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How is this different from the other 11 months of the year?
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing 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?
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
So I'm on this project where I get a CSV file, translate it into some awful pre-XML "standard" file, put it in a SOAP service and give access to customers so they can import the standard file.
About six weeks ago I had a test at a customer and my software seemed to work fine (after some tweaking, because the importing application didn't adhere to the standard, hence "standard").
The problem is the CSV file, just an in-house file, generated in Microsoft Dynamics, that we've been waiting on for months
So we have this two-weekly meeting where we discuss the project's progress and the past two meetings it's basically been "we fixed another field in the CSV file."
The meeting is at 09:00, it's a good hour drive, 01:30 with traffic jams, so that means I have to set an early alarm (a good two hours earlier than usual).
AND JUST NOW IT WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE THE CSV GUY HAS MADE ZERO PROGRESS!
He knew this yesterday, because if he didn't get the file at about 17:00, he's not going to have it on 09:00 the next day.
I was supposed to go with a business partner, but he was already on his way.
He decided to go anyway because he had some other meetings, but I don't.
Were this guy five minutes later (or my partner 5 minutes earlier) I'd have wasted an entire day at a customer where I had zero business
So here's what I did in three months: learning a standard, implementing it, reading a file, parsing and transforming it, building a SOAP service, building a management module with UI, setting up a complete Azure and DevOps environment (everything brand new).
Here's what the other guy did in the same time: fix almost an entire CSV file with about 15 fields and cancel a meeting.
many years ago I was working on a (UK) govt contract and they wanted to see me to discuss data exchange. The meeting had to be face to face which meant a 9 hour round journey by car for me but they insisted it was too involved to discuss using any of the rather primitive teleconferencing systems at the time and email just wouldn't cut it, apparently. So I drove for hours - met my contact, decided that CSV would suffice (took about 30 seconds to agree but we padded it out to 5 minutes) and then got in my car for the hours of driving to get home.
I recently had something similar.
One of my team members told me I should work from home, so I did.
I then got a call from another team member asking me to come in, not for any specific reason, but because it boosted team spirit and all that.
He'd let me drive for three hours "just because".
He wasn't my boss or anything, actually he was the latest team member, so I told him I couldn't come in that day.
They had some marketing campaign at the office that day and no one, except me, got any work done and everyone went home early.
Dodged a bullet there
We still had a discussion about working from home the week after and, ultimately, as a result of being the #1 worker from home, I was laid off.
I have to say I was promised I could work from home when I started, but by the time they let me go almost everyone on the team was new (and old fashioned, I guess).
The guy calling me to come in quit a month later
When they told me I didn't have to come back I had to restrain myself from laughing and singing and dancing of joy
I once went for an interview with a large Japanese company whose name starts with "H" and ends in "i" but I won't mention their actual name.
The interview started with them presenting me with a programming and general IT knowledge test. I completed it quicker than the time allocated so the interviewing guy said he'd take me on a tour of the office as the manager for the next part of the interview wasn't ready yet and someone would have checked my test by the time we got back.
The office was like a scene from a slave galley although without the drummer and guys with whips. Dull, grey, dirty windows, miserable looking staff who looked scared to talk to me.
When I got back the manager was very excited, "no-one ever got 100% on this test before".
He asked me to sit down and asked if I wanted tea or coffee. I said, "No thanks, I won't have time to drink it."
"What's that? no, we'll be a while while we discuss your position and salary here."
"Exactly, I'm leaving now. This place is too depressing to work in."
"But think of what you're missing out on!"
"It's your loss, actually. Where do I pick up my travel expenses? Goodbye."
...aah, the good old days when they would pay you to come to an interview!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.