April 09, 2004

potatoWhat happens to you if your diet consists of (too) many potatoes and you have been working long hours lately? You end up dreaming about writing software for storing data in... wait for it... potatoes.

My particular version of the dream consisted of me joining a new software project. I was briefed by a project manager that the business of sending data into potatoes is particularly tricky due to the volatile(?) nature of potato data storage.

Apparently it is not possible to know the location of the data inside a potato once it has been transmitted. Instead, some kind of feed-back mechanism had to be developed.

My first innovation in the new project was to incorporate real-time virus checking while transmitting the data to the said potato. I figured that the last thing one would want was a virus ridden potato. Makes sense in a kind of nonsense way.