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Google Launches Hurricane Isaac Site

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Like rock and roll (43 comments)

Actually, it's kinda a logical extension of their original (somewhat overblown) mission of collecting as much data as possible, organizing it, and disseminating it as useful information to people. Lots of people have tried it (there was a disaster a few years ago where Wikipedia was used as an information store, as I remember) and it seems like a decent thing to do.

On top of that, Google is an advertising-based Internet startup that seems to have incongruously lasted 10 years longer than its expected lifespan. What part of, "Jump on every fad," doesn't fit into that?

more than 2 years ago

Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:the love of cloud (333 comments)

Not necessarily true. We have one onsite desktop support tech in an office of twenty or thirty people. He gets everything done in approximately half time, because we use Google cloud apps for a huge percentage of our overall applications. He also does purchasing of all new machines, etc. in that half time....

So, yeah, cloud stuff is slightly more efficient in my view. The backups required for all that e-mail, all the setup stuff, etc...... Just harder to do without cloud apps.

And, of course, there are consulting companies selling cloud apps like mad at the moment, too. Salesforce consultants are some of the most highly paid in the industry, I'm fairly certain.

more than 3 years ago

Replacing Traditional Storage, Databases With In-Memory Analytics

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Totally inane (124 comments)

There must be some way to solve a problem like that, where you have a series of pointers to files, if not the files themselves as well, with the ability to add markers of some kind to each of those pointers. (maybe we can call them, "Records!!!" like CD's used to be called) And then! Then! We can disguise how the management of these 'records' are organized from the user, so they don't have to think about it. And give them a simple, logical way to get data about those 'records' out of the big, organized whole. It'd be, like, a whole new basic way to store our records! We could easily find what we wanted in our basic data storage. I can't believe noone's thought of it before. ;)

My point here isn't that you should use a database to store your data about your files, (unfortunately, a unified markup system for files doesn't exist yet; it would be nice, but all that stuff is in the OS right now) my point is that the author of the article is missing that even if in-memory data systems do become extremely large, the underlying theory of the technology will not change much.

And the underlying theory relies heavily on caching, limiting how much of your overall dataset is currently relevant, and so on. While I will admit it's possible many databases' useful data size will eventually be outgrown by RAM-style memory storage, when that happens market forces will probably make it comparatively expensive to hold all your data in memory at once. Partially because clean, concise code is generally far more expensive to produce than sloppy crap that chews through your data storage.

about 4 years ago

Replacing Traditional Storage, Databases With In-Memory Analytics

MrAnnoyanceToYou Totally inane (124 comments)

Discarding data is something that, as a programmer, I don't often do. Too often I will need it later. Real time analytics are not going to change this. As long as hard drive storage continues to get cheaper, there's going to be more data stored. Partially because the easier it is to store large blocks the more likely I am to store bigger packets. I'd LOVE to store entire large XML blocks in databases sometimes, and we decide not to because of space issues. So, yeah, no. Datacenters aren't going anywhere. Things just get more complicated on the hosting side.

Note that the article writer is a strong stakeholder in his earthshattering predictions coming true.

about 4 years ago

DC Universe Online To Launch January 11th

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Freedom Force (49 comments)

That's what Champions Online was supposed to be. Same company, same theme, didn't turn out as well as hoped. Very sad.

more than 4 years ago

The Android Invasion Cometh; Is Resistance Futile?

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:There is still long way to go (410 comments)

Yeah, one distro dominating is always a problem with Linux.

more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia Censored To Protect Captive Reporter

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:The same NY Times (414 comments)

This opinion is inane, trollish, and should be modded into oblivion. The very idea that a major publication could do any reporting at all if they meant actual harm to the US military is ludicrous. Their embedded reporter numbers would go down in comparison to their competitors, their assistance in foreign countries would be less on the ball, etc. Life's rough for actual investigative reporting right now, anyways, so they're not picking any fights.

Want to see an agency with every reason to kick the US military when it's down? Check out the BBC. They're...... Not very nice. And actually more informative than a lot of our outlets.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Raises $3.8B in Bond Sale

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Yahoo (437 comments)

Bah. Got buried down below.

But I think getting a huge piece of IBM would be a better idea. The patent porfolio alone would allow them to do neat things to everyone else in the software industry, and they would be in a good place to start Linux litigation worldwide.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Raises $3.8B in Bond Sale

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Yahoo (437 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Breaking Into Games Writing?

