You might already know, that 256 is an important number to computer systems – there was a time, when you had 256 MB of hard disk space, and 256 MB of RAM – which at least for video cards is still a number to come by. More over if you ever heard of bits, which is a single-digit binary number (thus 0 or 1) and thus the smallest unit of information a computer system can handle, you might have also heard about a Byte, wich is 8 of these little bits combined. 8 bits, which each can be either 0 or 1 (8 digits of a binary number, so to speak) allow for 28 possible combinations of 0 and 1, thus allowing 28 = 256 possible distinct combinations that can be stored in a byte.
Now why am I talking about this? Because the 256th day of a year is a professional holiday, it’s:
And now you’ll see that I’ve already given you the reason, why it is the 256th day of the year ;). Programmer’s Day originated in Russia, as two web developers, Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov proposed it in 2002 to the government, in 2009 it was picked up by the Minstriy of Communications and Mass Media, and since September 11th of that year, thanks to Dmitry Medvedev it is an official holiday for programmers in Russia.
Programmer Day is a day to celebrate Programmers and thank them for all that they do.
Or to put it in a picture:
Now, what I wonder is: How to celebrate this extraordinary day, and probably the most important holiday for our trade? I especially liked the idea of trying out one of these extremely delicious looking Cocktails for Programmers, but as this holiday somehow caught me off-guard, I’m not prepared for any of this and I’m even not home, so maybe next year. But what about you? Are you celebrating? And if so, how are you celebrating? (you know how to comment, don’t you? 😉 ).
Anyhow, now if you celebrate it or not, Happy programmer’s day! to all you programmer’s out there!