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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

Guido69 Re:Wait a sec (1145 comments)


about 2 years ago

Loss of a Single Laptop Leads to $50k Fine Against Idaho Hospice

Guido69 Re:What a Joke (188 comments)

If you've seriously got a viable business model where encrypting a single laptop can bring in $N00k, please let me know.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Guido69 Hotel Pens (712 comments)

I steal hotel pens whenever I travel, which these days seems too frequent. Most are either Bic or Paper Mate medium point and seem to work very well for note taking. If I wind up with one that blobs or has a sticky ball, it's no issue to toss away. I've got several that both write and doodle perfectly.

more than 2 years ago

How To Succeed In IT Without Really Trying

Guido69 Succeed? (283 comments)

TFA doesn't have any definition of "success". Every shop I've worked in has various examples of staff with "what you know" and "who you know". But in the end it tends to work itself out in the "right" way.

"It's very hard for those outside the technology inner circle to determine who has mad skills and who's slacking, until it becomes obvious that certain IT ninjas are the ones who step in to solve the problems again and again."

Those ninjas are usually the ones that find themselves on the short list to stay on when the economy turns south. That sounds like success to me. As a Sr. PHB myself whose technical skills have dwindled now down to still being able to spell EssQueElle and vaguely understanding that data can Hibernate but in a slightly different way than polar bears, it can be very difficult at times to hire qualified technical staff. Personally, I utilize some of my ninjas to help with that process but every once in a while someone makes it in that truly can't cut it. And now that funding is tight, I don't seem to have any of them.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Denies Targeting Westboro Baptist Church

Guido69 Shhhhh!!! (212 comments)

These "Anonymous" folks are all over this thread!

p.s.... Just want to ensure Anonymous knows it was Taco, not us, that labeled you Cowards!

more than 3 years ago

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

Guido69 Irony? (1135 comments)

Anyone else see the irony in a bunch of geeks protesting a "more intimate" search procedure? Probably good fodder for "My First Time" submissions... :)

more than 4 years ago

Lies, Damned Lies and Cat Statistics

Guido69 Re:Actually... (175 comments)

The fundamental problem appears to really be that there are just far too many cats.

more than 4 years ago

Activision Countersues Modern Warfare 2 Execs

Guido69 Awesome! (120 comments)

I'm sure as customers we'll all benefit from this litigation. Mad props to the lawyers!

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

Guido69 Four Levels, Train Customers, Change Control (483 comments)

Most important step is to train your "customer" about the 4 levels and gain acceptance.

L1 is pre-initiation with virtually no project details. Estimating is done solely by managers using experience, actuals from prior similar work, and their gut feel. We call it the SWAG level, and customer is trained to expect +/- 100%. We also occasionally have to give ROM estimates for our customers to gain funding prior to a project being accepted as real. In this case we use three high-level estimates (worst case, most likely, and best case) and then show three levels of std. deviation to the customer.

L2 is during initiation, when a few more details are known but usually no hard specs. SDLC area leads do the estimates, but still at a high level. Customer is trained to expect +/- 50%

L3 is after business requirements are documented and accepted. SDLC area leads and key staff do the estimates, and chunk work into no more than 80 hour tasks. Customer is trained to expect +/- 25%.

L4 is after technical design is documented and accepted. SDLC area leads and key staff do the estimates, again chunked into >=80 hour tasks. Customer is trained to expect +/- 10%.

Managing requirements changes after L3 is crucial. You have to ensure the customer understands the impact of any changes to scope. Works for us on $15M of project work every year for a happy customer. Side note: after about a year, it's scary how close L1 estimates can be. Managers aren't all bad. :)

more than 4 years ago

Programming Language Specialization Dilemma

Guido69 You're Fine on App. Languages (569 comments)

Really. Focus on tuning your database knowledge a bit. Adding SQL and PL/SQL to your resume will certainly help. You likely won't find a job that doesn't expect some database proficiency. I don't disagree that having C#/.Net may be helpful. Of course that depends on the market in your area. But you should be able to find a job with the languages you already know. Finally, figure out a way to grow some experience. That's not easy, but doable with a little effort. Show that you are trying to utilize your newly learned skills. No employer is going to expect a new grad to be able to be fully productive. However we* do like to see grads that have tried to apply their skills in the real world, no matter how small an example.

*Since everyone adds a reason why you should listen to them, guess I will too. I'm the managing director over a software development group of about 120 people. Oh yeah, with about 15 years of industry experience.

more than 5 years ago

The Week of Oracle Database Bugs

Guido69 Check the Copyright - We Missed It... (56 comments)

"© Copyright 2004 Argeniss. All Rights Reserved."

Must have been for 7i. Bet the response from Oracle will be something along the line of upgrade to 10g.

more than 8 years ago


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