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Seriously, your resume should show you moving UP to better positions at bigger companies.
The kind of lateral move you are considering is just not good for your resume or career.
Take some side projects you can do with the latest and greatest technologies on evenings and weekends.
You will polish the skills on your resume, have a little fun, and make a little extra money.
You will be able to "blame the other guy" for the first handful of bugs.
After a very short period, all the bugs are your fault.
You have to be nice, but firm in your assessment of the situation.
Your boss(es) will try very hard to make you accept the project and commit to adding features fast and cheap.
If you accept that assignment on their terms, you are doomed.
If they accept your assessment and your terms (rewrite all or part) then you succeed.
His 30 foot radius = 60 foot diameter sphere the power is broadcast to.
If you can pick up enough power on the surface of that 60 foot diameter sphere to replace a AAA battery, it would be a death ray at close range.
Drive-thru returns would help.
Browsing and renting online would help.
Maybe even a drive-through pickup for online rentals.
If there is a drive-thru fast food in the parking lot, it can be a two-fer
Make a deal with the fast food joint to let online rentals be picked up from their drive-thru window.
The reason I won't rent DVDs any more isn't that I can't find a movie in the store, or enjoy it.
It is the hassle of returning the DVD and late fees and all that.
Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Kent Beck, Martin Fowler and Akira Hirasawa
Get a colleague to read books and then criticize each other's code.
It gets amazing results.
I had the same problem, no senior level programmers to teach the craft. We had once per week lunch meetings and had one programmer show his work, and the others criticize. Our code became much clearer and our bug counts went way down.
You wrote a program "way above your pay grade."
It has no user input.
It has no design or review from senior programmers.
It has no testing.
And your little jewel is so precious that you want to extort your company that has no budget?
Work comes in a trickle or a deluge, no in-between.
There will be overtime hours worked, it is the nature the beast.
It is a competitive business, I cannot put in higher bids and expect to get any business.
Since each hour of US overtime would be a large loss to me, I just cannot afford to do it. I will not do it.
I was using two solutions to this:
1. US coders working on Salary + Bonus, where working more = more bonus.
2. Offshore coders on straight hourly wages.
The recession hit, and I could not afford the high base salaries for the US guys.
I laid off 8 US coders - after exhausting the business accounts and my personal savings.
I still have the offshore guys. They stuck with me even though their hours went in half.
Business has picked up, but I have not hired any more US coders.
I would love to hire more guys in the US.
I have not managed to afford to get health insurance for my family yet - next year looks good for getting that going again.
Obamacare gives me nightmares: Absolute requirement to provide unaffordable care for US workers.
Mandatory overtime bonus pay = too risky to depend on US workers for projects with low profitablity - and this economy is only producing low profitability projects so far.
The answer to all these problems is to go make more money and not assume any more risk.
And that means not hiring any US coders, although I would really love to do that.
Our government was designed to be limited, and citizen juries are designed to be a check and balance against tyrannical laws.
The career politicians have slipped free from the enumerated powers and the 10th amendment.
No laws were changed, they just found the system to limiting, so reinterpreted it.
Citizen juries are told they cannot judge laws -- and this is the sole purpose of citizen juries - consent of the governed.
We have a sweet little system, too bad the insiders have stolen it from us.
There are no public servants - we are all servants to the public sector.
It was not supposed to be like this...