Who knew having fun can cause so many problems?
Who knew having fun can cause so many problems?
Really? Mario must've been on to something.
After reading the main text did anyone else see that as "Face Defecation" for a second?
I'm curious to know how the CSV data was created in the first place. Logging data from plant equipment, processing it and generating reports is one of my work areas, and there are a large number of packages that will do this sort of thing for you. It sounds like the owners either cheaped out on buying the correct software or didn't know what it could do.
There was a function in the internal scripting language of the program used for the GUI that exported a bunch of logged data to a CSV file. There was actually a database program (built on MS SQL maybe?) that would grab all the logged data and store it, so it could be queried, reports could be run, etc. I know the first thing I thought when I saw that is "why don't we use it?", but there was some reason not to that I don't quite remember (maybe because no programmers were there full-time to deal with the logging, and the other guys only knew Excel, so they wouldn't have been able to figure out how to add new daily averages and stuff when new equipment was put in or something).
Actually, the internal scripting language is something else I could rant about (strings are limited to 131 characters, no arrays, all IFs are nested, loops exist but are a bad idea in practice since they locked up the whole program and kept data from being collected while they were running, same situation I think with functions...).
This isn't quite as bad, but my last summer job was working at a plant, where I had to create a whole system of Excel spreadsheets for making daily and monthly reports - there was a daily template that got copied for each day, pulled in numbers from a CSV file with a shitload of data (minute-by-minute for ~80 sensors), and export the averages to a text file and upload to a central system (by writing FTP commands to a file then doing an "ftp.exe < commands > output" and parsing the output to find errors since the return value for the FTP program seems to have absolutely no meaning). The monthly sheet then had a macro which did a find-and-replace to set references to the individual daily sheets, and some more stuff with macros too horrible to mention. I got to know VBA MUCH, MUCH better than I ever wanted to.
Believe me, I would've loved to generate it all with a bit of Python or something but Excel was the only thing available (I tried Access reports but those sucked too).
I have an HP printer at home, and never had any problems with actually getting it to work, but yeah, the software is really horrible. It isn't that it doesn't work, but instead of just quietly installing the proper drivers, it has to install some special HP-brand crap that's not even related (I think a photo gallery program or something), plus having a few different processes that run all the time (with an annoying tray icon) that also always hang when I shut down the computer, and it seems like half of it uses an ugly custom widget toolkit. The tray icon especially bothers me for some reason - it just doesn't deserve its own icon there. When something's printing, the normal Windows "X documents printing" tray icon shows up anyways, which is the only time you should need to get quick access to the printer controls. When nothing's printing, the HP tray icon just serves as a shortcut, but WHY? My printer's not any more important than my ethernet card, or scanner, for example. If I had a tray icon for every single device or vaguely important piece of software, there would be no room on the bottom of the screen for anything else. It's like the guys at HP who thought this up don't know the printer's proper place in the whole system ("Hey! This is the most important bit of hardware anyone will ever own, so let's make sure that they have instant access to it all the time! And no one has their own photo gallery or image editing software, they need our own versions, which are of course way above any of the crap produced by those companies which actually specialize in this stuff, so we need to make it hard to NOT install it at the same time as the drivers! Users will thank us!").
That's enough of my incoherent ranting for now...
The Judeo-Christian belief system has scientific support through the fields of literature and archaeology.
What kinds of support? I remember hearing about historical evidence or something (don't remember where, so I can't say if it's true or not) that showed that Jesus was a real person, but that doesn't prove anything at all about Christianity in general.
I'm guessing this is the result of some kind of "form engine" - the programmer decided "hey, I'll just have a bit of code that takes an array/file/whatever with a list of form fields and generates the HTML!" Then of course, they didn't allow for anything besides one-line text boxes...
Or it could be something completely different.
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