Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mutterings - Aug 29

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Disappointment :: Valley (I thought this was Bunyan but it appears to be a recent film!)
  2. Resources :: Library
  3. Steady :: Turn (as she goes..)
  4. Team :: Building
  5. Barge :: Horse (to pull one)
  6. Issues :: Nit-picking
  7. Engagement :: Calendar
  8. Folks :: Museum (probably bastardised German?)
  9. Supervision :: Weekly (college days..)
  10. Stream :: Live
I've been very busy - still catching up! Hopefully a post will appear on the past week

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


I don't think I'd seen this wikipedia page on CADES before. I'd nearly forgotten the project name - I worked on this back in the early days of it in 1971 as a pre-university trainee and then in the summer vacs. I'd started off at ICL helping with simulation programs written in Beta/S1 - S1 was the forerunner of S3, I don't think there was an S2? Ostech was a small department of around 16 so working there was a great experience! In the summer vacs once we were back in Kidsgrove (we'd moved at one stage to Coptall house in Newcastle) I looked after the submission of jobs by developers into the CADES database. I see the wikipedia page labels it as a version control system and a means of validating the design
The CADES design approach, called Structural Modelling, was rigidly data-driven and hierarchical, and expressed in a formal design language, SDL. Design specifications written in SDL were processed by the Design Analyser, before being input to the CADES Product Database
. I think I once had the Computer Weekly articles referenced in that article but I suspect they've long since been lost.
Whilst there I also had an early computer keyboard/monitor on my desk, I've searched for pictures but so far failed, it had 3(?) big white push transmit buttons beneath the screen as well as a conventional keyboard. There were also the delights of using an acoustic modem and hand card punches! One of these!

Mutterings - Aug 21

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Dating :: App
  2. Path :: Executable (computing as ever..)
  3. Scorn :: Laugh
  4. Gel :: Hair
  5. Simple :: Simon
  6. You :: Toi
  7. Climb :: Route (rock climbing..)
  8. Number :: Four (but was tempted by anaesthetic!)
  9. Short :: Fzzt! (electrical!)
  10. Hell :: Handbasket

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mutterings - Aug 13

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Original :: Release
  2. Vent :: Fume
  3. Screw :: Brass
  4. Type :: Face
  5. Odor :: Body
  6. Lazy :: Bastard
  7. Release :: Open (some gates)
  8. Status :: Return (computing..)
  9. Architect :: System
  10. Management :: Dilbert

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Mutterings - Aug 4

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. 2 weeks :: Holiday - I've just been calculating the holiday days left from work after taking Christmas into account!
  2. Accrued :: Credit
  3. Delighted :: Expression
  4. Facilitate :: Scheme (possibly in a bad sense!)
  5. Boredom :: Ennui - and reminded of France s'est ennui (grammar?) in early '68
  6. Scarce :: Make (oneself)
  7. Poised :: to leap
  8. Family :: History
  9. Backtrack :: Think twice
  10. Retirement :: Imminent!