|Re: [OT] Future Calculator Nut?|
Message #11 Posted by David Hayden on 20 Feb 2010, 9:18 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Tim Wessman
Congratulations to you and Katie!
This reminds me of a funny story. When my wife was pregnant in 1995, I wrote a very small and VERY simple program for the 100LX she had from work. It timed her contractions....
The trick was that had to be better than bullet-proof. It had to be better than idiot-proof. It had to be "expectant dad with wife in labor" proof!! Now that was a challenge.
I settled on 3 buttons: START STOP and SHOW. Press START when she started a contraction, press STOP when it ended and press SHOW to display a table of their duration and frequency. The code had to account for, say, pressing START, and then not being able press STOP because the missus was squeezing my hand and shouting at me... :)
I actually used the calculator during her brutal 45 hr labor.
The 100LX is in sight right now. Mother and child are upstairs watching a movie. :)
P.S. Tim, your children will not remember learning to use a mouse any more than you remember learning to use a door knob. They will have no memory of EVER hunting for keys on a keyboard. The very idea of not knowing which key is where will be completely alien to them.