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[#] Tue Jan 19 2021 08:20:58 EST from zooer

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Need an excuse to turn off your camera during a work video meeting?

https://www.euronews.com/living/2021/01/18/turning-off-your-camera-in-video-calls-could-cut-carbon-emissions-by-96

Tell them you are saving the environment.  



[#] Tue Jan 19 2021 10:26:35 EST from Nurb432

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Lol if only that woudl work for us, as our 'mandate' is coming soon.   Currently i just tell them my laptop is closed ( even tho its actually in the closet, as im using a VM, but same idea, its not availble for use ).  I have a webcam thing i pull out every so often and make sure it has 'issues' they see, so i'm good for a few meetings before i'm asked again :)

Tho, i did mess with Avatarify a bit in the beginning. That was fun showing up to a team meeting as Tony Stark. Had to find something for my GPUs to do now that i cant mine Ether.  :)


Tue Jan 19 2021 08:20:58 EST from zooer

Need an excuse to turn off your camera during a work video meeting?

https://www.euronews.com/living/2021/01/18/turning-off-your-camera-in-video-calls-could-cut-carbon-emissions-by-96

Tell them you are saving the environment.  



 



[#] Tue Jan 19 2021 13:22:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I guess I got lucky.  I am doing what I love professionally, and I get paid good money to come up with good ideas that people are eager to listen to.



[#] Tue Jan 19 2021 22:00:34 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Yeah, me too - until my segment of the industry got almost entirely outsourced and they figured out a way to get a fraction of those of us who remained to manage a data-center full of multiple companies servers through the cloud. 


The idea of being an IT staff of 3 or 5 guys managing a datacenter with hundreds, maybe thousands of virtual servers for multiple different clients all sharing resources and support time just never sounded like as much fun as being part of a team of 15 guys who were responsible for 10 environments in a data-center full of hundreds of engineers managing hundreds of environments. The whole ratio became unfavorable - not that it wasn't a lot of work and long hours back then, either. At least you almost always had company during the 18 hours over the weekend in the DC. 

Tue Jan 19 2021 13:22:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

I guess I got lucky.  I am doing what I love professionally, and I get paid good money to come up with good ideas that people are eager to listen to.



 



[#] Fri Jan 22 2021 10:59:54 EST from darknetuser

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2021-01-19 13:22 from IGnatius T Foobar
I guess I got lucky.  I am doing what I love professionally, and I

get paid good money to come up with good ideas that people are eager

to listen to.


Man I envy you so much.

Nobody ever listens to me. When there is a problem I have a college degree for and I tell somebody my opinion, it is disregarded. Then that somebody calls their cousin who "knows a lot about of this", the cousin says something that is 95% similar to my first opinion, and they go with tyhe cousinC's opinion because "Thank god I found somebody who knows this stuff."

Story of my life.

[#] Fri Jan 22 2021 13:52:12 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Do not work for that boss. Do not work for that job. Find someone who values your expertise. Make the sacrifices to be happy in your job. 

It isn't your job you hate. It isn't your profession you hate. It is the disrespect for your profession from your employer who doesn't value your field or your expertise, that you hate. 

Life is too short to work for someone who won't respect and leverage the benefits you bring to their company. 

 

Fri Jan 22 2021 10:59:54 EST from darknetuser
Man I envy you so much.

Nobody ever listens to me. When there is a problem I have a college degree for and I tell somebody my opinion, it is disregarded. Then that somebody calls their cousin who "knows a lot about of this", the cousin says something that is 95% similar to my first opinion, and they go with tyhe cousinC's opinion because "Thank god I found somebody who knows this stuff."

Story of my life.

 



[#] Sat Jan 23 2021 15:44:54 EST from Nurb432

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Unless you are old, burnt out and bitter, like me :) 

Fri Jan 22 2021 13:52:12 EST from ParanoidDelusions


It isn't your job you hate. It isn't your profession you hate. It is the disrespect for your profession from your employer who doesn't value your field or your expertise, that you hate. 

 



[#] Sun Jan 24 2021 11:49:08 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Heh. "If you walk into a room full of people and they all think you're an asshole, you may be in a room full of assholes." 

"If EVERY room you walk into, all the people ALWAYS think you're an asshole, they may not be the problem." 

