Author Archives: Tim Golisch

About Tim Golisch

I'm a geek. I do geeky things.

EMV transactions in the iSC480

My boss’s boss was informed that the credit card laws were changing and therefore, we needed to deploy new credit card readers and change our program to interface with the new readers. I had already gotten started with development and … Continue reading

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Training your manager

Disclaimer: This is not about my current workplace. This is about all workplaces. Whether you are a team lead, software architect, PM or a junior developer, you count on your team for stuff. Maybe if you are a one-man-team, you … Continue reading

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Magnitudes of technical debt

The term “technical debt” really covers a lot of areas of concern. It is not simply relegated to “messy programming”. That is part of it, but there is more to it. Like with many unpleasant things, the impact of technical … Continue reading

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LLT – M53: unknown product code (add it in ‘LLT.prm’ file)

Once again with the LLT. I just got a new PC and had to reinstall all of my software and re-learn the tricks for connecting LLT, etc.  Btw, the help file for LLT has better directions than the rest of … Continue reading

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LLT_LOAD – RAS Error 633

Today, I needed to upgrade the RBA for my device.  I started by using LLT to set up my connection and make sure everything worked.  I worked-out the configs and was able to get a file list in LLT.  So … Continue reading

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Why management wants more technical debt

*** Disclaimer: this is not about my current project. It is about every project. *** I think it is safe to say that every program contains some technical debt.  This is because perfection is (somewhat) impractical.  If you actually try to achieve it, … Continue reading

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Technical debt and interest

In case you are not familiar with the term “technical debt”, it mostly means “messy programming”.  Unfortunately, it is more serious than just ordinary messiness.  It usually happens because a programmer was in a hurry and couldn’t think of a … Continue reading

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