The Top-Tech Edition Monday, July 18, 2016

ARM Chip Designer To Be Bought By Japan's Softbank, by BBC

The Cambridge-based firm designs microchips used in most smartphones, including Apple's and Samsung's. [...]

Softbank is one of the world's biggest technology companies and is run by its founder, Japanese entrepreneur Masayoshi Son.

5 Things About ARM, SoftBank’s Takeover Target, by Eva Dou, Wall Street Journal

ARM designs the microprocessors found inside more than 95% of the world’s smartphones, including those made by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. The Cambridge, England-based company’s chip technology has become the industry standard because of its low power consumption and cost. As a B2B company, ARM isn’t widely known by general consumers, but it is one of the U.K.’s top tech firms.


CloudMounter Simplifies Managing Cloud Accounts On Your Mac, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

It allows you to manage most all of your clouds from a single point of access and mount various cloud services and web servers to your Mac as local disks.


Exponential Time Complexity In The Swift Type Checker, by Matt Gallagher, Cocoa With Love

But the line doesn’t get past the Swift type checker. Instead, it emits an error that the expression is too complex to solve. It doesn’t lookcomplex, does it? It’s 5 integer literals, 4 addition operators, two negation operators and a binding to a Double type.

How can an expression containing just 12 entities be “too complex”?

Interviewing My Mother, A Mainframe COBOL Programmer, by Tom Jordell, Medium

The year she started internal training at Nordea, which back then was known as Nordbanken (The North Bank) but changed name to Nordea in 2001. During the training she had to take various tests, most notably an IQ-test to see if she had the intelligence to work within this field. Other tests includes a psychological checkup to make sure she had the psyche to handle that line of work and a multitasking test which she failed horribly where she got the score 22/100. She did very good on the other tests and among the 16 available positions, she managed to get one.

The position in question was an IBM Mainframe COBOL programmer, which to this day, 25 years later still work as for the same bank.

This position is the most important one in the bank, at least from a technical standpoint. If, let’s say, my mother and everyone on her team would quit their job, the bank would go under within a matter of weeks if they’re lucky. They have a rotation of people on her team being available 24/7. I remember when I was younger and she had to take a taxi to work in the middle of the night on a Sunday to fix a dead-lock problem.


What Happens When An Apple Executive Decides He Wants To Hire You, by Kif Leswing, Business Insider

Most people who dream of working for Apple apply the normal way — they find a job listing or a recruiter calls them, they send a resume, cover letter, and eventually land a series of interviews.

But when an Apple executive decides he wants to wants to work with you, the process can be very different.

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Maybe I should have been a COBOL programmer -- better job security? Instead, my first 'real' job was writing a multimedia library for CD-ROMs. You can imagine how fast that library got obsoleted.

I wonder if maintaining a Magento installation can be considered today's COBOL. Please say yes.


Thanks for reading.