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Posted Friday, November 4, 2011 5:35 AM
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As I asked for this forum, I thought I'd better start a topic off!

Having reached the age where I can retire (in England), having completed many years pensionable service, I decided to quite the rat race and spend more time at home. However I have not stopped thinking and am not yet ready for the twilight home.

I am thinking of going back to university and completing that doctorate that I couldn't do when the children were at home. I thought of doing more research into database reverse engineering and that got me thinking...

SQL Server Central was a lifeline when I was working. I could ask any question however stupid I was and someone would fish me out of the problem without saying 'You clown!'.

It got me wondering if there was a pool of knowledge out there in people like me who started back in the 1970s. We have been through all the flavours of SQL Server as well as many other databases which have fallen by the wayside. There is so much knowledge and experience stuck in the back of our heads which could be of use to someone starting out particularly if a newbie runs into a legacy system. You know that there are so many out there!

So although this forum is for 'retired' members, I thought it might be used to ask the 'old hands' questions on legacy systems as well as a meeting place for those of us not ready for slippers and a nice cup of tea.

Is there anyone else who thinks like me?

Madame Artois


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Posted Friday, November 4, 2011 7:11 AM


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Still being a bit more than 20 years away from usual retirement age, I can't speak for that aspect of this.

However, one of the biggest killers of retirees is loss of purpose and drive. So, having a way to help others deal with problems your greater experience gives you insight into, is a great thing, not just for those who benefit from your advice, but also for the retiree directly.

Thus, great idea.

Interestingly, I ran into someone with a problem they absolutely couldn't solve, that was easy for me to solve, because they'd never edited a .bat file before, didn't even know what they were. I grew up on DOS, so it was simplicity itself for me to show them what to do and how.

Experience with legacy systems can also translate directly to "experience with the hidden parts that they don't teach you any more of current systems".


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Posted Saturday, November 5, 2011 8:49 AM
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When you said about the 'bits of systems that they don't teach you any more', you are definitely on the same wavelength as me.

When I talked about linked lists, I remember the young programmer looking at me as though I was talking Chinese. When I talked about multi-dimensional arrays, he was convinced I was talking Chinese. When I talked about buckets, he decided I was talking gibberish............but I still had to sort his mess out.

Sometimes I think colleges teach about the latest xml,asp etc without any reference to the underpining stuff like computer structures. Referential integrity, anyone?


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Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 8:42 AM


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I'm maybe retired, maybe not. I'm not prepared to work more than 16 weeks per year, which makes me at leat semi-retired, and that firm rule (plus restrictions on time of year) may mean I don't work much at all. I only want to work because it's fun anyway, so it's a real no-brainer to drop possible jobs which would clearly not be fun (so I've dropped the only two possibilities that came my way this year).

If I stop learning new things I'll die of some recondite mental calamity like cerebral atrophy, so there's no way I'm retiring from learning new tricks with computers and databases.

SQLServerCentral helps keep my brain ticking. So I join in a lot of it. I guess this is a forum I should be in.


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Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:37 PM
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Welcome Tom.

That makes three of us. So long as we are not the 3 Stooges we should be fine.


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Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:38 PM
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Sorry GSquared....I didn't mean that you were retired (not interfering that you are as old as me) just part of the community

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Posted Saturday, May 25, 2013 9:08 AM


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It's been very quiet around here for the last 18 months.

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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 5:16 AM
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Well it may have been quiet for some but not me! Leaving aside various family stuff, my previous employers have called me back in about 4 times as well as phone calls and emails....so much for 'We don't need the old dinosaur'!!

And I still read SQL Server Central


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S Hodkinson (5/28/2013)
Well it may have been quiet for some but not me! Leaving aside various family stuff, my previous employers have called me back in about 4 times as well as phone calls and emails....so much for 'We don't need the old dinosaur'!!

And I still read SQL Server Central

Ah, by around here I meant in this topic in this forum. I've been up to my neck in all sorts family stuff and learning Spanish and mentoring and teaching (a little in person, most by internet) and so on. Don't seem to have much free time at all.


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Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:58 AM
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Perhaps we should ask them to change the title? 'Retired' always reminds me of elasticated waists, comfortable shoes and matching anoraks. Not to mention 'going for a good walk in the country', too many details of medical appointments and moaning about the weather (though I might have a point there!).

What else could we call it? 'T Rex Preservation Society' or 'Diplodocus R Us'?

Or 'Facts you thought you never needed to know but actually are useful'


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