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Iwritecode last won the day on October 9 2018

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  1. Iwritecode

    A look back at the perfecto

    There were 4. The first 2 batters of the game, then one in the 7th and one in the 8th. I remember getting a text from my friend when this happened that just said "Who the hell is Phillip Humber?" I didn't see the game so at first I wasn't sure what he was talking about. Also interesting that they never showed a good side shot of that last out.
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    Job Thread

    Honestly, I've gotten all my jobs including my current job without even specifically applying for them. They were all through job recruiters. My first job I applied for one job but the recruiter called me and said it had already been filled, then told me about another job opening. It also helped that I was in college at the time and 2 people that already worked there were in a few classes with me. When I got laid off from that job I lived on my severance and unemployment for about 6 months. Did all the usual stuff by applying to all the jobs I could, putting my name out on Linkedin, etc... Got one or two interviews but nothing came of them. Then I got a call from a recruiter about a contract job that I didn't even know existed. Ended up staying there for almost 5 years but the commute was a killer. My current job I got a call out of the blue. I wasn't actively looking as hard at the time but keeping my options open for a better opportunity. That was 5 years ago and I've been here ever since.
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    2019 Video Game Thread

    I'm currently playing South Park Stick of Truth on the PS4. I've already played Fractured But Whole and I'm starting to realize that having played the second one first really makes the problems with the first game stand out that much more. I saw a video where the SP guys literally went on Youtube and watched people play their first game and wrote down all the good/bad things about and then tried to fix them in the second one. I don't like the fact that you only get one buddy to fight along side you at any given time. (in the second one you get multiple buddies in every fight). I also hate the fact that there are certain collectibles or actions that are required for some trophies in the game but if you don't get them in a specific mission, you can't go back and get them later. I also think the battle system is overly complex. I think they simplified it a little bit in the second game. Overall it's still a fun game and pretty short storyline. For someone like me that only gets a few hours a week to play I can complete it pretty quickly. Unlike something like RDR2 which took me months to finish.
  4. Same for me but it was an hour commute down mostly country roads. Luckily I had a strong signal from 670 the whole way home. Then got home in time to see the last inning or 2 on TV.
  5. I knew all the other little tidbits listed but this is a new one for me. I never knew this!
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    FarWestChicago from WSI

    They made an announcement on the forums. http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=3365925#post3365925
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    FarWestChicago from WSI

    Did my pic not show up?
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    FarWestChicago from WSI

    Don't know if this is true or not as I haven't seen any confirmation. FYI, this is the poster Fenway from WSI.
  9. Iwritecode

    Job Thread

    You'd be shocked at the number of companies that still use it. It's the old "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" mentality. And it's different companies in all different industries. Not really software companies. My first job was a company that handled magazine subscriptions. Second job was a large factory that bought and sold metal. I know I've seen job openings for credit card companies, candy companies, the company that makes Rubbermaid products. I also know a guy that told me about a friend of his that made a damn good living traveling around the country converting old programs to newer languages.
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    Job Thread

    When I first got into coding the first language I learned was COBOL. It's an older language but fairly easy to learn and gave me a good base to learn other languages. Then when I graduated I spent the first 15 years of my career writing it. All the way up to 2015. You'd be shocked at the number of companies that still use it. My last company was desperate to find coders that knew it because the average age of their IT department was 55+. A lot of companies have literally 100s or 1000s of programs written in COBOL but very few places even teach it anymore. The companies don't want to spend the time/effort it would take to re-write them all either. So a suggestion... learn COBOL.
  11. Iwritecode

    Job Thread

    Lynda.com is another website that we used for training. But again I think you have to pay for membership.
  12. Iwritecode

    Job Thread

    Check out Coursera. There are tons of free courses on there. I took one on Python programming a few years ago and it was completely free. The way it worked for me was that I sat and watched a video and they would teach you some specific thing. Then they would assign you a project to utilize the skill that you learned. You had a week to complete and submit it. Then you would grade the project of 3 other randomly selected students and 3 other randomly selected people would grade your project. Basically making sure the program ran the way it was supposed to, check out your code, etc... The videos were created by a couple of professors from a college in Texas (don't remember exactly which one) and each week they would build upon the skills that you learned previously. I remember the very last project was to build a working Pong game. One of the other projects was to build an electronic version of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock (Big Bang Theory reference there). IIRC, you get a certificate at the end saying you completed the course. I wouldn't say I'm an expert in the language, but at least I know the basics. Of course I've been programming for 20+ years now so I was already familiar with how coding in general works. Also at my current job I took a training course on Learning Tree. Although I think those classes you have to pay for.
  13. Iwritecode

    2019 Video Game Thread

    So I just recently found out that if you have a PS4 that's no longer operable (like it won't even boot up or turn on or whatever) and you don't have any of your game data saved anywhere else, you are completely and utterly fucked. If you take the HDD out of the old PS4 and put it into a new PS4, it will format it. You can't plug it into a computer and copy the data that way either because it's encrypted. Literally the only way to get the data is through the PS4 itself. So, as a PSA to any fellow gamers out there, back up your data to an external drive or to the cloud (via the PSN) on a regular basis.
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    Steve Stone not returning to the booth next season???

    JR can be a wonderful human being and family man who treats his employees and people in general really well, be an extremely smart businessman AND also be a really bad baseball owner. Those things aren't mutually exclusive. I think that's what Stone is missing here.
  15. Iwritecode

    Rumor: Reinsdorf aims to build second place teams

    The attendance was only up in 2007 because it started so high in 2006. It consistently went down every single year between 2006 to 2014 despite winning a division title and finishing 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd in the few years following. Not surprisingly, it closed matched the attendance totals in the late 90's when they finished 2nd 4 years in a row. Meanwhile the Indians set historic attendance records in that same time frame by winning the division 5 times in a row. Finishing second doesn't excite anyone. Finishing in first and/or making the playoffs does. It's just too bad this team doesn't do either of those things often enough.