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Bioware (254 comments)

I would like to send a personal thank you to whomever came up with Cesparnar.

Can you say it? Hindoo's DOOOOOOOOOOOOMM.....

Mod me down, please.

more than 6 years ago

Interviewing Experienced IT People?

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Questions about Experience (835 comments)

All these other people fail.

I put my left hand on the left wall, and start walking.

more than 6 years ago

Obama's Impending NASA Decisions

MrAnnoyanceToYou Re:Space is the place, but no money honey (405 comments)

Yeah, liberal arts degrees are worthless. It's obvious we have too many broadly educated people paying attention to the things that matter. We've got such good, well run, smartly limited government. It does everything we expect it to, and not much more.

more than 6 years ago


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Hm. Well, that sucked.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So, I got the job of my dreams. Then I got laid off. Kinda annoying. Not something I'd like to repeat, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

The good thing is I now have time to rebuild my website, code stuff, and look for a job I love again. It's not really that hard to live on what I get on unemployment. I'm thinking about starting a blog and writing a novel, too. I've actually been quite productive, minus the sudden addiction to How It's Made.

Does anyone know of a company working in renewable energy looking for a PHP / PostgreSQL / CSS / everything else programmer?


And life is on an even keel.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 7 years ago It's funny, having everything kinda together. Feels like the glue is drying, still, but I'm six months into having a decent job where I bike to work and do good things for people I pretty much respect all day. (www.ticketturtle.com, if anyone's THAT interested) Learned to type Dvorak finally, have a completely code-based job. A weird job, but a good job overall nonetheless. I'm happy and balanced. And glassblowing's going well too. Homepage is up, and under my REAL name... Funny that once you're willing to tell everyone you're a dog the world is a weirdly comfortable place.

Perhaps I'm maturing, finally.


Programmer Koan for the day.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 7 years ago To a perfectionist, everything is badly implemented. To a pragmatist, any implementation at all is a minor success.


Nerd Need New Job.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 7 years ago It's that time again. My contract with the bank is ending five weeks off (cue voices of angels) and I'm moving on up. I don't expect ascention into heaven, but I'm certainly hoping for something interesting. So how about it? Anyone looking for a mildly qualified QA engineer or complete noob programmer? I absolutely promise I'm much more mature in person than I have ever been on teh intrawebs.

Just thought I'd throw that bad boy out there. I've been struggling professionally for a while, but I'm getting better at this 'professionalism' thing.

Portland area, unless it's something so unbelievable I would be willing to uproot entire life at extreme cost. Since I've just started a term in both glassblowing and physics, the cost is not minor.


There are two important things about getting knocked down.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  about 8 years ago 1. Getting back up, and 2. Figuring out why you got knocked down in the first place.

Time to quit again. Let's say, fifteen minutes of video games max a day for the next month.

Yoga time. Diet time. New job time. Physics starts next week, and MCSD exams should happen not this weekend, but next weekend. New glassblowing pictures up tomorrow night. (the new stuff looks good) Personal website to be up soon,(tm) as said by CCP. (It's up, I'm just not sure linking my jerk self on the internet to my real name is such a good idea yet. I'm warming to it. Perhaps I could be enough of a bitter wanker to sell ads.....)

Anyways. New year's resolutions are dumb. This is not a resolution set, this is some changes I want to make again; last time I succumbed to loneliness, doubt, fear, the dark side, Cheetos, blah blah blah. Go. Now. It's time; I'm getting younger again. Did anyone else know that Upton Sinclair, when interviewed by a biographer after running as a communist in California, was described as the most spry and energetic man the author of said biography ever met? He was something like seventy or eighty years old at the time.

Anyways. New year, bank's lame, but I don't have to be.

ED, next morning: This post brought to you by excessive amounts of alcohol.


Meeting Linus and learning about Git

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago So. Last night I head to this bar in Portland for a networking thing because I want out of testing bank software at almost any cost it is killing me. Turns out that I've missed the networking part, and on we go to the "Advanced Topics" portion. I'm the idiot who doesn't know what the name they keep using for their hashes is. (SHA-1)

There I introduce myself to a few people, one of which is a prof at the local university and the other does something so technical and low-level I know he's done lots more math than I. We chat a bit about what they do. It's harder than VBScript in a completely different way. Anyways. Then on to the main event - an hour and a half about git.

