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35+ years in...had one perfect job. before an ill-advised takeover (via LBO) drove the company to bankruptcy...still looking. My advice is an old saying...don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
That said, if the job is truly miserable (and not simply inconvenient) then find a new one. The worst you can do is be miserable in new surroundings. At least its a change, huh?
Should I Should have just ignored thier orders and didn't finish the task
Seriously, I get the same thing here, and have learned to object to stupid things. If it's something that's likely to break other things (that I'll likely have to redo later...or worse get blamed for) I do it the right way the first time. That usually means 'pretending to understand' but doing what I want anyway. The fallout from overdoing something is a lot less than taking unnecessary and even dangerous shortcuts.
The trick is to give them what they want without going into the details of how you actually got it done. All they should care about is that it works. (or is there more to loading a list from a database query that I should consider?...requires dba approval?...requires online connection?)
Been there. Made some huge required changes and warned the users via a templated email that we always send for changes. Had a testing period that they signed off on. Goes to production and bam. Users were mad. Said we should have put it red and bolded it so they would have noticed it.
This happens to all employees at some time or another. You did what was asked and can show it by the history of communications. Alas, that doesn't stop a manager from retaliating. In the end, you can't really protect yourself from a manager trying to protect themself, especially in a contract situation.
(One thing I've done in similar situation is ensure that the change can be easily reversed and/or isolated, like wrapping the change in a macro or putting it in a separate module.)
When someone demands stupid crap from me (and is as susceptible to logical reasoning, and reality for that matter, as Donald Trump), I usually do it, but keep proof of be being ordered to do that crap so I can shift the blame, when it arises, to the actual culprit. That's IMHO the best way.
I have run into this situation many times in a very long career.
This is typical of incompetent, technical management, which has been the bane of the industry since its inception.
The solution is to do as you have already done; keep copious notes of what you proposed and what you were told to do. Also ensure that all your notes are timestamped as to when you did what and when you were tasked with the assignments to override your proposals.
When you run into a personnel issue as you did, you will have your notes available for your defense.
I have fought many bad managers in my time and caused a lot of harm to their positions as a result (I got some fired.). However, unless you are willing to suffer the consequences (and there will always be consequences in business), do not take such an issue further than it has to go (ie: Your supervisor's boss, HR or Personnel).
If you believe that your defense of your actions is falling on deaf ears, look for another employer or assignment, since the situation will only occur again at some later time.
Me... I am hard-wired to fight bad or tyrannical authority. As a result, I spent a lot of time in my career defending others and defeating the stupidity and arrogance of technical management. Unfortunately, they are like bad politicians. Once you get rid of one bad apple another rotten one pops up.
It is a thankless fight but if more professionals were to respond rebelliously than such management may be more wary about going up against credible alternatives provided by their professionals...
Sr. Software Engineer
Black Falcon Software, Inc.
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This is getting a little rough around the edges Griff.
And would pigsellated swine be edible to VGAns?
I'm pretty sure I would not like to live in a world in which I would never be offended.
I am absolutely certain I don't want to live in a world in which you would never be offended.
Freedom doesn't mean the absence of things you don't like.
Nonpublic information should only be saved to your network drive
Why do we even have hard drives then on our computers? IMO, non-public information includes source code, proprietary in-house and third party documentation, and so forth. WTF?
But this one:
The information on your computer is only fully protected by encryption when it is powered off or in hibernate mode. Simply locking your computer is not sufficient for encryption.
Yeah, information is definitely "protected" when the computer is off. But how encryption protects your data when the computer is off is beyond me. Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought.
And unrelated, when I browsed over to norsecorp.com (live feed of cyberattacks, yeah, right) I got this (my bold):
This page is currently offline. However, because the site uses Cloudflare's Always Online™ technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site. We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version.
Dude. You really don't want to use "currently offline" and "Always Online" in the same sentence.