Wikis That Work Series

I needed a little help getting my new phone configured for T-Mobile’s service in my area… forget figuring anything out on the TMO website… so I went to the always trusty forums on HowardForums. Rarely has there been a question that I have not found an answer to by searching or posting to this forum.

I noticed an interesting link for a “HowardForums t-mobile wiki” in addition to the usual forum links. This is one phenomenal resource and further evidence that manufacturers and service providers need to seriously consider integrating their support operations with these prosumer sites. Yes I did get an answer to my question, and amazingly it was in the form of a link to a page on T-Mobiles site that features a configurator application… something I would very likely have never found on my own in their site.

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Fly the Geek Flag High and Proud

in honor of LinuxWorld I thought I would post this interesting chart depicting the history of programming languages, via Nikhil Kothari, which I seem to recall having posted once before but because it’s so good I am going to repost.

I did notice something interesting in reviewing this. If you look at the proliferation of languages that occurred in 1995-2000 they pretty much clustered around structured formal languages while over the last couple of years their seems to be widespread consolidation around C# and Java, with the great mass of language innovation happening in the scripting camp. The other observation is that the first formal programming language on the map is a constant straight line through the present, Fortran. It’s mind boggling to consider the durability of Fortran with over 50 years of continuous use.

UPDATE: yep, quick search revealed I linked to the PDF version of this back in June ’04.

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