the laws of the "real world" are rendered on paper, and interpreted on a case-by-case basis by fallible, impressionable humans, the laws of the "Internet world" are manifested in code -- i.e., computer code, written in languages like Java and C++ -- which are interpreted mechanically, by infallible, unimpressionable machines. By "infallible," I don't mean anything profound in the sense of artificial intelligence; I mean only to suggest that -- assuming no hardware faults or programming bugs (a big assumption!) -- that the computer will carry out whatever "laws" have been coded into it, over and over again, in a consistent fashion.

Hello, World
We make a big deal out hello, world programs. For some odd reason I created this simple hello, world animated GIF (my first) using a program called the GIF Construction Set. My first audio-clip is of me saying hello, world, which is used extensively by ThurmBit::hello, world.

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Week Ending 08 September 2000

# ... Is it a hash? Is it a pound? No, it is an Octothorp
I try to call the # symbol an octothorp (or octothorpe). At one time I had a hyperlink to the Octothorpian's website, but that link doesn't work any more. Luckily, I've got some good students this semester who have found some great octothorp related webpages. Thanks to TomA and MitziC for the following: item 0 and item 1 and item 2

Cleaning Up Mount Everest
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Week Three is Over -- Here is Some Humor For You
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ThurmAlert: I will not have an office hour on Monday, 11 Sep 2000.

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Rare Mid-Week Posting

Hello CIS162 students. I have had only 11 sign-up for the ThurmCourse Pseudo-Listserv. The lecture note for Day 3 will be posted to the website by Thursday AM along with the next two assignments. Be reading and studying your C/C++ book as much as possible. Play around with your WhoAmI program. Make some errors on purpose and see what type of messages you get from your compiler. Learn your programming environment and it will make the assignments easier. There is a chance you will find my programming assignments difficult. Don't let this layoff get you out of shape.

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ThurmHoliday: Labor Day -- 1st Monday of September

Week Ending 01 September 2000

Welcome to Mr. William Meacham
I'd like to take a couple of minutes to introduce you to SCC's new CSC/CIS Instructor: William (Bill) Meacham. Mr. Meacham comes to SCC with lots of real-world computing experiences and stories. He has a strong database background; therefore, I'm looking forward to SCC being able to offer CSC294: Databases sometime in the future. [maybe Spring 2001, Bill?] Goes from Good to Ugly
ThurmUnit is experiencing major linkrot thanks in large part to [Hyperlink not provided because I won't ever hyperlink to them again.] They restructured their website and moved things around. Not nice. I should send them a nasty-gram but I don't have the time or energy. What the heck... here is the hyperlink to

Let's EAT... New ThurmRecipe Added to ThurmFood
On 30 August 2000 our Division at SCC had its first Pot Luck lunch of the new school year. I made some Mexican Lasagna that is really tasty stuff. It is a little bit of work, but well worth the time and effort. Here is a hyperlink to ThurmFood::Mexican Lasagna.

Anybody Going to See America Tonight at Celebrity Theatre?
If so, then maybe I'll see you there. I wish I've been through the desert on A Horse With No Name. America tonight, Neil Young on the 24th of September followed by Phish on October 1st: Keep On Rockin' In The Free World.

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Summer 2000 MOTD

Week Ending 25 August 2000

I Like My New Office
I am very happy with my new office at SCC; it is much nicer than my old office. New furniture, a window, and flexible lighting makes it a place where I can work. I've got a fan, a fast Internet connection, and four Unix machines surrounding me. I am productive at home, but the office will provide a nice variation for me. I'll prepare for class at home and write programs at school. For those of you new to ThurmUnit here is my favorite comic. [KevinM turned me on the UserFriendly comic.]

A New Open Source Browser
Over the summer I added an Open Source Newsfeed to the MOTD. On 23 August 2000 I came across the following about a new Open Source browser. From an end-user perspective it appears as though you are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, but its rendering-engine is based upon Netscape technology (which is now open source -- see

"The Pragmatic Programmer" is a ThurmBuy
On 23 August 2000, NicholasB shared the following:

I came across this review of a programming book that I didn't find on ThurmUnit.
"The Pragmatic Programmer" is a great view into what it takes to be a master at software engineering in this day and age. While the book has code examples in C, C++ and Java, if your primary language happens to be another, don't count this book out. You'll find it equally beneficial because the authors really focus on the core skills and methods of software engineering. This book is the K&R for methodology."

I agree completely with this review. This authors of The Pragmatic Programmer are sychronized with my approach to software engineering: software development is hard, designs and implementations must be kept simple, and we should always follow the Unix Philosophy.

Summer MOTD Entries Have Been Archived
The MOTD for the summer of year 2000 have been placed into the MOTD archive.

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