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Over 13 years ago, I was the first hourly employee hired in this startup. Through sweat equity and downsizing, I am now an equal partner. There were a lot of tough years, but it has been paying off in the last few years, and getting better every year.
Can anyone correlate years on a job with your stage of life?
I followed this path:
2 years 4 years 1 year 5 years -- Got married
17 years -- marriage and raising a family
3 years -- Kids were going off to college 1 year 1 year 1.5 years
When I needed stability, I stayed in a job (17 years). When I was making progress up the career ladder I stayed (early) Now that my responsibility to family has lessened, I get to switch jobs to see what I missed while working the 17 year stretch.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason? Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful? --Zachris Topelius
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies. -- Sarah Hoyt
I had a work-from-home day yesterday due to my sons daycare being closed. I got a ton of unit tests written up on the EF model I've been creating, all on a little laptop with a little screen. I hate it because it's like trying to map the Grand Canyon by looking through a soda straw.
But, I came into work today to find 2 brand-freakin'-new HP LA2306x monitors sitting on my desk! WooHoo! I LOVE screen real-estate. My desktop is now 3,840 pixels wide and 1080 tall. Still smaller than my setup at home, but better than I had last week here.
I waas already using my machine and those monitors to remote into a few servers at work. While I'm rewriting an internal website from scratch, I also build and maintain the MS System Center infrastructure.
Have you considered a KVM switch for these occasions? They aren't exactly expensive, and they can be quite good - I used to use them to cut the number of monitors and keyboards I needed when I had separate print and file servers. And you can get them in DVI-D these days.
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
I don't have the desk space at home to put the switch and cables as my machine and dual 24s takes up the entire desk and I need room what little room is left for other stuff. I really don't work from home very much to make it worth it either, maybe 5 times a year.
I was just contacted by a home user who wanted to know if she could access a Silverlight application from home on her Macintosh computer. I told her to give it a try. A few minutes later she sent me a very nice email just pleased as she could be that she didn't have to make the trip into work to complete a tiny 10 minute chore before leaving for vacation. It was a wonderful warm & fuzzy moment.
Yesterday I had a user all excited about the fact that they can sort a data grid by two or more columns by holding the shift key. Magic that works right out of the box. No other applications that we have are able to work that tiny miracle so easily.
With Silverlight I have the means to quickly deliver an identical experience to people across a wide variety of platforms - my customers like it and I as a developer enjoy the environment.
I guess with all that success there is no better time for Microsoft to abandon the technology and chase after the steaming pile of bullshit that is the HTML stack. Hell, I love the idea of learning a dozen different languages and technologies just so I can deliver a crappy, inconsistent product to my customers. Yeah, that's a winning plan. I so look forward to the standards being finalized in 8 more years.... that's progress.
PRO TIP FOR MICROSOFT: Vision isn't following other's lead. Vision is often recognizing that you've the winning hand right NOW and simply going with it. Retards.
And yes, I know I've posted similar rants before. It still makes me mad though.