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Woody Allen on Software Development

May 17, 2010

In a recent interview Woody Allen spoke about software development:

The trick to directing these films is to be a good hirer. You’re hiring these wonderful international actors and so how much direction do you have to give these people? Hardly any at all.

Well almost, but it does illustrate how the need to hire a great team is pretty much a constant and half the battle no matter which industry you work in.

How Things Have Changed

May 6, 2010

I like to keep my old 8-bit BBC Master 128 on my desk alongside my more modern workhorse (a Mac Pro). Here’s my setup, taken a few days ago:

Desk @ 2010-05-04

Keeping it there and occasionally dabbling in a spot of 6502 / BBC Basic coding reminds me of a couple of things:

  1. Just how far we’ve come. If you’re coding in Basic you can easily fill its memory (you get easy access to 32k) in an afternoon and if you use 6502 then everything is insanely raw which is both liberating and terrifying at the same time.

    And of course there’s no GUI, but GUIs are for wimps right?

  2. How much we’ve lost. Turn it on and it boots into its OS in a second. Literally. Cold start and you get a command prompt less than a second later. You can be in a word processor a second later.

Of course I’m not advocating throwing away our iPhone’s, powerful laptops and desktops and reverting back to the tech of the early 80s but its interesting to keep around as a reminder of how things have changed both for better and for worse.