Lots of arrivals today:
- My preamp arrived.
- Linda's new golf clubs arrived; we tried them out immediately
The clubs are very nice. They are my Christmas gift to Linda. I hope she likes them.
Next arrival was the preamp. Here's the box it came in:
And this is the preamp itself:
Here's my old record player. Still works after all these years and the sound seem OK.
And here is a screen shot of my software that captures and records the record. My new mission is to copy my vinyl to disk.
O'Reilly published a chart laying out the history and relationships of various programming languages:
For 50 years, computer programmers have been writing code. New technologies continue to emerge, develop, and mature at a rapid pace. Now there are more than 2,500 documented programming languages! O'Reilly has produced a poster called History of Programming Languages (PDF: 701K), which plots over 50 programming languages on a multi-layered, color-coded timeline.
Interesting. What can one draw from this? A couple of things come to mind:
- Life was pretty simple in the early 60's with only a hand full of programming languages. Makes one wonder whether the complexity introduced by having multiple (and usually incompatible) languages is worth it.
- Lots of change. In this instance the change is incremental--it adds new things without immediate affect on current routine--and thus can quite often be easily ignored. At some point however, such incremental changes do impact and then, well, it's too late.