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Old 02-20-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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All the stuff we've learned thats either obsolete or on its way to being...

Obsolete Skils: Skills/Skills
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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All the stuff we've learned thats either obsolete or on its way to being...

Obsolete Skils: Skills/Skills
suggesting, of course, that we too are obsolete and on the way to being ...

i was surprised by the great number of "skills" on the list that i was already too old to learn, so in one sense my skill set might be less depleted than is yours!
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What's that ninth letter, sixth item? And they think we don't proofread anymore!
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:30 PM   #4
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You must be doing it the old-fashioned way.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:36 PM   #5
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You must be doing it the old-fashioned way.
How did you know; this must be the transition into the digital age.
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Hey, I was really GOOD at a lot of those things!!!

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What's that ninth letter, sixth item? And they think we don't proofread anymore!
Nobody cares any more except for us old fogeys. Civilization going down the tubes.
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COBOL obsolete?

That was most of my career and it's still out there running a lot of big stuff.
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Ouch. This hurts, and I'm just up to the "C"s. We're going to have to go over this with our kid.

One of my favorite authors, Jim Butcher, says that he's a writer because his résumé includes a number of skills that were obsolete 200 years ago...
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COBOL obsolete?

That was most of my career and it's still out there running a lot of big stuff.

Well, if you click on it, there's quite a bit of debate on its obsolescence:

Obsolete Skils: Skills/COBOL
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Ouch. This hurts, and I'm just up to the "C"s. We're going to have to go over this with our kid.

One of my favorite authors, Jim Butcher, says that he's a writer because his résumé includes a number of skills that were obsolete 200 years ago...
Latest Dresden should be out in paperback
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I think the problem with cobol is that now that we're in the post millenium bug world, there are way too many people with skill in the language than there will be projects that need to be worked on. Unlikely to be a lot of new development either relative to the number of people who could potentially do the work.

Unfortunately, I discovered I possess a huge number of obsolete skills.

BTW, this wiki is being rapidly added to, since it just hit a bunch of major sites...so next week there could be quite a bit more...
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As a lazy programmer, it's now a race between my current skill set and FIRE. I may have to actually sit down and learn something new... bummer.
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Latest Dresden should be out in paperback
I'm #19 on my library's waiting list for that, and I should be picking up "Captain's Fury" in a couple days.

Both series are getting complicated enough to require an electronic reader and a word-search concordance... I haven't been able to memorize them the way our kid vacuums up Harry Potter novels.
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Well I have the obsolete skill of egg candling, but I don't have the current skills to add to the wiki the obsolete skill.

Bummer.
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Didn't notice an important one: spanking your kids.

On the receiving end of numerous training sessions in this fine art as a youngest but never got to pass on the time honored tradition. The current time-outs and groundings I am now trained to implement seem to lack the full impact I remember

However, viewing Martha's avatar I am reminded that spanking your mate is still a very useful (though carefully cultivated) skill
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Didn't notice an important one: spanking your kids.
I practice that one all the time.
Is it considered bad these days?

Especially effective when preceded by counting to 3.
Most of the time I don't need to go past 2 before
being taken seriously.
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I practice that one all the time.
Is it considered bad these days?

Especially effective when preceded by counting to 3.
Most of the time I don't need to go past 2 before
being taken seriously.
I live in a "progressive" college town and have two DD's that are somehow able to break into tears with barely a hint of provocation (I think they must practice or something). I'm still confused and completely out of my element after growing up with 3 likeminded rough-housing brothers and no sisters.
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Was Wiki updated overnight?, what a relief!!

Soon they may add: books and paper, but then maybe that's me--I'm obsessed with my e-reader.
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I'm #19 on my library's waiting list for that, and I should be picking up "Captain's Fury" in a couple days.

Both series are getting complicated enough to require an electronic reader and a word-search concordance... I haven't been able to memorize them the way our kid vacuums up Harry Potter novels.
I might check out that series then. I keep meaning to find the time. Needed to look up egg candling!
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Back in the day, I taught slide rule. How erudite I felt, at the time. I am SO GLAD that I didn't base my career upon that particular experience.

I probably should have claimed unemployment based on it, though! Never did.
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