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[#] Tue May 03 2011 17:15:02 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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har har fucking har har.

[#] Tue May 03 2011 18:18:52 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Just an educated guess.

[#] Mon May 16 2011 14:40:52 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I installed a dishwasher.

I discovered that my dishwasher was manufactured in Kentucky. I guess that means I need to take it out of my kitchen and put it up on blocks on my front porch like a true redneck.

[#] Mon May 16 2011 19:38:38 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yes, but you'll need to run all the connections to it so it may continue to work in your yard, if you want to truly be a redneck.

There are some redneck projects that have hack value, oddly.

[#] Wed May 18 2011 21:14:30 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm kinda bummed that my fancy dancy new dishwasher doesnt' actually clean as well as my older dishwasher. But that's okay, it's newer and cost twice as much.
More progress.

[#] Thu May 19 2011 07:52:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Hmm ... a *working* dishwasher on the front porch? That might be cool ... I could hook up the drain line to a lawn sprinkler so it waters, washes, and feeds (via dissolved food scraps) the lawn (Kentucky bluegrass, I guess) when it runs.

I've never met anyone from Kentucky who wasn't a complete asshole. However, I'm working with a sample size of one person, so my assessment might be a little bit off.

[#] Thu May 19 2011 10:09:25 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I forget... I might have had distant cousins who lived in Kentucky.  But then, it might have been Tennessee instead.  I can't remember.

They don't live there now, though.  I think they're in Michigan.  And, honestly, they weren't really from Kentucky anyway... they were from Michigan.

[#] Fri May 20 2011 09:10:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. I'm sure there are plenty of nice people in Kentucky; I'm just playing games with statistics.

[#] Fri May 20 2011 19:21:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Oh, I know... but I'm pondering things, I think.

I lived for a while not terribly far from it, in the grand scheme of things, but I don't know much about it.

[#] Sat May 21 2011 19:52:30 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Isn't kentucky bluegrass a kind of country music?

[#] Sun May 22 2011 10:37:38 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Big Company(tm) escalation from the 9 circle of hell.  Which wouldn't quite as hellish if there were an actual *reason* for the level of insanity and time-waste caused.  Bah.

[#] Mon May 23 2011 08:20:36 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Ugh.  hate that.

Ford II:

Yes, it is.

[#] Mon May 23 2011 13:44:07 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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today.. wasted several hours to diskuss whether to deliver a missing close() in a destructor or not.

ok, we're in a very late phase of the project, but WTF?

[#] Mon May 23 2011 16:37:35 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Do you have more than 5 people developing the product?

Such conversations seem to just happen in such cases.

[#] Mon May 23 2011 17:07:50 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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well, 7 + 5(web) developers here, 5 qa guys, two PMs, plus around the same in france, plus another team for the deployment and running the live systems of similar size.

but, I wouldn't say it was easier before the people in france came into the game.

It got a little more complicated that we couldn't reproduce the CLOSE_WAIT condition from the remote system on our development systems, so we couldn't tell we actually fixed the incident...


[#] Tue May 24 2011 08:23:46 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yep, over 5.

But, at least you've got two teams.  That helps, at least a little.

[#] Tue May 24 2011 23:15:50 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Indeed, fleeb.

If it makes you feel any better, Bart, today I incorporated the latest round of "edits" to a weekly status report from a VP.  It was a 90 min conversation and represented the 5th iteration.  First draft of "next week's" report is due on Friday.

I'm starting to miss my b0rk3d Small Company(tm)

[#] Fri May 27 2011 16:11:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Easy solution: never have more than one person work on anything. No vendor meets, no conference calls, no status meetings, no gantt charts ... just one workflow.

I am so smart! Harvard Business Review should publish me!

[#] Fri May 27 2011 18:19:25 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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The best meetings have no chairs....

[#] Sat May 28 2011 06:14:29 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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We have just three people.

I do the C++ stuff (engines, daemons/services, etc.), and augment technical support as required.

Our junior guy does the web-related stuff (pages that communicate between user, database, and my engines).  And our boss does GUI development and technical support.

I write heavy-duty stuff that represents the core of what our customers buy.  That core sends and receives its information from one or more web sites developed by our junior guy, and occasionally from a GUI communicating via TCP/IP (but we're getting away from that).

At this point, the biggest problem is that if something happens to either my boss or me, we're fucked.  Neither my boss nor the junior guy can do C++ (and it would take a while to train someone else), and only my boss has the business relationships to do all the sales/marketting that the company needs.  It's difficult to take days off, too, without possible phone calls interrupting vacation because of some kind of customer panic.

Two more people (dev-wise) would help, just to have some overlap.

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