:) 

But, know and love thyself. :) 

 

Sat Jan 23 2021 15:44:54 EST from Nurb432

Unless you are old, burnt out and bitter, like me :) 

Fri Jan 22 2021 13:52:12 EST from ParanoidDelusions


It isn't your job you hate. It isn't your profession you hate. It is the disrespect for your profession from your employer who doesn't value your field or your expertise, that you hate. 

 



 



[#] Fri Jan 29 2021 14:33:29 EST from darknetuser

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2021-01-22 13:52 from ParanoidDelusions
Do not work for that boss. Do not work for that job. Find someone who

values your expertise. Make the sacrifices to be happy in your job. 


It isn't your job you hate. It isn't your profession you hate. It is

the disrespect for your profession from your employer who doesn't
value your field or your expertise, that you hate. 

Life is too short to work for someone who won't respect and leverage

the benefits you bring to their company. 

 
Fri Jan 22 2021 10:59:54 EST from darknetuser

Man I envy you so much.

Nobody ever listens to me. When there is a problem I have a college

degree for and I tell somebody my opinion, it is disregarded. Then
that somebody calls their cousin who "knows a lot about of this", the

cousin
says something that is 95% similar to my first opinion, and
they go with tyhe cousinC's opinion because "Thank god I found
somebody who knows this stuff."

Story of my life.



That was no job.

That is family life.

[#] Fri Jan 29 2021 15:33:33 EST from LoanShark

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compared myself to hitler twice today, in a company meeting

@ig_foobar would be proud

[#] Sun Jan 31 2021 22:47:08 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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This made my day, because I would have loved to be in THAT meeting. 

You know it is going to be a good company meeting when someone starts his turn with, "I'm kinda like Hitler, in that..." 

 

Fri Jan 29 2021 15:33:33 EST from LoanShark

compared myself to hitler twice today, in a company meeting

@ig_foobar would be proud

 



[#] Mon Feb 01 2021 09:00:08 EST from LoanShark

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You know it is going to be a good company meeting when someone starts
his turn with, "I'm kinda like Hitler, in that..." 

always lightens the mood.

[#] Mon Feb 01 2021 13:52:05 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Next time try telling one of your co-workers or your executive staff, "You're kinda like Hitler in that..." 

That would be even more fun. 

 

Mon Feb 01 2021 09:00:08 EST from LoanShark
You know it is going to be a good company meeting when someone starts
his turn with, "I'm kinda like Hitler, in that..." 

always lightens the mood.

 



[#] Mon Feb 01 2021 18:33:23 EST from LoanShark

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I could prooooobably compare my boss to hitler and he'd know I was joking as we have a good relationship and he's pretty much the anti-Hitler and everyone knows it. The CEO would be another story.

Of course, it all depends on the context.

[#] Tue Feb 02 2021 17:57:29 EST from Nurb432

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If someone at the office were to refer to me as Hitler or an IT Nazi, they would get a 'bird' in response.

 

Both would be in jest of course. 

Mon Feb 01 2021 18:33:23 EST from LoanShark

I could prooooobably compare my boss to hitler and he'd know I was joking as we have a good relationship and he's pretty much the anti-Hitler and everyone knows it. The CEO would be another story.

Of course, it all depends on the context.

 



[#] Sat Feb 13 2021 13:14:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Man I envy you so much.

Nobody ever listens to me. When there is a problem I have a college

Part of it is talent but part of it is ... well, some would call it "dumb luck" but I call it "God's grace"

20 years ago, a friend who I met on this very BBS told me that this company was hiring, so I interviewed with someone who you all also know from here, you know him as Ragnar -- hey dude, this means we've been friends for 20 years now -- and we just hit it off so well that by the end of the conversation we both just understood that I was being offered a job on the spot. That's the sort of working relationship we had -- we didn't even have to finish conversations because we were like two halves of the same brain. Even though he moved on when the company was acquired, sometimes one of us will call the other and say something like "hey, I need the other half of the brain to solve a problem."

So part of it is, by luck or by grace, landing in the right spot. But another part of it is persistence.

After the acquisition, I went through a couple of rough years. I ended up reporting to a General Manager who hated me, who made my job miserable, who on occasion got me dragged into HR for petty complaints about something I said. This went on for about a year and a half before I was fortunate enough to be selected by our CTO for the new engineering team he was forming, so I got out from under the asshole GM, and was eventually permitted to work from home so that I wouldn't even have to deal with being in the same building as him.

