So where is Paul Wheaton???
He sold out and ran out on us?, Out Sailing on his 158' Yacht connected , Hitect and all.
Hey Paul!!! Where art Thou??
He designed the new moose and I liked it quite abit.
So why Real Name?
What's wrong, cant a man be called Buffalo Bill Today. Ask my parents.
Thats my name, I am so insulted when Bill Crompton wrote me a email and said I need to register with a " REAL NAME".
Boo Hooo Boo Hooo Boo Hooo Boo Hooo Boo Hooo
Buffalo Bill (Me Name)
[This message has been edited by Buffalo Bill (edited February 16, 2001).]
Sorry that you are unhappy about enforcing the naming policy. It's just that Paul is trying very hard to make this a professional forum, not a chat room.
Paul is still very much around, he just had to learn to delegate (at least for a while). Something about a new contracting slot and his wife wanting a real life for a while . . .
Interesting enough someone posted this site (below) in Meaningless Drivel. The post is about rules for being a good hacker. In many ways I agree. . .
Finally, a few things not to do.
Don't use a silly, grandiose user ID or screen name.
Don't get in flame wars on Usenet (or anywhere else).
Don't call yourself a `cyberpunk', and don't waste your time on anybody who does.
Don't post or email writing that's full of spelling errors and bad grammar.
The only reputation you'll make doing any of these things is as a twit. Hackers have long memories�it could take you years to live your early blunders down enough to be accepted.
The problem with screen names or handles deserves some amplification. Concealing your identity behind a handle is a juvenile and silly behavior characteristic of crackers, warez d00dz, and other lower life forms. Hackers don't do this; they're proud of what they do and want it associated with their real names. So if you have a handle, drop it. In the hacker culture it will only mark you as a loser.
(See section 7 Points for Style) http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html#RESOURCES
So, we are glad that you are back with us, after your absence. We will be even more happy when we get to know you as a professional. See you then.
Apart from that you are quite an experienced javarancher ( RanchHand ). So, Next we would definitley love to have you in Javaranch with real name. I know you will help us making this place better.
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Q: Are Visual Basic or Delphi good languages to start with?
A: No, because they're not portable. There are no open-source implementations of these languages, so you'd be locked into only those platforms the vendor chooses to support. Accepting that kind of monopoly situation is not the hacker way.
Visual Basic is especially awful. The fact that it's a proprietary Microsoft language is enough to disqualify it, and like other Basics it's a poorly-designed language that will teach you bad programming habits.
One of those bad habits is becoming dependent on a single vendor's libraries, widgets, and development tools. In general, any language that isn't supported under at least Linux or one of the BSDs, and/or at least three different vendors' operating systems, is a poor one to learn to hack in.
Q: I'm having problems with my Windows software. Will you help me?
A: Yes. Go to a DOS prompt and type "format c:". The problems you are experiencing will cease within a few minutes.
[This message has been edited by Peter Tran (edited February 24, 2001).]
Anyone who can still ask such a question after reading this FAQ is too stupid to be educable even if I had the time for tutoring. Any emailed requests of this kind that I get will be ignored or answered with extreme rudeness.
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