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The YouTube suggestion about deactivating the AdBlocker on my browser on my computer, made me feel as if someone told me to untie my seatbelt while driving or to take off the condom while having sex
It’s my safety, it’s my mind, it’s my time!8
You will have a first phase when you will do everything on your own.
Then you will have a second phase when you will totally rely on external libraries found on the internet.
Then you will have a phase when you will use libraries only for the stuff you don’t want to bother because, never reinvent the wheel but do not get too much tech debt.
Then the hyper simplification phase when you will refuse modern solutions for good old robust stuff as they used to do back then
Then I don’t know… but I am getting interested in agriculture
Anyway try always to learn new stuff and don’t be afraid of change as it is normal. And learn other skills not related to code, those will keep you alive1
Notification on WhatsApp from my new boss: hello, I sent you a message on Skype because the data is not good and I had to send it to the customer yesterday.
Go to Skype: hello, I am out all weekend. If you checked the data when I handed it out I could have figured out a solution. I will check when I am back.
Logout from Skype
Block number on WhatsApp
Block incoming calls on phone3
Is it just me and the computer I was assigned at work or high end workstations are just some overpriced piece of crap.
It is so slow when turning on that I almost forget why I did turn it on…
To add to the whole crappitude, the trashware has a magnetic hdd … I am not writing from the past, it was 2023 this morning…6
In 1 word: SUCKS
In 2 words: SUCKS HARD
Basically you work in companies that are either not tech oriented and use you as an extra (eg: fix printer, sort boss fantastic vacation pictures in his overpowered Mac) or if the company main business is tech, they are FANGS-wannabe that pretend to compete with world biggest companies with a severely understaffed crew that they pay as clerks5
I don’t have a real way to find a good company.
As a rule of thumb I avoid startups.
This doesn’t mean all new young tech companies are bad. I avoid the startup rethorics. Those are 🚩 for both new and old companies.
And I avoid crypto, nft and other scam businesses. There’s an high chance that the owners will run away with the money and leave you without a job.6
Just before my graduation a big consultancy firm reached me to offer me a job.
They told the salary was double compared to other jobs but they needed me to
go to a city 4 hours away from mine,
have an interview there,
if that went well I would have had to attend an intensive course in the same city (paying all expenses by myself)
and after that have another interview to see if I was good for the job
“Sounds nice 😊 can you call me next week after my graduation? Now I need to focus on that but then I would like to hear more…”
How did it go? Who knows, after my graduation I turned my phone off for a month and 👻 ghosted them…4
Hide Easter Eggs in your code
In my first program we had a secure file deletion feature
I was tasked of the Mac OS version
While windows version had an icon for drag and drop with a document in a trash bin, in my version when you selected different safety options, it changed icons
Basic deletion had the bin
Intermediate deletion had a document grinder
Advanced deletion had a burning file icon
I was very proud of myself4
Got back at work after 2 weeks off
Useless to say I did not remember what to do or where to start…
Today I was working on a feature and while thinking about code organization I found an empty function ready to be filled with the exact name I was about to type.
My 2 weeks ago self prepared it for me… it was so kind of him
Took a couple of days off last week and was at home for 4 days straight.
I picked 2.7kg of mulberries and made jam.
I don’t want to sit in front of a screen now 😭2
When I work from home, I probably spend less time working, but I do it seriously
When I work in the office I spend most of the time I would not actually work, pretending to work and probably time spent in actual work is much less
But I guess that better performances in work from home, do not feed automotive industry…
At the beginning of the last year of university a new flatmate arrived. His father dropped him at the apartment and then called me asking for the Wi-Fi password.
I told him I could not remember it on the spot and I would tell it to his son later.
I actually remembered it very well and I could say I didn’t tell him because of security reasons …
Actually I was embarrassed to say on phone: “PubesRule!”
The password was actually decided by a previous flatmate…😅3
And then one day you wake up and discover that your first boss,
the one who hired you when you had no experience
who believed in you when nobody else did
and also paid you a full decent payment when the rest of the world tried to pay you less than half the amount
who taught you a lot about the business and even when you disagreed, it was impossible to get angry because he was calm and gentle always
and treated you so many lunches and dinners
…was beaten and killed by a former colleague…
I have no words…
Sayonara 👋 boss
I will miss you so much on this Earth 😢3
My last job application letter was literally: “I saw your add and since you don’t do web stuff I decided to apply”
After a year working in an office where everyone worked part time (manager 3h, other programmers 5/6h per day) and I was the only full time employee …
… one day the manager told me: “since today is pre-holiday you can go home one hour early as we usually do”
… after a year…
… of many pre-holiday days …
you finally felt that it was the time to inform me that I could have spent less hours in that 💩 office?
[… finally I don’t feel so guilty for going home just 5 minutes after the others left the office because there was nothing to do …]
My previous manager always complained about the programmer that used to be there before me was utterly incompetent and unable to work.
One day checking a legacy app that needed a minor update I was looking at the code and said: “It is true the previous programmer didn’t even know how to put together 2 lines of code, this is literally the shittiest thing I have ever seen, thank God he is not around anymore!”
Manager: “Actually I wrote this myself”
Just graduated in CS.
All jobs required experience in stuff I never seen/heard before (back then I didn’t know most job listings were copy pasted by people who knew less than me).
I felt so inadequate that I replied to a job offer as a seller as they asked only fluency in 2 foreign languages.
The company owner during the interview looked at me and told me I needed to look elsewhere, that mine was a good resume and then he dropped this:
“I can see you are a good guy, but for this job I need an asshole”
Back then it was very hard for me but now I understand10
1997 Olivetti, 122 MHz Intel processor, 8MB RAM and 1GB HDD and Win 95. I mostly used software for children learning and games.
But my first “computer” was a shoebox with a keyboard drawn by hand on the cover and a screen on the bottom where I could change the “software” by swapping different drawings inside a transparent envelope.
All hardware and software made by me 😁
“You know what is not fungible, scarce and valuable to me? My time! So if you wish to persuade me NFT are a good thing, you should pay me a fair amount of real money to make me listen your bullshit”
From now on this will be my standard reply to NFT harassment.
Feel free to use, edit and share with others.4
Every time a read a rant about a company environment here I think: “It sounds exactly like my previous company!”
But I know we are in different countries…
I guess that when companies suck over a given threshold, they distort space and time like a black hole and become a unique super dimensional joint venture.1
“One day you will find a real job”
It looks like if you don’t lift weights, move hands, sweat… and sit all day doing click click on keyboard, it cannot be a real job…3
Reading documentation started feeling like reading a novel…
…but there are thousands of characters and they all have 3 letters names!2
Real life job interview…
Manager: what about this problem? Could you solve it? (Showing me a problem about scanning a 2d array to find a value written on a piece of paper)
Me: sure! Just give me a piece of paper and I will write a solution.
Manager: no need for that. I don’t have the knowledge to check that anyway… if I wanted you to solve it I would have called one of my programmers.
Manager: do you have any question about the company?
Me: What do you exactly do in the company? I wonder what is the purpose of a person that makes questions about things he doesn’t know.3
Managers hiring process in my mind.
Do you know how to:
Pick up the phone? No
Repair stuff? No
Doing photocopies? No
Swipe the floor? No
You are hired!1
Lately I stopped being angry at work, maybe because I am already in a “notice mindset”. Tomorrow after my job I have a meeting in another company and I should get an offer for another job. Leaving web development to do some C hardware development.
Otherwise tomorrow I will write the biggest rant ever or I will cry or maybe both.8