Cartoon - Color Codes
Written by Harry Fairhead   
Sunday, 22 January 2012

This week's selected xkcd cartoon of the week is all about working so long that the technology gets its way into your normal non-techie world.

 

Color Codes

 

If you aren't sure what resistor color codes are then Wikipedia has a full account - Wikipedia Resistor Color Codes.

In past days, programmers would go into a bank and ask for a cash withdrawal of $0xF. And if you have no idea how much $F is then just read Hexadecimal.

It probably is slightly better than asking for $1111, which might result in you getting more than you really wanted - assuming your account could stand it. And if you don't get this joke you need to be reminded that

"There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't."

And once again if you aren't sure what 10 is all about read Binary.

It isn't so long ago that these skills were essential. But these times have passed us by.

Even resistor color codes aren't as important as they once were, with impossible-to-read surface mount components. 

What would be the modern version of this cartoon? 
Or does technology no longer require geeky skills that creep into our "ordinary" lives.

Tell us what you think.

 

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