[rescue] FrameMaker FYI

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Mar 26 11:33:54 CST 2004

On Mar 26, 2004, at 8:29 AM, Mike F wrote:
>>>  I had the exact same problem, at about the same level.  I've been 
>>> living & breathing computers since I was 7.  The morons in my high 
>>> school handed the then-brand-new computer courses to...THE MATH 
>>> TEACHERS.  Because computers are all math, right?  Fucking morons.
>> In a way, aren't they all math and physics?  The study of algorithms 
>> has
>> long been an area mathematicians, long before computers came out, and 
>> it
>> is only fairly recently to my understanding that people distinguished
>> between math and physics.
> I can clearly see where math and physics people would take easily to 
> the study of computer science, as far as the theoretical stuff, 
> algorithms, etc., but computer operation and administration really are 
> a far cry from the theoretical stuff, so I think that's where the 
> association doesn't hold water. Same thing with electrical engineers - 
> most electrical engineering study is the theoretical stuff, if it has 
> anything to do with computers at all.

   It actually goes further than that.  While I'm frequently a sysadmin, 
most of my computer-related work involves software and algorithm 
development, and most of my electronics-related work involves the 
design of circuitry.  Many people who do that kind of work do it 
entirely mathematically, and convert to source code or schematics at 
the very last instant...if at all.  These are the people whose messes 
I'm frequently hired to clean up. ;)


Dave McGuire          "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL          reboot and upgrade."    -Jonathan Patschke

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