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I remember the good old days in England when I got hired for an "urgent" four-week contract, did the COBOL job in three weeks and spent the last week fixing a DBase III+ issue caused by users in Crete doing weird things. It was nothing to do with the original contract but they liked me so they had started looking for little jobs to keep me around until the next bigger project they wanted me for was ready.
I did actually leave after the end of the four weeks as a better paid contract came up. They had given a fantastic write up to my consulting company, I assume hoping I would be available later on. I never went back, unfortunately perhaps.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
My first job as a contractor I was tasked to fix a daily Access application that was taking 25 hours to run, 4 days into the contract I was retasked to fix a SQL server stored procedures (because a database is a database and well you are the only person working on a database). 2 years later I let the contract lapse.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
For someone in IT?
We go for around 10x that at the bare minimum.
My employer outsources me for €100,- an hour, but they take quite a share.
I can't ask that much as a freelancer, but even though my hourly rate is less I get to keep it all still netting me more
I've worked with an architect who got €110,- an hour out of the €125,- the company paid for him.
And some idiot manager who produces negative output (he frustrates everyone around him) gets even more than that.
Yeah, I followed your "InThePub" and "BackInThePub" perils!
It's fun for one or two weeks, just like vacation, but nothing beats having a paid job that's fun, where you can learn and contribute to society (or at least a company).
Except maybe having lots of money and never having to work again
This was my first DQ and I loved it.
I played this one because it was one of the best games of 2018 and because I read that this is the best DQ to date.
Took me 130 hours to beat (at 100%), that's what I call your money's worth
At least until Microsoft decides it is not profitable and closes it...
With that logic we'd never be using anything new and we still be writing 0's and 1's, or be stuck in the stone age because this newfangled wheel thing will never last
Anyway, Azure and the cloud have been around for a while now and since so many companies are using it, it solves real problems, and it's Microsoft's biggest cash cow I doubt it's going anywhere soon.
And if it does that means more work for me
Kornfeld Eliyahu Peter wrote:
Or they discover that centralized computing isn't that good (they already did it when switched from Mainframe to PC)...
The cloud is anything but centralized.
I can put some resources in West Europe, another in America and yet another in Asia.
Or have one resource in multiple regions for disaster failover, etc.
And there's also nothing stopping me from using Azure and AWS, except that I don't know AWS.
BTW, I retired, but after 3 weeks, my wife chased me out off the couch. I'm surprised she put up with me that long, a new record. I figure, that if GVod waNTED ME TO WORK HE'D FIND ME A JOB.
CQ de W5ALT
Walt Fair, Jr., P. E. Comport Computing Specializing in Technical Engineering Software