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[#] Sun Aug 03 2014 21:39:13 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Fri Aug 01 2014 03:19:17 PM EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

So, I had a warm welcome over at - looking forward to the next workday. Only problem: way back home by roadbike took only 13 minutes - thats way to short. I'll have to find a longer way.

Perhaps you should switch houses with Aahz.  He's already too far from work, anyway.

[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 09:09:18 EDT from fleeb

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The fail often thing is important, I think. But it's also wise to learn how to fail in ways that have the least impact on others. That latter bit is the hard part, sometimes.

I haven't seen the video yet (currently at work). But I suspect it's pretty much what I do. I build tests and whatnot to poke around at things, expecting stuff to fail so I can figure something out from it.

And then there's this stuff I'm doing with Linux... hoo-boy, but is this chock full of failure for me. I kinda feel like I'm cramming as much failure into my forays into Linux as possible.

[#] Mon Aug 11 2014 15:57:59 EDT from fleeb

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I'm am becoming convinced that someone is running a psychological experiment here to see who will break first.

This high-pitched, irritating, occasionally pausing sound could perhaps induce one to murder. I'm not sure. I think that's what they're trying to find out.

[#] Tue Aug 12 2014 00:27:13 EDT from ax25

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A consultant I know would occasionally defuse a heated bout of things getting out of hand by stopping everything and say that he had to go to the bathroom.  Kinda like kindergarten, but it helped him remove himself from the situation and give everyone time to think.  Not that it is the answer to everything, but I have used it to keep from "going off" on some folks.  It seems these days that most employers will deny you quiet, space, the ability to eat food, or the ability to deviate from a plan, but most won't deny you a potty break :-)

[#] Tue Aug 12 2014 08:53:15 EDT from fleeb

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Well, this occasional noise they have here doesn't follow one to the bathroom, so it might work... but the noise will be there when I return, so such measures are temporary, at best.

[#] Wed Aug 13 2014 00:34:22 EDT from ax25

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Hope you can find solace wherever you can in any case.  That has become my best escape as of late.  Walk around the building and escape for a few minutes, or just go to a place where nobody else is for a bit to think and re-charge.  I miss solitude as society seems to hate it now.


[#] Wed Aug 13 2014 22:31:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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When I changed job roles on Jan 1 of this year, my office was gleefully taken away and given to someone else. I was placed in a cattle pen right next to the most distractful person in the building. And my current role requires a lot of heads-down concentration.

So yes, the escape by going to an unoccupied location is a big deal. Sometimes sitting in an unoccupied conference room or even a storage area might be just what you need.

[#] Thu Aug 14 2014 10:43:44 EDT from zooer

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So you looked down upon the people in the cattle pen before and now you are part of it?

[#] Thu Aug 14 2014 14:14:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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We didn't have any cattle pens before. The most we had was two to an office.

[#] Fri Sep 12 2014 09:28:39 EDT from Sig

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I have a phone interview at the evil empire of Seattle.

Er, no, not Microsquish, the other evil empire.

Um, not Starbucks, the OTHER other evil empire.

Nintendo? Seriously. No, Amazon.

I'm not entirely certain I even want to go as far as an in-person interview.
Their corporate culture seems to value eating their young and replacing people pour encourager les autres. I've spent the last decade learning how to build teams and develop people to where I need them to be. I'm not sure w e will mesh.

The manager I'm talking to (whom I knew in uniform from a few years ago) is trying to pitch it as "refreshingly non-government" and that the perception is mostly just people butt-hurt because there isn't a lot of hand-holding.
We shall see.

[#] Fri Sep 12 2014 09:29:07 EDT from Sig

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And what the heck is it about Seattle that breeds evil empires, anyway? Is it the weather?

[#] Fri Sep 12 2014 09:44:47 EDT from vince-q

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It never stops raining.
Except for four random periods per year when it stops raining for roughly 45 minutes.

[#] Fri Sep 12 2014 10:38:56 EDT from fleeb

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I would probably like the constant rain.

But I wouldn't like the evil.

Attachmate is based out of that general area. I stopped working for Attachmate when I quit WinINSTALL.

[#] Fri Sep 12 2014 13:05:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well, of course, Attachmate is basically a geriatric center for legacy software.
As for Seattle, I'm convinced that Microsoft Exchange was built by the same people who built the Tacoma Narrows bridge.

Amazon ... they're just a pain in *everyone's* rear.

[#] Mon Sep 15 2014 15:24:02 EDT from fleeb

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Feels... weird... today.

We lost two people who had been here a while last Friday, and today we lost another person (although I get the impression this last person was fired rather than electing to leave).

The person who was fired had embarked on a political turf battle a few months ago that the person won. Maybe.

And so, it feels weird today.

[#] Mon Sep 15 2014 17:01:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well fleeb, if you were still working for Attachmate you'd be involved in yet another dinosaurs-mating activity today. It seems that Micro Focus, the company that maintains cutting-edge technology such as "Visual COBOL," is acquiring Attachmate.

It seems that there are people out there trying to build empires out of obsolete products.

[#] Mon Sep 15 2014 20:34:38 EDT from fleeb

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Heh... Attachmate sold WinINSTALL off to Scalable (which is kind of a child company of theirs anyway).

I'm guessing WinINSTALL is something of a relic anyway. That said, they hired one or two new developers recently, so it's possible there's some kind of resurgence or something. Dunno. Not sure I care, either, as I don't have much use for that anymore.

[#] Tue Sep 16 2014 02:47:35 EDT from dothebart

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oh, attachmate? Novell & SuSE? thank gads the first thing they did was to fire the see-carpet brats that Iggy likes so much...

can't be that bad after all?

[#] Tue Sep 16 2014 08:45:01 EDT from fleeb

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Heh, in the case of WinINSTALL, they fired all but about two developers from that project. I think many of us saw the handwriting on the wall, though, because they made it clear they didn't value us.

And, honestly, in retrospect, they did the right thing. We had far too many people working on that project for its income.

[#] Tue Sep 16 2014 09:32:11 EDT from dothebart

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oh, it seems as if Micro Focus is set to aquire Attachmate...

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