May 12, 2009

Recalling my first steps in GUI programming

Yesterday I read an article about object oriented languages (don't remember which one, seems it wasn't so important) when I recognized a small note on that article which mentioned a programming language I haven't heard of for quite some years.

ProfanĀ²

ProfanĀ² was the first programming language I encountered which supported GUI elements, about 13 years ago. I used it to program basic stuff (don't remember anymore, what exactly) on Windows 3.11. Before that I've only been programming BASIC and Assembler on my C64.
When I read about it it gave me a quite nostalgic feeling and some nice memories on my first steps in the creational world of IT and I'm happy to see, that one of my "childhood toys" is still existing today :)

May 6, 2009

Vacation backlog

Yesterday I was one in the department who got the order to get rid of accumulated holiday and compensatory time. The target was set to have at most 10 days combined by the end of this year.

I personally have collected quite a large backlog over the last few years which means now I've got quite a hard time to shrink this pile of time. In fact, I could go on vacation for four months straight.

I'm not very happy with that because I like to work and be productive and tinker with problems and optimize stuff and so on. But I can also understand the position of our company because they have to keep the monetary value of these holidays and overtime hours aside and it builds up quite some weight on the balance sheet.

So, now I'm busy planning how I'm going to distribute that time and thinking about what I'm going to do in that spare time.

If you had four additional (and unexpected) months in your life, how would you spend them?