Nerds And Dimwits?

UNIX and MessDOS were created at about the same time. How did the two small teams involved decide that “/” (UNIX) and “\” (MessDOS) would be used to separate directory names? Was this deliberate or just ignorance of each other’s work?

By default, WinDoz keeps program file in a special directory. Tick! But which dimwit decided to name it “Program Files”, with a space in the middle, so that generally there are problems when referring to it?

The combination of forward and backward slashes, and the space in “Program Files” means that systems using both UNIX / Linux and WinDoz waste many happy hours of programmers’ and users’ time!

And CaSeSenSITIVity!  We humans need as much help as we can get to overcome our typos and how our brains work with patterns.  Who on earth EVER benefited from allowing for CaseSensitivity and CASESensitivity and casesensitivity and …. to be recognised as different names!

Meanwhile, credit cards around the world are numbered 1234 1234 1234 1234 – sixteen digits grouped in 4 sets of 4, separated by spaces. Easy to read, easy to type, easy to visually check / compare.  Which internet banking systems recognise this valuable innovation for humans, and allow for the numbers to be entered thus?

And talking about internet banking, having logged on with a secure password, and requested a statement for “My Account Number 1” and for this “Year” and “Month Range”, which dimwit nerd decided the name of the file should be 32 random characters? Instead of “My_Account_Number_1_2016_12”?

And when entering a dollar amount in a transaction, which dimwit nerd decided that it must be 123.45 instead of $123.45 or $123 instead of $123.00?

And finally, in the statement of the transactions, instead of “Plumber – emergency – $4500” it becomes “Some bank’s internet transaction using BPAT – Plu”

Almost as though the nerds programming these systems have never used them in anger!

Frameworks And Scaffolding

I am spending some time developing examples of the “gateways” for introducing topics and their dimensions.

GatewayS01 in the Gaols and Systems page’s “Resource Table” shows a complex of 14 or so pages about economics and politics that are interconnected – in three layers to allow for drilling down to more detail.

Layer 1 – highest level – introduction

Layer 2 – middle level – details of some top-most items

Layer 3- lowest level – further details of some Level 2 items.

GaiaS02 in the Sustainability page shows topics introducing issues about bees.

As I develop more and more resources (for example, authoritative sites) I will be building “scaffolds”.  For example the UN’s sustainability website includes goals such as reduction in poverty and improvements in agriculture – with beekeeping contributing to both these goals.

Thus the gateways can be considered as frameworks (like layers of closely related topics with vertical drill-downs) and they can be linked through a scaffold (like a network of horizontal bars).