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thomasC1989

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    Just wondering when I am bored
    « on: May 07, 2018, 12:39:45 PM »
    What does it take to invent something brilliant like Windows OS? I mean do those smart people usually have to be drop-out of schools cuz they are too smart and they find everything too easy? I am sure that creating something this brilliant has to be extremely low in probability. But I am just wondering. Since I am always so passionate in inventing stuff but I am no smart person. Just wondering if anyone have similar feelings or experiences.

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    Re: Just wondering when I am bored
    « Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 02:05:48 PM »
    At the top of the list is a creative mind, and the fact that you asked the question you did would lead one to believe that may not be your strength ;)

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    Re: Just wondering when I am bored
    « Reply #2 on: May 07, 2018, 02:15:29 PM »
    Your frank  answers to these question can aid others to advise you.
    What are the things you can do well and also enjoy?
    What are the things that are hard for you and distasteful?
    What important things have you not even looked at?
    In any library these are the important things:
        000 Computer science, information & general works
        100 Philosophy and psychology
        200 Religion
        300 Social sciences
        400 Language
        500 Pure Science
        600 Technology
        700 Arts & recreation
        800 Literature
        900 History & geography
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Decimal_Classification

    You can note that Computer science is apart from technology.
    Technology is very, very broad.   :)
    Also, not that Religion is apart from Philosophy.
    Religion is very, very broad.   :)
    One can note that Social sciences and Language are separate topics, but one may need to stdy both to be excellent at one.

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    Re: Just wondering when I am bored
    « Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 05:20:56 PM »
    Why is the word "Probability" a link to some weird studying website? possible spam weirdness?

    I'm not sure I'd call Windows "Brilliant" in the sense that it is markedly more technically proficient in construction than it's competitors; OS X, Linux, Unix, and Windows are all complicated because of their construction over time and they all include intelligent programming, but perhaps some of the "Brilliance" attributed is largely a result of not understanding it. Like the old saying that any sufficiently advanced technology can be effectively magic, any sufficiently complicated software system can look brilliant.

    I think a better angle to consider whether a piece of software is "brilliant" is that it breaks new ground and really pushes limits to provide unexpected features. I don't think Windows necessarily qualifies here.

    One thing I think does qualify is 4K Altair BASIC. A Full BASIC Interpreter that included a line editor, custom input/output handling, not to mention a FULL software emulation for floating point math- all fitting within 4K of RAM.
    This web page is several times larger, just in text, than that entire program. Not to mention that when going to demo the product, it was suddenly realized that they did not have a Boot loader- and they wrote it on the plane on their way there- no IDE or development tools or even hardware access at all. THAT is brilliant.

    Another example might be something like the Quickdraw routines used in earlier Macintosh systems.
    I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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      Re: Just wondering when I am bored
      « Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 04:20:12 AM »
      At the top of the list is a creative mind, and the fact that you asked the question you did would lead one to believe that may not be your strength ;)

      Well said