We were acquired one more time after that, and have been through a few re-orgs since then. The quality of my work speaks for itself, and that is how I ended up on an Architecture team. People literally get excited to hear what I have to offer. I suppose some of it is the way you present.
I have a habit of cracking a lot of dad-jokes and using colorful analogies and turns of phrase. It gets attention.

Oh, and the asshole GM ... he was eventually dismissed over an HR complaint involving alcohol and young female employees.

[#] Wed Feb 17 2021 20:12:10 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Everyone in my early "team" of IT specialists ended up separated, and then - ****ked. 

One ended up the manager for the Nokia Checkpoint Firewall device team. He got the shaft. 

The only one who did well in the long run was "Phoneboy", Dameon Welch - who I bet some of you have read books by or had training sessions with. He is a Checkpint FW-1 guru, and just a network and security guru in general. 

That isn't true. The Left leaning one dropped off the face of the Earth and got married and I think runs a winery or something in the California wine country. 

Although none of us got it as bad as the black dude, who is now an ex-con living in Puerto Rico for "stalking" a white girl. 

Jesus. We're like the San Jose tech version of an Offspring song. 

Sat Feb 13 2021 13:14:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Man I envy you so much.

Nobody ever listens to me. When there is a problem I have a college

Part of it is talent but part of it is ... well, some would call it "dumb luck" but I call it "God's grace"

20 years ago, a friend who I met on this very BBS told me that this company was hiring, so I interviewed with someone who you all also know from here, you know him as Ragnar -- hey dude, this means we've been friends for 20 years now -- and we just hit it off so well that by the end of the conversation we both just understood that I was being offered a job on the spot. That's the sort of working relationship we had -- we didn't even have to finish conversations because we were like two halves of the same brain. Even though he moved on when the company was acquired, sometimes one of us will call the other and say something like "hey, I need the other half of the brain to solve a problem."

So part of it is, by luck or by grace, landing in the right spot. But another part of it is persistence.

After the acquisition, I went through a couple of rough years. I ended up reporting to a General Manager who hated me, who made my job miserable, who on occasion got me dragged into HR for petty complaints about something I said. This went on for about a year and a half before I was fortunate enough to be selected by our CTO for the new engineering team he was forming, so I got out from under the asshole GM, and was eventually permitted to work from home so that I wouldn't even have to deal with being in the same building as him.

We were acquired one more time after that, and have been through a few re-orgs since then. The quality of my work speaks for itself, and that is how I ended up on an Architecture team. People literally get excited to hear what I have to offer. I suppose some of it is the way you present.
I have a habit of cracking a lot of dad-jokes and using colorful analogies and turns of phrase. It gets attention.

Oh, and the asshole GM ... he was eventually dismissed over an HR complaint involving alcohol and young female employees.

 



[#] Sat Feb 20 2021 17:23:39 EST from Nurb432

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Woohoo.  just got m yearly review, and asked about our future for coming in the office, now that so many people are getting the shot.   "i donno at this point, i'm sort of expecting to still be here at home when i retire" and commented that "our team has proven we dont need to be in the office to accomplish great things"

 

Would be really nice to ride out the next 5 years or so i have left, at home.  Going into the office every day just to sit behind a monitor is overrated for many of us. Greatly overrated.

 



[#] Sat Feb 20 2021 21:36:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well I hope that either way you will continue to hang out here with us after your employment comes to an end. We perhaps appreciate you more than your employer does. :)

My team is spread out across so many locations that being in the same location doesn't really accomplish anything. But sometimes we'll all fly in to one location when there's something BIG to plan. I miss that.

[#] Sun Feb 21 2021 12:23:31 EST from Nurb432

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Lol, i *just* mentioned in another spot that i'm back, and this time to stay. I was around long ago but life got busy. I plan on sticking around this time.

And i guess i do see it being nice to get together once in a while. But since with the team at work, we all know each other and have for many years now, it does not have to be often.   We have talked about a monthly lunch or something.   The couple i consider friends, we see each other outside of work anyway.   I guess when we start getting new people we never have seen in person, i might re-consider.

Sat Feb 20 2021 21:36:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Well I hope that either way you will continue to hang out here with us after your employment comes to an end. We perhaps appreciate you more than your employer does. :)

My team is spread out across so many locations that being in the same location doesn't really accomplish anything. But sometimes we'll all fly in to one location when there's something BIG to plan. I miss that.

 



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