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Good bye, Syd!

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Roger "Syd" Barrett died today in Cambridgeshire, just a few miles far from where he was born in 1946. He was one of the founders and the first singer and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd (even though most Pink Floyd listeners don't know of the existence of Barret's era ones). His work had a huge influence on rock music.

If you think Pink Floyd are great and you know nothing about this man, get the Piper at the gates of dawn album and listen to it.

This is from The Guardian: "All of us who were ever deeply touched by his unique gifts and his tragic life story should bow our heads and offer up a minute's silence to this remarkable individual for the way he enriched our lives. And pray that he is finally fully at peace".

Rest in peace, Syd!

I recently stumbled on the Making Wrong Code Look Wrong article, which reminded me about the Pascal coding I was doing with my friends on MS-DOS and Windows 3.x back in 1993. At that time we were using Hungarian notation widely, partly because of studying on the mythical Programming Windows book by Charles Petzold; now, reading this article, I finally understand that the notation we were using was not the one meant by Microsoft's programmer Charles Simonyi (who invented it), but a far less useful variation of it used by many coders, including Petzold. We were having a lot of fun, anyway!

Now Hungarian notation is not used anymore, as it's even discouraged by Microsoft. However, reading this article is a must-do for every coder, especially for the nostalgic ones. ;-)

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