The AECL/SNC-Lavalin point mentioned above is quite a good one however: not mentioned by the author. This was technology that actually made money. Lots and lots of money, just not for the government. But was blundered away largely through govenrnment incompentence at running a business.
The situation: You've got a thousand applicants. You've got one or two job openings.
If you don't have the slightest idea what makes the internet and the information age run, you probably don't deserve the job. But the converse is also true: programmers should learn something of art, literature, and history. Too many software people don't even know anything about science. A person that can't think broadly in a well-rounded way is useless.
My suggestion: give the person opportunities and work time to develop. An employee is a long-term investment - if this works, you'll get a better employee. Remember that this person has lots of business knowledge that they bring to the table and some sort of track record better than a new hire.
What if it doesn't work? The dude isn't interested in learning anything new. Well, what you describe is potentially a problem employee. The type of employee that insists on using stinky old technology without justifying it with any sort of valid analysis. The sort of employee that says "If it isn't written in VisualBasic, you'll have to find someone else to run the project." The answer to this is REMOVAL FROM ROLE. If you can't fire them send them off to some dead-end part of the company where they can do less harm: you know, Human Resources, Facilities, Projects...
The monkey reportedly also has a Twitter account. No word on whether he enjoyed the IKEA breakfast special."
Why do you have machines??
Seems kind of parochial, just sayin'.
I need to stop deleting lock files and parentlock files when it crashes. What year is this again?
I'd like it to run a little snappier.
I need it to understand the system "no proxy for" setting and actually use it properly.
Sadly, Unity is even more frustrating and XFCE is still very rudimentary.
CAN I PLEASE HAVE KDE2 or GNOME2 back??