For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.
Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!
I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
See 8 but buy 6. See 6 but you can buy 8.
We're looking for a new dining table and chairs for customer lunches and yesterday we visited the department store
that's just to the north of the town.
Can you believe they have a sale on (they seem to have a sale on more often that not!) and there, on display, was just a table that looked just the part. It could seat 4, 6, or 8 and there were 8 chairs around it. Ideal. Not cheap, but sensible pricetag. We approached an assistant and exlained that we wanted to spend our money on the table and the eight chairs as it was displayed. "Oh - that only comes with six chairs ... I don't think you can order extras but you CAN order extras for ..."
. And she points us to another design, on display with 6 chairs, that didn't meet our needs. It seems that only the store manager can vary the sales policy and he's not in (being the weekend); the sale finishes today - Sunday - afternoon and me thinks that our local store has lost the business.
Sad - we really prefer to support local businesses but there are some that make it very hard for us to do so. But perhaps they prefer to sell a lot of standard product and don't really want business like ours - perhaps we're too much trouble.
Am I the only one who gets frustrated by stores that work like this? (written 2005-04-10, updated 2006-06-05)
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