I've worked with VSS. VSS is ineffective in some ways, but extremely nice in others. Everyone else in the room was a user of CVS, Mercuria, or some other command-line based tool. This presentation seemed to be aimed at them, mainly because they are more of a core user group. (I'd say 'target market') Groupwise, source code management is important to these people.

On to my impressions of the presentation. The real advantages of Git are supposed to be speed and usability. The project aimed to enable 10 comparisons / updates per second to the kernel source tree. These updates can be pulled directly out of e-mails, and are individually marked and identified by a 41-character SHA-1 hash unique identifier. Essentially, Git supposedly tears your source tree into thousands of little 'leaves' and individually marks them. After doing this, it is able to track when you move the leaves around, as well as managing an extremely large linear history of the changes to each individual leaf in the tree. This is apparently handled extremely efficiently. The number that was mentioned in the room was ~300MB for the change history of the source tree of the kernel. Some guy spent fifteen minutes downloading it through his wireless in the room.

Merging and branching were handled extremely effectively, as well. Git outputs a text history of all the branching done, but gitk comes in the package; gitk pulls up a KDE window where all the files, contributors, and history can be viewed in an extremely friendly graphical format. I thought it was pretty cool. However, the graphical interface seemed to be a bit behind what I've seen of VSS. I'm sorry to be a whiny little wanker, but I've been Microspoonfed for many years, and I like the Apple way of thinking - if you have to memorize the command, you're wasting brain cells that could be used figuring out how to use functionality. Regardless, given that it doesn't require much of a server - and can easily be hosted, can be handled in a comparatively easy setup, and leaves little to no footprint in base code directories, I'm quite impressed. The encouraged "Branch, then merge," functionality is something I had not seen before, and made quite a bit of sense.... However, I was surprised and disappointed there was no way to save branches I thought were promising but didn't end up keeping. I like hiding promising little snippets of code in my home directory, in the hope that someday a use will come for them despite their utter uselessness for the task at hand. Perhaps I'll have a separate repository for that. Regardless, you can import into Git from a bunch of other tools, and export to CVS for sure.... No real loss to try it if you've got control over your tools and time to try something new.

Overall, though, I know enough to know I am incapable of truly grasping all the functionality on the back end of Git, as well as all the functionality embedded in the front end... It's designed so I wouldn't need to. I plan on using it to manage my personal little website development project at home.

On to The Great Man Himself. This morning I read that he was, "one of the less controversial figures" in the Linux community on Wikipedia. If this is factual, I have to say that I'm surprised society as a whole has not attempted to eradicate them en masse. About thirty minutes into the presentation, the nervous presenter said, "And for those three of you in the audience who do not know who the man heckling me is, he's Linus Torvaldis." I thought to myself, "What a surprise. The smartass in the corner wearing sneakers." He knew what he was talking about better than the Mac user giving the presentation. In fact, he had apparently written the demo. What shocked me was his rather blatant disparaging of other people's work. "I was surprised and disappointed everyone had their heads up their asses." He referred to other developers as being so positioned multiple times, in a very blanket fashion. This always disappoints me, because it shows a lack of emptathy. For even Wikipedia to mark him as pretty amicable in comparison shows there must be some really intense people out there behind Linux. I have no real problem with that.

However, it does tell me a lot about why it's so hard for me to find a job using Linux instead of M$ junk. I work in a bank. Money is coming out of these people's ears. But the reason I am able to continue working in the bank is because I am mildly anonymous in my spite for how they do things. And I'm certainly not vocal about how I think things here should be done in such a disparaging way. For someone considered 'mild' in the Linux community to be so harsh about other people within the community, trying to help no matter how misguided or self-defensive they may be, shows.... Well. Yeah. I came away with a negative impression. Here I thought I'd be basked in hero worship and I was disappointed. It made me sad to see someone I look up to, someone I see as creating a better world for himself and others, say stuff like this about his community.

And that would never fly where I work. Seen as a sign of immaturity, it probably wouldn't get you fired, but a vendor selling software with this manner would be slowly phased out. Ergo less Linux and more Microsoft, no matter how cruddy the software I work with on a daily basis is.

What programmers seem to forget is that computers as a whole are a social endeavor. Data, on its own, is not important. That people can access it and shift it and realign it, well, that's important. And that people are willing to work with it and you is extremely important. The best code in the world is useless if you hand it to someone who thinks it's crap before they start working with it.



MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I said this to someone today and had to write it down.
Give a man some help, he may not bother you for a few minutes. Teach him to help himself, and hopefully he goes away forever.

It's a blessing and a curse being so apt with Office products. There's a certain weird feeling involved with knowing you'll always be able to find and hold down a job where you're frustrated by the inability of people to use a tool they sit in front of all day.

Doing well in Physics. Only five more years until I'm a real engineer. Man. This is weird. I have this strange urge to tell the world I burnt the crud out of my left ring finger on Sunday and it hurts. Blogging must be making me dumber.


More random ramblings in an Internet-enabled world.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago I've never held a job in a big corporation for this long. I guess it's that they don't really ask anything of me beyond presence for 40 hours a week and the ability to answer all their questions promptly and efficiently. I've been using my spare time continuing in Engineering classes (physics at the moment) and so far it's going quite well, I guess. And glassblowing.

If you collect / like the look of glass, um, well, I'm going to have a website up as soon as my stuff's worth looking at. Funding this particular hobby is a little rough. But it's everything I ever hoped for in a passtime. And maybe eventually a profession. If only I felt about programming like I do about glass, I would already be wealthy beyond what I could ever need. Sad. But it's worth it to love something I'm doing for once. And the engineering degree, well, with that I can eventually get into doing something good for the world.

I've now got a five year plan and I'm waiting for the monkey wrench. But I finally think I'm on the right track, and capable of defending my direction.

Job's still utter crap, though. Thank goodness for iPods, or I'd be spending my days listening to everyone unbelievably angry at Bank X's credit card department going off the hook. I've learned a lot about biting my tongue and swallowing my bile and working with tools built to handle half of what I'm asking of them.

Anyways. Statements aren't thought provoking, so I have a question. I've been working in computers for a very long time at a scut level. I do VB script code like a champ, but I've done lots of more interesting things in the past - I coded Mandelbrot series calculations in parallel in high school, fer chrissake. The last few years I've really been just programming the MS Office applications to do more than office applications should. But I don't really care about what I'm doing, and I feel stuck in it. I would like to get back into coding interesting things. So my question is this: how? I've spent so long not programming in OOD-based languages that I've forgotten most of what I knew about it, (I've gone through the Head First series learning some Java, and done some .Net classes over the last six months) but I can still answer half the basic questions directly from memory and look the rest up in less than thirty seconds. Should I just lie my head off and get a job that I can grow into within three months? Should I continue to pursue the certification track, or will that keep me stuck in the same environment I'm in now? Should I just pack it in on the hope for a better job and keep taking stuff that requires little mental effort in the anticipation of getting an engineering degree in something physical so that I have real personal value in what I do? The only problem with the last option is that I feel like I'm going braindead in my cube.

I'm apparently successful. People tell me so occasionally; I make a decent living for where I live. Way over the fifty percent mark. My co-workers and boss value both what I have to say and how productive I can be for them. But I'm dissatisfied with my own accomplishments. I know I can do more than sit here and test bank software. I want more. This is driving me nuts.


Mod points and an exploding job market.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago Never, and I mean never, have I gotten four calls off of four e-mails. But I did this week. It was amazing. I'm totally down with it. That's about all I have to say on that one. Perhaps Ishall no longer be working for people I don't exactly think are brilliant after a few more months. Awesome, and stuff.

Now, on to mod points. I keep getting loads of them. Why? After modding someone insightful for calling someone else a poopy pants, I thought that I would be pretty much left without for a while, and that now appears to not be the case. Weeeird. I've had mod points between five and ten times in the last month and I've spent them, but it just strikes me as strange that I would get them less often than I do. Just a comment.

Soon, I shall be a good enough glassblower to design myself a little online, "Doodle yourself a commission for me" engine. That will be a double-plus cool, and everyone who actually bothers to read my journal should be dying to have a piece they drew themselves :P

Or at least that's the idea. Anyways, have a good one y'all. For those of you with boring lame-ass jobs that don't involve people yammering at you for the full 100% of your time, I recommend an iPod. I bought one and my QA life will never be the same.

Peace out and crap.


