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  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Richard, the 11 year old next door whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.

Richard clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?

He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An, ID

ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'

Richard grinned. 'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error

before?''

No,' I replied.

'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'

So I wrote down: I D 1 0 T

I used to like the Kid....

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Funny -

It's hard to keep up with technology. 20 years ago when I was in college earning a Computer Science degree, the PC (micro computer) was new (1985). Pascal was the language. And to have one in your home was a luxury for the wealthy.

Today, any 15yr old kid has 5 times the knowledge of computers than I do now, and I'm in the industry. Most families own one as well - almost a necessity to get through high school.

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Right now I develop in C. I sniffed around C++, but object-oriented code development is not something I look forward too.

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Right now I develop in C. I sniffed around C++, but object-oriented code development is not something I look forward too.

What are you writing? Device drivers or other embedded stuff?

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What are you writing? Device drivers or other embedded stuff?

Application code. We (other people within my organization) do make modifications to the OS (LINUX Red Hat) and write our own drivers, it's just not my specialty. I mainly do keyboard processing, display presentation, "interfacility" communication, and data recording on an application level. I'll call OS/driver functions but its more of a mystery how something gets from the wire to data packet that I can actually work with.

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Thanks for the laugh. As an IT guy (DBA) we have all kinds of these.

Delphi was/is a good tool. Thirteen years later we still have Delphi applications around work I wrote and they are still running.

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Funny -

Today, any 15yr old kid has 5 times the knowledge of computers than I do now, and I'm in the industry. Most families own one as well - almost a necessity to get through high school.

Most families now own a 15yr old kid??? And you have to have one to get thru highschool now? Wow have times changed.. I must be getting old.

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Most families now own a 15yr old kid??? And you have to have one to get thru highschool now? Wow have times changed.. I must be getting old.

Yep!

I have owned a couple myself...have another one coming in the future... they are useful for a while, but become less useful with age... :P

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Most families now own a 15yr old kid??? And you have to have one to get thru highschool now? Wow have times changed.. I must be getting old.
Now you know I was refereing to a computer however, I do see some similarities betwwen a kid and computer, thanks to Terry.

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Now you know I was refereing to a computer however, I do see some similarities betwwen a kid and computer, thanks to Terry.

I knew you were talking about a computer, but it was way to good to leave alone... I did have to read it twice.

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Thanks for the laugh. As an IT guy (DBA) we have all kinds of these.

Delphi was/is a good tool. Thirteen years later we still have Delphi applications around work I wrote and they are still running.

Delphi 2010 is being released. I still know lots of people there on the Dev team.

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