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Mountain Dew fountain with computer
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Programmers live on Mountain Dew, it's a proven fact. Actually, companies should budget a supply of the programming fuel into their projects.

One of the challenges facing programmers is that annoying problem of having to get up every so often to get more. This can a big problem when working through an especially tough section of code before we get it out of our head and into the computer.

The 'Dew Fountain would attach to the monitor for easy access and work just like any other soda fountain at any fast food place (that would help with training since we already understand fast food procedures). When our giant soda cup ran out of 'Dew we could quickly and easily fill it up without moving.

Of course, there's still the problem of those frequent visits to the rest room, but I'll leave that for a future idea (thus, this idea is "half baked").

bspollard, Sep 13 2002

(?) Thinkgeek.com: Caffeine: Drinks http://www.thinkgee...ffeine/drinks.shtml
Believe me, those folks are putting a lot more down than Mountain Dew... [BinaryCookies, Sep 13 2002]

Mountain Dew http://www.acts.org/roland/mt.dew/
...is an essential ingredient for successful computer programming [thumbwax, Sep 14 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

(??) Exacerbating the problem http://www.theonion...tain_dew_users.html
...is the fact that parents often dismiss their children's Mountain Dew use as harmless soda experimentation, something they themselves did when they were young. [thumbwax, Sep 14 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Caffeine for sustained mental performance http://www.iom.edu/.../caffeine1pager.pdf
Summary of report on military potential of caffeine to keep soldiers wide awake: concludes that it be good. (PDF) [pottedstu, Sep 16 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

(?) A "doctor" writes http://www.drlowe.c...drlowe/caffeine.htm
Someone offering medical advice who claims to be a doctor (doctorate in chiropractic) reckons caffeine improves mental performance in moderation. However overstimulation can reduce cognitive performance. [pottedstu, Sep 16 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Come on, bspollard, what about male catheterization, hooked up to a purification plant ("sweetener") to convert the urine back into Mountain Dew? You must think these things through. Bad programmer! No twinkie!
General Washington, Sep 13 2002

       Am I the only living programmer that produces caffeine free code?
half, Sep 13 2002

       There's no caffeine in Mountain Dew is there? Or am I being woefully naive?
General Washington, Sep 13 2002

       [General Washington]: There is plenty of caffeine in that beverage. You may be surprised at how many other popular beverages also contain significant amounts of caffeine and/or its chemical relatives.   

       [half]: I am not a programmer, per se, but I do write code now and then. Sometimes for hours on end, and usually without caffeine. I've discovered that caffeine may keep me awake, but it won't keep me alert. The return just isn't worth the cost.
BigBrother, Sep 13 2002

       I'm convinced that caffeine actually severely reduces mental performance. I once stayed up all night at university revising for a maths exam, something I've often done with previous exams with no problem. I drank about 5 jugs of really strong filter coffee throughout the night and by morning I literally couldn't add two numbers together. I got kicked out of uni for failing that.
sild, Sep 13 2002

       I thought this would be something about Mt. Dew - an actual mountain named "Dew". Perhaps a better name for this idea would be "Fountain Dew".
XSarenkaX, Sep 13 2002

       //Programmers live on Mountain Dew, it's a proven fact//   

       BS, bs. I live on Guinness.   

       Mon Dieu!
Guy Fox, Sep 13 2002

       I drink cups of liquid from our vending machine that are almost (but not quite) entirely unlike tea.
8th of 7, Sep 13 2002

       I generally find that it isn't the caffeine its the amount of sugar that keeps me going, which is why I drink my coffee quite sweet. Of course I'm not a programmer so that doesn't really matter to me whatsoever
kaz, Sep 13 2002

       Mountain Dew contains more caffeine than the excellent Coca-Cola or the rancid Pepsi-Cola
thumbwax, Sep 13 2002

       As I understand it, there is no caffeine in Mountain Dew except for that sold in the United States.
waugsqueke, Sep 13 2002

       Waugs: And oh boy do they spike it up, too.. Don't drink if you plan on sleeping that night.
Mr Burns, Sep 13 2002

       Coke? Pepsi? Pah. Dr. Pepper and Orange soda for me.
BinaryCookies, Sep 13 2002

       Some drugs have pretty much the same effect on everone. Caffeine is just the opposite. Which is why there is so much debate about it. One dose doesn't fit all.
pfperry, Sep 14 2002

       to washington, and anyone who cares:   

       mountan dew differs from country to country. for instance, in the USA Mt. Dew has half the caffine of coffe, while in Canada it has none.   

       people sometimes forget what the first 2 w's in www stand for.
HalfwayHebrew, Jul 24 2003


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