Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A history of programming languages

here. It's a neat timeline of each of the programming languages and which ones preceded them. Here's a similar chart.

Thursday, February 17, 2005


****First paragraph deleted for legal reasons****

And, believe it or not, I got a job offer today. It was a temp gig(just two months), though, and they wanted to start Monday, which is too soon. Plus, I had only the vaguest idea what they wanted me to do other than "Perl programming". I may regret turning it down, but I think it's important to give notice.

Finally, we have today's software. It took about two days for the software to index my machine, but after it was done I can, theoretically, search every document on my machine quickly. It's called Copernic, and it was the highest rated desktop search engine among the ones tested in this slate article. If someone has tried any of the others(like google's) and wants to recommend it let me know.

Monday, February 14, 2005

That's KMC. No, we don't sell chicken...

I thought, seeing that I may or may not be working here much longer, that I'd post about my company and what's happened to us. I work for KMC Telecom, a CLEC(Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) that specialized in entering Tier 3 markets(Augusta, Chattanooga, Huntsville, etc.). I provision customer lines and trunks, as well as writing code to do this automatically. I've been doing this since September 2000.

On Feb 3rd, an announcement was made that TelCove and CenturyTel had purchased all of our Tier 3 assets. Basically they bought the switches and Fiber. KMC will still be doing business with their soft switches, something I was never involved with.

It has been suggested that some of us will have opportunities with the new companies, but no promises have been made. I am taking the wait and see approach for the moment. It looks as if we have a few months to go, no matter what the final decisions are.