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Despite all that, I love programming, I love the folks around me in the office. I am living in the best possible time in history being paid for being involved with something that I am passionate about. So why am I still jaded and miserable?
That encapsulates so much of what I feel day to day. Nicely articulated.
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.
You nailed it. I started in software development in the late 90's because I was striving for a means of fullfilling creative expression. I've made it a point over the years ensure the products I engineer are clean, visually unique, and expressive of my personality.
A few years ago I really felt like I had arrived. 15+ years of experiences in a very diverse product environment gave me great satisfaction and gratitude. Since that time I've watched the technologies I'd devoted so many late nights studying and mastering basically die (GDI/WinForms, ASPNET WebForms, etc) and be completely replaced by newer (presumably better) frameworks (WPF, MVC, Store Apps, etc).
Its a crushing feeling having to endure the thought of starting all over again every 5-10 years having to learn the latest framework (or hotness). Sometimes I just wish I had gone into pure engineering or some other industry. After all math doesn't change often, nor do most of the principles and tools in use in most other industries.
I seem to spend most of my times these days porting code for problems I solved years ago in one platform over to whatever the newest platform is since the youngsters demand everything be written in whatever is the flavor of the month happens to be.
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - I'd just like a chance to prove that money can't make me happy. Me, all the time
Most results are quite meaningless,
I get 120 D / 60 U to my own ISP (this PC connected to router through concrete wall via WIFI - wired would be higher - 1GB to the ISP).
But connecting from here to say OG's ISP (Fasthosts Internet) I get about 10 - 15 each way - much more realistic usage rates as my own ISP has nothing that interests me - the rest of the world is where I look around.
But the OP is correct, he has severely throttled upload.
Why? Because that's Australia and that's the way it is there.
(supposedly Aus has full open competition, except that Aus telecoms and it's 'independent' authorities are dominated by a govt protected telco that's about 50 years behind the rest of the world ... but to be fair they are catching up ... albeit slowly, really slowly.)
I'm at 9 Mbps down and .6 Mbps up on DSL at a little after midnight and it decreases drastically during peak hours not to mention dropping out completely on a fairly regular basis. All of my friends are on cable and complain about the slowness of my internet when they're over, but the cable company pays the city I live in to keep the competition out (I really want FIOS), which angers me to the point I won't pay them for their services. So I pay more for slower and less reliable DSL...
It so happens Frontier (the old Verizon) gave us a complimentary upgrade from 25 / 25 to 100 / 100 this morning, complete with a new router compatible with the higher speed. I do believe I see smoke coming from my browser when I surf the net.
Edit: I checked the speed: Actual upload is 98 and download is 105. Nice!