What is answering machine mentallity in programming?

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What is answering machine mentallity in programming?

Postby atang1 » Fri Dec 10, 2004 3:58 am

Most programmers are trained to do the format in languages and scripts. That's great. You can certainly debug your own work and maybe even others'.

When we first learn how to program, we do structured programming. Every piece of software started with a menu to select the work you want to do?

After a while, we realize the slowness of returning to the menu each time we complete a task and had to start something else. So, we will have a command line input that well trained computer operator can just input a code at the end of any task, to start a different task.

So, we moved on to automation when we program software, save steps, keystrokes and mouse clicks.

But to save the cpu usage, and bandwidth of computer enterprise systems, we really should have an answering machine mentallity, every time we program some software.

Answering machine just store the incoming messages. It notify you by the blinking of a LED light. Then, you decide whether or if you need the message. To answer or not to answer, that is the question? But you do not tie up the cpu usage for unnecessary immediate response. You can leave the message at the initiator's servers and never test the limit of bandwiidth of communication systems. You can delete the unwanted message on some one elses server with a short code. Junk mail is deleted that way. You should answer all the names in your address book?

This world would be far better with more answering machines, why not on your computer? So far, email at the portasl is just like that answering machine. But your ISP still waste your time to send you all the email? the problem started at Outlook Express?
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Postby Twisty » Thu Dec 16, 2004 6:03 am

You can do this with smtp mail, one downloads the header and can delete the message from the server rather than download the whole thing.

I'm trying to think of other examples of where the answering machine mentality is not currently used, but could be.
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Postby atang1 » Tue Jan 25, 2005 1:39 am

Email client is the perfect example for answering machine mentality when they program thier email software.

But all software should have a cache for received data so that we can have a choice whether to answer or not. To delete or to keep?

The problem today is how do you stop unwanted email, popups, and hyjecking? Filters and quarantined cache, or limiting to trusted addresses or sources, are a few of the earlier sophistications in programming.

There must be more solutions to keep your computer fast, and free of unwanted attention.
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