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For example, in Québec I cannot be called a software engineer because I am not a registered engineer.
Probably for the best. Given the frequency of news reports coming out of the province on crumbling infrastructure (bridges declared unsafe and needing emergency repairs, chunks of overpasses falling onto incoming traffic, heck, the Olympic stadium in Montreal), it seems that "engineer" in Quebec has become a dirty word.
I have no idea, but I do know the difference between a mathematician and an engineer.
Researcher brings in a mathematician and an engineer into the lab. There are two stoves with a pot of water on each. He tells them to boil the water, so they both go over and turn the stoves on high and soon enough, each has a pot of boiling water.
Same researcher, mathematician, and engineer in the same lab. This time the pots are on the shelf. The researcher gives them the same instruction - boil a pot of water. The engineer grabs a pot, fills it from the sink in the lab, and puts it on the stove. He then turns the stove on and soon has a boiling pot of water. The mathematician goes to the shelf, grabs a pot, fills it with water and then puts it on the stove. After a few minutes, the researcher asks the mathematician why he stopped at that point. The mathematician responds "I proved you can boil the water from this state last week."
My entire career I have used Desktop PC's now for some reason they want us to all have laptops because the third party firm who does our IT is dropping support for desk tops! I have used laptops when I have been on site and or working remotely and found them odd & hard to use. I prefer a desktop machine it makes life easier for what I do (mostly working on kit that plugs in), lappy's are not as reliable and I think the make we will be blessed with suffers from a well known issue with the USB bus. When this third party IT firm took over support they asked us what we wanted I got a desktop (so did pretty much everyone else, I think this laptop thing was to make life easier for one the software bosses, who now works remotely so we all have to have one... Why does this company make life so bloomin' awkward.
One the best, as we were being forced over to this networking company, the came around and had a fit to see we had 'hacker technology on our desks', I have taken some time to figure out what 'hacker technology' was it meant we had network switches, USB Ethernet ports and other useful stuff.
Our group has a policy - if you are a GS (gov employee), you get a laptop. If you get a laptop, they take your desktop away.
Problem - for the devs, this is especially bad because the laptops only have 4GB of RAM, while the desktops have 32gb RAM. 4GB RAM + Win10 + SSMS does not make for a pleasant experience.
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if you are a GS (gov employee), you get a laptop. If you get a laptop, they take your desktop away.
I once worked at a company where a senior management ukase said there would be one workstation per employee. However, different systems were developed on different workstations, and some people worked on more than one system. One of these folks wrote a bulletin saying that it was also frivolous to have more one chair per employee. It contained a brief Q&A section that went something like
Q. What about chairs in conference rooms?
A. Each employee will be assigned a chair with wheels.
Senior management were deeply offended but the ukase was rescinded.
that means the make it easier to work from home,
so when the laptop arrives and ready tell the boss you're off to do work in a better envonment.
anyway more serious, do you get to add/keep your external monitor?
how about external keyboard/mouse - gonna need those (wireless)
finally insist on nothing less than 8th gen CPU (10th gen only sightly better but 7th and below is like a barge against the wind on high seas) AND 1TB SSD AND 16GB RAM, otherwise it'll be a nightmare. And avoid AMD, yes a bit faster but a bit buggier too.
(If missing any of the above just open chrome + VS to show them it's a POS.)
The kit I work on is to installed on motorways/main roads and be visible to the driver from distance in the dark. I am not taking one those things with me...so working from home is not really possible!
I love laptops -- haven't used a desktop in years. Both my work and home setup is with dual monitors, the laptop monitor used as a parking space for apps I want to keep open but infrequently used. Separate mouse and keyboard. I love the portability, the fact that it's quiet, and if the power goes out, ok, the monitors go dark but I don't lose anything.
Supposedly, if you work here more than a year you can take the laptop with you if you leave. And yes, it's a small company, I can't imagine a large company doing something like that.
Why does this company make life so bloomin' awkward
if the power goes out, ok, the monitors go dark but I don't lose anything.
Since the laptop has its own battery, get a UPS, and hook only the monitors to it. You could probably go for quite a while.
At home, my desktop has its own UPS, and I have a second one driving just the extra monitors and network gear...by splitting the load, I can keep going for at least at hour. Something really bad's gotta happen if this isn't enough for most situations.
I have both, and dread the times that I have to do anything on the laptop. The trackpad/buttons on the thing are horrible so I rely on a wireless mouse. The keyboard is not nearly as comfortable (judging by typing errors/speed) as the 21 y/o HP keyboard that I got with my first windows PC. (thank goodness for PS/2 to USB adapters!) Every few years I take it apart and clean it.
Using the laptop, I also find that I really miss the other monitor...of course I could travel with an extra monitor...nah!
Since you aren't mobile, ask for a docking station.
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