It is of great value-add to have experienced professionals come up with new ideas in technology. Who can beat that? Indeed, the new generation will have great ideas never thought of, but sometimes it is also good to encourage more experienced technology professionals to come up with new apps and software, as they will have more experience to cover all areas of possible worst case scenarios and provide solutions to it. We need constant supply of new ideas from these professionals on top of what the younger generation of app developers.
A few years back I participated in an update of the Lejos project - making Java run on the Lego NXT robotics platform.
I was about 45 at the time and I was the youngest with the oldest somewhere around 70.
It is a complete myth that programming and tech is the domain of the young.
This is particularly true of embedded. The skill of making the most of limited resources is not part of the modern curriculum.
Nice - great work -- But the real app is the one where the Engineer in his 40's knew of an integration (SW/HW/firmware) issue in his car (the same issue plaguing numerous "devices" in massive numbers) and ended up at MK Auto in Sacramento on a late night few months ago and was able to get his "Great Car" to pass SMOG so that he had a place to sleep in and somehow get to work only because he lived 2 blocks from MK Auto. And along the way, kept track of the struggle Sacramento has/had been going through to retain an essential "business entity/identity" in the Sacramento Kings via the new arena ( Government / Legislation / JOB Center to enable a greater understanding of the implications and opportunities created/forced by "new laws" and "times"). Where the final solution to build the arena was to sell leases to parking. Thus, this engineer tried to convince a 30+ year old Hispanic Man to join him in an venture where an "unique" but probably know algorithm could predict not only the next free parking spot but also the next two for the two cars awaiting on him to parallel park. And if that did not fly, the real money was in the same algorithm sold to the City to determine what "they" could charge for the next to parking spots in realtime. All this so that 35+ Man could finally make an living that his 18+ daughter with two kids would be proud of and he would not have to go back to "Jail"!!! And I paid for his last month's rent so that he would not get evicted and we could talk and have a chance to go MK Auto Sales Manager to propose this idea as it takes a family of good people to get anything done that lasts more than 3 months.
And at a personal cost that is too difficult to utter.
God Bless America - Peace of Earth - Semper Fi to all those who support and take care of our friends and children.
TKT STPR App sends you alerts (in-phone and SMS or Email) if your meter time is running out. Other alerts one can receive are as follows, inclined parking (curb your wheels), street sweeping reminders, residential zone time limits, Tow away zones etc..In the next revision you will be able to see Parking Garages and its cost, have capability to pay at the meter via the App and also be able to remotely increase your parking time at the meter if you are running late.
I just started iApp development, and looking under the hood of Apple's dev IDE XCode made me feel young again!
Seeing the shades of Next Computers emerging from the mist took me back to my forties!
You wanna stay young? Learn new stuff.
Great idea for an app. Now for the next one, how about an app that tells you the time remaining on your parking meter, so you get advance warning that it's time to run out and feed it some more quarters?
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