Despising one's job.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago Apparently, my Head First Java book is unacceptable when I open it on the desk in front of me and work over it all day. It's not that I read it all day, just that it's sitting there. And since I have a lot of time spent waiting for crappy software to respond, I end up spending a lot of time either idle or working on Java. I prefer the latter. I had the best job I've ever had when I was twenty, screwed it up by futzing around, and now all I want is to have another like it. I despise the corporate world. The way I look at it is people who have never accomplished anything notable in their entire lives end up telling me what to do for the rest of mine. Great. Everyone keeps saying I'm just "paying my dues," but that's complete bullshit. It's designed like a tree. There is a root node to the tree, and that root node still has to spend most of its time placating someone.

I just thought I'd rant. Turning my brain off for hours upon hours at a time is really taking its toll on me, and it has been for years, and I hadn't noticed it until now, really, because I'd been using gaming to dull the pain. I want to just pack it all in on this crap but then I couldn't afford to do what has become the most important thing to me - glassblowing. I guess it doesn't really matter, and I've got stuff in the pipeline that will make me happier with what I do for that majority share of my waking life, but crikey do I loathe the work I'm doing now. I can't find worse words. I'm going to end up more unhappy than Kafka if nothing changes.


And suddenly, all free time was an illusion.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago It's time for the raaacess.... off we go, folks, to glassblowing and MCSD C# classes and yoga and Calculus.... I've suddenly got something scheduled each of the seven days of the week, and my brain is on fry. Six or seven weeks since I started the job, and as soon as I had the money and was bored out of my skull I decided to fill time and life with so much stuff I can barely manage to keep my eyes open I'm so tired. Bad things, however, are on the rise. Ex who I left for Germany because of is back in town soon and I'm totally interested in seeing her but she may not be.... And the lack of sleep thing is getting on my nerves. I just don't know how easy it's going to be to take it for much longer. Anyways. That's about all I have to say for the moment.

Except, of course, that once I get my damn MCSD and MCDBA's in a year and a half, I better be able to get a goddamn good job. I wish there was a Linux education and certification organization that actually did something. It's really too bad that I'm going to get stuck in this Microsoft thing because I just can't get organizized enough to learn out of a book. *sigh*....

Anyways. One day of my weekend contains as much sleep as I like. Aufwiederzehen.


Yarr! Banking it is!

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago Hey, anyone else notice that banking is about as fascinating as watching paint dry? I have.

You know, I've got this new contract that pays me quite well for the area and so on, but I just can't bring myself to concentrate on it because it's just soooooo freaking boring. I could do 70% of what these people do while sleeping, 9% while drunk, and the last 21% while dead.


Unemployment, Counseling, Go, Yoga, and Age.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago Sooo.... I have started playing huge amounts of Go online. Enormous. Like ten to twelve hours three or four days a week. Since I've been seeing an addiction counselor about my gaming problem, he's suddenly told me that I'm supposed to go cold turkey. Actually, he said that since I was bringing a gambling mentality into my games, there was no way I could use the 'reduction' approach he had wanted to apply. I don't really mind - I've been playing 20-60 hours a week since I was eight or so, I think. That adds up to a huge block of my life, seeing as I just had my 28th birthday... So off I go.

It's not like I don't have anything to do, just that this is so goddamn terrifying I can't believe it. Last time I tried this I was so emotionally unstable I went virtually nuts. So maybe this will work, maybe it won't we are going to see very very soon.

I'm still jobless. Well, half a job. I keep talking to people about jobs but I don't know the OOD theory they want me to to program in C++/ C# / Java / etc, and I hate VBA with such a passion I can't express it. Speaking of boring, how about a scripting language that has no real depth? Ergh. In about eight or nine months I took it as far as it would go and now I'm done with it. And I wasn't even really concentrating.

If it weren't for Yoga, which has given me stress-related injuries, I'd be unable to handle any of this.... People are calling this my quarter-life crisis. I thought I'd had one already. Whatever. Anyways, that's my whining for the month. I'm going to try and write my novel. I've been trying for years, but perhaps this whole cold turkey thing is what will finally get me the impetus to do it.


This is harder than I thought it would be.

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 9 years ago Yeah, so, my dashing MS Access development credentials aren't getting me the step-up job I want. Rather, they're getting me interviews for the step-across, keep reporting, keep doing the same things forever type jobs. I'm not exactly happy with this, and learning C# to remedy the situation. However, if anyone knows of a job in the Portland area (or on the f*ing moon, if it's an interesting job that will pay my expenses, really) please do comment in my journal so I can e-mail you a resume.



MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 8 years ago Noooo job. On Friday. Did a resume, feel like I should post it here. Never put my name on the internet before from something like Slashdot, and CERTAINLY never when the name was virtually advertising my immaturity. Hrm. Well, whatever. Perhaps, once I do something phenomenal over the next few weeks (heh. Believe it or not, it's always possible) I'll post my resume. Or maybe I'll just throw the non-specific part of it up and see if anyone's interested enough to comment in here with an e-mail addy. Hrm.


Do Yoga and Unemployment Mix?

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 9 years ago So, I'm losing my temp contract. They extended it to 9 months, and then said, "Hey, uhm.... Yeah, we really want someone who will work here forever. Can you do that for us? Thanks." I said no thank you and now I'm a bit.... what's the word. Uneasy about my current prospects for employment. I'm a VBA coder mainly at my current job but I've been learning Javascript at home for the last week in the hopes that I can build myself a really neat looking resume...

I hate the computer industry though, because everyone considers you a peon until you're about twenty years into it, in my experience. Guess that's corporate life.

*Ponder* I was once told that I didn't understand what I had, during the .com years. Never has it been more apparent than during the last few weeks when I have found that maybe it IS possible to enjoy coding. Once I kicked the addiction to SWG I found that I could just look at the best parts of coding as the best parts of video gaming, and that might end up being what keeps me in the industry.

What I'm thinking about doing is learning enough Linux / PHP to put together a Wiki and a Slash with the current resume format I am trying to put together to make myself a demo app.... I have uhm...... Three weeks. Yeah.

Realism isn't my strong suit, apparently.


Anyone Know How to Install Source Safe?

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 9 years ago Does anyone know how to install source safe? I've put in a CERF to IT Ops, and they told me to go talk to Chris, over in Dev - he's on the Petware team. Last week, he got slightly less busy and e-mailed me back saying that I should just use the install script and install off of //dev-hda/apps/visual source safe/ but then I didn't have access. So then I screamed in agony over drowning in red tape, and my co-worker took pity on me. She filled out the CERF herself, and gave it to my boss, who had our VP / COO sign the second CERF. Thereafter, my boss was sent an e-mail asking whether we really NEEDED the software. She asked me if I needed it, then ignored it for a little while, and there was no HEAT ticket created. The lack of a HEAT ticket led to me having to follow up on it, and me finding out this afternoon that there was no HEAT ticket created. I then had to e-mail my boss and ask her if she had, indeed, gotten me authorization to install this software. Apparently, not. So now we have our very own HEAT ticket, and it will be another week or two.

So, the question entails. Anyone know how to install Visual Source Safe?


Dissatisfaction reigns supreme

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 9 years ago Welllllll..... Yeah. I'm the proud owner of two Python books, a yoga mat, and a dream now. The dream is of a job that doesn't suck. Where I can actually do something. Where they don't freeze the non-working data warehouse and tell me that I'm not trusted enough to run Business Objects Developer. Where they pay me more than absolute minimum for what I can do. Where the corporate politics don't include idiots empire building. Where 'more skills' means 'more skills' related to actual business instead of skills involving kowtowing. Where I can do something that makes a lick of difference in a big ugly world.

So anyways. Career counseling time. I'm all into trying new things. I'm thinking Socially Responsible Investment Banking right now. Why not? I mean, I'm not a code lover. I love looking at the industry and watching new things come out and new companies rise and it would be great to be one of those people who put good people with good money behind good people who wanted to make good money in good ways. Anything really WRONG with that? Noone reads this, but it's a journal and I'm moving to blog format eventually, I'm pretty sure.


New job

MrAnnoyanceToYou MrAnnoyanceToYou writes  |  more than 9 years ago So I'm now a professional VB, Access, and FoxPro coder again. Anyone got any hints on switching to C++, MySQL, PLSQL, and other Linux stuff? Anyone hiring noobs for this stuff in the Portland area? I'd love to get in on open source but don't know where to start. Beyond, "I can run Mandrake" but can't everyone do that?

ED: I'm learning python, because why the hell not.

Anyways. That's life - if you're dissatisfied with it, get in line.

Oh, and commentary along the lines of, "Get a brain, you've already learned these things but have no degree or experience" will be highly appreciated. Truly. Really.

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