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Time for another re-invention I think… but what next?
My own very recent personal experience mirrors this blog post: Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age So what do I do to deal with that? Looking at Vivek’s advice, item number 1 is to move into management … yikes… I firmly believe that if someone thought I had the chops to be a manager it would have happened 20 years ago… nobody wants to make me a boss, trust me :) besides which, I like coding! Item 2 sucks… and goes totally against the American Dream of continually moving up… expect to ......

Posted On Sunday, August 29, 2010 7:19 AM

Professional Insult
I’ve worked at the same client for 5 years. I’ve had a really good relationship with the two managers I interface with regularly. Unfortunately, during this ‘dial-down’ situation we’re in, I find myself around the edges of a manager that within days of my arrival in 2005 proved to be someone I had no respect for. Unless my company pulls a rabbit out of a hat, Friday will probably be my last day, and I can already see the writing on the wall. His right-hand ‘man’ mandated that the company PC in my ......

Posted On Monday, August 23, 2010 7:29 PM

Another attempt at interviewing... sigh...
Well... I should have known better than to try to interview for a new job, but it was a Windows Phone gig... and could have been a career-extender. Not to even think about the crap that's going on at work right now, this would be a sweet deal. But... I don't interview well. I've proved that to myself and others multiple times. I work on .NET 2.0 web database software connected to Oracle, Oracle Stored Procs, and Microsoft Access 8 or 9 hours a day. The stuff's not tricky by any means, it's mostly ......

Posted On Saturday, August 21, 2010 1:35 PM

Most Unprofessional Workplace
I've worked lots of places in lots of roles: Delivery truck driver, Boilermaker, antenna rigger, Professional Musician, Electronic Technician, Electrical Engineer, and for most of my career: Software Turkey. I want to say this large company is the most unprofessional place I've ever worked, but then I think about other jobs such as TTI that stiffed us all for 10 months salary -- or had us work 2-1/2 years at 66% however you want to look at it, or maybe NeoPlanet with a cast from a bad sitcom running ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:08 AM

Perfect End to a Bad Day
Yesterday's post about A Bad Day at Work actually had an addendum to it. There were apparently a bunch of guys on ice skates last night competing in some sport way the hell and gone over on the other side of the valley, and enough people couldn't live without seeing them that they had all major arteries heading west honked. I mean honked... the traffic guy reported the 101 had 16 miles of backup... yikes. Since I worked downtown for a number of years, my fallback is to cut across the city on surface ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:44 AM

A Bad Day at Work
There's lots of ways of having a bad day at work... I suppose for many people, just being *at* work makes it a bad day, but I happen to be one of those people that found a way to do something I like for a living. I've always said "if you're not having fun, what's the point?" ... on the latest Zune podcast, they were interviewing someone from the WP7 team and he said they're their (sigh) mantra is "It's not done until it's fun" ... I like that too. But, even when you're doing what you like for a living, ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 4:47 PM

Back-To-Work-Itis
Got a bad case of "Return-to-work-itis" going here after breathing air of a different blend for a week. It's only quarter to 9 and already I've got the headset cranked because motor-mouth in the next cubicle can't constrain herself. The self-important drivers in the HOV lane, the idiot that wouldn't turn into what is clearly a turn lane built to let people get off the 101 onto McDowell easily, the guard that inspected my bag because I don't have an employee badge -- these are a few of my 'unfavorite' ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 8:54 AM

Dear Health Net, thanks for Nothing
All this healthcare 'reform' talk scares the living shit out of me because the corporations do such a crappy job that why should I expect it to get better if the government gets involved? Appropriately a week and a bit before Valentine's Day, I got a 'love note' from Health Net yesterday. Sort of like the Dear John letter where they guy tells his ex girlfriend that he wrote her name and phone number in 27 men's rooms over the weekend. But instead of writing my name and phone number somewhere, the ......

Posted On Friday, February 5, 2010 8:50 AM

A reminder why I don't work for a large corporation...
I don't go to many meetings, and that's actually a good thing. But yesterday I got roped into one hosted by the erstwhile IT department at my client's facility. They are in the last 6 months of probably a year project surrounding a $3Million dollar upgrade to what I consider a DBMS tool. Yeah... that wasn't a typo... and the 80s are calling wanting this sucker back too, at least the old one. No field validation so data I get propogated into the part of Oracle I have access to is all honked because ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 8:42 AM

Morning rant - Slacker Students and HOV Violators
Maybe I shouldn't have been up til 12:30 coding last night, because things are pissing me off this morning. I check in with my class on the morning of the last day (today) and the one student that is a self-proclaimed "experienced programmer" has yet to interact with his team on the paper due at midnight tonight. Maybe he's spending all his time hand-compiling the Week 6 program, because I don't believe he's run the compiler yet on anything. That was obvious in Week 5 when it wouldn't compile, and ......

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 11:00 AM

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