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This is a symptom of a wider problem, though: people believe their satnav without even thinking about whether there might be a mistake. At least with a map you have to interpret it yourself and so if things are going weird you will notice.
There's a nice sign at the A46 interchange with the Gunthorpe road (A6197 I think), where the junction has been recently greatly remodelled because they're upgrading the A46. It says something like 'NEW ROAD LAYOUT: Do not rely on satnav'. I think it's bad that people need that reminder.
Back in October a Hedge fund started buying shares in my Company to a stage that they have got 23% of the shares now. Effectively with $100 million in the bank and a very undervalued stock price, we were very attractive to them.
To combat this we have employed a poison pill approach as well as a one-off $2 per share pay-off in order to unload some of the excess cash to make us less attractive and also in the hope that they would take this windfall and 'do one'.
According to El Reg[^] and an e-mail from my CEO today this has failed and the Hedge Fund has written an open letter criticising the Boards insistence to move into the cloud market and wants to put 3 of it's own Directors on the board.
Word is that the Hedge Fund will just rape us, and then Liquidate us. And with it get reported in El Reg amongst other places I am worried now. Has anybody else had experience of these funds? Should I get out now?
23% is not a majority, so they should need considerable support to do anything really drastic - the existing board should be able to weather the storm even with shareholder appointed directors, unless it has a massive psychosis to start with.
It may be that they do have good ideas which could help the company (I doubt it, the letter implies they want dividends and other short-term gains rather than the long term survival of the company)
I wouldn't jump ship - if enough of the good people quit then the companies survival becomes less likely rather than more - but I would keep my eyes and ears open, particularly if I enjoyed working where I am.
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Wish I had the money to do so. A guy I work with bought a load when they were less than a dollar a share a few years back they now regularly sit at around $12-$14 and he's always rubbing it in how much money they've made him.
That price is seriously undervalued too, as the market doesn't fully understand what we do (it thinks we're a drive manufacturer, we're a 'storage solution provider').
Is it not obvious - they provide drawers, cabinets, cupboards and boxes in a variety of sizes and colours! Solutions (shudder)to your storage problems!
Seriously though the first marketing wonk that though adding 'solutions' to one of their BS phrases was a good idea should be strung up by the 'nads. If half the effort spent on coming up with this rubbish was devoted to making the product better the world would be a better place. I don't know, when I was a lad mutter, grumble etc.
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In fact the possibilities of C#, VB.Net and C++.Net (known as Visual C++ too) are equal for a MS developer. But: If you learn VisualC++ you are able switch later to "normal" C++, improve your knowledge and do e.g. hardware-near programming. IMO VisualC++ improves your value as a developer more than the other languages and if you are able to do VisualC++ programming is writing C# code not a big deal because there are only a few differences.
VBA is just important for basic Macro programming within MS Office so some basic knowledge there wouldn't be too bad.
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Does learning yet another way to use .NET really get you anywhere?
Maybe learning a new framework (or, dare I say, platform?) would be more beneficial. Expanding horizons and all. It wouldn't hurt to be less career dependent on the future of .NET. But regardless of that, you're likely to encounter some ideas and practices that improve your .NET programming.
Barring that, TypeScript looks promising and is a good gateway to what the rest of the world is doing on the web.
Yep, methinks so too. You're better off being able to jump to anything else than simply learn a new interface into DotNet. From past experience, MS's libraries don't last for much more than 10 years - if they're used a lot, unlike stuff such as SilverLight
So the much more pertinent question is: What new set of libs should you be on the lookout for. And then you can relax and learn some weird programming concepts (try the strangest language you can find - by all means) to make you a better programmer instead of someone who knows how to look into DotNet from a different angle .
I'd recommend Lisp & C to start off with. Those 2 would probably give you a grounding for absolutely all possible concepts yet devised in the entire programming field. Thereafter learn languages for fun. Try to make something for another system (e.g. Linux / Mac / Android / etc. etc. etc.) Try to make same portable - to work on any system with only a re-compile at worst!
Once you can do all that, you've literally covered all your bases, no way you will get a curve-ball in the head
Functional language, yes, C, meh. Unmanaged C++ is probably better than C, you'll learn most of the same fun as C and know the most likely language used to solve problems that don't fit C# and VB* well. After those, as irneb suggests, do some dev for another system. I recommend some mobile development, and android in particular, because its new libs, language, IDE, application model, execution environment, product mentality, etc. all rolled into one.
We can program with only 1's, but if all you've got are zeros, you've got nothing.
I think Microsoft is going to loose it, and will be bankrupt in a few years
So, move outside the MS world... I am a .NET developer myself, but am considering moving to Java or something like that...
Currently MS is messing up everything they touch.. i expect Android to take over the complete desktop world as well... like they already did with the phones, tables..browser.. and so..or are you honestly telling me you still use IE or outlook?
It depends if you want to build on your existing experience, or if you want to learn something completely different.
Personally, I chose to step into the Ruby on Rails world. It's like emigrating to China (or Japan): different language, but also different habits, conventions, norms, values and brand names ("Capistrano" sounds like a coffee brand).
It's hard at first, but fun as well.
There's a good free course CS169. Search Youtube as well.