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Unfortunately, it's all too often 1.
Why learn what you're talking about, when you can impress people with zero effort? Mind you, that's kinda what marketing is about, so those are the better marketers.
Chris Maunder wrote:
Speak how your identifying group speaks: do not be different and stand out
That's a precise antithesis of marketing, but it's where most MS users fall. This is the "marketing moron" group, of people who aren't capable of doing their jobs properly, but read enough "self-improvement"* books that they can fake it, and/or stab enough colleagues in the back to get by.
* Actually, it appears that "self-improvement" is a very apt terms for such books, because everyone I know who reads them needs a lot of improvement.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I had one simple task left for the afternoon...get a colleagues laptop (winten) setup with a new web project. It should be a piece of cake...copy the project files, restore the database, easy peasy...except things are never that simple.
0: It needed the latest and greatest (just released last week fresh) version of some widgets. That took about half an hour.
1: Try starting SSMS and it fails.
2: Try to start services but it fails with some obscure mmc error.
3: Shut everything down for a restart and see there's an update waiting...how long could that take?
4: On restart it took around 2 hours to eventually fail and bluescreen.
5: The recovery (scanning and replacing files) has been running for an hour and is at 70%.
It looks like it's going to be a fun evening! Of course it's my fault somehow.
Edit: It turned out to be fine after all that waiting. The 5 y/o system is running on a spinning drive and is really painful to work with. In addition, that was the absolute worst trackpad I've ever worked with! (the buttons are part of the trackpad!) I kept accidently changing the zoom in VS and by mistake found that 110% is much easier to read!