Heading down a new path

As the years go by, I look back and see a few things that I would change if I could. Such is life. No sense living in the past, I can change things anytime. So I am changing them now. The biggest is a change in the path of my career. What I was doing for the past 13 years had ceased being interesting, fun or challenging a long time ago. As of today I am blissfully unemployed. The new job starts on Monday.

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Jerry is the owner of this blog, a Constitutional Conservative, avid fan of Doctor Who and Narnia, and enthusiastic about satellite TV and other technology. During the day he makes a living doing IT work.
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2 Responses to Heading down a new path

  1. I am a real programmer and have been assigned the task of correcting some of the most idiotic, horrible looking, spaghetti code I have ever had the misfortune of coming across and realized that the “so-called” programmer who developed (or hacked) I should say was you! I think your comment about being bored with what you do and that you no longer find it challenging is hilarious! But of course, if you do not know what you are doing, it probably doesn’t seem very challenging! No wonder you are blissfully unemployed! Don’t forget that old saying “If ignorance is bliss, you must be ecstatic!”

  2. jerry says:

    Wow, that’s got to be the funniest thing I have read in a while. You sir are not a real programmer by any stretch of the imagination. By your own admission, your job is maintaining a system that was antiquated, bloated and completely unsustainable FIFTEEN YEARS AGO when I was in the same boat. A real programmer would leave that cesspool and find a real programming job as quickly as possible.

    If I remember correctly, there was one library on that old AS/400 that contained around 8000 program objects, all of which I was expected to know and understand intimately with absolutely no documentation or assistance whatsoever. Whatever you have found with my name attached to it was what they wanted, the way they wanted it done at the time. I even wrote documentation of the parts I did (good luck finding it, they didn’t care). It was old antique garbage when they gave it to me, slightly less so when I was finished with it.

    I can imagine what you’ve been told about me. I heard what they said about others that left before me, amazingly everything that ever went wrong had been their fault somehow, and I am sure it’s my fault now, even after all this time.

    I’ll just say this, if the same guy is running things as when I was there, you had better watch your back. What is said in your presence will not necessarily match what they do or what they say elsewhere. Whatever goes wrong will be blamed on you. I was young and didn’t understand the intricacies of office politics. Maybe you are ok with it.

    If Dixie Group/Masland are still using that utter steaming pile of donkey doo for production work then they deserve every bit of fail that comes their way. Just don’t be underneath when it all tumbles down.

    By rights I should have banned your comment, since you used fake name, email and web addresses. If you feel brave enough to actually say who you are, we might have more to talk about. No doubt this was just a “drive by” and I won’t hear from you again.

    By the way, I am not blissfully unemployed. I made one phone call and a successful multinational company created an IT director position ex nihilo. I have been productively and happily improving their situation for the past year. My “unemployment” lasted from Friday afternoon when I dropped my keys at the old job, until Monday morning when I started the new one. That, my friend, is something a real IT professional with real skills can do.

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