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Simon's Avatar Picture Simon – December 18, 2007 07:38PM Reply Quote
For all your work woes.

John Willoughby – July 03, 2008 11:49PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Grats, Soop. When you're Galactic Overlord, I intend to trade heavily on having known you back when.

ghidorah – July 04, 2008 12:08PM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
Sweet Soup! Good to see the cream (finally) rise to the top!

ARL (Moderator) – July 04, 2008 09:26PM Reply Quote
I liked the Roger story, Soup.

You should consider writing more often.

Mokers (Moderator) – July 07, 2008 01:46PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
Good job Soup.

Cloudscout – July 09, 2008 09:40PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!

Dr Phred (Moderator) – July 10, 2008 03:33PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
Nice Soup.

Cloudscout – July 18, 2008 11:39AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I really want to take some formal programming classes.

I spent 16 hours rewriting my application in order to:

1) Make it a command-line app as requested by a project team.
2) Allow it to take a text file as input and build a filter in order to refine the search to a given list of store numbers... also by request of a project team.
3) Make it threadsafe.
4) Make it much, much faster.
5) Comment the code thoroughly.

In the end, it's only about 600 lines of code (probably closer to 450 if you remove all of the comments). It shouldn't have taken nearly as long as it did. Most of the time was spent learning about threading.

John Willoughby – July 18, 2008 11:41AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Learning threading about hard shouldn't too be [SEG_FAULT]

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/18/2008 11:41AM by John Willoughby.

Cloudscout – July 18, 2008 01:47PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/18/2008 11:41AM by John Willoughby.

It would have been funnier if you had gone back and edited the post like 6 or 7 times.

John Willoughby – July 18, 2008 01:56PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Everyone's a critic.

Cloudscout – July 18, 2008 03:53PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
foreach (object moron in audience)
    if (!moron.heckle.IsNull)
          Smackdown severeBeating = new Smackdown(moron);
          while (moron.StillStanding)
          Insult(moron, "Is that your wife or did you lose a bet?");
Environment.Close("You've been great!  Tip your waitress!");

Cloudscout – July 18, 2008 03:55PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I was going to make that multi-threaded but I was worried about inefficient blocking if audience[] members were too far apart to beat simultaneously.

tomierna (Admin) – July 18, 2008 03:59PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
can you hear that? it sounds like the football team.

John Willoughby – July 18, 2008 04:05PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
20 GOTO 10
30 END

Cloudscout – July 18, 2008 04:13PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
ERROR: Not all code paths return a result.

rino – July 21, 2008 01:42PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I'm way too busy to parlay in my current language ... XSLT.

But I do have a bitch of a problem.
In many projects I control too many layers. (info architecture; visual design; xhtml/css, xslt templating, and other plumbing)
We have a team now.
That team isn't efficient.
I'm the one with all of these skills.
One person does squat and frequently can be found with a freelance job up on the screen.

Boss is trying to get another to help by "doing layouts" for pages. That person has zero web building experience save for some CMS editing. It did actually help a bit (since that person failed to get the content outlines 6 weeks ago and this provides at least that!) but I have to redesign it all anyway. Also it doesn't address the root problem which is this person should have had a content outline 6 weeks ago instead of "laying out" the page with the content 2 weeks ago.

Just ranting. Feeling squeezed and like a failure for being so late and tied up in everything but the reality is the team failed. It's not my job to make the team work.

stan adams – July 23, 2008 07:35AM Reply Quote
I think I quit. Or maybe I am just taking a day and will get fired.

This is / was very odd. It is not like "the camel has a broken back" especially as there is no obvious 'straw', but I need a new job. Maybe not even IT, but that may just be me trying to think of something 'better'.

There are a lot of little things that are sort of like getting a thousand imperceptibly small cuts, but I feel that there are so many that a single bandage would be silly. Everyday I told myself how much I liked the job -- from the smiling cafeteria workers with subsidized 65 cents of oatmeal and $2.52 hot lunch en trees, to the really well done "daily news summary" put out by the real professionals in the "Public Information Office" to the - workouts and overall great benefits. BUT -- the mindset of much of the team and certainly the management is/was "everything has to be perfect for the sake of appearances". And many many many things were not perfect, not even for the sake of appearances. Lots of mindlessness, lots of things way out of whack with what I know to be the norm. I don't need to detail that, because the list would be the same almost anywhere. The thing is I don't want to be a part of that now...

I guess maybe I am more than a little burned out, but more and more I don't know if I was ever really cut out to sit still for 8 hours a day and find things to fill my time everyday that have the appearance of being for the benefit of my employer.

Maybe I am an arrogant prick that does not know as much as I think. Maybe I have ADD. Maybe I am having a midlife crisis. I cannot tell you how many time I have an dialogue with myself in my head about 'how can I do this until I am 67, how can I not do this for the next 25 years". Maybe I have always felt this way. Maybe I just am a lazy slob to the core.

I see a dozen or so positions on Dice that ought not result in a complete collapse of my household finances. I will probably apply for them today. I have a very gnawing fear that "it is ME" though and do not know how to deal with that.

Any suggestions (in thread or p.m.) are most welcome...

tomierna (Admin) – July 23, 2008 07:54AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural

One of the scariest, most liberating and (so far) most rewarding jumps I've made was into business for myself.

Granted, my "jump" was tempered by nearly a year's worth of hour-weaning from my desk/programming job, transitioning to more hours as an independent contractor.

The funny thing is how much less I needed to work as a contractor. I could make my monthly nut in 10-15 days depending on the day rate. Now it's a bit different, as my company is paying salary.

Honestly though - if your current job is eating you from the inside out, do *something* about it.

Good luck!

stan adams – July 23, 2008 08:14AM Reply Quote

Thanks, I appreciate that. I really do feel horrible. It is not just this job, it it somewhat about the kind of person I am and the kind of things that I skilled in.

If I felt there was any way to make anything near what mid/large enterprises do pay me I might strike out on my own, I don't see that happening though...

rino – July 23, 2008 09:22AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I'm with you Stan... just talked of the same feeling with fellow dog walker. He has his own promotional geegaws and signage company -- two employees -- kiss.

Very same barrel. It's real tough.

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