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I got laid off from Novell just before the merger fiasco began--it still amazes me that regardless of the friendship between Noorda and Ashton, Novell paid $1.1 billion for a company arguably worth no more than a third of that. My youngest brother went through the WordPerfect/Novell/Corel thing.
One folded the branch I worked at after 4 years (I was picked up by the sub-contractor),
I left that sub a couple years later out of boredom after programming myself out of a job,
Another (non-profit) paid ludicrous wages for 9 months then could no longer afford me,
Lastly my current position...
All still exist and the current corp is a goliath that will "never" die, going on 7 years working for them. I do get (small) raises yearly and the pay/work/commute/people combo is hard to beat so I am grateful. I must upgrade my skills though, it is easier to get complacent when doing the same job for an extended period, hard to leave when that job is awesome. I may move to the white hot cyber security realm from my web development background...if I can just motivate myself to study/work after a long workday ends...*sigh*
Over 40 years of programming professionally, I've worked for 9 other companies besides my current position.
I should have had my head examined for staying at one company for 17 years before being downsized, but it was a steady paycheck despite management problems.
Of those 9, only 1 still exists (2 if you count being purchased by another company).
One company announced bankruptcy the day after my last (I had quit), so I guess they rightly concluded they could not continue without me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. They were a very large company and I was quite surprised when I heard the news.
One, in particular, all ex-employees are particularly bitter about. We had thought we had a winning combination of products and talent, but management drove us into the ground. They thought they could do no wrong and stopped paying attention to what they were doing and partied it up.
Psychosis at 10
Film at 11
Those who do not remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.
Those who do not remember the past, cannot build upon it.
Well i was working on a User Input Dialogue and nearly finished it after 2 hours of trying and designing it in visual Studio when suddenly the doubleclick on this form happend and i intuitively clicked on undo...
Yep i didn't save anything in that time and undoing designerchanges is permanently
2 hours of work done to it again
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