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Day 3 of being unemployed
Spent some time getting my butt kicked by SQLServer2008 R2. I had SQLServer2005 on there and never did really care for the install I had going on that, and I have to believe that’s what part of my problem was because I could not connect to anything useful with the new install. After a failed attempt at a repair, I finally said screwitall and unistalled both, and reinstalled SQLServer2008 R2. Then I could connect in the manner I thought I should So I got the AdventureWare database installed and the ......

Posted On Friday, September 3, 2010 7:14 AM

Day 2 of being unemployed
I had to run an errand the morning of Day 1 and returned to find the FedEx paperwork from Minerva. My benefits ended August 31. I don’t believe I’ve ever worked anywhere that benefits ended the day of… but it also included the COBRA papers and that’s gonna run roughly $850/month starting *now* … a big bite into the reserves to try to extend the money. Conversation with the HR lady was strained… she was really glad to get off the phone, guess maybe they *do* read my blog – I hope so! Got an unexpected ......

Posted On Thursday, September 2, 2010 6:03 AM

Day 1 of being unemployed
This is officially my first day of being unemployed. I was off half of Monday and all of yesterday, but my pay ran through the end of August. I added the graphic on the right to my blog last night. I had a ‘bar napkin’ on there with a nice glass ring, but Shawn Wildermuth suggested it looked like a condom (in the wrapper). I suppose sized down it did, so I changed to this. Monday was nice with all the notes from everyone, and yesterday started off good with a couple phone interviews. Have not gotten ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 1, 2010 7:40 AM

Morning rant - Slacker Students and HOV Violators
Maybe I shouldn't have been up til 12:30 coding last night, because things are pissing me off this morning. I check in with my class on the morning of the last day (today) and the one student that is a self-proclaimed "experienced programmer" has yet to interact with his team on the paper due at midnight tonight. Maybe he's spending all his time hand-compiling the Week 6 program, because I don't believe he's run the compiler yet on anything. That was obvious in Week 5 when it wouldn't compile, and ......

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 11:00 AM

Time for another re-invention I think… but what next?
My own very recent personal experience mirrors this blog post: Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age So what do I do to deal with that? Looking at Vivek’s advice, item number 1 is to move into management … yikes… I firmly believe that if someone thought I had the chops to be a manager it would have happened 20 years ago… nobody wants to make me a boss, trust me :) besides which, I like coding! Item 2 sucks… and goes totally against the American Dream of continually moving up… expect to ......

Posted On Sunday, August 29, 2010 7:19 AM

Professional Insult
I’ve worked at the same client for 5 years. I’ve had a really good relationship with the two managers I interface with regularly. Unfortunately, during this ‘dial-down’ situation we’re in, I find myself around the edges of a manager that within days of my arrival in 2005 proved to be someone I had no respect for. Unless my company pulls a rabbit out of a hat, Friday will probably be my last day, and I can already see the writing on the wall. His right-hand ‘man’ mandated that the company PC in my ......

Posted On Monday, August 23, 2010 7:29 PM

Another attempt at interviewing... sigh...
Well... I should have known better than to try to interview for a new job, but it was a Windows Phone gig... and could have been a career-extender. Not to even think about the crap that's going on at work right now, this would be a sweet deal. But... I don't interview well. I've proved that to myself and others multiple times. I work on .NET 2.0 web database software connected to Oracle, Oracle Stored Procs, and Microsoft Access 8 or 9 hours a day. The stuff's not tricky by any means, it's mostly ......

Posted On Saturday, August 21, 2010 1:35 PM

A Bad Day at Work
There's lots of ways of having a bad day at work... I suppose for many people, just being *at* work makes it a bad day, but I happen to be one of those people that found a way to do something I like for a living. I've always said "if you're not having fun, what's the point?" ... on the latest Zune podcast, they were interviewing someone from the WP7 team and he said they're their (sigh) mantra is "It's not done until it's fun" ... I like that too. But, even when you're doing what you like for a living, ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 4:47 PM

Feeling like the two of Clubs re:Peanuts
With everyone talking about their flights to LA to go to PDC, I'm feeling a little under-appreciated here. I remember a couple years ago I saw a T-Shirt that read "PDC - because I'm worth it". So does that mean "Not at PDC - because I'm not worth it"? -- lol It's just one of those days/weeks/months ... is it the whole year?? But sometimes the weight of 'producing' every day can get to you. Engineering, for me, isn't like a job that I learn a task then do it for 30 years, go home, put my feet up on ......

Posted On Monday, November 16, 2009 9:20 AM

Fugly code
OK... particularly fugly code... wow. I'm about 2/3 of the way refactoring this huge beast of an application. I'm pulling SQL out of the code behind and putting it into the database layer. I'm using StringBuilder to avoid the loooooong chained together strings they used. Anything possible, I'm pushing to Oracle. But some of the worst is the client-side code. Multiple times I've found 60 or 80 non-breakable spaces to move something to the right! Data entry forms with 6 rows of data to fill out, and ......

Posted On Monday, November 16, 2009 8:20 AM

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